West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

FE Catalyst Learning

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

WYCC pilot project:

The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) received funding from the Department for Education (DfE) Further Education Professional Development Grants to support the pilot project, 'FE Catalyst Learning'.

Training packages were designed to address challenges faced by staff entering further education from industry as well as upskilling existing staff in vocational areas.

The objectives were 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

A selection of expert facilitators delivered the training to learning facilitators from the eight colleges involved.

Meet the expert facilitators

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 pilot ended in March 2022, but the learning facilities continue to cascade their knowledge and skills within the colleges.

FE Catalyst Learning - College Community website