TELL Update December 2018

Hi to all

This update includes materials from our first 2018/19 network meeting on Oxford; details from LSRN of other research networks and a number of new publications written or co written by TELL members. As always, please share this as widely as you wish, and do send in details of any relevant items you wish to have included.

This is the first time ever a TELL update has gone abroad (as far as I know), as we now have two new members from South Africa. Welcome to Patricia Galeboe and

Elizabeth D. Musi from Northern Cape Urban TVET College. They were visiting the college in Oxford at the time of the TELL meeting, and joined us for the day.


Materials and resources

Keynote – Lee Nicholls – Executive Director, Curriculum, Standards and Academies

What is the impact of the post 16 study program and apprenticeships for teacher training in the further education setting?

Lee updated the meeting on the current state of play with FE teaching apprenticeships, and provided a number of very interesting points for discussion about challenges of recruiting and retaining staff at all levels.

Research showcase – resources below each entry

Janet Hobley – Rites of Passage: Practice Architecture, trainee to middle manager

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Neil Barnes – University Centre, Colchester – Learning Gain – new for HE – Old hat for IT

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Colin Waugh – independent; editor of Post-16 Educator – Responses of Liberal and General Studies lecturers to the introduction of formal assessment procedures

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Tara Furlong – ‘Educator’s research-engaged literacies practices contribute significantly to learning’
The powerpoint is available as a pdf online here and gives the link to the background study.

Jim Crawley – Bath Spa University – Feeding back and looking forward – academic skills and feedback in the transition to higher education study.

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Our next TELL meeting is on Thursday 7th March 2019 11.00 to 15.00 at Lincoln College – Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5HQ


Please email Jim Crawley (

or Simon Justice (

to discuss a contribution.


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News from the Learning and Skills Research Network

The newsletter is at

Two new LSRN networks


A new network is being formed for the South East region, in Kent, which may attract researchers too from East and West Sussex and Surrey (and anywhere else favoured by transport routes). The launch event is on Saturday 9th of February at Mid Kent college, Gillingham. Convenor: James Snyder

NE London and Essex 

A new area network for LSRN is being planned, covering the North East quadrant of London and Essex. No activities have yet been planned; these would be decided at an initial meeting of interested people. If you would like to get involved, contact the convenor Philip Lawrence at City & Islington College:


SET and LSRN in NW London
Join us after work on 22nd January 2019 at Stanmore College, North West London, from 5-7pm for a combined SET networking event and LSRN #FEResearchMeet – refreshments provided.
Whether a qualifying, new or experienced teacher, or working towards Masters or PhDs in adult, further and community education you’re very welcome to a range of quickfire presentations and interactive discussion to support your teaching and learning journey.
The draft agenda includes:
• Keynote ‘A brief overview of practitioner research and some basic approaches to research methods’ with Dr Sai Loo, Lecturer in Education, UCL Institute of Education, and
• ‘Educators’ research-engaged literacies practices contribute significantly to learning outcomes and professional wellbeing’ with Tara Furlong, Designing Futures
If you or your colleagues have been engaging in forms of research in your teaching and learning, please don’t hesitate to get in contact to share. We’re very happy to make space in the agenda for you!
Near the M25, A1 and M1; Jubilee line (connects to Metropolitan); and multiple bus routes. See Map. Booking here

LSRN Greater Manchester

6th March, 4-6pm – keynote Dr Alison Iredale from Leeds Beckett. Booking

also 26th June 2019 4-6pm – keynote Dr Jim Crawley from Bath Spa University – book here

also TELL meeting 26 June! – to book email Jim Crawley at

National LSRN

Spring workshop
LSRN’s twice yearly series of national workshops continues next Spring. Building on a suggestion from the previous workshop, the theme will be “Resources to support research and evidence use”.
The date is 14th March from 11.00 to 15.30 and the venue is Pearson in The Strand in central London. Full details will appear in a future Newsletter. The programme is aimed at practitioners. People from all parts of the sector and from HE and intermediate organisations are welcome. Participation is by invitation. If you wish to be invited, please contact Anne Thompson

Association for Research in Post Compulsory Education (ARPCE)
Inaugural Regional Seminar
ARPCE Is holding its inaugural regional research seminar in the City of Liverpool College on 13th February 2019. The theme of the event is Past, Present and Future FE Policy.
Speakers include Professor Geoffrey Elliot (ARPCE President), Professor Robin Simmons (Huddersfield University), Dr Gary Husband (Stirling University), and Professor Vicky Duckworth (Edge Hill University).
The event is supported by the AoC, the ETF and UCU. It is fully booked but videos of the presentations will be available after the event on the ARPCE website and colleagues are invited to follow the event via the Twitter hashtag #ARPCECoLCRelaunch

UCL Institute of Education

Adult education and inclusion of young adults: policy and practice-related findings from the EduMAP Horizon 2020 Project

A free workshop will be held on 11 January 2019 at UCL Institute of Education on the EduMAP Horizon 2020 project (2016-2019). This has been about advancing the understanding of the role of adult education in promoting the social inclusion and active participation of young adults across Europe.

This workshop includes a presentation and discussion of findings, examples of good practice and challenges affecting different European countries.

The event will be of interest to practitioners, managers, policy makers, academics and anyone else working involved with education, training and the social inclusion of young adults.

For more information and to learn how to secure a place please write to Dr Natasha Kersh,


Coldwell, M. and Maxwell, B. (2018a) Using evidence-informed logic models to bridge methods in educational evaluation. Review of Education 6, 267–300.

Coldwell, M., Maxwell, B., 2018b. Context and Implications Document for: Using evidence-informed logic models to bridge methods in educational evaluation. Review of Education 6, 301–302.

Loo, S. (2018) Vocational Teachers’ Knowledge, Experiences, and Pedagogy, In McGrath, S.; Mulder, M.; Papier, J. and Suart, R. (Eds.) Handbook of Vocational Education and Training: Developments in the Changing World of Work. Cham, Switzerland: Springer

Ovenden-Hope, T.; Blandford, S.; Cain, T. and Maxwell, B. (2018) RETAIN early career teacher retention programme: evaluating the role of research informed continuing professional development for a high quality, sustainable 21st century teaching profession. Journal of Education for Teaching 44, 590–607.

I hope you all have a really nice Christmas and new year


Jim Crawley


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