West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

FE Catalyst Learning

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The Further Education (FE) Catalyst Learning project aims to strengthen the professional development and progression of the West Yorkshire FE workforce.

WYCC pilot project:

The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) has been successful in a bid to receive funding from the Department for Education (DfE) Further Education Professional Development Grants.

This DfE funding will support the pilot project, 'FE Catalyst Learning', with training packages designed to address challenges faced by staff entering further education from industry as well as upskilling existing staff in vocational areas.

The objectives of the programme are to:
  • Develop new and existing further education teaching staff
  • Fully enhance teaching capability and confidence
  • Facilitate peer to peer experiences that enrich curriculum delivery
Innovative training packages will be developed and delivered focussing on the following teaching themes:
  • Socratic questioning
  • Belongingness
  • Digitalisation within the classroom
  • Emotions coaching
  • Blended learning and virtual learning environments to aid classroom learning


Participating further education colleges:
  • Askham Bryan
  • Bradford College
  • Calderdale College
  • Kirklees College
  • Leeds College of Building
  • Luminate Education Group
  • Shipley College
  • Wakefield College

The FE Catalyst Learning project runs until the end of March 2022.