Category: Teacher voices

Reflections on the Reimaging Conference

Reimagining FE Blog by Dr.Janet Lord, Manchester Metropolitan University. June 2017 Janet is a lecturer in education at Manchester Metropolitan University. She moved into teacher education and HE after many years teaching in schools and colleges. Her research concerns pedagogy, the student experience, and teacher development and identity. There is a fabulous UCU/Edge Hill University/Birmingham…

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…

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…