Current Projects

The IDEAL project – updated 28.06.21

‘Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness’Improving Digital Education for All Learners -IDEAL

FE Sussex is very pleased to be working with Cogito Development Projects on this important multi-national EU sponsored project.

Project overview

This project will tackle the challenges of delivering effective learning through online delivery.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the already rapidly growing EdTech sector, with institutions across the world forced to rapidly adopt online learning. This has raised serious questions about the quality, effectiveness and capacity of this type of learning. Key areas need to be addressed such as:

  • Capacity building of tutors and institutions
  • Effective use of technology
  • Inclusiveness in the virtual classroom
  • Disabled students, such as those with physical or hearing impairments
  • Pedagogy and delivery
  • Creation of modern learning materials

The international nature of the project will enable challenges to be explored in regional contexts and outputs will be design for simple tailoring and application to a stakeholder local need.

The ambition of the project requires partner institutions to take a longer term view of sustainable digital solutions, whilst acknowledging the imperative of a quick response that had to be taken in the light of Covid-19. The project is driven by Higher Education but will work in collaboration with TVET as the challenge is shared and this provides an opportunity for collaboration and partnership working which will in the longer term benefit learners. This proposal underlines inclusion in the deign and delivery of approaches. The project will not use a subject-specific approach but will consider more strategic approaches to embedding online learning across an institution as well practical guidance for tutors and teachers.

Leadership Excellence Framework and Leadership Institute research projects

FE Sussex, working with Cogito Development Projects has been contracted by the Education and Training Foundation to carry out research into the establishment of a Leadership Institute and also the use of a Leadership Excellence Framework.  Taking place over a three month period, the research aims to identify the acceptability and demand for both from middle and senior managers in FE colleges and in private training providers.  Over 50 staff will be interviewed to gather their opinions and thoughts.  Through this they will play an active role in shaping the future of management and aspiring management training in the post-16 sector.  If you would like to take part in this high profile ground-breaking project please e-mail Tim Strickland on

Become a Lecturer – updated 28.06.21

FE Sussex and its partners involved in this project are pleased to have conceived and driven this, the aim of which has been to increase awareness of working in the FE sector and attract newcomers to teaching in Further Education.   The project has been sponsored by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Working with the Essex Provider Network, Federation of Essex Colleges, Kent Association of Training Organisations, Kent Further Education and the Sussex Council of Training Providers the website ‘Become a Lecturer’ will continue to support the recruitment of specialist staff into further education colleges and other independent providers across the south east region.

The overall project has provided bursaries to attract people working in various industries to consider working in the FE sector.  It has also produced a number of case study videos featuring colleagues who have made a career change and decided to move from working in industry to working in an education and training provider or college.  Roles highlighted include lecturers, tutors and assessors, essentially all the forms of teaching roles in education and skills.

​The becomealecturer website can be found here and by clicking the Become a Lecturer logo above.  It includes introductory information about the various roles in FE and a set of industry sector based videos created with the help of existing teaching staff across the region.

If you wish to make the jump to teaching in FE, either in a full or part time capacity, or indeed whilst still working in your industry employment check out the new site now.  You will also find useful links to the college and provider vacancy pages in your area!

Bursary Opportunities – updated 28.06.21

Delivering Skills for the Future – funded by HM Government and South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Bursary opportunities, sponsored by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), to obtain teacher training qualifications are now closed.

However, most further education colleges offer an extensive staff development programme which is designed to equip you with the skills to become an effective and efficient teacher.  Many of these opportunities lead to external  qualifications such as Cert Ed.

We recommend you check what professional development support is available when enquiring about or being interviewed for a teaching or instructing role in a college or training provider.

Professional Exchange Networks 3 – Sussex/Surrey and Hampshire – updated 28.06.21

For many years FE Sussex has managed a large number of peer to peer professional development networks.

The aims of PENs

Professional Exchange Networks (PENs) aim to bring together staff from similar disciplines, vocational areas or generic areas such as teaching and learning across a range of participating colleges.  The objective of these meetings are:

  • To establish and further develop two-county wide professional exchange networks
  • To provide peer group CPD to staff
  • the facilitation of peer to peer CPD between staff across colleges
  • to introduce and reinforce the use of Professional Standards
  • to position groups to become self-sustaining
  • to provide staff the opportunity to engage with external experts

PEN subject areas for 2021/22

  • Maths and English (Sussex)
  • Maths and English (Hampshire)
  • Quality Improvement
  • Safeguarding
  • Examination Officers
  • International Managers

The format of PEN meetings

PEN meetings for the year 2021/22 will be held online using the Zoom platform.  The average length of a meeting is up to 60 minutes unless there is an external speaker – eg HMI.

Meetings will be facilitated by FE Sussex but to enhance group ownership each group will be required to identify colleagues to lead on identified initiatives relevant to that professional exchange.

The dates of PEN meetings

For details of all PEN meetings please visit

Further information

Please contact Tim Strickland