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Hard to reach and hard to teach: Lessons from other sectors - Innovation in Teaching Practice Workshop

Advance HE, London
County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Grow your skills
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Sector priorities
Start Date
End Date
7 hours
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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With teaching excellence still a major focus of the HE sector, and increasing pressures across institutions to respond to policies such as the subject level TEF in England and challenges such as the mental wellbeing of both staff teams and students our workshops provide practical guidance on improving your teaching practices working alongside peers from a range of institutions and disciplines. These workshops have been created to provide practical support in an interactive way to assist you with implementing policy and new innovative teaching practice developments at module, programme, departmental or faculty level. They will assist you in leading change and monitoring impact, as well as guiding you to recognise your contribution to both your teams and the wider institution.


In this interactive day-workshop we explore principles and practices learnt by those who have undergone teacher preparation programmes in order to teach in Further Education and school settings, the approaches and techniques used by these colleagues with students who are sometimes hard to reach and hard to teach. 

We explore ideas for large and small group teaching that help to: structure and align curriculum content; engage learners in the class; develop questioning techniques in the classroom; focus on teaching and developing a specialist conceptual vocabulary; and, help to create pacey and accessible sessions. 

The philosophy of the workshop is that Higher Education can be ‘authentic’ to the knowledge generation of the chosen field of study yet at the same time borrow and adapt ideas more commonly to be found in other educational contexts. The session will explore how to plan and prepare for engagement and how to structure lessons to ensure learners are involved. It will also consider the role of learning behaviours and how we might support learners to develop these over time.

grow your skills new to leading excellence in practice combined

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants will

  1. Experience approaches and activities which could be transferred into their own context.
  2. Practice with freely available technologies which can be used to engage students.

Learn from planning strategies used by educators in FE and school settings.

Who should attend?

Any lecturer interested in extending their practical toolkit of teaching strategies, whether they be new to HE teaching or interested in refreshing their practice

Benefits to the individual

Learning from experiences in other educational settings in how to motivate learners. Evaluate the applicability some of the ‘tips and tricks’ used by many teachers from the compulsory and post compulsory sectors

Who is delivering the workshop

Dr Warren Kidd is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an experienced teacher educator and textbook writer on teaching strategies and techniques. At the University of East London he is the Programme Leader of the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and runs modules on pedagogy, teaching and learning and educational practitioner action research. 

Kathy Wright is Assistant Director of KID at Advance HE. With 40 years of experience in school teaching and teacher education programmes in 3 universities and extensive UK and international staff development experience in modelling practical approaches to enhancing the student experience.