The 157 Group represents 27 of the most influential colleges in the FE sector. It was formed in 2006 in response to paragraph 157 of Sir Andrew Foster’s report on the future of further education colleges, in which he argued that principals of large successful colleges should play a greater role in policymaking.
Association of Teachers & Lecturers (ATL)
Since our establishment in 1884, ATL has evolved into a modern union currently representing 170,000 members across the UK. Our members are teachers, supply teachers, heads, principals, lecturers, managers and support staff in maintained, academy and independent schools and colleges. We use our members’ experiences to influence education policy, we campaign on the issues which matter most to our members, and we work with government and employers to defend members’ pay and conditions. We offer unrivalled learning and development to support our members throughout their careers.
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in England. The majority of its 600 members are independent private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations providing support for young people, adults and employers. Membership is open to any provider committed to good quality provision and it includes over 50 FE colleges involved in work based learning. Over 70% of Apprenticeships in England are delivered by AELP members. More than 70% of the Work Programme prime contractors are AELP members with many other members delivering the programme as sub-contractors and providing new skills to unemployed people.
Association of Learning Technology (ALT)
ALT is the UK’s leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. Our purpose is to ensure that use of learning technology is effective and efficient, informed by research and practice, and grounded in an understanding of the underlying technologies, their capabilities and the situations into which they are placed. We do this by improving practice, promoting research, and influencing policy. Currently ALT has as members over 900 individuals and over 225 organisations, including universities, colleges, Government departments, agencies, and software, hardware, and e-learning businesses.
Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)
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The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is the only professional association and trade union in Britain to speak exclusively for the leaders of secondary schools and colleges. As an ASCL member, you join a network of 17,000 senior leadership team colleagues and have access to the latest guidance relevant to your role and provides excellent trade union legal support should you ever need it – all for one membership fee.
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The British Dyslexia Association
The British Dyslexia Association is the voice for 10% of the population that experience dyslexia. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential. We campaign to encourage schools to work towards becoming dyslexia-friendly; to reduce the number of dyslexic young people in the criminal justice system; and to enable dyslexic people to achieve their potential in the workplace.The British Dyslexia Association provides the only national helpline supporting tens of thousands of people each year. Working alongside our network of Local Dyslexia Associations, we support people of all ages from across the country.
Computing At School
The Computing at School (CAS) Working Group promotes the teaching of Computer Science at school. CAS is a grass roots organisation, whose energy, creativity, and leadership comes from its members. We are a collaborative partner with the BCS through the BCS Academy of Computing, and has formal support from other industry partners. Membership is open to everyone including teachers, parents, governors, exam boards, industry, professional societies, and universities. CAS speaks for the discipline of computing at school level and is the subject association for teachers of Computer Science.
CAS seeks to work at many levels, including directly supporting ICT and Computing teachers who are excited by computing and working at an institutional level, for example by encouraging the developments of GCSEs in computing.
CPC, the leading UK distributor of the sub £30 ‘Raspberry Pi’ credit-card sized PC, have partnered with ‘Raspberry Jam’ network founder Alan O’Donohoe, to give teachers a ‘byte’ of computer science at this year’s Education Innovation Conference & Exhibition.
In the first step of a long term initiative to bring coding back to the classroom, CPC are championing the UK’s first-ever Raspberry Jamboree. The event is an integral part of the conference – providing educators with a glimpse of the ICT classroom of tomorrow ahead Michael Gove’s proposed curriculum reforms.
With over 40 years experience, CPC has been widely recognised as one the UK’s leading single-source suppliers of electrical products, tools & accessories; servicing over 30,000 education accounts & 150,000 small businesses.
Boasting a range of over 100,000 lines, CPC meets the demands of educational establishments which require instant access to a range of products including; Audio Visual Install, Mains Electrical Equipment, Cable, Power Solutions, Test Equipment, Tools, Hardware & Storage and Site Maintenance.
The entire range is stocked on-site in a massive 175,000 sq ft distribution facility in Preston. All goods are despatched directly on the day of order using the UPS courier service with 90% of orders placed before 7pm arriving the next day.
Orders can be placed 24-hrs a day, 7-days a week at cpc.co.uk, by calling a dedicated team on 08447 88 00 88 between 8am-7pm Mon-Fri, and 9am-5pm Sat or by visiting the New on-site CPC Sales Counter in Preston. Full technical support and industry specific help is available.
Dyslexia Action is a national charity that takes action to change the lives of people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. We want a world where barriers to learning, employment and fulfilment have been removed for people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.
We take action to change lives by:
- Offering help and support direct to individuals
- Empowering others so they can help individuals affected by dyslexia
- Influencing change to help individuals affected by dyslexia
To support our work, we fundraise and sell products through our shop, the proceeds of which are donated back to the charity ensuring we are able to continue our work, projects and to support learners through the Learning Fund. We operate from our Head Office in Egham, Surrey and a network of 25 regional centres and 97 teaching locations throughout the UK.
