Entries by Vicky Butterby

A mental ill-health epidemic in #FE or something else entirely?

PD North member Rebecca Gillett from Myerscough College shares her fascinating research into student mental-ill health. “A mental health epidemic is underway in Britain’s schools” (Moran 2019)  But is there really??? At the moment it seems that we are hard pressed not to pick up a newspaper, see posts on social media or internet news […]

Building Communities, Building Teachers; Communities of Practice in Action

By Debbie Williams, PD North member and Teaching and Learning Manager at Lancaster and Morecambe College Having delivered teacher training for many years, I’ve found that one of the greatest pleasures of the role is seeing trainee teachers enlivened, motivated and inspired by the professional discussions they have with others who teach in different areas. […]

Overpowering the staff room garlics…

By Sue Keenan, Head of Teaching and Learning at Myerscough College. A long time ago, I was on a training course about preparing to work overseas in a new culture. One question posed was ‘are you going to be a garlic or a tofu?’ . The definition of a garlic was someone who went with […]

Why we teach…

By Sue Keenan @suekeenanQTLA Head of Teaching and Learning: Myerscough College When the North West TLA Professional Exchange Network first met, we were challenged to decide three things we wanted to work on over our year together. There was conversation about the ever present challenges in Further Education and Skills. We discussed the usual suspects; […]