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Research - Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning (TELL)

This section of the site features items relating to research in Lifelong Learning Teacher Education, under the auspices of Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning (TELL), a new network dedicated to Researching Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning Sector. TELL is a newly-formed network of teacher educators in the Lifelong Learning sector from across the UK, and who are working in Higher Education, Further Education and other parts of the Lifelong Learning sector to promote, carry out and advance the cause of research in this under-represented area.

As of March 2017 TELL has some 240 members.

Email j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk to join

Updates - Selected TELL meetings



Northumbria University, Coach Lane campus


11.00 Introductions and welcome
Local / national news / current issues / research / project activity

Research Showcase

11.45 Jim Crawley (Bath Spa University) Post Compulsory Teacher Educators - Connecting Professionals - Key themes from the new book written by TELL members
12.10 Liz Atkins (Northumbria University) New International Research Project (Planned) How/can we use Threshold Concepts in ITE for Lifelong Learning?

12.30 Lunch

13.00 Rachel Terry and Kate Lavender (Calderdale College). Supporting former PCET trainees after their initial teacher education
Rachel and Kate will disseminate the findings of an Education and Training Consortium funded research project into the support new teachers need in their first year after completing their initial teacher education.
13.30 Dave Darwent (Sheffield Hallam University) - Whether ITE programmes adequately train teachers how and when to use praise and how to give effective feedback in Post 16 and Life Long learning, and Higher Education.
14.00 David Powell (Huddersfield University) Learning to teach, modelling and the "sayings, doings and relatings" of further education (FE) based teacher educators and their in-service trainees – followed by discussion

15.00 Close

To book please email:

Liz Atkins (liz.atkins@northumbria.ac.uk) or Jim Crawley (j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk)



Marylebone Campus, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
Room M207, 2nd floor of Marylebone Building


10.30 Registration and Refreshments

10.50 Welcome

11.00 Dr Viv Ellis, Simon Gibbons & Meg Maguire, Kings College London; Ali Messer, Roehampton, Keith Turvey, Brighton, Ruth Heilbronn, UCL IOE Teacher Development 3.0: How we can transform the professional education of teachers.
11.45 Dr Jo-Ann Delaney, Canterbury Christchurch University. The measured approach to lesson observations.
12.15 Martin Compton, University of Greenwich.Trainee HE lecturers’ perspectives on observations by mentors and academic developers

12.45 Lunch

13.15 Dr Jim Crawley The current state of research in Post-Compulsory teacher education and sector and national/regional news.
13.45 Dr Eve Rapley, University of Hertfordshire. HE in FE pedagogy in a land based FE college
14.15 Louise Taylor, independent consultant. Meaningful observation: authentic learning
14.45 Peter Lyon, teacher educator in secure environments. Teacher education in prisons

15.15 End

Places are limited, so please book by emailing WBSFacultySupport@westminster.ac.uk

Download agenda and abstracts here


Sheffield TELL network meeting - thanks to Sheffield Hallam University's Institute of Education (in particular Dave Darwent) for hosting
In our local / national news section we discussed the effects of the growth of trainees who were undertaking a PCET ITE programme but intending to teach in a school, and the need to recruit and train many more teachers of Maths, English and IT. Providing the best quality support during their training, and at the start of their career, and working more closely with college management to establish and maintain that support was felt to be essential. It was also agreed that developing that support was not getting any easier in our current environment. It was felt this could potentially be the theme for a future TELL research project.

The research showcase featured:

Jim Crawley (Bath Spa University) Post Compulsory Teacher Educators - Connecting Professionals
Key themes from the new book written by TELL members
PowerPoint below and discount flyer above


Denise Robinson (and friends) New book on behaviour discussion. Possible title – ‘Beyond Control? Classroom Behaviour Management in the contemporary post-14 sector'.
PowerPoint below
PptBookProposalBeyond ControlTELL13.12.16.pptx
PptBookProposalBeyond ControlTELL13.12.16.pptx

