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NCFE's Professional Development Week

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Back by popular demand, we hosted our second Professional Development Week on 1-5 July 2024.

Teachers, assessors, senior leaders and support staff, joined us for a week of free informative sessions, where experts from across NCFE and some of our external partners delivered a range of sessions to:

  • support you to enhance your teaching and learning
  • inspire you with ideas to improve learner engagement
  • develop confidence
  • inform you about NCFE systems and processes
  • provide the advice and guidance needed for success.
Useful information
  • All attendees for the live sessions will receive a digital credential after completing the feedback form (shared during your session) and giving us permission to share your email address with our provider, Learning Vault. Learn more about Digital credentials.
  • Recordings of all the live sessions will be added to our YouTube playlist from 8 July.
  • Everyone who registers to attend a live session will be sent the recording and slides afterwards.
  • You can access the recording from the YouTube playlist once published so you don’t miss out.
Contact us

For further enquiries on Professional Development Week, please contact our Provider Development team at [email protected].

On-demand sessions

An example digital credential




Activity description / outcomes

Registration link

Harnessing the power of ChatGPT in education – enhancing teaching and learning

Monday 1 July

10 – 11am

Join us for an engaging 1 hour virtual event as part of Personal Development Week, where we delve into the revolutionary capabilities of ChatGPT in the realm of education. This session is designed for educators, trainers, and anyone passionate about leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

On demand

Unpicking assessment objectives

Monday 1 July

11:00 – 11:45am

This live session will encourage teachers and assessors to examine and identify the differences between assessment objectives within sample exam materials. It will support them in recognising the appropriate command verbs at each level and how to distinguish these within their own student’s work.

On demand

Exploring behaviour management strategies


Monday 1 July

1:30 – 2:15pm

Come along to this interactive session which will allow participants to explore and discuss some classroom management strategies teachers could use with adult learners. We'll introduce and examine some tried and tested strategies, allowing you to discuss their adaptation and use in your teaching practice. Come along and hear about personal experiences, share best practice and evaluate activities which you could take away and use!

On demand

What's the problem with AI writing detectors?

Monday 1 July

3:30 – 4:30pm

This session will explore current AI writing detectors, showing why their accuracy measures are hard to understand, the tools available to disguise AI outputs, and practical suggestions for the use of AI writing detectors in education.

On demand

Feedback to feed-forward

Tuesday 2 July

3 – 3:45pm

This short professional development session that focuses on identifying strategies that review performance and techniques to support with learner progression

On demand

Exploring EDI in education – outcomes versus input

Wednesday 3 July

1 2pm

This workshop will allow you to explore EDI values and principles, focusing on the benefits an inclusive approach can bring to learning. Using a range of experiences, the facilitators will discuss the role of EDI in education, including alternative provision and school refusal, promotion and celebration of diversity and the benefits of an inclusive approach.

On demand

Understanding the new 16-19 landscape

Wednesday 3 July

3:30 – 4:15pm

This informative session is for teachers and senior leaders of schools and colleges. A simple, and mostly jargon-free explanation about the 16-19 reforms and what the new qualifications will look like with time for Q and A.

On demand

Raising aspirations – making the most of external visits

Thursday 4 July

1 – 2pm

Creative take away ideas to close the attainment gap and build confidence. This session is for educators to explore how external visits can be used as a prompt for learners to articulate ideas, encourage discussion and promote engagement.

On demand

Teaching materials and support for delivering T levels

Thursday 4 July

4 – 5pm

An interactive webinar outlining the support available from Gatsby's Technical Education Networks (TEN) programme which has three main outputs: teaching materials, research, and events with an early focus on T Levels. The TEN programme focuses on five technical education routes:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Digital
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Health and Science.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and interact throughout the webinar.

On demand

Unlocking NCFE – mastering website navigation for providers

Friday 5 July

12:30 – 1pm

Discover strategies for seamless navigation of the extensive and information-rich NCFE website, where over 1,000 qualifications, along with integrated EPA, Skills Assessment tools, and accreditation services, await exploration. Join our concise session designed to empower providers in efficiently locating essential information amidst the complexity.

Throughout the session, participants will learn effective search methods, gain insights on streamlining their browsing experience, and have the opportunity to contribute insights and request personalised searches during the session, ensuring a tailored and enriching experience for all.

On demand

The impact of trauma

Friday 5 July

1:30 – 2pm

A short interactive session for teachers and support staff exploring the impact of trauma through a person-centred lens.

On demand

Recorded sessions



Recording link

In conversation with Rachel and Gemma

Rachel and Gemma (Provider Development Officers at NCFE) will discuss the links between teaching learning and formative assessment and how using Bloom's Taxonomy can improve the quality of assessments and enhance student learning outcomes.

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Inclusive vocational pathways: autism support project in partnership with GMLPN

Join us for the launch of our online CPD Module 'Inclusive Vocational Pathways: Autism Support' via CACHE Alumni. The online CPD module, aimed at Training Providers, will equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to effectively support autistic individuals within your vocational pathways. This podcast will include a project recap, give you a first look at the online CPD module, detail how to access the module and allow space for initial feedback!

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Successful partnership working


Watch this recorded session to unlock top tips to promote child-centred partnership working.

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Role of the special educational needs and disabilities coordinator (SENDCo)

Learn about best practice in co-ordinating support for children and young people with additional needs in this informative session.

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Thank you to everyone who joined our first ever Professional Development Week back in December 2023, helping to make it a huge success.

If you missed it, both the live and recorded sessions are available to watch on our YouTube channel and aim to enhance your teaching practice and develop knowledge and confidence in some key areas of education.

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Contact us

For further enquiries on Professional Development Week, please contact our Provider Development team at [email protected]

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