Welcome to FETL

– informing the future…

The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) is a unique charity, an independent Think Tank established to develop leadership in Further Education.

About us

FETL is an independent charity and think tank which is working to strengthen the leadership of thinking in further education. For too long Further Education has been under-researched, under-conceptualised, under-theorised and under-understood.

We provide research grants, fellowships and other opportunities to think, learn and do and through this build the evidence needed to change policy and develop practice.

We are a small team working with partners to ensure that our funding is best spent to develop Further Education (FE) and Skills in the UK. For us FE and Skills encompasses independent training providers, community learning providers and colleges of all kinds excluding universities and schools.

Chief ExecutiveAyub Khan sml

Ayub will oversee the strategic and operational elements of FETL, strengthen resources and help ensure a smooth transition, building on the work that has already been achieved.

His recent appointments include: chief executive of a multi academy trust; director of a successful six borough local authority shared service and leading a successful Connexions partnership in London.  Prior to that he held senior positions in the Learning & Skills and Training & Enterprise Councils.

Ayub has a track record in Governance and is the Vice Chair of YMCA England one of the largest and established charities in the UK. He has also served as a non-executive director/trustee on other charities including the Learning Skills Improvement Service.

Twitter @ayubkhan65       LinkedIn

What people say about FETL?

The FETL Inaugural Lecture was held on 10 March 2015 at King’s Place, London.

 

Here is some of the feedback

College Vice-Principal:Excellent evening and a wonderful network of people to have in the same place at the same time.”

Community Learning Leader: “I was able to attend the inaugural lecture last night and very much enjoyed it. Thank you for making it possible. I look forward to future events and publications… I would very much like to share the ‘Remembered Thinking’ publication with the middle and senior managers who have signed up to the [leadership] programme.”

Private Provider: “I thought it was an excellent event, a great lecture and a great start of all sorts of thinking and ideas and ambition for the sector! I’m really delighted to be involved and very much looking forward to working with you on our exciting project.”

Higher Education Leader: “Congratulations on an excellent FETL lecture debut – good lecture, good audience and great venue”

Sector Body:I thought the venue was great. I think it was preferable to a more Westminster based event – signalled something more modern, more innovative to be. I liked the fact that it was mostly sector people rather than civil servants/ministers etc. It felt like a very warm welcoming event and very reaffirming.”

Leadership Consultant: “So much of Dr Krantz’s lecture resonated with me…”

Education journalist: “Thanks for inviting me to the lecture last night, I found it interesting and it was a good chance to network with the great and the good of FE.”

Senior Leader: “I really enjoyed the lecture on Tuesday and thanks for the invite; it was a really good event and well attended. It is great to see how FETL is progressing as a charity.”

Sector Membership Body: “Quick note to thank you for inviting us to the lecture – I thought it was a superb event in terms of networking and PR, and the lecture provided us with considerable food for thought, for our organisation as a business but also in our role as a membership body for colleges.”

Trades Union: “Good to see you at the Lecture which I thought was very interesting…”

Trades Union: “There were some thought provoking ideas in there and I’d like to reflect further on what he said, so if you could send me a copy I’d be most grateful.”

Third Sector organisation: “I read the booklet [Remembered Thinking] on my way home on the train. Really liked it. The style and choice of texts and the bringing it up to date – so readable and just about the ideal length for me. Brilliant – as was the event last night. Thanks so much for the invitation.”

You can download your own copy of Remembered Thinking here.

Some tweets about the event

Chris Husbands ‏@Director_IOE Mar 10 – “Krantz @FETforL – neat potted history of theories of leadership and emergence of theories of visionary leadership”

Thomas Kohut ‏@ThomasKohut Mar 10 – “Krantz – as organisations change in the 21stC, leadership can be part of, and even an output of the system itself @FETforL

CampaignforLearning ‏@CForLearning Mar 10 – “Listening to @FETforL inaugural lecture by Dr Jim Krantz on leadership. Fascinating.”

