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List of courses on the Foundation Online learning environment


These resources provides a flexible way of learning more about the Prevent duty and what individuals and organisations in the FE sector need to do.

A suite of four modules are available on this subject that are tailored for Practitioners, Support Staff, Leaders and Managers, and Governors and Board members.

As of July 2016, four more modules have been added. These cover Employers, Subcontractors and Host Families, as well as an easy-read version of the Support Staff module.

Leadership and management and governance

Leadership toolkits aimed at a variety of subsectors

Interactive learning resources and tools to support leadership and management development in a variety of contexts. Each toolkit contains modules that cover:

    1. Managing the operation
    2. Quality improvement
    3. Responding to policy
    4. Finance and funding
    5. Equality and diversity
    6. Learning and technology
    7. Leading your organisation
    8. The responsive provider
    9. People and organisations

The four toolkits cover: Adult learning (ACL), Work based learning (WBL), Independent specialist colleges (ISC), and Offender learning and were updated in 2013.

Community-led services toolkit

Interactive resources to help providers develop a community-led approach to service and organisational development.


Information from the project, which examines evidence of where creative and entrepreneurial leadership can increase productivity and expand market share.

Managing people

A video based resource designed to help managers to deal with difficult situations in managing members of their teams including: managing meetings, giving difficult feedback and handling volatile encounters.

Leading sustainable development

Online resource to support learning providers in developing their strategic response to the sustainable development agenda, and to embed sustainability across their whole organisation, its operations and business.

Just-in-time resources shared course area

There are two resources aimed at giving busy individuals just in time support in using technology effectively:

    • Making the best of PowerPoint
    • Using Excel

Teaching and learning

Safeguarding and safer recruitment in FE 2014

This is the new version of the learning resource for 2014, with a choice of two assessments. One which can be undertaken after the first three modules of the course (aimed at all staff in the organisation), and a second assessment for those who wish to undertake all five modules (aimed at those with responsibilities for recruiting staff including recruitment panel members at all levels).

Career learning for all (2012)

Career learning for all is an online resource designed for tutors and teaching staff in the learning and skills sector, both career specialists and non-specialists. The content is aimed at helping you develop the skills and knowledge you need to give your learners support with their career choices and next steps.

Professional Standards – Self Assessment

You may use this tool to rate yourself against the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training (England). The standards are:

    • Professional skills
    • Professional values and attributes
    • Professional knowledge and understanding

     Teach inside

Have you ever considered a career in offender learning?  This resource contains lots of interesting materials, films, quizzes, etc created by those already working in prison education to entice others to do so!  You can dip in and out or work through the resources from start to end.  We hope you like them and look forward to you joining us in this rewarding career.

New to the sector

Interactive learning resources to provide an introduction to the education and skills sector to a new member of staff.

Maths and English

ETF Maths Pipeline project: stimulus videos

This course consists of a number of videos, set in a variety of contexts, to stimulate discussion in training sessions to improve the teaching of maths.

English self-evaluation tool

This self-evaluation tool (SET) is for teachers of English - Functional Skills at Entry level 3 or above, or GCSE English Language. It is designed as a checklist for you to identify what aspects of the teaching of English you are confident in, and what if anything you would like to develop further.

Mathematics Self-Evaluation Tool

This self-evaluation tool is designed to help you gain a profile of your maths content knowledge. It addresses mathematical knowledge up to level 3 which is the specified level for anyone teaching maths GCSE or functional maths at level 2. The aim is to help you to identify which areas of content you may need to further develop in order to be confident to teach students at the level stated. There is also a pedagogy module focussing on teaching strategies.

Improving the teaching of maths and English

This course will support you to develop your personal maths and English skills at Level 2 with some extension activities to Level 3 in order to effectively support learners on a range of programmes of learning with maths and English skills.

It also provides ideas and relevant information about how to approach teaching each topic and reinforce effective practice. There are also links to other useful teaching and learning resources.


SEND self-assessment tool and effectiveness guide

This guide and its companion self-assessment tool (an Excel worksheet) have been produced to help post-16 education providers and local authorities to self-assess their current effectiveness in relation to implementing the Children and Families Act, 2014 and to drive improvements in provision.

Supporting dyslexic learners in different contexts

A comprehensive introduction to dyslexia for practitioners and managers. Also provides advice and guidance regarding effective practices for supporting dyslexic learners.

Implementing disability equality

This learning programme is designed to help staff in the sector to understand disability equality issues and to develop strategies for implementing disability equality in their institutions.

Equality and diversity

Advancing equality and diversity

This comprehensive learning programme,covering all protected characteristics, will equip staff with the understanding and skills to implement equality & diversity and community cohesion strategies in their own work and across their institutions.

Challenging inappropriate behaviour

This course consists of a number of drama videos depicting scenarios that might occur in the learning and skills sector. The videos stimulate discussion about how to deal with such incidents. A comprehensive set of trainer's notes provide all the guidance required to use these videos for staff development sessions.

Age equality

This interactive programme is designed to help staff in the sector to understand the implications of age equality as set out in the Equality Act 2010.

Trans-gender equality: the 7th strand

This is an innovative training and development resource aimed at supporting providers in the Learning and Skills sector in extending their equality practices to include trans-gender equality.

Visible and valued

This course is designed to raise the issue of sexual orientation equality for staff in the Education and Training sector.

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