The PDN Blog

This is the space for FE practitioners, thinkers and learners to share their ideas, thoughts and experiences in the sector.

If you would like to write a Blog for us, on the topic of further / adult community education and skills, please contact Chloë at chloeh@pdnorth.org.uk

Writer Guidelines:

WORD: 300 – 1,000 words. Keep it short and engaging. Something folks can read in their break, on the bus or in the staffroom when they have a spare moment.

STYLE: Flexible. We’re interested in: Voices from the classroom/staffroom. Resource explorations. Reviews of books, blogs and events. Think pieces. Descriptions of PDNorth exchange activity. Critical thoughts.

REFERENCES: If you choose to mention other people’s work, events, videos, resources etc please reference them and give them the kudos they deserve.

Title Slide: Cultural Diversity in the FE Sector and the Impact of Co-Identification

My Lockdown Confession: I forgot to compost!

by Chloë Hynes, PDNorth Lead ⬆️ TL;DR* Last…

Embrace the Zoom!

By Toby Eveleigh, GCSE Maths Course Manager, Taunton. @tobyeveleigh Anyone…

The Potential of the Pivot

by Elizabeth Hillier for the NW English PEN Lockdown has…

Organising the CPD Exchange – Week #13

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou…

Organising the CPD Exchange: Week #11

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou…

Organising the CPD Exchange: Week #9

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou…

The Colour of Courage

By Annie Pendrey. Member of PDNorth’s online practitioner…

Organising the CPD Exchange: Week #7

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou…

‘It’s an opportunity to lift your head and look around.’

A collaborative blog for PD North from the online Practitioner…

Organising the CPD Exchange Week #5

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou…

Working From Home: The New Normal

Members of the @ccc_pathways team share what it's like to #WFH. As…

‘If I only had the nerve’: possessing GRIT and having courage

By Annie Pendrey. Member of PDNorth's online practitioner action…

Organising the CPD Exchange Week #3

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou…

Organising the CPD Exchange Week #2 (Again)

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou…

Organising the CPD Exchange: Week #2

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou…

Organising the CPD Exchange: Week #1

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou…

Trying out phonic-based approaches with ESOL students – an action research approach

By Laura Kehdi - Westway Trust. Member of PDNorth's online…

Twenty years in FE: How Practitioner Research has shaped my professional development.

Cathy Clarkson from our CPD exchange (Yorkshire & Humberside)…

Showcasing Digital: Inspiring others to #HaveAGo

by Susanna Brandon, PDNorth Northwest TLA exchange As part…

Developing Digital Literacies in English

A colleague asked me about digital resources for teaching English…

PD North HQ – meet your 2019 – 2020 team!

Images (top row) Chloë Hynes, PD North's Creative Director; …

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

Social influences, labelling or a mental health epidemic? Understanding…

Building Communities, Building Teachers; Communities of Practice in Action

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By Debbie Williams, PD North member and Teaching and Learning…

Overpowering the staff room garlics…

By Sue Keenan, Head of Teaching and Learning at Myerscough College. Tofu…

Why we teach…

By Sue Keenan @suekeenanQTLA Head of Teaching and Learning:…

Audience Engagement

My thoughts and learning as I prepare training on alternatives…

What’s the big deal about Screencasting?

By Chloe Hynes (PDNorth Social Media Comms) I first…

Dipping into Digital

A story of two digital “dinosaurs” foray into blogging and…

Square Pegs & Round Holes: Finding your fit in education

by Vicky Butterby Member of PDNorth: North east & Cumbria   When…

Teaching within the community – It’s not all about grammar!

by Colette Butterworth   Why is teaching English in…

Teach Like You Mean It

by Susan Keenan, PD (Lancs) TLA   I have recently…

Using ‘Job Sheets’ to Get Prisoners into Maths & English

By Barry Hartle, Instructional Officer -  HMP Haverigg From…

Power of the Network

by Gail Lydon, newly appointed PDNorth Regional Lead for Yorkshire…

FAB – Opening the Arms

by Lou Mycroft (PDNorth Digital Lead)   Some years…

Encouraging Learner Autonomy

By Anthony Dunne  PD (Mersey) Maths   There are…

Summer Reading

by Lou Mycroft (PDNorth Digital Lead & Dancing Princess) I’m…

Unlocking the ESOL Mindset

Delivering a workshop at a national conference by Colette…

Teaching Basic Literacy – Quick and easy strategies for the toolkit

Teaching basic literacy by Chloe Hynes    In recent…

Writing a Great Blog for PDNorth

If you’re even reading this, somewhere in your head is the…