CDN Update
We hope that you are safe and well.

At CDN, we continue to find ways to support you and the sector in these challenging times. Earlier this month we published a blog sharing our top five free resources to support you working from home, read the blog here.

This week we are delighted to have launched a brand new podcast series Pedagogy Matters, this exciting new series will be brought to you fortnightly and highlights effective delivery of the curriculum. Discover more below.

We continue to offer a wide range of courses and events to support your professional development. Take a moment and have a look at what's on offer below and on our events section of the website.

As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to talk about any aspect of our work, if you'd like to suggest new ways that we can support you, or share experiences and great practice that colleagues in the sector would find useful. You can email me at: [email protected]
Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, CDN
Launch of New Podcast Series -
Pedagogy Matters
On Wednesday we launched the brand-new podcast series - Pedagogy Matters.
The new podcast series aims to shine a light on key aspects of pedagogy, and how these can be realised in current practice, whether that be online delivery, face-to-face delivery, or a mixture of both. The podcasts follow a conversational format with professionals from the FE and college sector across the UK, sharing their views, experiences and insights across different elements of pedagogy, what it means to them and how they can be integrated within daily practice. Jonny Rees, CDN’s new Head of Professional Development launched the new series in his Virtual Bridge webinar, watch recording here.

In the first podcast episode, we welcomed guest Micky Riddell from Joseph Chamberlain College, where the topic of 'Retrieval Practice' was discussed. This podcast is now online and available to listen for free here. To further support understanding and implementation of this topic, we also created a short video looking at the what, the why and the when of Retrieval Practice,

Watch this space for upcoming podcasts, including the next recording which will be published on Wednesday 27 January 'Building Effective Relationships' with guest Marc Steutel, Lead Assistant Coach GB Basketball, Curriculum Leader HE Sport.

Read Jonny Rees's article, which was featured on the tes website this week, 'How FE lecturers can benefit from marginal gains', in which he writes about how the pandemic has revealed a desire among college staff to focus on pedagogy and evidence-based research. View the full article here.
New CDN Joint Curriculum Development Groups
We have received a fantastic response to the new CDN Joint Curriculum Development Groups, with over 200 college staff registering their interest in participating within these groups. It's not too late, register your interest today!

CDN developed the new set of Joint Curriculum Development Groups in response to feedback from college colleagues. The groups include a wide range of subject areas and are designed to allow lecturers and other colleagues to share good practice within their subject specialism.
CDN Management and Leadership Programme: Coaching for the Future
Applications are Open - Apply Now
Valerie Jackman, Leadership and Governance Lead at CDN introduces the Coaching Programme in the short video opposite:

We're excited to launch the new online programmeCoaching for the Future.
The programme has been designed to leverage the resources and knowledge of college leaders from across the sector.
Supported by a professional Coach, participants will work in groups of six to identify the most common challenges they are facing and explore ways of working with those challenges. Each group will comprise of managers from across the sector.

This is a rolling programme with applications open until the end of March. The first groups will begin at the end of this month and start dates will be discussed with the subsequent groups.
Online Series of Resources:
Working, Managing and Leading Remotely
This new online series of resources was created to support staff across the college sector working remotely. Check out the modules below:
Working Remotely is aimed at all staff. It provides insights and tips on how to manage yourself and your space, so that you can stay focused, effective, and motivated.
Managing Remotely is aimed at managers. This module is about managing remotely in a way that builds trust, clarifies expectations, and keeps colleagues engaged.
Leading Remotely is aimed at senior leaders. It explores how you can lead remotely, particularly in a crisis, and focuses on ways you can engage everyone around a common purpose with positivity and a solutions focus.
Partner News: sparqs Covid-19 Student Learning Experience National Events
sparqs have created a series of five national events designed to gather views of five student cohorts across Scotland on the impact of COVID on their Student Learning Experience. 

These events are now open for bookings. sparqs would be grateful if students' associations and officers could share these events to the relevant cohorts and advertise them on social media.
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