#APConnect: Using the Thinking Environment: Advanced Practice (Code: C0891)

  • Instructive pre-course activities
  • Two dedicated Ideas Rooms
  • Two three-hour sessions dedicated to practising Thinking Environment facilitation
  • Responsive support group
  • Reflective post-course activities

Pricing options

SET member: £85

Non-SET member: £100 (for individuals working in the further education and training sector and who are employed by an ESFA-funded organisation).

Unsubsidised fee: £150 (not employed by an ESFA-funded organisation)


Online - #APConnect Module 1: Using the Thinking Environment: Advanced Practice
Date: 04/02/2021
Price: from £100.00
All free places taken
Booking Close Date: 02/02/2021
Session 1
Date: 04/02/2021 20:00 - 21:00
Session 2
Date: 11/02/2021 13:00 - 16:00
Session 3
Date: 18/02/2021 13:00 - 16:00
Session 4
Date: 25/02/2021 20:00 - 21:00
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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.

Who is this for?

This course is designed for experienced practitioners operating in AP-type roles who are interested in using Thinking Environment processes to drive affirmative, healthy change. It is as useful in the classroom as it is in the boardroom, the staffroom and anywhere where human beings engage in productive conversation with one another. It has appeal across the broadest settings and contexts of FE.

You may be known by a range of titles such as:

  • Teaching and Learning Coaches
  • Advanced Practitioners
  • Learning Practitioners
  • Teaching Improvement Practitioners

Training aim

The training aims to equip participants with the skills, confidence and deep, values-led knowledge of how to facilitate Thinking Environments with staff and students. It provides detailed, up-to-the minute content (including Thinking Environments online) and opportunities for practice and feedback.

By the end of the course, participants who have chosen to immerse themselves in this culture-changing experience will feel hopeful, identify their own purpose and confidently take action*.

*NESTA UK's 2018 definition of 'good help' in public service.


You will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • Select the appropriate Thinking Environment application for the situation at hand.
  • Facilitate with confidence, holding the Ten Components in place.
  • Play an active part in a supporting Thinking Environment practitioner community.


This is a blended online programme with asynchronous and synchronous elements. It is made up of five constituent parts. All parts are mandatory.

  • Session 1: Pre-course activities (approximately 2 hours) prior to commencement of start date PLUS Ideas Room (1 hour) via Zoom
  • Session 2: Zoom (3 hours)
  • Session 3: Participation in practitioner community, approximately 1 hour. This can be completed any time between 23 October and 4 November
  • Session 4: Zoom (3 hours)
  • Session 5: Ideas Room (1 hour) via Zoom

Entry Requirements

Experienced practitioners in the FE and Training Sector: 

  • working in an Advanced Practitioner-type role and carrying out some of the functions as identified by Tyler et al. 
  • responsible for leading and managing a team of AP/T&L Coaches in their workplace.
  • tasked with forming and coordinating a team of APs or T&L Coaches. 

Participants are required to leave role, rank and ego at the door, and work as an equal thinker with others. 

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
E: bookingsupport@etfoundation.co.uk