EduGeek.net is an online peer support site with a special focus on all technical and administration aspects of IT in education at all levels. Established over 7 years ago and now with 50,000+ members globally, EduGeek has become a one-stop shop for many working with technology in the education field wishing to solve the day-to-day problems that arise in their line-of-work. EduGeek is completely free to use and our forums covers topics ranging from everyday technical support issues to school IT policies and purchasing. With up to 2000 people online at any one time you can be sure of a swift response to any and all problems you need an answer for.
Innovate my School
Innovate My School is a global community for discovering, sharing, and promoting the latest innovation in education. From exciting new products and services to inspirational teaching and learning practices, Innovate My School motivates teachers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead proactively and, most importantly, stay informed.
We are the innovation unit for public services. As a not-for-profit social enterprise we’re committed to using the power of innovation to solve social challenges. We have a strong track record of supporting leaders and organisations delivering public services to see and do things differently. They come to us with a problem and we empower them to achieve radically different solutions that offer better outcomes for lower costs.
Anytime Anywhere Learning for All
Our commitment is to the success of each educator and student. Microsoft partners with education communities around the world to deliver relevant, effective, and scalable technologies, services and programs that focus the contributions of many on improved learning outcomes for all.
NASBM (The National Association of School Business Management)
The National Association of School Business Management is the UK’s leading association working exclusively on behalf of the school business management profession in both schools and academies. The Association offers the profession an influential voice in national educational policy and continually strives to raise the profile of School Business Managers. We aim to provide professional training, advice and support to all of our members.
We have now enhanced our membership benefits for 2013.
We support our members through:
• One free place at a Regional Conference per annum
• One free place at a Briefing Session per annum
• School business management advice, including initial free legal advice
• An influential voice at the DfE on funding, efficiency and key steering groups
• National and regional conferences and affiliated local group meetings
• Training programmes and bespoke ‘Hot topic’ guides
• Library documents including policies and guidance material
• Access to a network of school business managers across the country
• Fortnightly bulletins bringing the latest information direct to your desktop
If you are not yet a member of NASBM and would like to consider joining then please visit the website for further details at www.nasbm.co.uk where you can find an online application form under how to join.
National Apprenticeship Service
The National Apprenticeship Service focuses on increasing the number of apprentices in England. We work with employers to help them introduce apprentices into their businesses, help those looking to start their careers find an Apprenticeship opportunity and contribute towards the costs of the training and qualifications within an Apprenticeship. We engage with a wide range of partners to help design the frameworks for apprentices and we implement all Government policies aimed at improving the quality and quantity of Apprenticeships.
From October 2011, NAS has also had responsibility for UK membership of WorldSkills International, WorldSkills UK, skills competitions and National Training Awards – all of which are UK wide activities and are run in partnership with organisations from industry and education.
National Education Trust (NET)
The National Education Trust (NET) is a leading UK education think and do tank. It works with government and other leading actors in the education field to influence policy whilst also working extensively with school leaders and teachers to ensure that high quality teaching and learning is taking place in classrooms throughout the country. The National Education Trust was founded in 2006 as an independent charitable organisation dedicated to bringing about improvement for learners and assisting education leaders and practitioners in sustaining success and tackling underperformance.
The National STEM Centre
The National STEM Centre work with partners to improve STEM education, and includes the UK’s largest open collection of resources for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The collections feature contemporary and archive materials, in addition to online resources through the elibrary: http://nationalstemcentre.org.uk/elibrary
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is the national organisation for adult learning in England and Wales. It improves the quality and breadth of opportunities for all adults to learn, so they can benefit from learning throughout their lives.
We believe that adult learning is essential, not only to create and maintain a more skilled and knowledgeable workforce, but also for personal development, and for a just, inclusive and democratic society. We work to secure high-quality education and training systems that are responsive to the diversity and complexity of adults’ needs and aspirations as learners.
NIACE’s is a member-led organisation whose aim of securing more, different and better opportunities for adults is pursued in a number of ways, all focused on achieving clear, demonstrable public benefits. The most significant combine influencing policy, conducting development and research, outreach activities and production of many events and publications each year.
Visit www.niace.org.uk for further information
Patoss, The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties is for all those concerned with the teaching and support of students with SpLD: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD and Asperger’s syndrome. Patoss constantly works to improve standards in teaching and assessment, advise government on policies affecting those with SpLD, and build links with others working in the SpLD community.
• links with other professionals
• practising certificates to underpin professional standards
• opportunities to keep in touch with recent research, and to exchange knowledge and experience
• reduced fees for Patoss national conferences and local events
• different levels of insurance including professional indemnity
• a range of publications
• a growing network of local groups
For further information contact Patoss tel: 01386 712650 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The EAUC is delighted to announce the launch of the Sustainability Exchange, a pioneering centralised knowledge bank and community on sustainability. Leading organisations from across the further and higher education sector joined forces to create the ‘Sustainability Exchange’ the UK’s first centralised information portal and online community for the sector, sharing a wealth of information, experience and resources that are available to everyone.
