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POLICY WATCH FROM STEVE BESLEY is described as follows: 'Edexcel Policy Watch is a service that aims to provide anyone with an interest in education and skills with regular, easy to read and simple summaries of education developments. Summaries are generally produced each week on a single sheet and provide informed comment on latest developments in an accessible and relaxed format.' Very useful, and available online at: http://www.edexcel.org.uk/about/policies/epw/


EducatiOn line. A collection of papers from all the big names n the sector, and more from the not so well known, which cover most subjects to do with education. Some are almost embarrassingly pretentious and over-intellectualised (look out in particular for some of the titles !), whereas others are focussed, sharp and a really good read. Overall this is one of the best contemporary sources of full text writing which isn't enormously long, but which demonstrates critical argument is not dead ! Available at www.leeds.ac.uk/educol


All November / December 2011


A dynamic nucleus - final report (Colleges in the community)


SLIM Comment on New Challenges New Chances

SLIM Comment on the 2011 Autumn Statement

March 2011

The Wolf Report.pdf

Other 2011



Aimed at students on Bath Spa University's Initial Teacher Training Courses for Lifelong Learning (Cert Ed / PG Cert), but potentially useful for any teacher trainee, this is a selection of publications which are relevant to particular course modules.

Items are listed alphabetically by author, with guidance as to which course modules they may be best suited for (although feel free to use them as you see fit).

Aston Centre for Health Service Organisation Research (2000) Healthcare Team Effectiveness Project. Birmingham: Aston University. (pdf 495k - download here)

Although not from an educational context, this document has some really useful things to say about teamworking across disciplines and within an organisation. (Relevant to Yr 1 Modules LL1201 and 3; Yr 2 LL22/3201 and 2)

Barker, P. (2003) Learner guidance and support: the models used and how staff view their effects on retention. London: LSDA. (pdf 130k - download here) (Relevant to LL1201 and 3 in Yr 1 and LL22/3201, 2 and 3 in Yr 2) Research summary of a useful local report.

Barker, P., and Crawley, J. (2006) Providing Effective Support for Part Time Learners" Bristol: West Country Learning & Skills Research Network Download (pdf 180k) (Relevant to LL1201 and 3 in Yr 1 and LL22/3201, 2 and 3 in Yr 2)

Catalyst Consulting (1999) Accelerating Team Development - The Tuckman Model. Capitola CA: Catalyst Consulting Group (pdf 1.2mb - download here) This is an excellent summary and application of Tuckman's Group Development ideas (Relevant to all modules)

Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. (2010) An antomy of inequality in the UK
Download here (pdf)

Chin, P. & Overton, P. (2003) Assessing group work. York: HE Academy (pdf 500k - download here) (Relevant for LL1202)


Duckett, I. and Tatarkowski, M. (2004) Learning styles and their application for effective learning. London: LSDA
(pdf 48k - download here) (Relevant to all modules) This is one of the series called 'quick guides to effective practice', and it is useful. Be careful though, as it does not highlight some of the problems associated with learning style assessment. (see below for a more full and balanced consideration of Learning Style evaluation)

Ewens, D. (2003) Observation of teaching and learning in adult education: how to prepare for it, how to manage it and how to do it London: LSDA. (pdf 2mb - download here) (Relevant to all modules in Yr 1 and LL22/3203 in Yr 2)

Fullen, M. (1993) Why Teachers Must Become Change Agents. Educational Leadership: Volume 50 Number 6 March 1993. (pdf 120k - download here) (Relevant to LL22/3201 in Yr 2)


Green, M. (2003) Initial assessment: a learner centred process. London: LSDA. (pdf 220k - download here) (Relevant for LL1201 in Yr 1 and LL22/3203 in Yr 2) This document is designed to be used with a CD-ROM, but still contains useful information on its own.

Green, M. (2001) Successful tutoring: good practice for managers and tutors. London: LSDA (pdf 190k - download here) (Relevant for LL1201 and 3 in Yr 1 and LL22/3203 in Yr 2)


Hase, S., Davies, A. and Dick, B (1999) The Johari Window and the Dark Side of Organisations. Southern Cross University. (pdf 200k - download here). (Relevant to all modules)

Learning and Skills Research Centre (2004) Should we be using learning styles? What research has to say to practice. London: LSDA (pdf 520k - download here) A comprehensive review of 13 models of learning styles, with a number of key critical and positive points. A substantial document worthy of close study. (Relevant to all modules)

Learning and Skills Development Agency (2005) Integrating key skills, literacy and numeracy. London: LSDA (pdf 419k - download here) (Relevant to all modules)

Martinez, P. (2001) Great expectations: setting targets for students. London: LSDA (pdf 200k - download here) (Relevant to all modules)

Maynard, J. and Martinez, P. (2002) pride or prejudice? college teachers' views on course performance. London: LSDA (pdf 230k - download here) (Relevant to all modules)

McKimm, J. (2004) Developing yourself as a leader. Reflecting about yourself as a leader. FDTL Leadership programme. (pdf 87k - download here) (Relevant to Yr 2 LL22/3203) This is another article from a health context, but is useful both for a straightforward explanation of Kolb, and applications relating to the idea of reflective practice.

Race, P. (2004) Designing Assessment to Improve Physical Sciences Learning. LTSN Physical Sciences Centre: University of Hull. (pdf 520k - download here) (Relevant to LL1202 in Yr 1) Although aimed at a particular area, this publication has much to offer on assessment which is relevant to all teachers.

UKCES (2010) The Value of Skills - An Evidence Review. UK Commission for Employment and Skills  The Value of Skills: an Evidence Review - download - pdf
Skills are of economic value to individuals as workers; to the organisations that employ them; and to the country as a whole through greater productivity and competitiveness. There are also considerable social benefits that accrue to individuals and communities which aid the development of a more equitable and better functioning society. The Value of Skills helps to make 'the business case' for individuals, employers and governments to invest in skills and training.

Ward, J. and Edwards, J. (2002) Learning journeys, Learner's voices. Learners' views on progress and achievement in literacy and numeracy. London: LSDA (pdf 55k - download here) (Relevant to all modules)


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