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Restore fairness to Further Education

Now is the time to use the power of government to restore fairness for further education. As all who work in colleges know, since 2009 further education has been subjected to cut after cut –and these cuts have gone far beyond anything endured by other sectors of education. In effect,these cuts have hurt the communities…

Transforming Lives Survey

This research aims to continue to develop understanding and to provide evidence of how the Further Education (FE) sector is vital in transforming lives and communities in 21st Century Britain. This second phase of the study adds robust evidence collated in stage one of the research and in doing so continues to provide learners and…

Breaking the Triple Lock: Further education and transformative teaching and learning

Vicky Duckworth and Rob Smith We have drawn on the UCU Further Education in England: Transforming Lives & Communities research project data to develop a distinctive, theorised conceptualisation of transformative teaching and learning (TTL). The interconnection between teaching and learning resonates with the Transforming Lives research – firstly, by including teachers, it emphasises their role…

Poetry and creativity as a tool for consciousness raising

Creativity and Transformation Poetry and art can be drawn upon to engage learners in a critical dialogue. Creativity opening a space for transformation. Using multimodal approaches which includes, poetry and images can be a tool for emotional expression and consciouness raising. The confidence that arises from creativity can be a source of hope and strength in the private and public domains learners enter.

Below are poems –  penned a number of years ago – I continue to draw upon them in my lessons to stimulate discussion and encourage learners to shape their ideas and emotions through language and creativity. The poems and the themes that arise from them still resonate as dialogic resources in the classes I teach. Creativity…

Happy Women’s Day

Happy Women’s Day Inspiring women share their stories. Their journeys gives hope Follow the link below to listen to their stories    

RaPAL article: Literacy and empowerment

Following our RaPAL Keynote the paper is now published. RaPAL have kindly agreed to allow access to the journal which has some great articles that link research with practice in meaningful ways.. Our article based on the UCU FE Transforming Lives and Communities project  “Adult Literacy: Further Education as a space for resistance’ is availablr…

BERA Blog Further Education: Transforming lives & communities

Further Education in England: Transforming lives & Communities research project, is commissioned by UCU and aims to understand and provide evidence of how the further education (FE) sector is vital in transforming lives and communities in 21st century Britain. To provide a frame of reference, which is underpinned and driven by excellence in the sector, the…

World Teachers’ Day – Thursday 5th October 2017

World Teachers’ DayTeachers transform lives. On world teachers’ day, it is important for us to recognise and celebrate the transformative work of Further Education teachers.  Teachers who support  adults and young people to thrive, gain confidence and rediscover their agency as learners, they are a bridge to the community they serve. Their work is absolutely…

Mental Wealth Conference 2017

The UCU FE transforming lives and communities research was shared at the the Mental Wealth Conference 2017 CityLit. In an event organised by Khorshed Bhote, we discussed the findings of the research and then joined an inpirational panel which inluded Amy King, a STEM role model: http://www.mentalwealthfestival.co.uk/speakers2017/ We shared the strong  link between the power…