Today, universities, colleges and schools face enormous pressure from stakeholders and students alike to be more sustainably-minded. This pressure, along with the need to comply with ever-changing legislation, means the demand for knowledge, discussion and debate on sustainable development is greater than ever. The Sustainability Exchange provides a place for colleagues in different institutions to interact and share their sustainability experiences via community forums, news feeds, an events diary, best practice guides, toolkits, reports, research, webinars and videos. However, the Sustainability Exchange would not have been possible without its founding partners, whose passion, knowledge and experience in sustainability have helped drive the project forward.
The Sustainability Exchange is for everyone in tertiary education and will grow to support and share knowledge across further education, higher education and adult learning sector throughout the UK and to our overseas colleagues, building a strong resource for all to benefit from.
Search the Sustainability Exchange and join the community
For more information on the Sustainability Exchange partner organisations and to view their resources, please visit: www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/about
Teaching Leaders is a charity which addresses educational disadvantage by growing a movement of outstanding middle leaders from schools in challenging contexts. We launched in 2008 with a cohort of 30 middle leaders from central London. Four years on, we now have almost 500 fellows and alumni from 243 secondary schools across England.
We do this by offering two types of programme to our schools:
* TL Fellows Programme www.teachingleaders.org.uk/fellows-experience, which selects and develops a national network of high potential middle leaders. Fellows receive the intensive coaching and training they need to make them confident leaders of their teams and transform student results in their areas of responsibility.
* TL Teams programmes www.teachingleaders.org.uk/teams-programmes, which develop groups of middle leaders in a school/cluster of schools. Participants build their core professional skills and collaborate as a team, ensuring consistent leadership across the school. We run two TL Teams programmes: TL Teams (Bespoke) and TL Teams (NPQML: National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders) which is National College accredited.
GCSE results in our Fellows’ departments rise by an average of 15% over their two years on the Fellows Programme, with 74% of those pupils who are part of an improvement initiative achieving A*-C.
Toshiba is one of the largest suppliers of mobile computing products to the UK education community. Toshiba’s innovative computing division is born from understanding the education goals and ICT concerns of today’s education customers. Toshiba provides products to meet the demands of the 21st century teaching and learning environment that are dedicated to achieving enhanced interactive lessons through mobile computing. We believe that technology should be the silent partner. It can be the doorway for access at school, home, college and university. Mobile computing provides the freedom to learn anywhere. It is a vital piece of every learning process.
Having spent over £2billion on research & development over the last two years, Toshiba prides itself in working closely education customers to reduce downtime, improve the teaching & learning experience, and provide superior product stability. Additionally Toshiba does supply other technology equipment such as TV’s and other AV devices, IP telephony, Print Management, Cashless Catering and eco-efficient LED lighting.
Toshiba has not just relied on its technological know-how to manufacture products, expecting them to be suitable for the education sector. It is important that the voice of the customer is heard within this sector. In September 2001 Toshiba Ambassadors (UK) was established as a network of leaders and managers in schools, colleges, and universities with the recent addition of a number education specialists.
Toshiba provided the support for the network to communicate with each other and the group receive regular visits from Toshiba technical and business development staff. Toshiba is delighted to support the education innovation conference & exhibition in Manchester in March 2013.
Changing lives through learning, unionlearn is the learning and skills organisation of the TUC. It helps unions deliver learning to their members and it runs the £15 million Union Learning Fund. Over the past 12 years, more than 26,000 union learning reps have been trained and 740,000 people have been given training and learning opportunities via their union. Union learning is growing fast; almost every union is now involved in union learning, supported by unionlearn, every year helping hundreds of thousands of learners at all levels, from basic numeracy and literacy to degree qualifications. In a recent survey of 400 employers, with a total of 6m employees, 87% said that they wanted to continue to support union learning, with two- thirds saying that it benefited the organisation and 81% saying it benefited the individual. Every major political party has voiced strong support for unionlearn.
Voice is the union for education professionals, and we speak up for everyone, from teachers, lecturers and nursery nurses, to head teachers and school support staff, including teaching assistants, technicians and administrators and students* (*free membership). Voice represents a united strength that will support, protect and listen to you throughout your career, and we believe that every professional in education, early years and childcare has a right to be heard. That’s why we offer a service that can enrich your working life – making Voice membership so much more than an insurance policy.
Because we support tens-of-thousands of members, we can offer you the personal service you deserve – but we’re large enough to get results. What’s more, we’ve got the strong presence needed to guarantee your voice is heard.
“We prefer the force of argument rather than the argument of force.” At Voice, we believe in the power of negotiation to protect the interests of our members – who never resort to strikes or other forms of industrial action.
Whole Education is a growing partnership of individuals, organisations and schools that are committed to all young people having access to a ‘whole education’. This means an education that: develops a learner’s knowledge, skills and personal qualities; makes learning engaging and relevant; supports learning in various settings, not just in the classroom; and, engages the wider community in learning. A key area of their work is to support schools to provide a ‘whole education’ through the Whole Education Network. The Network is seeking to build the capacity of member schools at whatever stage of their journey to provide young people with a whole education. Schools share practice, learn from each other and develop future best practice around different themes such as- developing digital literacy skills or approaches to improving literacy.