Chris Husbands ‏@Director_IOE Mar 10 – “Krantz @FETforL – reminds that FETL is about the leadership of thinking, not leadership thinking”

Landex ‏@Landexnews Mar 10 – “Watching Jim Krantz inaugural lecture on leaders or leadership the century of the system @FETforL

CandiEXTRA ‏@CandiEXTRA Mar 10 Islington, London – “@FETforL interesting lecture this evening leadership – enrolment vs empowerment”

Jenny Brandham ‏@JennyBrandham Mar 10 – “Excellent thoughts from @FETforL in the inaugural lecture, thank you”

Jess Bridgman ‏@JABridgman Mar 10 – “Great inaugural lecture @FETforL some great ideas around leadership and thinking for FE and Skills. Inspiring stuff.”

cwhinney ‏@cwhinney Mar 10 – “Pleased to see @FETforL promoting Systems Thinking in their Inaugural Lecture and their first round grants. Long overdue in sector.”

Christina Conroy OBE ‏@ConroyChristina Mar 11 – “Interesting take on #leadership @FETforL = system and times create leaders rather than intrinsic personal qualities http://feweek.co.uk/2015/03/10/first-wave-of-grant-winners-announced-by-fetl/ …”

VetNet LLN ‏@VetNet_LLN Mar 11 – “@FETforL thank you for working hard to raise the awareness and the importance of vocational teaching and learning.”

Jenny Brandham ‏@JennyBrandham Mar 11 – “Still reflecting on the messages from @FETforL particularly; is idealistic unrealistic?”

NAL ‏@neilalovell Mar 11 – “Good to hear James Krantz @FETforL inaugural lecture. Leadership is complex to explain and yet we all know good and bad examples.”

FE Week ‏@FEWeek 5 hrs5 hours ago – “FE bosses were warned against ‘heroic’ leadership at the first @FETforL lecture. Read @paulofford‘s report here: http://feweek.co.uk/?p=33711”FETL

TES Further Ed @tesfenews  · 2 hrs 2 hours ago – “Colleges should stop looking for ‘heroic’ principals, says leadership expert http://ow.ly/KnJLw”

FETL is interested in the views of our partners and stakeholders. Please let us know your views on our work by emailing feedback@fetl.org.uk

 

Our vision

What we do today must inform and improve the sector’s future.

We help people build the evidence needed to change policy and influence practice by providing research grants, fellowships and other opportunities to think, learn and act.

Our vision is of a further education sector that is valued and respected for:

  • Innovating constantly to meet the needs of learners, communities and employers;
  • Preparing for the long term as well as delivering in the short term;
  • Sharing fresh ideas generously and informing practice with knowledge.


As an organisation we strive to be:

values

Bold
encouraging new ideas to improve all aspects of further education leadership;

Valued
creating a body of knowledge to transform both leadership learning and learners’ lives;

Expert
using evidence, networks and resources sensibly and impartially;

Proactive
provoking new ways of working to deliver excellence in learning within further education;

Responsible
using our voice and assets wisely at all times.

Inspiration

At FETL we believe inspiration is all around us; we just need space and time to explore what it means for our work. Here we aim to provide new thinking from leaders, academics and policy people from across the world.

Our FETL blog provides the latest reflections from our team and partners, including FETL Fellows and research grant holders and we also feature inks to FETL articles on other websites or in the media. We hope you find it useful.  If so, or if you would like to comment please follow the Twitter link below.

FETL Publications

You can download FETL’s publications by clicking the links below:

remembered-thinkinggrants-think-piece-1   FETL_About_us_web  FETL_Fellows_Leaflet_web  FETL_Fellows_Publication_web  FETL-Fellows_Publication_RuthAllen  FETL-Fellows_Publication_AnnCreed  FETL-Fellows_Publication_AlexDay    leaders-leadershipFETL_Fellows_Publication_TimWard

Fellowships and Grants

The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) is a new and unique charity, an independent Think Tank established to improve support for leadership in Further Education.

We offer fellowships to individuals and grants to organisations who want to work with us to develop knowledge of and for leadership in further education.

 
Developing Thinking in Further Education

An invitation to help shape the future

At FETL, we want to build a body of knowledge to shape leadership in Further Education. We recognise that crucial as they are, the skills of leadership are insufficient for the leadership of a constantly adaptive layer in the education system.

FETL is determined to change this. Working with the Institute of Education, University of London we are funding a new University Chair in Further Education Leadership to guide and develop leaders across the sector. This will be unique: the world’s first University Chair in FE leadership.

 

It will encourage academic and practitioner research focused on distinctive challenge of leading Further Education:  leading education and training, in the service of learners and learning.

