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

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

Investigating Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This session explores how we can use action research to support us to develop, deepen and critique our teaching, learning and assessment. You only need to choose one date for each part (there are two parts):

Part 1

27th September @10-12

27th September @2-4pm

29th September @2-4pm

30th September @4-6pm

Part 2

18th October @10-12

18th October @2-4pm

20th October @10-12

20th October @4-6pm

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).

Research Round Tables

  • Methodology on 12th October @3.30-5pm
  • Ethics on 9th November @3.30-5pm
  • Literature on 15th December @3.30-5pm
  • Analysis on 18th January @3.30-5pm
  • Writing and Dissemination on 9th March @3.30-5pm


The Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) is hosting an international conference and you are warmly welcomed to attend. You can learn about action research from across the world, as well as listen to presentations from colleagues who took part in OTLA 7.

6th October @4-7pm

Interim Dissemination Event

This is the first time all project teams come together during the programme. Project teams will share their learning so far, as well as hear from previous programme participants about their research journies.

10th December @9.30-4pm


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

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, That Reading Thing, Real Time Education and SfLNetwork