The OTLA 8 (English, ESOL and Essential Digital Skills) Action Research Programme

The OTLA (English, ESOL and Essential Digital Skills) programme was delivered by ccConsultancy in partnership with That Reading Thing, NATECLA and Skills Digital. This was the 8th phase of OTLA projects we delivered on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation and funded by the Department for Education. This was the 5th OTLA phase that we were involved in as delivery partners.

Fifteen clusters researched new approaches for teaching English, ESOL and Essential Digital Skills (EDS) in the post-16 sector and focused upon driving professional development for staff through encouraging practitioners to use action research to explore and integrate those approaches into teaching, learning and assessment.

You can now download all the reports from the Excellence Gateway’s Practitioner Research + Evidence Portal (PREP).


Seeing the wood and the trees: the contributions of OTLA 8 practitioners towards the growth and development of action research in further education (Editorial)

Dr Vicky Butterby and Claire Collins

OTLA programme manager and programme director.

#OTLA over bamboo forest looking up to the sky

Sharing and Celebration Event 2022

Event Landing Page

You can also read the final event curated programme.

Cultivating professional change through action research (Editorial)

Dr Andy Convery

Research and Professional Development Lead

NATECLA 22 Conference

Action Research Posters

Exhibited at the NATECLA Conference, 2022.


Our collective (+ reflective) action research tree