FETL fellows and grant holders will undertake research projects which develop thinking about leadership in FE. We welcome expressions of interest from individuals, institutions, sector membership bodies and other organisations with innovative and visionary ideas who work in the field of FE and Skills.

How we work

FETL is an independent think tank which aims to work inclusively with other professionals and organisations across the UK. We do not wish to duplicate existing programmes for leaders but rather to complement and enhance them.  In working with other organisations and individuals we will be open, collaborative and supportive in style.

We see the three strands of our funded programme—the University Chair, the Fellowships and the Grants programme—as linked and mutually supportive. Together they will produce a body of new thinking in FE that will help, develop and sustain the sector.

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The FETL Fellowship Programme

What is it?

The FETL Fellowship is a structured programme that allows current FE and Skills practitioners in the UK to pursue a research interest that benefits thinking in the further education sector.

There will be an opportunity to interact with other fellows, FETL Trustees and a prestigious Higher Education institution.

Who is it for?

We are looking for ambitious, bold, creative individuals who are passionate about further education, training and skills learning.

  • You should have a burning desire to explore (and write about) an aspect of the leadership of thinking that will ultimately benefit learners
  • You should be working with a current provider of further education, training and skills in the UK
  • You should have a background in leadership at whatever level
  • You should share our vision of an FE and skills sector that is valued and respected for innovation, long-term planning, and sharing knowledge
  • You should have a sponsoring organisation.

We are interested in the outcomes of your research and the difference it will make to the further education, training and skills in the UK.

Themes

FETL encourages the leadership of thinking across and about the FE & Skills system in the UK. For us, this means being able to focus beyond the immediate horizon, and to envisage the challenges to, and opportunities for, the sector of the future.

What Fellowships have you previously awarded?

Fostering Creative Leadership in FE – Ruth Allen, The Cornwall College Group.

The impact of leadership on part-time teachers – Ann Creed, The Workers’ Educational Association.

Attitudes to leadership of diversification & risk in sixth form colleges – Alex Day, Peter Symonds College.

Leadership Challenges of Third Sector Providers – Tim Ward, The Learning Curve.

You can read more about these research projects and the fellows here.

How is it structured?

That is very much up to you!  FETL does not want to create structures that get in the way of good research. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the FETL Fellowships.

However we will help you ensure that you have the right programme for you. This will mean taking time away from work  on a full or part time basis to focus on your research. You can work from home or make other arrangements. There will be a requirement to attend some sessions at the Institute of Education in London.

How will I be supported?

FETL fellowships are supported by our academic partner, UCL Institute of Education.

At the beginning of the Fellowship you will complete a self-assessment of your academic research skills, so that UCL Institute of Education can best tailor their support to you. You will also attend an orientation day at UCL Institute of Education as part of the professional networking and research support that they provide. This will also include access to library materials and a series of five full day development sessions throughout the period of the fellowship, as well as additional online support from experienced research colleagues.

Project management support and guidance is provided by FETL.

How will I be funded?

FETL will fund your sponsoring organisation.  The funding is intended to cover costs associated with the research. In considering your request you may want to take into account the time to be spent on the research, travelling costs and any additional expenditure required to complete the project. The funding is generally paid in two parts, one at the start of the fellowship and one at the end.

When do I start and how long will it take?

Once a fellowship has been awarded FETL would be ready to fund you to start immediately but we realise that you will have existing commitments.  We would generally expect a Fellowship to start within a few months of an award, please see the guidance notes for each funding round for more information.

As for length of Fellowship, we feel the optimal period for a fellowship is 6-9 months.  This will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the subject and write up your thoughts.

Grants

What is it?

The FETL Grant Programme is aimed at organisations operating in the field of UK Further Education (FE) and Skills. It provides grant funding of  up to £100,000 per project for new research into the leadership of thinking in FE.

Who is it for? 

Any organisation (or consortium of organisations) with a track record of leading thinking in FE, skills and related fields.. This includes independent training providers, third sector organisations, adult and community learning providers, and colleges (further education, landbased, and sixth form) and leadership organisations.

What is eligible for funding?

