CPD training

Learning and development has to adapt to policy, funding and economic changes. When you need support to keep on top of this while delivering the highest possible standard of teaching and learning, consider one of our in-house or open training events.

  • Experienced facilitators who are expert in their sector
  • Handbook and materials to refer to after the sessions
  • Programmes can count towards your CPD portfolio
  • Available as private sessions for up to 25 delegates
  • Bespoke sessions available

For more information on any of the workshops, including bespoke courses and in-house training, please email advance@cityandguilds.com.

Although our courses are targeted, we can adapt them to your organisation and needs.

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Improving Internal Quality Assurers (IQA) Practices

This one day workshop style session is an opportunity to keep ahead of assessment developments following the latest guidelines from Regulators and City & Guilds. This session is designed to be a highly interactive experience for Assessors to reflect, share best practice and collect practical tips and guidance from our expert Facilitator.

The event is aimed at those with some knowledge of Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) practice.

The workshop includes topics such as:

  • Improving learner performance through verbal and written feedback
  • RPL, Recognition of Prior Learning from the assessor perspective
  • Making the most of Professional Discussion
  • The IQA role within the learner journey
  • A risk management approach to sampling
  • Effective standardisation activities
  • Supporting assessors and improving performance

Improving Internal Quality Assurers (IQA) Practices

Speaker: Suzi Gray

Date & Location: 15 October - Belfast

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Improving Internal Quality Assurers (IQA) Practices

Speaker: Clare Grist

Date & Location: 16 October - Cardiff

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External Quality Assurance - EQA (2 day workshop)

This programme will provide knowledge, understanding and practical opportunities to explore what an external quality assurer (EQA) does to monitor a centre approved to deliver qualifications. Delegates will consider the fundamental aspects of the EQA role as well how they maintain good practice in relation to legislative and regulatory requirements. The two-day training event will provide the opportunity to learn, practice and carry out valuable activities which reflect the EQA role.

The day will help you to:

  • Explain the context and principles of external quality assurance
  • List information required to be able to plan for an EQA visit
  • Compare at least 4 different techniques for sampling within a centre
  • Discuss how to maintain and improve quality
  • Manage information effectively
  • Recognise legal and good practice requirements

Benefits:

  • Gain an understanding of the EQA role
  • Enhance your knowledge of quality assurance to review and improve your own organisation’s procedures and performance
  • Develop your knowledge and skills as preparation for becoming an EQA in the future
  • Support and develop your own centre to confirm compliance with awarding organisation (AO)
  • If you are already an EQA the programme will refresh and update your knowledge

Date & Location: 19-20 September - Wakefield

Speaker: Lois Acaster

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Date & Location: 26-27 September - London

Speaker: Linda Chorley

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How to teach Maths and English together

A series of CPD events to improve the delivery of English

  • Beneficial for staff working in a variety of vocational settings
  • One-day events comprising of two linked themes/topics that providers tell us they would like support with
  • Standalone days or attend all in the series
  • Practical, hands-on workshops aimed primarily at non-specialist English staff
  • Some events also give valuable CPD for specialist English staff: topics such as digital learning or stretching and challenging learners.

Who is it for?

  • Practitioners responsible for the delivery of maths, English and ESOL including Functional Skills
  • Non-specialist English Tutors
  • Vocational Learning Practitioners who embed maths & English in their teaching
  • Learning Support Staff
  • Curriculum Managers.

Workshop 1
How to embed English in a vocational setting/How to differentiate your learning and stretch and challenge learners

Workshop 2
How to make the most of digital tools in English teaching/How to effectively use blended learning

Workshop 3
How to master problem solving in the English class/How to effectively use task based learning

Workshop 4
How to create practical resources to support English delivery: Reading toolbox and Writing toolbox

Workshop 5
How to read criteria to develop achievable learning aims/How to boost your confidence and develop your English skills

To enquire about any of the workshops, plese email advance@cityandguilds.com

New! Initial Assessment and Prior Learning

As part of our continued support for the sector we are running a series of national quality improvement events aimed at all vocational sectors delivering new apprenticeship standards and EPA with City & Guilds.

This informative half-day workshop will provide you with the key information you need to ensure you can implement a best practice approach to delivering initial assessment and prior learning, from an auditors standpoint. The workshop will be a helpful mix of best practice information sharing, hints and tips for a successful audit and practical discussions to resolve any individual issues identified. The workshop aims to provide you with all the tools you needs to ensure a successful and pain free funding audit with no claw back of funds for no compliance with prior learning and IA expectations.

The event is aimed at: Heads of Training, Apprenticeship Training Heads or Managers, Curriculum Managers and Heads, Apprenticeship/WBL Managers, MIS Managers, Quality Managers and others who may have a role in the management or delivery of apprenticeship programmes.

This workshop delivered over half a day will cover the key themes of:

  • Reviewing your current centre practice in respect of Initial Assessment  and identification of prior learning in apprenticeships of all levels
  • Understanding the importance of Initial Assessment (IA) and assessing prior learning.
  • Understanding your MIS data and how it can support your audit preparations
  • Understanding what an Auditor will expect to see and what evidence is expected and where it should be kept.
  • Exploring the approach to agreeing changes to the apprentices programme  with the employer and how the apprentice should contribute to the process

Understanding expectations for reductions in price, content and duration of apprenticeships due to IA and prior learning 

Speaker: Bryony Kingsland

Date & Location: 30 September – London

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Speaker: Bryony Kingsland

Date & Location: 8 October – Wakefield

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New! Best Practice in professional discussions and interviews for EPA

As part of our continued support, we are running a series of national quality improvement events aimed at all vocational sectors delivering new apprenticeship standards and EPA with City & Guilds. A workshop filled with engaging practical and other activities, aims to provide ideas for further developing your individual and centre practice when working with new apprentices in preparing them for their EPA professional discussion or interview.

