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.

Policy and Practice

Policy and Practice

This chapter will contextualise the role of further education in social policy. It will further focus on policy and professional practice using case studies as a reflective tool to examine how policy impacts professional practice and professionalism within FE. Issues of discretion (Lipsky, 2010), commitment to learners and performativity will be explored thematically in this chapter.

Policy in FE is principally aimed at tackling social exclusion and contributing to economic efficiency. Several measures have contributed to increasing participation in FE and the achievement of learners. However, there remain significant challenges in FE due to policy changes, particularly for adults as this provision has borne the brunt of recent funding cuts, leaving the needs of many of the most disadvantaged adults ...

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