Advanced Practitioner programme

The fully subsidised Advanced Practitioner (AP) programme will be delivering a number of activities, targeted at managers, organisations and practitioners operating in AP-type roles.

  • Advanced Practice online CPD modules
  • New in-house Thoroughly Thinking Environments (the basics) online module *New for 2021*
  • Communities of Practice (CoP)
  • Practitioner-Led FE Professional Learning including grant funding: 30 places *New for 2021*
  • Train the Trainers in FE Professional Learning: 25 places *New for 2021*
  • National Conference

For further details please contact Jaya Varsani.

Advanced Practice online CPD modules

Designed to support experienced APs and managers of APs. Delivery of these modules starts from June 2021.

  • Deepening your Thinking Environment Practices

For those APs who have some experience of practising the Thinking Environment, this blended module will focus on practising the facilitation of applications such as thinking pairs, dialogue, timed talk, thinking rounds and time to think councils – with opportunities during the delivery of this module to practise these skills.

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  • Developmental Observations – Advanced Practice

For APs keen to re-examine observations through formative, and not performative, lens, this module will explore expansive and practical ways of using observations developmentally. There is a big focus on developing the coaching beliefs, behaviours and skills underpinning such an approach.

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  • Leading AP Teams – Advanced Practice

For managers leading AP-type teams, this module focuses on how to create and sustain the conditions for AP teams to thrive, including exploring vision, resources and skills investment in APs.

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New in-house ‘Thoroughly Thinking Environments (the basics)

This one-day in-house online course introduces the Thinking Environment to teams of 4-12 (ideally 8) and provides opportunities for team members with Thinking Environment experience to practice facilitation. 

Contact alison@touchconsulting.net if you want to access this limited resource. 

Communities of Practice (CoP)

This is an online programme with collaboration and quality improvement at its heart. There are 175 places available across the CoP pathway


  • Constellation B

This foundation pathway is for APs who haven’t been involved in the Education and Training Foundation’s AP programme previously, and for practitioners who are on their journey to becoming an AP. This is a nine-month blended programme. APs will work with peers to progress their small-scale quality improvement project, meeting regularly online and undertaking online learning modules. No-one’s potential is limited and you have access to Constellation C opportunities, such as Festival Fridays.

Applications for Constellation B are now closed


  • Constellation C

Constellation C is for relatively experienced APs, including those who have been on the programme before. Constellation C is a festival of co-learning, with the intention of amplifying and sharing AP practice. Last year APs organised events, blogged, podcasted, became writers for TES and even started a radio station! 

We’ll help you find your voice and we’ll bring you together with other APs who will inspire and support you. This year Cs will also get priority access to the new Practitioner-Led FE Professional Learning pathway including grant funding. 

Applications for Constellation C are now closed

Practitioner-Led FE Professional Learning including grant funding

The Practitioner-Led FE Professional Learning pathway launched applications on 7 July, initially to those APs who have been successful in their application for Constellation C. We are now launching round 2 to the wider Further Education and Training sector. 

This pathway will enable 30 organisations to support small teams of 3-4 APs to organise, recruit and run practitioner-led professional learning opportunities across their organisation and networks for a minimum of 50 practitioners. The ETF expects:

  • the AP team to access the launch CPD session/s taking place in September-November 2021
  • one AP to act as a hub-lead coordinating professional learning activity (this hub-lead will join, and be supported by peers nationally, via Constellation C)

Professional learning opportunities will take place from October to March 2022 and will take the form of:

  • Action learning sets/ideas rooms 
  • Knowledge exchanges
  • Networks

Successful organisations will receive grants of £3,000 to contribute to AP release and all monitoring activities. Applications and activities must be supported by a senior manager who may also form part of the AP team.

Apply for #APConnect – Skylark Pathway: Practitioner Led Professional Development

For further details, take a look at the guidance and application form, read the FAQs or contact Joss at joss@touchconsulting.net

Train the Trainers in FE Professional Learning

#APConnect Northstar Train the Trainers in Advanced Practice

The #APConnect Northstar Train the Trainers in Advanced Practice pathway is now open for applications. We will offer up to 25 fully subsidised places to those operating in AP-type roles.

Entry Requirements

Participants will be selected on to the #APConnect Northstar Train the Trainers Programme. They will be experienced APs with influence within the organisation and a remit to support and develop an AP team. This programme is designed for experienced APs who are (ideally) graduates of the #APConnect Programme. Advanced Teacher Status is not an entry requirement but it is desirable. Due to limited resources we can only accept one application per organisation. For multiple applications please contact joss@touchconsulting.net.

Participants must commit to:

  • participating in Northstar professional development: PD1, PD2 & PD3 (face-to-face and online)
  • accessing mentoring support 
  • training/supporting/developing 3-4 other APs in their workplace/ networks 
  • submitting one summative impact story from their Northstar experience.

All activity will need to be completed by 25 March 2022.

Joining instructions & further guidance will be provided once your application has been approved. This includes social distancing guidelines for the face-to-face PD2 event. 

Application Details

National Conference

The national AP Conference will take place on Friday 25 March 2022.

The conference is for current participants of the advanced practitioner programme, individuals interested in being part of the advanced practitioner community and managers and leaders in charge of quality improvement and change. 

More details about the AP National Spark(l)ing Constellation’s conference.

Additional information

We will also be providing mentoring support for up to 15 APs from BAME communities and/or declaring a disability to ensure APs we are supporting are representative of the wider student population, across the breadth of the further education and training sector.

The AP programme is also working with the Society for Education and Training to ensure all pathways, particularly the Constellations, align with Advanced Teacher Status on a very practical level. So, for APs thinking about ATS, activities on the AP programme could generate evidence towards the ATS portfolio.