Category: Teacher voices

Teaching and Learning scholar : Catherine Shiel

I am a Business Tutor and Course Leader at West Lancashire College which is a division of one of the largest FE providers in the UK. Whilst part of a national group, WLC is a small FE college at the heart of a community in the North West of England, Skelmersdale. I became a teacher…

Teaching and Learning Scholar: Heather James

Place of work: South and City College Birmingham Role: English Teacher for GCSE English Language resit students and Functional Skills adult learners My working life so far has been in community arts, youth work and education. In various roles, I have had the same ethos and always aimed to create spaces where people feel safe…

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…

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…

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…

The Value of Adult Education

Kerry Scattergood is an adult literacy tutor, delivering functional skills in the adult & community team at Solihull College and University Centre. She believes in empowering learners’ voices through literacy events and that real reading and writing experiences can be transformative for adult learners. Kerry blogs at: everydayliteracyproject.wordpress.com, sharing her ideas and practice with other…

Jacqui, Assistant Principal (video #2): Colleges and their communities

“Without colleges, where would people go to improve their lives?”In this second extract from her interview, Jacqui talks about the vital community work colleges are involved in. Jacqui’s interview positions colleges at the heart of the communities in which they are situated. She links further education colleges’ work to wider social issues such as addressing…