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Further Education Community of Practice

This national Community of Practice has been launched to showcase and share practitioner-led research in the FE sector.

 The aim of the initiative is to raise the profile of FE research, build new connections between practitioner-researchers and promote the sharing of effective practice across the sector.

The Community of Practice, with a particular focus on social mobility and educational access, includes a series of monthly online discussions featuring both practitioners and policymakers, and an online hub to facilitate ongoing discussion and knowledge sharing among participants. Funding to establish the network was provided by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), and it has been backed by the Association of Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA).

The Community was launched in February 2021, and was featured in Tes, FE News and the SFCA's Blog 6. A full report on the project, written by Stephen Exley, has been published by FETL.

Register here to join the community for free, and to receive information about upcoming sessions.

If you have any questions about the conference or would like any further information, please contact

Future sessions

Changing practice, changing FE through powerful action research

Dr David Powell, Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at the University of Huddersfield

Claire Collins, MD, Claire Collins Consultancy

Vicky Butterby, Teacher/Researcher, Claire Collins Consultancy

Andy Convery, bio to follow

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 12noon - 1pm

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Previous sessions

Research in FE: Building an evidence-led sector

Stephen Evans, CEO at Learning and Work Institute

Vicky Duckworth, Professor in Education at Edge Hill University

Sam Jones, Lecturer at Bedford College and Founder of #FEresearchmeet

Rae Tooth, CEO at Villiers Park

Wednesday 3 March 2021


What next for FE's Dancing Princesses? 

Kevin Orr, Professor of Work and Learning at University of Huddersfield

Sarah-Jane Crowson, Scholarship and Enterprise Development Manager at Hereford College of Arts

Paul Smith, Head of Faculty for Maths, English, ESOL and Foundation Learning at City of Wolverhampton College

Thursday 29 April 2021


The ethics of using students as research subjects

Kate Webb, FE Adviser to the FE Commissioner and former CEO at Windsor Forest Colleges Group

Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges

Joss Kang, Managing Director of Touch Consulting

Thursday 27 May 2021


Learnings from the College Collaboration Fund

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

Jayne Holt, Assistant Principal at Walsall College

Gill Scott, Group Quality Manager at LTE Group

Tim O’Riordan, Researcher in Education at Plumpton College

Wednesday 23 June 2021

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