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About The Further Education Tutorial Network

FETN is a not-for-profit organisation passionate about improving learner retention, achievement and success through outstanding tutorial, enrichment and wider skills development.

At FETN we recognise and understand the challenges faced by the Education and Training Sector. Our aim is to be pro-active in responding to the perpetually changing environment in which the sector operates. In doing so we are able to provide relevant and timely support to our members and to fulfil our mission in creating the best outcome possible for each and every learner.

FETN provides:

  • National open training events
  • Bespoke in-house training
  • Consultancy
  • Management Coaching

About the Director

Dr Sally Wootton is the Founding Director of FETN. Her passion for tutoring began as a lecturer in both Further and Higher Education and continued on into her management role. Fascinated by the immense contribution good tutoring can make to enabling learners to develop and succeed, Sally embarked on a PhD to explore what ‘Good’ tutoring looks like. This substantive research led to the design of an effective framework for developing tutorial curriculum and an in-depth understanding of essential tutoring skills, both of which have been applied successfully to enable quality improvements across the sector.

During a period seconded to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Sally developed National Occupational Standards for Personal Tutoring and contributed to the inclusion of the ‘Preparing for the Personal Tutoring Role’ module in the L4 Certificate in Education.

Being highly regarded for her research and significant tutorial expertise Sally continues to lead national projects and support individual colleges in their pursuit of excellence, providing bespoke guidance and undertaking quality reviews, skills audits, training and curriculum development.

In addition to leading FETN Sally has, until recently, supported the sector as an Associate Inspector, and continues to be an active member of the Expert Panel for Professional Standards and Workforce Development with the Education and Training Foundation.