Proposals should add value to the current knowledge base in the sector and thinking about FE leadership.  FETL focusses on the leadership of thinking rather than leadership of doing and projects that consider the future of FE rather than current issues are preferred.  Applications should focus on new ways of working.  This may be:

  • academic and practitioner based research;
  • fresh innovative and visionary ideas developed in think-pieces or through strategic seminars;
  • projects which build the body of knowledge for the sector.

We are seeking projects that will develop new thinking about the leadership of learning both now and in the future, for UK further education and skills.  Projects generally run for around one year.

What is not eligible for funding? 

  • FETL won’t be delivering improvement services to the sector and so training events or service delivery will not be funded.  
  • We will not fund capital expenditure nor the purchasing of equipment.
  • Whilst applicants can learn from international best practice, we don’t fund projects unless the ultimate focus and priority is clearly for the benefit of learners in the UK.

What type of projects have you previously awarded a grant?

FETL’s has funded two rounds of grants the first of which was comprised of five awards and the second two awards.  These projects are currently in progress.

AELP, which represents over 670 UK vocational training providers, is investigating the impact of new leaders on the leadership of thinking in Further Education (FE) and Skills. AELP will be working closely with the 157 Group of colleges in delivering this project.

Coleg Gwent has been working with all the other further education colleges in Wales to look at the impact of austerity measures on provision, and in particular the role of governors in fostering a culture of enterprise and innovation.

EMFEC, a membership organisation of 26 FE, land-based and sixth form colleges in the East Midlands of England, has received funding to develop new models of leadership through innovative governance.

The University of Hull project, Leadership for Learning—Ethical Practice, aims to develop a practical understanding of behaviours and approaches adopted by ethical leaders in FE.

Working Well, a private sector company that specialises in organisational development, is working with FETL on developing a series of strategic seminars and think pieces that focus on how psychoanalysis and systems theory can contribute to the leadership of thinking in UK FE and Skills.

Association of Colleges‘ research project, Leadership in a world of change”, will see the organisation work alongside the University of Oxford to investigate and explore the impact of the Government’s devolution and localism proposals on further education and skills.

Policy Connect are researching “How innovation is led in further education and skills across the UK” and will see the organisation launch a nationwide series of seminars on innovation across the sector and how this can help to overcome key current and future challenges, leading up to a policy-focused report.

Apply now

How do I apply for a Grant?

Online applications are now closed.

Please ensure that when you save your application, you take note and save the link given to you. You need this link in order to access your application. If you save and resume your application more than once, you will need the newest link to access your updated application. Please note that we do not have access to applications until they have been submitted.

How do I apply for a Fellowship?

Applications for 2016 Fellowships closed on 30th November 2015.  Please join our mailing list to be notified of future opportunities.

Please be aware that the guidance for Fellowship applications may change between funding rounds.  However, for information you may wish to review the Fellowship funding guidance from the last grant round.

  • Developing Thinking in Further Education
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    An invitation to help shape the future

    At FETL, we want to build a body of knowledge to shape leadership in Further Education. We recognise that crucial as they are, the skills of leadership are insufficient for the leadership of a constantly adaptive layer in the education system.

    FETL is determined to change this. Working with the Institute of Education, University of London we are funding a new University Chair in Further Education Leadership to guide and develop leaders across the sector. This will be unique: the world’s first University Chair in FE leadership.

     

    It will encourage academic and practitioner research focused on distinctive challenge of leading Further Education:  leading education and training, in the service of learners and learning.

    FETL fellows and grant holders will undertake research projects which develop thinking about leadership in FE. We welcome expressions of interest from individuals, institutions, sector membership bodies and other organisations with innovative and visionary ideas who work in the field of FE and Skills.

    How we work

    FETL is an independent think tank which aims to work inclusively with other professionals and organisations across the UK. We do not wish to duplicate existing programmes for leaders but rather to complement and enhance them.  In working with other organisations and individuals we will be open, collaborative and supportive in style.

    We see the three strands of our funded programme—the University Chair, the Fellowships and the Grants programme—as linked and mutually supportive. Together they will produce a body of new thinking in FE that will help, develop and sustain the sector.

    image2

  • The FETL Fellowship Programme
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    What is it?

    The FETL Fellowship is a structured programme that allows current FE and Skills practitioners in the UK to pursue a research interest that benefits thinking in the further education sector.

    There will be an opportunity to interact with other fellows, FETL Trustees and a prestigious Higher Education institution.

