How’s the Education and Training Foundation doing?

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has been going for a year now. Its remit includes the adult and community learning sector and its aims are:

  • To raise the quality and professionalism of teachers and trainers across the FE and training sector.
  • To deliver consistently excellent outcomes for learners and employers.
  • To support Colleges and training providers of all types in achieving their own improvement objectives.
  • To promote this vibrant sector to employers and national influencers, and raise awareness of its vital role in rebalancing the economy.

The ETF’s main website is here and they tweet via @E_T_Foundation.

The Foundation supports the Excellence Gateway, building on the legacy of work begun by LSIS, the former Learning and Skills Improvement Service. This, “provides online access to an unrivalled breadth of resources for everyone working in the wider learning and skills sector in England.” The Foundation is also now responsible for ‘stewardship’ of the former Institute for Learning’s legacy.

This video on professional standards is an example of their resources which also include support for leaders, managers and governance through the Excellence in Leadership, Management and Governance (ELMAG) programme.



There’s a self-assessed review of the ETF’s successes and achievements after its first year here.


In his introduction to the document, David Russell, the ETF’s CEO says, “Keep on talking to us, engaging with us, and spreading the word about what we’re doing. Remember – we’re owned by you. So please – use us.”

Do you know about the Foundation?

Have you used its resources, been to its events, contributed to its research or been involved in other ways?

What do you think of it?