A peer research and review network for teachers in FE Are you looking for a CPD challenge that enables you to link up with other teachers across the college and the country? We’re looking for creative and ambitious teachers who are keen to further the professional level of research and learning development in FE.

The UCL Institute of Education Centre for Post-14 Education and Work

In September 2015, the UCL Institute of Education (UCL/IOE) established the new Centre for Post-14 Education and Work.  The Centre aims to stimulate research and debate on the relationship between education, working life and active citizenship as well as support improvement in the post-14 education and training system.

The Centre is now inviting individuals to become members of its newly launched national network, superseding the previous London Post-14 Network.  There is no charge for membership and it is open to all past and present strategic leaders, governors, managers, teachers, lecturers and learning support staff involved in post-14 education and training.  In addition, membership is also available to past and present practitioners, leaders and managers of post-14 key stakeholder organisations.  These include, amongst others, local authorities, government agencies, awarding bodies, consultancies, trade unions, professional bodies and local enterprise partnerships.  The network will be the premier forum for debating issues related to post-14 education and training and is committed to raising its profile and lobbying on its behalf.

Although there is no charge for membership it will provide members with access to the work of the Centre, including to its seminars, and will attract reduced rates for attending the Centre’s national conferences and events.  Members and their organisations may also be invited to engage with the Centre’s research and development work on either a funded or voluntary basis.

The Centre undertakes research and consultancy nationally, regionally and locally, as well as internationally, in the areas of:

  • 14-19 education
  • technical and vocational education and training
  • further education and its interface with higher education
  • initial teacher training and continuing professional development
  • adult skills, community and lifelong learning, with a particular focus on literacy, numeracy, English and mathematics
  • London as a global city

Common cross-cutting themes include:

  • curriculum, qualifications and assessment
  • professional, vocational and work-based learning
  • relationships between employers and the education and training system
  • educational participation, progression and life transitions and the issue of disengagement
  • policy making, implementation and impact
  • local learning systems
  • institutional and system leadership, governance, and professional identities
  • international comparative analysis

The Centre’s research and consultancy will be increasingly supported by maintaining a dialogue between the practitioner, policy and research communities, through this and other networks as well as through collaborative activity with government agencies, international, national, regional and local organisations, education professional associations, awarding bodies, employers, colleges and independent training providers.

You can become a member of the UCL/IOE’s Centre for Post-14 Education and Work by following this link: Make me a member

What’s involved?

peer network

Alongside internal performance measurement and national inspection, peer reviews are considered as a highly effective approach to improvement and transformation.  The aim of the Canterbury FE Learning Network will be to bring peer experts together from across our own organisation but also the FE sector to pool expertise and provide learning opportunities for teaching staff.

So if you’re interested, simply email e.hunt@cant-col.ac.uk to register and find out more!


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