PptBookProposalBeyond ControlTELL13.12.16.pptx

Bronwen Maxwell (Sheffield Hallam University) ‘Re-examining the ‘architecture’ for teacher mentoring in the further education and skills sector in England’
This presentation drew on the findings of a national mixed methods study of mentoring in the FE and Skills sector to explore empirically whether the principles of an architecture for mentoring proposed by Cunningham (2007) support successful mentoring and if so, whether they are sufficient to ensure high quality mentoring. It also explored the extent to which a supportive organisational architecture for mentoring is currently in place within the sector, and any other barriers to successful mentoring.
PowerPoint below
BERA presentation 11th Sept 2016.pptx
BERA presentation 11th Sept 2016.pptx

BERA presentation 11th Sept 2016.pptx

Sarah Younie (De Montfort University) and Christina Preston (founder of MirandaNet) - EU lifelong learning Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) project.
PowerPoint below
131216 v3 presentation.ppt
131216 v3 presentation.ppt

131216 v3 presentation.ppt

If TELL members wish to join Mirandanet, please browse the website at http://mirandanet.ac.uk/
and then look at http://mirandanet.ac.uk/joining-the-fellowship/

TELL Conference 14th April 2015 - University of Westminster
Thanks very much to Rebecca Eliahoo for organising our first all research conference.
The sessions was very well attended (around 40 were there), with many teacher education providers, partners and experts there.
The materials for the session, including embedded versions of presentations with the speaker's voice added as a soundtrack are below
Dr Jim Crawley, Bath Spa University

To view the presentation with sound,
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How can a deeper understanding of the professional situation of LLS teacher educators enhance their future support, professional development and working context?
The presentation PowerPoint is below

Dr Ann Lahiff, UCL-Institute of Education
Conducting developmental teaching observations: some lessons for FE teacher educators from research
Sabrina Poma, Canterbury Christchurch University

To view the presentation with sound,
click here Panopto_new_logo_small.png
The pivotal role of Universities acting as ‘buffer zones’ within FE initial professional formation
Sai Loo, UCL-Institute of Education; Dr John Bostock, Edge Hill University and Nikki Sowe, Consultant
Further Education Teacher Educators Project (FETEP): the journeys, visions and values of being a teacher educator and the various pathways to becoming a teacher educator.

The presentation PowerPoint is below

Jo-Ann Delaney, Canterbury Christchurch University
The implications for FE generic teacher educators of the existing standards and training programme for ESOL teacher educators through the University of Cambridge Teaching Awards
Dr Rebecca Eliahoo, University of Westminster
Professional standards and a professional profile for English teacher educators in FE
TELL network meeting 20th February 2015 Gloucester College - Cheltenham
Thanks very much to Angela Hughes and Gloucester College for hosting the day. Network members from Oxford Brookes; Portsmouth University; UWE and Gloucester College were in attendance. We had a really good meeting with a general discussion about our current activities and priorities with ITE including OfSTED; classroom observation; running 'new' 2014/15 programmes and news about Education and Training Apprentriceship 'Trailblazers'.
Mini presentations on David Holloway's research in Vietnam, and Jim Crawley's on LLS teacher educators were included, and the materials are below:
David Holloway

Paper - (the first full paper given at a TELL meeting)
Holloway, D. and Nguyen, M. (2015) Teaching students who are naturally gifted in the natural sciences to study literature. A practitioner research project. Paper at TELL meeting (Cheltenham - February 2015)

Jim Crawley

TELL network meeting 29th January 2015 University of Hull
Thanks very much to Carol Azumah Denis and the University of Hull for hosting the day. We had a really good meeting with the theme for the day of mentoring. Network members from Hull, Grimsby Institute, Rotherham College, Bath Spa University, University of Greenwich and Bishop Grossteste University were present in person or via the magic of facetime despite the wintery conditions. In addition to research showcases about mentoring, the meeting discussed research on teacher educators, leadership and careers in further education.

The PowerPoints from the day (the first has some useful weblinks in) have been kindly shared and are below:

August 2013

TELL Review of the year to August 2013

The year for TELL in brief

We had ... five meetings or joint meetings events across the year with 19 present at Reading College in October 2012, a missed date in Huddersfield due to snow (!), Kingston College in March 2013 with 15 present, Plymouth University in May 2013 with 18 present, Huddersfield in June with 90 present and the Institute of Education in London in July 2013, with 13 present, making an amazing total of 165 attendances at TELL and joint events during 2012/13, which suggests people do want to network around research!

We now have nearly 220 members.

The Teacher Educator UK website (http://teachereducatoruk.wikispaces.com/) is attracting more visitors, and as of July 2013, has had 13,000 unique visitors since January 2013, and 22,793 since it started in 2009 (when it received 39 visitors!).

