Webinar: Adult community learning and mental health primary care

Webinar: Adult community learning and mental health primary care

05th October 2018, 12.30 - 13.30

This webinar focuses on the FETL research fellowship of Dragana J Ramsden which explored a shared vision of collaborative working between adult community learning with primary care mental health services, and the leadership required to achieve it.


The research fellowship investigated:
  • The shared values and benefits of collaborative working between the primary care mental health service and adult and community learning sectors,
  • What a shared vision of collaborative working between the two sectors could look like, and
  • What the key leadership characteristics are needed to make such a vision the reality.
The study involved professionals across the adult community learning and mental health sectors, and adult learners who have lived experience of mild to moderate mental health difficulties.  The findings suggests that sector leaders can revitalise thinking about the sector’s capacity for its own development, as well as about its impact on mental health and wellbeing systems. It concludes that responsibility for collaborative ways of working needs to be shared across different organisations and stakeholders, from central government, local partners and professional disciplines, to local communities. Adult community learning’s critical leadership role should be to accept their own responsibility and mobilise other stakeholders in building a shared purpose. It should also be part of their role to broaden the narratives about both the purpose and potential of adult community learning and the discourse about mental health, from narrow medical approaches.  


23rd May 2019

Connecting the Dots: the Role of Further Education in Local Priorities and National Challenges


  • Karin Smyth MP, Bristol South
  • Emma Jarnman, Vice Principal, City of Bristol College
  • Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council
  • Smita Jamdar, Partner at Shakespeare Martineau
  • Prof Ewart Keep, Director of the Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), Oxford University

Dame Ruth Silver, President of Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), invites you to join colleagues working in the FE system and local government at the FETL Spring Symposium.

This Symposium, held in Bristol Parkway, will consider the extent to which institutional, local system, and national priorities align, and ask what policy or cultural changes may be required in order to allow the FE sector to contribute fully to the needs of the country and local communities.

At a time when Combined Authorities and LEPs are being asked to devise local industrial strategies, this timely discussion will bring together stakeholders from across the system and local government to explore how FE can play a more prominent role in addressing a range of policy challenges from raising productivity, the impact of the 4th industrial revolution, and supporting local infrastructure projects.

The symposium will include a networking lunch from 12:30 to 13:30.

Please RSPV here.


City of Bristol College – AEC at Parkway Centre
New Road
Stoke Gifford
BS34 8SF

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17th July 2019

The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson, 2003

The next FETL symposium will be held in Parliament and will focus on the emerging role of technology in further education. EdTech and the application of AI has the potential to transform every aspect of teaching, learning and the education environment – but will it and indeed should it?

In line with the Government’s EdTech Strategy, this event will explore the impact of technology on teaching and highlight some of the latest innovations that are being employed in the classroom and workshop to enhance learning. Specifically, the event will involve students to provide a live demonstration of how virtual and mixed reality can provide a more hands-on educational experience.

The symposium discussion will address the challenges and efficacy of moving towards a more technology centred FE sector.

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Attlee Suite
Portcullis House
1 Parliament Street

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