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.

Future Challenges for FE

Future Challenges for FE

In the 2015 General Election in the UK, education noticeably featured very little. The Conservative manifesto was light on detail regarding further education and skills, the only publicly made promise was that 3 million apprenticeships would be set up. However, there is much that is currently evident about the future of FE; a future which will happen sooner rather than later.

This chapter will cover the following:

  • Funding issues facing FE now and the potential future impact of funding
  • The cost of competition
  • The impact of the challenges on the FE workforce
  • Skills and the economic agenda as state intervention in FE
  • Future provision


Funding is the biggest issue facing further education and skills. There will be a significant reduction in funding and ...

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