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TELL (Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning) research network update #1 2019/20

Hi to all, and welcome to the first TELL update of 2019/20. I hope 2019/20 is getting off to a good start for you all!! As always, if you wish to join TELL, just email me at Please share this update with as many people as you wish, and remember you are always welcome to send me details of research, publications and events which you would like to be shared across the network.
There is more info about TELL at

This update includes a request for help with a brief research review I’ll be undertaking in the next month or so, a call for hosts for TELL network meetings and details of some events which may be of interest to members.


I’m doing a session at the UCET (Universities Council for the Education of Teachers) Conference this year on 6th November as a guest, and I’ve decided to go for this title:

Research informed – me? an analysis of research into PCET Teacher Education (TE) since 2010
I’m producing a brief analysis of research into PCET TE since 2010, and am requesting details of any research (IT MUST BE RESEARCH INTO PCET TE) you, colleagues, organisations and others have undertaken since 2010.
Although I’m already aware of quite a lot, please assume I know nothing and send me as many of these details as you can (ideally a title, brief description, summary of results and link to publication/s, or a copy of publication/s if there are any). I will include any types of research into PCET TE irrespective of type or funding / publication etc.

This is a personal project and not comprehensive in scope, as there is not the time, but I will be extracting key messages from PCET Teacher Education research to discuss at the conference.

I will of course also share the results through TELL, and probably in other ways.

Please email me with details at

This is the annual call for host organisations for TELL meetings during the 2019/20 academic year. If you would like to host (you need to provide a date when you are confident you can recruit enough for a meeting, accommodation and refreshments / lunch, and all free of charge) please let me know, and I’ll explain what is involved then we can negotiate and agree the dates and locations for hopefully four meetings this coming year.

OTHER EVENTS (In date order)

9th October 2019 Learning and Skills Research Network meeting by Sam Jones (Local Convenor)
We are pleased to welcome Jay Derrick from UCL who will be presenting on ‘Tacit pedagogy’ in practice-based learning and innovation in one FE college workplace
We welcome research shared by other attendees, if you wish to share please contact your convenor Sam.
More info and booking at

BrewEd FE 12th October

About this Event
We will ask you to pay £5 on entry which will cover a drink and contribute to the charity of choice. PLEASE let us know if you book and then can not attend so that the space is open to someone else. Keep an eye out for updates on speakers! Confirmed speakers:
Kay Sidebottom @KaySocLearn
Dr Peter Shukie @ShukieOne
Vikki Liogier @vikkiliogier
Dr Alison Iredale @alisoniredale
James Tarling @tapouteducation
I suspect there may be conversations of post humanism, a touch of psycho-geography, a dab of digital and a general wealth of wonderful thinking. Do come!
Book at

Thu, 31 October 2019 17:00 – 18:00 GMT
Developing education in Cornwall through research: understanding the value postgraduate study for evidence based teaching and leadership.

Marjon University Cornwall’s strategic lead, Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope PFHEA, will lead a seminar on the value of educational research for the professional development of teachers and educational leaders for the benefit of schools and colleges in Cornwall. This seminar is part of the Festival of Business and will take place on October 31 2019 at the Old Cathedral School.
The seminar will engage the audience with Department for Education thinking on evidence based and researched informed practice, demonstrating how postgraduate level thinking can support school and college improvement.
Marjon University Cornwall aims to support the postgraduate Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL) needs for educators and governors in Cornwall.
More information and to book

ResearchMeet 29 November

What is a ‘Research Meet’?
Like TeachMeets but with a focus on practitioner research! #FEResearchMeets are for those working in all parts of post compulsory education – sixth form colleges, further education colleges, adult and community education and training providers.

FEResearchMeets are democratically run conference events that offer teachers, lecturers and other staff roles from further education the opportunity to share their research or practitioner enquiry with others or to hear from others about their research and projects. Presenters come from a broad section of the further education community and what they all have in common is a passion for researching their own practice and working in an evidence informed way to improve teaching and learning and to collaborate with others. We will explore the research, practice and ideas emerging within the sector, for the sector. The event will seek to reflect the priorities for the sector and showcase innovations.

More info and bookings at


EDDi is a fortnightly summary of research-based educational insight (from my quick glance it looks really good!)
EDDi is designed to keep you up-to-date with current research and best practice – with a heavy focus on international education.
We distil lengthy academic articles and extended news pieces, giving you short, sharp summaries. What it takes us hours to digest each week, you can read in 20 minutes.
Collated and edited by a team of experienced international school leaders and university academic staff, EDDi gives you quick and easy access to vital educational research, access you would otherwise have to commit hours to finding and digesting.
Few people have this time, hence EDDi. Subscribe at

A very useful online reading list from Daniel Scott at
Described by Daniel below

I regularly look out for new books to support my learning and development through social media, publisher newsletters/brochures and peeking at others bookshelves! I always share my findings onto individuals/groups that may interest them as well onto my professional networks, both face-to-face and via social media. So I have created a dedicated area that presents an illustrated list of books (in no particular order) by:

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) | eLearning | digital skills (my specialism);
Teacher education (underpinning reference) and
Journals, articles and guides (for research/further guidance)

The book lists include some of my favourite ‘go to’s’, some of which sit on my own shelf. Those that work in further, higher, primary and secondary education will find them useful. On Amazon you can preview, see further book recommendations and purchase copies. You could also request an inspection copy directly from the publisher or even loan from your local or organisation’s library or online repository.

I update this page frequently as I find new and upcoming books and other handy literature.

We had an excellent meeting at Ashton-under-Lyne Sixth Form College on Wednesday 26th June 2019
I don’t have all the contributions to share I’m afraid. Those which are available are embedded here

The agenda was
11am -1pm Teacher Educator focus
Dr Jim Crawley, Teaching Fellow, Senior Lecturer – Education Studies, Institute for Education, Bath Spa University
Teacher Education Policy – Where are we now and where are we going?

Heather Booth-Martin, EdD candidate at University of Huddersfield and Teacher Education lecturer at both Craven College and Shipley College.
Crossing boundaries: Learning to teach in Further Education. An action research study of how Further Education teacher educators use modelling to teach values

Sandra Murray – Lecturer in Education and Teaching Excellence Fellow at Staffordshire University and teacher on the PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training

Exploring the relevance of subject specialist qualifications in teacher recruitment and subsequent teacher effectiveness

2-00-4.00 pm Practitioner research focus

Dr Jim Crawley – Practitioner Enquiry, why do it? Researching from within

Rachel Allen, Senior Tutor at Ashton Sixth Form College and PhD candidate at University of Huddersfield. Research into level 2 students’ responses to college discipline procedures.

Charlene Page, Teaching and Learning Mentor at Ashton Sixth Form College. “Can the introduction post observation feedback enhance its value and quality?”

Mini-presentation by colleagues from Reaseheath College.
Mini-presentations by colleagues at ASFC.

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