Developing Advanced Practitioners (Code: C0323)

This three day CPD 'Developing Advanced Practitioners' programme will model approaches that you can apply to your own work as an advanced practitioner, and will be delivered through a blend of input, discussion and reflection. There will be a strong, practical focus on evaluating and developing the knowledge, behaviour and skills that will enable you to provide effective peer-to-peer support with colleagues back in your organisation.

Pricing options

SET member: £212.50   

Non-SET member: £250 (for individuals working in the further education and training sector and who are employed by an ESFA-funded organisation).

Unsubsidised fee: £375 (not employed by an ESFA-funded organisation)

N.B All courses include lunch and refreshments. Some courses include an overnight and dinner on day 1. Please contact the delivery partner for further details.


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Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on our courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability
  • Come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least one week before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

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Who is this for?

Practitioners working in advanced practitioner-type roles across the education and training sector. Advanced Practitioners (APs) often work in a peer-to-peer support structure providing guidance on improving teaching, learning and assessment (TLA). They may also be known as a:

  • Teaching and Learning Coach
  • Advanced Coach
  • Teaching Skills Coach
  • Quality Practitioner, etc.

but 'typically help staff to trial new TLA strategies, share good practice and support wider development such as staff inductions and strategic planning*'.

Practitioners who complete this programme may also want undertake Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) to continue their development.

*Tyler et al, Institute for Employment Studies (2017), Understanding the role of Advanced Practitioners, Education and Training Foundation

Training aim

The three day CPD programme is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours of Advanced Practitioners in three areas:

  • Delivering effective and powerful CPD that results in improved outcomes for learners.
  • Identifying and harnessing outstanding teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Driving and leading quality improvements across teams, departments, organisations and localities.

As an Advanced Practitioner you will have strengths in some or all these areas but may have identified specific aspects you want to develop further. If so this programme is for you. 


You will have the knowledge and confidence to:

Day 1

  • work collaboratively to establish the main principles, values and objectives of the AP role
  • explore a range of evidence-based practice to support your development as an effective and impactful AP
  • identify the essential skills for the role, highlighting actions you will take to extend and develop your skill-set
  • collaborate in identifying the key drivers for outstanding teaching, learning and assessment and consider how to harness them
  • practice coaching & mentoring individuals and teams, using a variety of coaching models.

Day 2

  • establish routes to quality improvement through effective collaboration and negotiation
  • explore and develop effective CPD models
  • develop a problem-solving approach through case study analysis
  • explore how to ensure and assess the impact of your actions
  • plan a range of collaborative quality improvement projects; monitor and assess your own development and identify future actions.


  • Three days (two-day residential plus day 3 at a later date).

You will be expected to plan and begin to deliver a collaborative quality improvement project between the residential and day 3.

The collaborative quality improvement project will enable you to:

  • apply learning, research and ideas from the residential into practice
  • problem solve by 'testing' small scale curriculum solutions in real time
  • practise coaching, listening and questioning techniques by providing peer-to-peer support in teaching, learning and assessment
  • interact with key stakeholders driving purposeful change.

You will also receive a comprehensive AP Toolkit to facilitate effective CPD, teaching, learning and assessment and quality improvements in your AP role.

Entry Requirements

You must be a practitioner working in an Advanced Practitioner-type role within the education and training sector. You will be working in a peer-to-peer support structure providing guidance on improving quality in teaching, learning and assessment (TLA).

You will be required to undertake pre-course reading and undertake a small-scale collaborative quality improvement project.

You must have full support from your line manager and ideally a member of your senior management team

Before booking please read this guidance to ensure you fulfill programme requirements.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available in your area, and you would like to attend then register your interest. We will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830