Teachers, trainers and education leaders working in the Further Education (FE) and Training sector are being encouraged to sign up to an innovative practitioner research support programme, which provides a valuable opportunity to improve practice in the sector and gain a Masters qualification at the same time.
These programmes are free of charge1 and come with a small bursary fund for employers to support remission time for research.
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has been running the programme since 2009 and recently congratulated 36 practitioners on completing the programme, showcasing their research abstracts at the annual ETF Practitioner Research Conference.
Research topics included:
The ETF is working closely with the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT) to support practitioners across England, with research projects covering a wide range of topics, enhancing their professional development and benefiting their learners and institutions.
The professional team of teacher-educators and active researchers at SUNCETT are committed to progressing educational ideas and findings from sector research through to possible publication – and have a proven track record in building research capacity across the sector.
Helen Pettifor, Director of Professional Standards and Workforce Development at the ETF, said:
“Teachers and trainers should be driving the research agenda in the sector – and this unique programme for practitioners is an exciting journey to help make that happen.”
There are currently two qualification routes available:
In summary, successful applicants will:
Notes to Editors
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) was established in October 2013 and is the Government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector. The charity works with teachers, trainers, leaders and employers to help them deliver excellent further and vocational education and training. This includes through setting professional standards, workforce development, supporting sector change and providing data and research. The ETF’s membership body is the Society for Education and Training.