Developing an understanding of professional practice is essential for anyone training to teach in the further education and skills sector. This go-to guide will give you a clear understanding of the major topics covered in the mandatory Wider Professional Practice and Development unit of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, and more broadly explores the value of professionalism to all aspects of further education. Key coverage includes:  • Understanding learners and attitudes to learning  • How to do action research  • Professional observation and development  • Making sense of education policy  • Teacher expectations  • Challenges to equality and diversity  • The inclusive curriculum These topics are discussed within a wider political and socio-economic context, and are supported by insightful case studies and activities. This is essential for anyone studying the Diploma in Education and Training, and recommended reading for related courses in the further education and skills sector.

Working with Stakeholders

Working with Stakeholders

The influence of stakeholders within FE, such as employers, awarding bodies, Ofsted, Governors, learners, parents and teachers, and their role within quality improvement, will be examined from a critical perspective regarding the marketisation of FE. The role of stakeholders in advocacy of FE, recognising its role and provision, as well the impact of a demand-led sector on provision will be examined. In addition, this chapter also offers practical guidance to support teachers working with stakeholders. The impact of accountability on institutional culture and subsequently on professional learning and practice will also be discussed.

This chapter will cover the following:

  • An overview of the range of potential stakeholders in FE
  • Accountability to stakeholders
  • Institutional cultures and the impact on professional learning and practice


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