Meeting notes and materials

October 2012 - Reading College

Meeting notes - PDF

Meeting update PowerPoint

March 2013 - Kingston College

Meeting Notes - PDF

Meeting Update PowerPoint

Carol Thompson and Peter Wolstencroft Research Presentation - PDF

BERA SIG / TELL Proposal - pdf

Sharing Innovation in Teacher Education (SITE) Project final report - PDF

Professionalism Presentation

May 2013 - Plymouth University

Meeting notes - PDF

Meeting update Powerpoint

Denise Summers Education for Sustainable Development presentation

Mary Turner Well Being presentation

BERA / TELL event publicity

SFA Funding Update - PDF

FE Guild summary implementation plan - pdf

CAVTL Results summary

June 2013 - Consortium for PCET Annual Conference 2013 - in association with Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning (TELL) network

"Policy directions in Teacher Education and Professional Development: implications for FE and Skills practitioners after de-regulation" - Friday, 28th June 2013 at University of Huddersfield

This joint event attracted around ninety participants. The day contained a series of workshops, and TELL was well represented with Huddersfield colleagues Denise Robinson chairing, and Kevin Orr contributing to a number of sessions, Jim Crawley (Bath Spa University) giving the keynote speech, Azumah Dennis (University of Hull), Katrina Diamond (Gloscoll) and Peter Wolstencroft and Carol Thompson (University of Bedfordshire) all running succesful workshops. Other TELL members were in the audience, and the conference report and documents are available from:

July 2013 - BERA Post Compulsory and Lifelong Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) / TELL event 12 th July 2013

This joint event was held at the Institute of Education, University of London on Friday, 12th July 2013, and attracted eighteen participants. The BERA-funded event included other participants from TELL and LSRN networks. It provided opportunities for those interested in this area of research to: network with others in this area, reflect on the possible areas of research with inputs from Professors Jean Murray and Karen Evans, and with contribution on current research from participants at the session. We explored specific areas for further research, and the results of this event will be available soon on the TELL section of this website. Further information on possible collaborative research will be distributed via the TELL mailing list and this website in July and again in early September. In the meantime Sai Loo at the institue has an idea for research which he would like to discuss with others, so please contact Sai at s.loo@ioe.ac.uk
Jean Murray Presentation

Sai Loo Presentation

Circulated December 2012

BERA Symposium

Dear colleague,
Proposed Symposium for BERA 2013 (PC&LL SIG)
We are sending this email to individuals and groups of researchers that we know have worked on teacher education in further education (FE). We are proposing to submit a symposium to BERA conference 2013 to respond to recent policy and to other changes in FE teacher education. We are inviting you to express an interest in writing a paper for this symposium, which will be submitted within the Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning SIG. Full details of the BERA conference are at http://beraconference.co.uk/ .

Our suggested overview is below.

FE Teacher Education in Changing Times

This symposium explores the impact on FE teacher training of Coalition Policy, following the findings and recommendations of the Wolf Review of Vocational Education (2011) and, more recently, the final report of the Independent Review Panel on Professionalism in Further Education (Lingfield report, 2012). The symposium seeks to respond to key questions and issues arising from Coalition Policy, such as: What are the implications of policy for professionalism in the field? What are the consequences for teacher education in the sector? What is happening to HE/FE relationships and partnerships? Is Coalition policy just more of the same?

This is only a guide and we will gratefully consider ideas that respond to policy in other ways. If you are interested, please send us a few sentences to describe the paper you would like to contribute. We would need to receive this brief description by 17 December. We will then look at the descriptions to form a coherent symposium proposal. We will let those selected know by 21 December and we would then need an abstract of 400 words by Friday 11 January for the submission to BERA for refereeing.

We very much hope that you will want to be part of this symposium. Please do not hesitate to contact either of us if you want to discuss an idea.

Best wishes,
Liz Atkins (l.atkins@hud.ac.uk)
Kevin Orr (k.orr@hud.ac.uk)

Post Compulsory and Lifelong Learning Special Interest Group (SIG)

We are keen to encourage contributions to the Post Compulsory and Lifelong Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) at the BERA conference 2013 at the University of Sussex in September so we are sending out an early notification that the deadline for abstracts for individual papers and for SIG symposium papers is 18th January. So you still have time to develop an abstract. More details on the content of abstracts and the reviewing system are available at http://beraconference.co.uk/ . Papers on any aspect of post compulsory education and training and lifelong learning are welcome.

