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Education and Training Foundation newsletter (June-July)

30 June 2020

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Dear colleagues,

I have written before about the impressive response of our sector to the Covid-19 pandemic and our role in supporting key services and inspiring new stories continue to emerge. Recent blogs for the ETF website about the activities of Further Forces trainees during lockdown and a Teach Too project helping recruitment to less-well-understood NHS vacancies offer further examples of the valuable contribution the sector is making. Full details of the support the ETF has provided are gathered on our recently-created #ETFSupportsFE landing page.

As well as recognising the remarkable things that the sector has made happen in recent months, we must also confront the challenges that this year’s events and their consequences present for us all. I shared some of my thoughts on what has been achieved and what we face next in a GatenbySanderson interview. There’s much to think about and the ETF will be working hard to continue to support you, as we always do. If you haven’t received this newsletter directly, I encourage you to sign up so that you receive future editions and stay up to date with our offer.

If you are familiar with our work, you will know already of our commitment to supporting learners with SEND to achieve their full potential. This edition of our newsletter reports the publication of Tomorrow's leaders: a world beyond disability, a project we collaborated on with the Council for Disabled Children. This is a piece of work that I am very proud the ETF was involved in and I recommend it as a really inspiring read for anyone.

Another potential source of inspiration for you is the ETF Practitioner Research Conference on 6 and 7 July. Because of social distancing, this year’s event will take place online as the ETF Virtual Annual Research Conference. The event profiles research on a range of issues and challenges from across the sector and I encourage you – if you have the time – to dip in and experience it for yourself. It is free to attend and you can find details and reserve your place on the ETF booking website.

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David Russell

Chief Executive Officer
Education and Training Foundation