Category: Teacher voices

Lucy: SEN Manager and teacher

Lucy is a manager for SEN provision in a college near Manchester.   The college runs courses for students with a diverse range of special educational needs. These courses provide progression for learners into mainstream and vocational courses. An important aspect of these courses is the employment placement component where learners get hands on experience…

Claire: Psychology teacher

Claire is a Psychology teacher in a further education college. Claire sees transformative learning as an integral aspect of her pedagogical approach. She is interested in researching the potential gains to be had from researching the conditions that give rise to transformative educational experiences.               In the longer term,…

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…

Twitter for Educators – All About Community

As a long time user of Twitter in both my personal and professional life, when I became a trainee teacher I automatically looked for ways that Twitter could support my practice and well-being. Initially, I thought about Twitter as a tool I could use directly with my students and, indeed, my very first micro-teach was…

Learning Support Staff: Debbie and Maria

Maria and Debbie are learning support staff. They attend lessons across a range of different courses offering support to learners with a wide range of often complex needs.  In an interview with their tutor, Kay, they highlight the vital importance of this role in further education that is vital in terms of social justice but…

Sharon: ESOL tutor

Sharon is an experienced teacher of ESOL.  Her classrooms have always been diverse places in which people from different countries and backgrounds come together to learn English and form friendships.   ESOL provides social cohesion in diverse communities and provides an important link for individuals and their families who are starting new lives in this…

Lucinda – Offender Learning Tutor

Lucinda talks about her important work in Offender Learning. As a tutor she sees people progress from different starting points, some of which are the first steps.  Some of her students then go on to make dramatic progress. Her work also focuses strongly on helping students develop life skills so they can take care of…

Nicola – Assistant Principal

Vice Principal Nicola studied for her degree as an adult with small children. That experience helped her to appreciate the importance of understanding the different backgrounds and needs that FE students have. This knowledge and understanding also makes her want the best teaching and learning experiences for the students in her college. Transformational learning inspires…

FE has been hugely influential in my adult life.

Gary Husband shares his story FE has been hugely influential in my adult life. On leaving school I didn’t consider ‘tech’ as an option, my parents had aspirations of me attending university. I went for several interviews for various degree courses and received several offers. When my A level results arrived, not only did they…