Practitioner-Led Action Research Programme


 English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) + Essential Digital Skills (EDS)

 delivered on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation and funded by the Department for Education.

Welcome to the OTLA 8 (English, ESOL and Essential Digital Skills) home page. Here you will find the following:

  • A timetable of events for the year, including event details and booking links
  • Your OTLA 8 Padlet board, containing CPD resources, reporting templates and other useful reading and resources for OTLA 8
  • A direct link to your OTLA 8 half-termly mailouts
  • Links to the Wakelet newsletters broadcasted to the sector via Skills for Life Network and FEtapestry
  • Your Padlet showcase board to amplify your (and your peers) research
  • Other helpful advice and guidance relating to the OTLA 8 programme

We hope you find this page useful. If you have any further queries or questions, please approach your mentor and research group lead in the first instance, or email us at

CPD Opportunities

FE Research Circle

The #FEresearchCircle (formally known as the practitioner action research network led by PDN) hosted by Dr Vicky Butterby and Chloë Hynes. The aim of the FE Research Circle is to provide a supportive space for anyone who is interested or involved in practitioner led research to come and talk about their work and learn from others too. Each month we will explore different aspects of research in FE and post-16 learning, as we come together to grow and develop our research community. Everybody is welcome to attend these sessions (no research experience necessary) and please feel free to bring your lunch too.

Sessions will be held on the last Wednesday of each month, from 12-1.30pm (please note the research circle does not run in December, July or August).

First session: October 27th @ 12noon

Research Round Tables

  • Methodology on 9th November @3.30-5pm
  • Ethics on 15th December @3.30-5pm
  • Literature on 18th January @3.30-5pm
  • Analysis on 9th March @3.30-5pm
  • Writing and Dissemination Date TBA

Final Dissemination Event

The flagship event of the OTLA 8 programme. Project teams will come together as a collective, sharing your research findings and learning from one another.

8th July 2022 @9.30-4pm via Zoom

If you still wish to book on to this event, please email the OTLA team:

Programme Resources

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Public Mailouts

Access the OTLA Wakelet Space for curated conference programmes, public mailouts and more!


20-21 Short Action Research Project

EDS Final Sharing Event Curation

OTLA participant Mailouts

OTLA 8 Practitioner Research Showcase

To the right you’ll see a graphic that illustrates a sample of the different journals, blogs, podcasts and websites you could choose to submit your work to. To help you choose the platform that is right for you, have a look at this Wakelet which details brief summaries of each including: subject matter, audience, format, word count and submission details. Note that opportunities to share your work are increasing all the time and as such, view the collection as a live and growing asset.

Feel free to share your publishings on the showcase Padlet below and we can all help amplify each others work.

Click on the Wakelet link for more information

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Delivered by CCC with partners NATECLA, Real Time Ed, That Reading Thing and Skills for Life Network