    Who is it for?

    We are looking for ambitious, bold, creative individuals who are passionate about further education, training and skills learning.

    • You should have a burning desire to explore (and write about) an aspect of the leadership of thinking that will ultimately benefit learners
    • You should be working with a current provider of further education, training and skills in the UK
    • You should have a background in leadership at whatever level
    • You should share our vision of an FE and skills sector that is valued and respected for innovation, long-term planning, and sharing knowledge
    • You should have a sponsoring organisation.

    We are interested in the outcomes of your research and the difference it will make to the further education, training and skills in the UK.

    Themes

    FETL encourages the leadership of thinking across and about the FE & Skills system in the UK. For us, this means being able to focus beyond the immediate horizon, and to envisage the challenges to, and opportunities for, the sector of the future.

    What Fellowships have you previously awarded?

    Fostering Creative Leadership in FE – Ruth Allen, The Cornwall College Group.

    The impact of leadership on part-time teachers – Ann Creed, The Workers’ Educational Association.

    Attitudes to leadership of diversification & risk in sixth form colleges – Alex Day, Peter Symonds College.

    Leadership Challenges of Third Sector Providers – Tim Ward, The Learning Curve.

    You can read more about these research projects and the fellows here.

    How is it structured?

    That is very much up to you!  FETL does not want to create structures that get in the way of good research. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the FETL Fellowships.

    However we will help you ensure that you have the right programme for you. This will mean taking time away from work  on a full or part time basis to focus on your research. You can work from home or make other arrangements. There will be a requirement to attend some sessions at the Institute of Education in London.

    How will I be supported?

    FETL fellowships are supported by our academic partner, UCL Institute of Education.

    At the beginning of the Fellowship you will complete a self-assessment of your academic research skills, so that UCL Institute of Education can best tailor their support to you. You will also attend an orientation day at UCL Institute of Education as part of the professional networking and research support that they provide. This will also include access to library materials and a series of five full day development sessions throughout the period of the fellowship, as well as additional online support from experienced research colleagues.

    Project management support and guidance is provided by FETL.

    How will I be funded?

    FETL will fund your sponsoring organisation.  The funding is intended to cover costs associated with the research. In considering your request you may want to take into account the time to be spent on the research, travelling costs and any additional expenditure required to complete the project. The funding is generally paid in two parts, one at the start of the fellowship and one at the end.

    When do I start and how long will it take?

    Once a fellowship has been awarded FETL would be ready to fund you to start immediately but we realise that you will have existing commitments.  We would generally expect a Fellowship to start within a few months of an award, please see the guidance notes for each funding round for more information.

    As for length of Fellowship, we feel the optimal period for a fellowship is 6-9 months.  This will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the subject and write up your thoughts.

  • Grants
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    What is it?

    The FETL Grant Programme is aimed at organisations operating in the field of UK Further Education (FE) and Skills. It provides grant funding of  up to £100,000 per project for new research into the leadership of thinking in FE.

    Who is it for? 

    Any organisation (or consortium of organisations) with a track record of leading thinking in FE, skills and related fields.. This includes independent training providers, third sector organisations, adult and community learning providers, and colleges (further education, landbased, and sixth form) and leadership organisations.

    What is eligible for funding?

    Proposals should add value to the current knowledge base in the sector and thinking about FE leadership.  FETL focusses on the leadership of thinking rather than leadership of doing and projects that consider the future of FE rather than current issues are preferred.  Applications should focus on new ways of working.  This may be:

    • academic and practitioner based research;
    • fresh innovative and visionary ideas developed in think-pieces or through strategic seminars;
    • projects which build the body of knowledge for the sector.

    We are seeking projects that will develop new thinking about the leadership of learning both now and in the future, for UK further education and skills.  Projects generally run for around one year.

    What is not eligible for funding? 

    • FETL won’t be delivering improvement services to the sector and so training events or service delivery will not be funded.  
    • We will not fund capital expenditure nor the purchasing of equipment.
    • Whilst applicants can learn from international best practice, we don’t fund projects unless the ultimate focus and priority is clearly for the benefit of learners in the UK.

    What type of projects have you previously awarded a grant?

    FETL’s has funded two rounds of grants the first of which was comprised of five awards and the second two awards.  These projects are currently in progress.

