Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA)

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Sector-led solutions to sector-defined problems.

The Education and Training Foundation has, since its inception, supported a range of activity to improve teaching, from small scale projects involving single departments or individuals to region wide activity promoting change and sharing of effective practice. This work focuses on empowering practitioners and teaching leadership staff to focus on effective practice that is most helpful for their own challenges. The wide range of activity that we deliver is brought together under the banner of Outstanding teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA).

Our work in this field learns from wider educational improvement activity and is based on evidence and research, much of it carried out by practitioners as part of our projects. It is focused at all times on improving professional practice, outcomes for learners, and improving the pedagogic or vocational skills of those involved. The Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers form a cornerstone of our activity to improve teaching, and much of our work is continuing to build a body of evidence in regards to teaching practice, pedagogic developments, use of technology and professionalism and recognition in the sector.

Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment – National /  Regional Projects
Professional Exchange – Regional Projects
Collaborative Practice Development Days (CPDD)

The Foundation has developed an exhibition site using the best of the work generated during our OTLA projects. All of the resources and reports that were generated, including an independent evaluation of the impact and outcomes from our OTLA projects, can also be found on the exhibition site. The projects formed part of the Professional Exchange network in 2016.