Working in FE

  • Starting to teach a practical subject
    The challenge many teachers face as they make the transition from single to dual professional is to blend classroom-based teaching with real or simulated learning environments. Here is how to tackle this challenge.
  • CBHE continues to attract part-time lecturers from a wide range of creative, professional and academic fields. As practitioners, their contribution helps spearhead a re-evaluation of the current - and future nature - of employers, employment and industry within their specialist sectors.
  • Sasha Pleasance highlights barriers to the learning process and shares techniques and strategies teachers can use to help overcome them.
  • Tutoring across FE and HE comes with challenges - but CBHE is inspirational to so many students. Dr Chris Dows argues why all levels of delivery should work in conjunction with each other.
  • Perhaps the most important thing to remember during an Ofsted inspection, is that your learners still come first. Keep life as normal as possible for them and this will help you to stay calm during a potentially stressful week.
  • In 2017, the government will push ahead with the new Apprenticeship Levy (AL). Here we examine what this means for employers and apprenticeship providers.
  • “Improve drawing, C+”. This was a teacher’s comment on a picture of a lion which I had carefully drawn at age 7 and is a perfect example of poor feedback, with a meaningless grade with no information as to how I should improve. But what makes for great feedback?
  • Curriculum, or learning support assistants (often abbreviated to CSA or LSA) play a vital role in the life of any Further Education College. If you find yourself teaching a group of learners with an LSA present, then it is well worth reflecting on the most productive way to build a strong working...
  • What are the qualifications, how and where do you gain them and how much do they cost? Here we look at the practical elements of each course.
  • There are lots of different ways you can become an FE teacher and here we set out some practical steps to help you choose the right route.
  • The new FE inspection handbook contains no less than 181 references to the word “progress”. This not only refers to colleges’ own progress in response to feedback from previous monitoring visits, but for FE teachers, there is a real expectation that we are conducting regular and thorough checks o...
  • Starting an initial teacher training course can be an intense and often hectic time, so getting off to a good start can save you from a lot of headaches and hiccups later on in the year.
  • What makes a good mentor? Is an effective mentor born or made? What values, attitudes, beliefs and qualities characterise the best mentors?
  • It is no exaggeration to state that technology has revolutionised the way we learn and the way that we teach. Technology has huge potential to inject interest, promote creativity and provide access across the curriculum. One of the main advantages being that so much of it is free.
  • How well-prepared for employment did you feel when leaving education? The majority of courses within Further Education provide learners with vocational pathways...
  • If you are considering a teaching career in Further Education you may be imagining yourself in a traditional role in a college classroom. However, post 16 education and training is a far more diverse sector than you may realise.
  • What is CPD? For those teaching in FE, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an important part of the role.
  • Working within the Further Education and Skills sector involves distinct challenges relating to workload and which may not at first be evident when taking up a teaching post.
  • The hardest part is over. You have submitted the application, been invited to interview and got the job. Well done! However, now you will be faced with a range of new challenges as you prepare to start your new job. Here are some questions to consider and find the answers to in the first few days...
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the learning and development you undertake in order to carry out a current role or move into a new one. Many organisations have well-established CPD activities, but it’s still good to be proactive in order to: develop your current role, achieve greater...