Category: Learner voices

Course Director

I have been a teacher educator in the lifelong learning sector since 1998, supporting the next generation of FE teachers to improved the life chances of young people and adults. I went to college to study A levels, as my own school didn’t have a sixth form. I have had a career in retailing, and…

FE & Skills Showcase Saturday 6th May

The University of Derby hosted an important gathering of FE folk at the weekend. There were interesting and important talks by Paul Warren, Oliver Caviglioli, Mark Martin, Howard Scott, the excellent students present and past  and others. With his pen on fire …Oliver weaved his magic and created a  graphic overview of our transformative FE…

Happy Easter

Thank you to all those who have supported ‘FE: Transforming Lives and Communities’. Have a lovely Easter and look out for more inspirational learners and teachers

Reclaiming FE’s Collective Narratives

One of the challenges of work in FE is how  sidelined the sector has become for professionals, with colleges post incorporation actively encouraged to operate as fiefdoms. FE’s capacity to operate as a collegiate transformational space has arguably been marginalised, but there are ways to reclaim a collective narrative, such as the “FE Transforming Lives…

Kate: Dance teacher

Kate teaches Dance in an FE college.   Here, she recounts her journey as a learner coming from a difficult background and overcoming significant personal barriers before rediscovering a positive learning identity.          This inspirational story illustrates how further education can be a key ingredient in mending damaged lives and restoring hope,…

Reimagining Further Education Conference: Transformation

On 21st June 2017, Birmingham City University’s Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE) will host its second one-day Reimagining Further Education Conference at its City Centre Campus (Curzon Building), located in the centre of Birmingham.   After a fantastic event last year, this summer, the theme is transformative education. The conference…

International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017

International Women’s Day provides a real opportunity to expose the vital transformative engine of further education in addressing inequality and barriers in women’s lives. Their stories of courage, strength and hope flow into their families, their local and wider communities. These women’s voices, heard now so clearly and yet often marginalised and silenced, remind us…

Sharing stories of transformation

Sharing Adams story with a group of all boys gave them something that they could identify with as they had followed a similar pathway. The group were able to reflect on their own journeys and how much they had progressed since joining college. Sharing parts of my own journey and Marie’s with a group of…