    AELP, which represents over 670 UK vocational training providers, is investigating the impact of new leaders on the leadership of thinking in Further Education (FE) and Skills. AELP will be working closely with the 157 Group of colleges in delivering this project.

    Coleg Gwent has been working with all the other further education colleges in Wales to look at the impact of austerity measures on provision, and in particular the role of governors in fostering a culture of enterprise and innovation.

    EMFEC, a membership organisation of 26 FE, land-based and sixth form colleges in the East Midlands of England, has received funding to develop new models of leadership through innovative governance.

    The University of Hull project, Leadership for Learning—Ethical Practice, aims to develop a practical understanding of behaviours and approaches adopted by ethical leaders in FE.

    Working Well, a private sector company that specialises in organisational development, is working with FETL on developing a series of strategic seminars and think pieces that focus on how psychoanalysis and systems theory can contribute to the leadership of thinking in UK FE and Skills.

    Association of Colleges‘ research project, Leadership in a world of change”, will see the organisation work alongside the University of Oxford to investigate and explore the impact of the Government’s devolution and localism proposals on further education and skills.

    Policy Connect are researching “How innovation is led in further education and skills across the UK” and will see the organisation launch a nationwide series of seminars on innovation across the sector and how this can help to overcome key current and future challenges, leading up to a policy-focused report.

  • Apply now
    +

    How do I apply for a Grant?

    Online applications are now closed.

    Please ensure that when you save your application, you take note and save the link given to you. You need this link in order to access your application. If you save and resume your application more than once, you will need the newest link to access your updated application. Please note that we do not have access to applications until they have been submitted.

    How do I apply for a Fellowship?

    Applications for 2016 Fellowships closed on 30th November 2015.  Please join our mailing list to be notified of future opportunities.

    Please be aware that the guidance for Fellowship applications may change between funding rounds.  However, for information you may wish to review the Fellowship funding guidance from the last grant round.

The FETL University Chair in FE Leadership: Institute of Education London

The University Chair is a position awarded to a respected leader, researcher and writer in the field of FE and Skills.

Through the University Chair’s work FETL aims to enhance the reputation of research into FE leadership in the UK and abroad.  The ultimate beneficiaries of the work will be FE learners in the UK.

Martin Doel will be the first FETL Professor for Further Education and Skills in the Institute of Education at University College London.  He will take up the role on 1 April 2016 on a partial basis moving to full time in September 2016.  Read the announcement about the appointment here.

FETL events

Upcoming

No upcoming events

Past

  • Parliamentary Symposium - Creating a more commercially minded FE & Skills sector, 10th March 2016
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    Our next Parliamentary Symposium will take place on Thursday 10th March,
    8:30-11 am at Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London, SW1A 2LW.

    The UK FE and skills sector is undergoing dramatic change with cuts to public funding, demographic shifts, and increased competition from schools and universities all contributing. The sector needs to overcome these challenges in order to thrive, but progress is hampered by gaps in our collective knowledge of FE and skills which, in comparison to other parts of the education system, is under-conceptualised, under-researched, under-theorised, and as a result, is often under-understood. 

    Through this symposium, FETL hopes to explore how the FE and Skills sector, by adopting a more commercially minded approach, can stimulate new ways of working to achieve greater performance, as well as a greater enterprising/entrepreneurial spirit within institutions and organisations that operate within the system

    This event will look at:

    • the benefit of providers adopting the very best behaviors and practices of commercial business and enterprise in order to raise skills levels and productivity;
    • treat learners both as recipients and customers, and;
    • the role of leaders in terms of Principal vs CEO

     

    Hosted by Barry Sheerman MP, this event will be chaired by Dame Ruth Silver with the following speakers:

    • Mike Smith, Chair of FETL and CEO of Gen 2 one of the largest engineering and technology training providers in the UK.
    • Ian Pretty, CEO 157 Group, a membership body representing leading UK colleges and college groups.
    • Jan Atkinson, Talent and Development Director, Kier Group PLC. A leading property, residential, construction and services company operating across a range of sectors including defence, education, housing, industrials, power, transport and utilities.