The workshop is aimed at;

  • Assessors/Trainers
  • Curriculum Managers
  • IQAs
  • Apprenticeship/WBL Managers
  • Quality Managers
  • Others who may have a teaching, learning and/or assessment role within the delivery of the new apprenticeship standards.

Employers are also welcome to attend.

Date & Location: 8 October – Warrington

Speaker: Paul Robottom

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Date & Location: 26 November – London

Speaker: Paul Robottom

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New! Best practice in the quality assurance for the new Apprenticeship Standards (England)

Date & Location: 29 October – London

Speaker: Paul Robottom

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Leadership and Management

This series of one day CPD event are full of engaging activities which will allow those attending to reflect on their current leadership styles and practices in and FE context and highlight areas of further development.

The events are aimed at middle managers in England and who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of key concepts which impact on leadership within the sector

Finance & Curriculum Drivers:
The Finance & Curriculum Drivers workshop will support managers in having a greater understanding of the characteristics of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) funding models and implications for leadership.

Managing Performance:
The Managing Performance workshop will help you to understand of how to motivate and develop staff, and provide you will a better understanding of your role as manager in HR issues. The workshop will explore techniques to manage performance, and provide an introduction to techniques for coaching and mentoring staff.

Leading Learning and Organisational Performance:
The Leading Learning and Organisational Performance workshop will help identify the role of leaders in developing inspirational teaching in individuals and teams and consider the power and influence you have as a leader of learning. It will look at the centrality of teaching learning and assessment and the role of Ofsted, and will look at the potential use and impact of learning technology.

Leadership in an FE Context:
This module is designed to build understanding about the essence of leadership in an FE context. It will help participants explore their personal style and how this can be applied to key management responsibilities

Project Management:
The purpose of this module is to explain the major components and phases of effective project management.

Participants will be shown how to apply the concepts of project management to managing change within the College and reflect on the implications for their leadership role within the college.

At the end of the module participants will understand the key concepts of:

  • Project initiation
  • Project planning
  • Project execution
  • Monitoring and controlling a project
  • Closing a project

Available in-house for up to 25 delegates

We offer this as an in-house event. This means you can have this delivered on your own premises, on your chosen date for up to 25 delegates. Our expert facilitator will customise your session to the specific needs of your staff, offering a uniquely tailored CPD experience.

If you are interested please email advance@cityandguilds.com.

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Speakers

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Derrick Jones

Independent management consultant (Delivers Leadership & Management)

Derrick is currently an independent management consultant. He has 17 years consultancy experience having developed and led the education advisory teams for KPMG LLP and Deloitte Management Consulting.

Prior to entering consultancy, Derrick had 15 years’ experience in education with his last post being as a Vice Principal of a large College in the North West of England where he was responsible for the areas of Finance, Personnel, Estates, MIS, Central Admissions, Marketing, and Catering. He was Clerk to the Board for 14 years, and also taught in the Faculty of Business and Management at Level 2 to Level 6.

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Lois Acaster

External Quality Assessor

Lois has EQA'd for City and Guilds for over 30 years, initially alongside a full time permanent job delivering teacher education in further and higher education and latterly whilst working as a consultant for the Education and Training Foundation and other educational institutions. Lois is well known as a teacher educator across the UK mainly because of her role as lead presenter for a number of initiatives such as the introduction of new teaching qualifications and the QCF, and was contracted by LSIS in 2013 to write the 'new' post compulsory teacher education qualifications which became the City and Guilds 6502 suite.

Lois currently EQA's teaching and assessing qualifications in the Middle East and Far East and in the north of the UK. On behalf of the ETF, Lois has worked on the English and maths pipelines, and is now currently involved as Programme Assessor for their OTLA project.

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Paul Robottom

Technical Advisor for Health & Social Care

Paul has worked in training and development in the FE and HE sectors for 20 years.  A seven year period as a Senior Manager in an FE College, included management of work based apprenticeships in Health and Social Care, Business & Administration/Customer Service and Product Manufacturing. An early career in the Probation/Prison Service supported the development in his health and care knowledge and practice and his teaching/training skills, which have been well utilised across the City & Guilds group  working with a range of customers including adult care and health vocational sectors.

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Rachel Oner

Freelance consultant, trainer and EQA (Delivers Teaching English series of 5)

I have been working in education and training since 1991 in teaching and management roles. I have worked in various settings including Offender Learning, Work-based Learning, Adult Education and for private training providers.

My skills, qualifications and experience include:

  • Consultancy and training
  • ESOL and English programme delivery with specialisms in embedding and contextualising
  • ESOL and English Subject Specialist Qualified
  • Language Learning (MFL)
  • Staff Development Programmes
  • Internal & External Quality Assurance
  • Employer ESOL focussed projects and resource development
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Suzi Gray

Technical Advisor for Health & Social Care (Delivers IQA Practices)

Originally from an Early Years and Play work background, I have 30yrs occupational experience at Executive Level in Health and Social Care, Childhood and Youth Programmes and Early Years in the public, private and the voluntary and community sectors across Wales, Northern Ireland, England and Internationally. During this time I have also been involved in the development, delivery and quality assurance of work based learning and vocational technical qualifications.