On Wednesday 8 September Frank Coffield, Emeritus Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, offered the key note address at the first ‘Learning and Teaching’ session of the 10/11 academic year. Following his lecture presentation Professor Coffield led a workshop for the Further Education team at the College.
Professor Coffield is an internationally renowned speaker who is widely recognised for his knowledge and opinion on education having only retired from education in 2007 after 42 years. His address to lecturers at Writtle College focused around a presentation entitled “Prioritising Teaching and Learning in a time of austerity”.
Professor Coffield has had a vast career, but most pertinent to his invite to the College is his paper on the need for ‘teaching and learning to be at the centre of post-compulsory education’.
During his career Professor Coffield worked at the universities of Keele, Durham and Newcastle in England; and at a comprehensive school, an Approved School and Jordanhill College of Education in Scotland. He has written books on, for example, juvenile delinquency, the so-called cycle of disadvantage, youth unemployment, vandalism and graffiti, young people and drugs, youth enterprise, a critical review of learning styles and the impact of policy on post-compulsory education.
Pictured – Professor Frank Coffield