Category: Learner voices

How my experience in Further Education transformed my life

Prior to studying English, Writing & Media on an Access to Higher Education course, I had been out of the education system for four years. In the meantime, I had attempted several jobs, some of which didn’t suit me, some of which did. However I always relished the pay day at the end of the…

Teaching and Learning Scholar: Chantal Brown

Place of work: Sandwell College, Role: Lecturer in Foundation Learning I have supported young people with SEND in a variety of roles for over 15 years. My background is in media/drama and as well as teaching, I have been a project manager for a government funded community initiative and designed bespoke programmes of education for…

FE Made Me Care About Myself

When I was eighteen, I dropped out of A Levels a month before my exams due to an all-consuming wave of anxiety and depression. I spent three long years in and out of retail work, quitting each and every one because I was scared that I wasn’t good enough and that everyone secretly hated me.…

Transformative teaching & learning scholar: Phil Lawrence

  This is the first post in a series in which we introduce researching practitioners from further education colleges across the country. We are going to support these scholars to carry out research into transformative teaching and learning in their practice over the coming year. We are aiming to share their progress as their ideas…

Resources of Hope

Share your resources and your thoughts!Dear students, teachers, educationalists, researchers and the local and wider community,   We hope you are keeping well and safe in what is a unprecedented time. We are aware that many will be self-isolating and with the current lock-down, home will be your haven. In these times when a lot…

The Transformative Teaching and Learning Scholars Scheme

We are excited to announce that UCU have generously agreed to fund six scholarships for Further Education practitioners. This is an exciting opportunity for six research practitioners who are interested in carrying out research into aspects of their own practice related to transformative teaching and learning. For further details see here. TTL Scholar Scheme Flyer…

Reimagining further education 2019

Reimagining further education: audio collageWe have created an audio collage of different voices of students and teachers from across the country. They give a sense of the difficult issues currently faced by colleges as well as of the inspiring narratives that continue to inspire. This audio collage was first aired as part of the Reimagining…

Eugene: from student to teacher

Eugene: further education & beyondExtracts from an interview from the “FE in England: Transforming Lives and Communities Project” – carried out by Vicky Duckworth & Rob Smith and commissioned by UCU. Eugene talks about his journey: from leaving school with no GCSEs, through further education at college and ultimately ending with a Masters qualification. He…

Senior lecturer – Samantha McMahon

Samantha McMahon I want to champion working in FE, often perceived to be the poor relation in terms of education employment. I relocated and had two small children and managed to secure a few hours part time teaching in FE. The staff were fantastic, I received excellent mentoring and it was tough teaching some disaffected…