    To secure a place please contact enquiries@fetl.org.uk

     

  • AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition, 17th November 2015 - 19th November 2015
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  • The Future of FE and Skills, 28th October 2015
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    The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), an independent charity and think tank which is working to strengthen the leadership of thinking in further education and skills, would like to welcome you to its parliamentary symposium.
    UK FE and skills is undergoing dramatic change with cuts to public funding, demographic shifts, and increased competition from schools and universities all contributing. The sector needs to overcome these challenges in order to thrive, but progress is hampered by gaps in our collective knowledge of FE and skills which, in comparison to other parts of the education system, is under-conceptualised, under-researched, under-theorised, and as a result, is often under-understood. 
    Our aim is to move towards a better way of understanding and talking about what the FE and skills sector does, so that we can articulate and make a clearer case for our place in the skills system.
    Through this symposium FETL hopes to look at:

    – The space FE and skills institutions currently occupy in the education and training system
    – Skills structures and whether the current model for FE is fit for purpose
    – The potential impact of the Spending Review and Area Reviews of Post-16 Education and Training
    – What can organisations such as FETL do to facilitate the leadership of thinking in this area?
    Please join us at 5:30pm for afternoon tea followed by a lively panel discussion.

    Policy Connect is supporting the organisation of this event.

    Booking is essential.

  • AELP National Conference, 22nd June 2015 - 23rd June 2015
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    FETL will have a stand at this event, please visit us in Booth 15.AELP National Conference 2015

  • FETL Inaugural Lecture, 10th March 2015
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    10th March 2015, Central London, James Krantz (Worklab, New York City) will be delivering the FETL Inaugural Lecture.

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    Here is some of the feedback

    College Vice-Principal:Excellent evening and a wonderful network of people to have in the same place at the same time.”

    Community Learning Leader: “I was able to attend the inaugural lecture last night and very much enjoyed it. Thank you for making it possible. I look forward to future events and publications… I would very much like to share the ‘Remembered Thinking’ publication with the middle and senior managers who have signed up to the [leadership] programme.”

    Private Provider: “I thought it was an excellent event, a great lecture and a great start of all sorts of thinking and ideas and ambition for the sector! I’m really delighted to be involved and very much looking forward to working with you on our exciting project.”

    Higher Education Leader: “Congratulations on an excellent FETL lecture debut – good lecture, good audience and great venue”

    Sector Body:I thought the venue was great. I think it was preferable to a more Westminster based event – signalled something more modern, more innovative to be. I liked the fact that it was mostly sector people rather than civil servants/ministers etc. It felt like a very warm welcoming event and very reaffirming.”

    Leadership Consultant: “So much of Dr Krantz’s lecture resonated with me…”

    Education journalist: “Thanks for inviting me to the lecture last night, I found it interesting and it was a good chance to network with the great and the good of FE.”

    Senior Leader: “I really enjoyed the lecture on Tuesday and thanks for the invite; it was a really good event and well attended. It is great to see how FETL is progressing as a charity.”

    Sector Membership Body: “Quick note to thank you for inviting us to the lecture – I thought it was a superb event in terms of networking and PR, and the lecture provided us with considerable food for thought, for our organisation as a business but also in our role as a membership body for colleges.”

    Trades Union: “Good to see you at the Lecture which I thought was very interesting…”

    Trades Union: “There were some thought provoking ideas in there and I’d like to reflect further on what he said, so if you could send me a copy I’d be most grateful.”

    Third Sector organisation: “I read the booklet [Remembered Thinking] on my way home on the train. Really liked it. The style and choice of texts and the bringing it up to date – so readable and just about the ideal length for me. Brilliant – as was the event last night. Thanks so much for the invitation.”

    You can download your own copy of Remembered Thinking here.

    Some tweets about the event

    Chris Husbands ‏@Director_IOE Mar 10 – “Krantz @FETforL – neat potted history of theories of leadership and emergence of theories of visionary leadership”

    Thomas Kohut ‏@ThomasKohut Mar 10 – “Krantz – as organisations change in the 21stC, leadership can be part of, and even an output of the system itself @FETforL

    CampaignforLearning ‏@CForLearning Mar 10 – “Listening to @FETforL inaugural lecture by Dr Jim Krantz on leadership. Fascinating.”

