Teaching and Learning

ACER can support your organisation to provide high quality teaching, learning and assessment, so that:

  • learners benefit from high expectations, engagement, care, support and motivation from staff
  • staff use their skills and expertise to plan and deliver teaching, learning and support to meet each learner’s needs
  • staff initially assess learners’ starting points and monitor their progress, set challenging tasks, and build on and extend learning for all learners
  • learners understand how to improve as a result of frequent, detailed and accurate feedback from staff following assessment of their learning
  • teaching and learning develop English, mathematics and functional skills, and support the achievement of learning goals and career aims

Source: Common Inspection Framework for further education and skills, September 2012

Teaching and Learning Development Programmes

ACER has been delivering quality CPD programmes for teaching professionals and curriculum managers in FE since 1993.  Our experience across the whole FE curriculum allows us to aid the development of teaching staff across our membership and beyond. ACER is responsible for managing the regional partnership which forms the East of England Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (EECETT).  We complement this activity through ACER’s Quality Managers and Improving Teaching and Learning; Workforce Development and English, Maths and ESOL Networks.  Listed below are a sample themes from our recent CPD programmes.

Professional values and practice:

  • Maintaining professional standards
  • Reflective writing
  • Survival skills for new teachers
  • Personalised learning
  • Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Active learning approaches
  • Creative teaching for better engagement
  • Developing learner study / revision skills
  • Adapting resources
  • Presentation skills
  • Improved questioning techniques
  • Improving communication in difficult situations

Learning and Teaching:

  • Developing kinaesthetic teaching styles
  • Developing personalised learning
  • Developing learner induction programmes
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Online publications
  • Research skills
  • Teaching a grade 1 lesson
  • Making effective use of digital technology in the classroom
  • e-portfolios
  • Working with a changing curriculum
  • Writing ILPs and SMART targets

Assessment for Learning:

  • Action research and practitioner-based research
  • Evidencing good practice
  • Lesson observation training
  • Better CPD: planning, executing, evaluating
  • Objective assessment
  • Post-lesson observation training
  • Providing audio feedback
  • Report writing
  • Working with targets – effective paperwork and data management
  • Formative and summative assessment

Specialist Learning and Teaching and Teacher Education:

  • e-learning development and user testing
  • 14-16 curriculum delivery
  • Embedding the minimum core on teacher training programmes
  • Developing employer engagement
  • Effective vocational training
  • Developing ILPs for initial teacher education and CPD
  • Introduction to embedding / contextualising PTLLS
  • Teaching skills for adult education
  • Train the trainer

Planning for Learning:

  • Efficient resource preparation
  • Lesson planning
  • Preparing for Inspection
  • Resource management across partnerships
  • Setting up workplace programmes
  • SMOG analysis, readability and writing clear resources
  • Tutorials, ILPs and SMART targets

Access and Progression:

  • Blended learning approaches
  • Developing service level agreements between schools and colleges
  • Engaging with 14-19 curriculum partners
  • Interviewing prospective learners

Whether you are new to teaching, new to FE or an experienced curriculum leader we have CPD opportunities to suit your needs.  From behaviour management to research skills and from survival skills for new teachers to teaching a grade 1 lesson, we have the skills, experience and programmes to help you, your curriculum and your organisation develop.

We support teaching and learning practitioners across the FE sector to improve teaching whilst assessing training quality to enable you and your students to get the most from the college and further education sector.  Our activities are wide-ranging and include training for teaching staff, assessors, study support skills, research skills and supporting teachers of learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.

In addition to our development programmes for teaching skills and classroom management, we also cover all aspects of academic development including research, quality, school liaison and academic management.

If you’re a Skills for Life or Functional Skills specialist, you may also be interested in our specialist provision for these areas.