Just a reminder, too, that the SIG has a small amount of money available for BERA members to help fund an event relevant to the SIG’s area of research. We can offer a total of £500 and it quite easy to apply for. Please send brief details of what you would like to do to Bronwen and me. We will convene a panel as necessary to decide where the money should go. It would also be possible to make a bid for a larger event next year and carry the £500 over to make a total of £1000 available. If you are a member of BERA, we urge you to apply. If you want a chat about this, please get in touch.

Bronwen Maxwell (B.Maxwell@shu.ac.uk<mailto:B.Maxwell@shu.ac.uk>) and Kevin Orr (k.orr@hud.ac.uk<mailto:k.orr@hud.ac.uk> ) BERA Post Compulsory and Lifelong Learning SIG co-convenors

Circulated December 2012


Call for papers for DPR13
The focus this year is on Youth, and Liz Atkins is convening a symposium (second link below) Voices from the margins: discourses of inclusion and exclusion. Liz welcomes abstracts from more people, and although the conference is not Teacher Training, the abstracts so far are located in FE, and TELL members may also have an interest in this area
Details can be found at the links below:http://dprconference.com/conference/dpr-13/call-for-papers

New 30th November 2012

The Sharing Innovation in Teacher Education (SITE) Project resources are now available on this website for viewing, use and free downloads. This LSIS funded project collected small innovations in the form of activities for use in ITE programmes, made them avaiable for others to use and evaluate, and this worked very successfully. The materials are now available for all to freely use on a new section of this website. You can find them at SITE Project, by clicking the link or from the menu on the left hand side of the screen.

New 24th October 2012

Request for contributions to international research project

Dear Colleague,

We are working with colleagues from a number of other European countries (Bulgaria, Slovakia, Portugal, France & Turkey) to compare & contrast teachers experiences of CPD as part of a Leonardo funded project. The PaCTT project aims to develop a collaborative framework that works to support the processes & practices that teachers most value. There are two strands to our work, case study interviews in each country & an e-survey & we would really welcome your participation in the latter. The survey is completely anonymous and does not ask for any personal information, the questions are specifically about your initial teacher education, your teaching experience & your thoughts about the CPD you have undertaken recently and project activity has been scrutinised and approved by the Education & Social Science research ethics committee at BCU. The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.


We hope you will feel able to support this work and thank you in advance for your time. Please do not hesitate to contact us at the addresses below for further information about the project.

Best wishes

Professor Alex Kendall, Alex.kendall@bcu.ac.uk

Phil Taylor, Phil.taylor@bcu.ac.uk

School of Education, Birmingham City University

TELL Objectives

The objects of the network will be:
  1. To enhance practice in LL teacher education across the UK.
  2. To highlight and promote the achievements of LL teacher education across the UK
  3. To ensure teacher educators from all parts of the LL sector have opportunities to engage in the network
  4. To support and promote innovation and development in LL teacher education across the UK.
  5. To contribute to building research capacity in the LL teacher education community.
  6. To become a trusted and authoritative voice for the interests and aspirations of LL teacher education
  7. To connect LL teacher educators across the UK
  8. To contribute to policy development and implementation in the field of Teacher Education in the UK.
  9. To curate, collate and disseminate LL Teacher education research, history, information, events and activities across the UK.
The objectives of TELL will be met by a range of methods including:
  • A website / online resource dedicated to all LL Teacher Educators including mentors and coaches
  • Workshops, seminars, other events and activities featuring current themes and priorities for LL teacher education
  • Developing, supporting and publishing research into LL Teacher Education
  • Activities relating to the induction, ongoing support and professional development of new and experienced teacher educators
  • Liaising with other organisations for a variety of purposes including: to consult and develop current priorities; to disseminate resources; to distribute publicity for our events; to publicise their events; and also for joint projects or projects commissioned by them

To join TELL contact Jim Crawley at j.crawley@bathspa.ac.uk

Steering group
TELL has a steering group, and there have been two meetings. The minutes are below:
TELL Steering Group Minutes 141211.docx
Steering Group Minutes 260112.docx