    Chris Husbands ‏@Director_IOE Mar 10 – “Krantz @FETforL – reminds that FETL is about the leadership of thinking, not leadership thinking”

    Landex ‏@Landexnews Mar 10 – “Watching Jim Krantz inaugural lecture on leaders or leadership the century of the system @FETforL

    CandiEXTRA ‏@CandiEXTRA Mar 10 Islington, London – “@FETforL interesting lecture this evening leadership – enrolment vs empowerment”

    Jenny Brandham ‏@JennyBrandham Mar 10 – “Excellent thoughts from @FETforL in the inaugural lecture, thank you”

    Jess Bridgman ‏@JABridgman Mar 10 – “Great inaugural lecture @FETforL some great ideas around leadership and thinking for FE and Skills. Inspiring stuff.”

    cwhinney ‏@cwhinney Mar 10 – “Pleased to see @FETforL promoting Systems Thinking in their Inaugural Lecture and their first round grants. Long overdue in sector.”

    Christina Conroy OBE ‏@ConroyChristina Mar 11 – “Interesting take on #leadership @FETforL = system and times create leaders rather than intrinsic personal qualities http://feweek.co.uk/2015/03/10/first-wave-of-grant-winners-announced-by-fetl/ …”

    VetNet LLN ‏@VetNet_LLN Mar 11 – “@FETforL thank you for working hard to raise the awareness and the importance of vocational teaching and learning.”

    Jenny Brandham ‏@JennyBrandham Mar 11 – “Still reflecting on the messages from @FETforL particularly; is idealistic unrealistic?”

    NAL ‏@neilalovell Mar 11 – “Good to hear James Krantz @FETforL inaugural lecture. Leadership is complex to explain and yet we all know good and bad examples.”

    FE Week ‏@FEWeek 5 hrs5 hours ago – “FE bosses were warned against ‘heroic’ leadership at the first @FETforL lecture. Read @paulofford‘s report here: http://feweek.co.uk/?p=33711”FETL

    TES Further Ed @tesfenews  · 2 hrs 2 hours ago – “Colleges should stop looking for ‘heroic’ principals, says leadership expert http://ow.ly/KnJLw”

  • 'How to Write and Publish Research -- Possibilities and Pitfalls', 7th January 2015
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    7th January, Newport.  Mark Ravenhall, FETL Chief Executive, to present on ‘Why Research is Important to UK FE’ during the event ‘How to Write and Publish Research — Possibilities and Pitfalls’ with Enterprise Educators UK

  • Learning and Skills Research Network, 14th November 2014
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    14 November 2014, Central London.  Ayub Khan, FETL Trustee, to present and answer questions during the event ‘The Practicalities of Using Research Evidence’.

  • Third Sector National Learning Alliance, 13th November 2014
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    13 November 2014, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Central London.  Mark Ravenhall, CEO, to present and answer questions during the conference ‘Raising Our Game– Driving Up Quality in Third Sector Learning and Skills’

  • Association of South East Colleges Principals' Group, 16th October 2014
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    16th October 2014, Central London, Mark Ravenhall (FETL, CEO) will be speaking at the Association of South East Colleges Principals’ Group.

Trustees and Honorary Appointees
  • Mike Smith OBE

    Chair

    Mike Smith has over 25 years of experience working both in and with the FE sector and is currently the CEO of Gen2 Training. Prior to joining Gen2, Mike worked for 20 years in the nuclear industry...
  • Dame Ruth Silver DBE FCGI MA Dip Ed

    President

    Dame Ruth is the Founding President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL). She was the founding Chair of the Board of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service in October 2008 and...
  • Caroline Bault

    Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee

    Caroline Bault is Managing Partner at CounselRock Partners, a specialist in hedge fund research and alternative investment consultancy.
  • Denise Brown

    Trustee

    Denise is Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality at South Essex College of Further Education. She has College wide responsibility for Curriculum and Quality spanning general Further Education and...
  • Sean Larkins

    Trustee

    Sean Larkins is Director of Consultancy & Capability, WPP Government & Public Sector Practice. Sean helps WPP’s government and public sector clients around the world build their own internal...
  • Neil Lovell

    Trustee

    Neil’s career began in advertising in the late 1980s. He ran six regional offices of a national advertising agency before moving to in-house roles in 2000.
  • Ricky McMenemy

    Trustee

    Ricky McMenemy is Managing Director of Rules Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in London where, for the last twenty five years, he has led a team of around 100 employees.
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