SET’s Festive Countdown

The Society for Education and Training (SET) is the largest professional membership organisation for teachers and trainers in the UK. It is part of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

Enter for your chance to win a one-day course* run by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and a £100 Amazon voucher!

Like one of our Festive Countdown Facebook posts, unscramble the letters (10 in total) which appear behind the calendar doors on Facebook posts throughout December, and guess the word attached to each of the SET member benefits.

Send your answer and contact details to with the subject line ‘Festive Countdown’ or via a private message on Facebook (answers in the comments field will not be allowed).

T&Cs: Closing date 31 December, 2017 at 11.59pm. The ETF course and Amazon voucher will go to one winner who will be chosen at random and notified via a Facebook message. We will announce the winner via a Facebook Live video on 10 January at 12:00pm. UK entrants only. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. For full T&Cs visit the SET website.

Good luck!

*up to the value of £100.

Day 10:

SET’s online research library - powered by EBSCO

As a SET member you have access to an expansive research library comprising a wide range of national and international education research. Deepen your teaching and training expertise by logging onto the research journal collection and leadership and career skills collection. Not sure where to start? Each month we feature three pieces of content to get you started, with December’s theme focusing on the impact of mindfulness on educators and learners.

Day 9:

My SET Dashboard

Once you become a SET member you receive exclusive access to your own personalised workspace, My SET Dashboard, with a range of features tailored to your own development. Use the ‘My professional development’ section to view a summary of your development progress and carry out a self-assessment and reflection. You can also keep up-to-date on the latest news and events with our feeds and special interests digests and receive a link to your own digital pin, which you can use on your CV and online profiles.

Day 8:

Career Focus

Our annual member survey 2016 revealed a demand for advice and information about career development, from applying for a job, to working up the ladder and supporting your health and wellbeing. As a result of this feedback we’ve been working closely with our sister site FE Advice to offer the most relevant content aimed at helping you progress your career. Packed with factsheets, career stories and podcasts, the Career Focus section sits in our blogs, articles and news section.

Day 7:

Online communities

Our online community space has recently moved across to Facebook Groups where new members are joining every day to engage with like-minded individuals, ask questions and share ideas. Comprising four different groups: QTLS, Local Networking Groups, Webchats (soon to launch) and a general SET group page, our closed groups provide a safe space for SET members to discuss any issues relating to their practice.

Day 6:

Professional Standards Research Map

The Professional Standards Research Map is an interactive tool designed to support SET members undertaking QTLS, or reviewing their professional development, to demonstrate how they are continuing to build pedagogical skills and subject specialist knowledge. By aligning the resources to the 20 Professional Standards, the map offers quick and straightforward access to a selection of research, from short bite-sized summaries to more in-depth research reports.

Day 5:

Subsidised CPD courses

SET members are already entitled to 15 per cent off a wide range of courses from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), but did you know that you can apply for one of nine courses from the maths and English pipeline and Digital Skills Enhancement Programme for just a £20 admin fee? From developing your maths and English, to digital skills for workplace preparation, using social media, and digital tools for assessment, there are a limited number of places available, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Day 4:

Mentoring service

Building on SET’s successful e-learning Introduction to Mentoring Programme, from this month SET is launching a new mentoring service to provide support and encouragement to members facing work or career decisions, opportunities or dilemmas. As an exclusive benefit to members, working with a mentor can help make a real difference to your professional development. At the same time, as a mentor it’s a beneficial experience providing the opportunity for you to enhance your skills when it comes to supporting and developing others.

Day 3:

Local networking events

Our online SET community is boosted by face-to-face local networking events which take place up and down the country at regular intervals throughout the year. With seven groups already established and many more to come, local networking events offer members the opportunity to meet and collaborate with others in their area. Find out how you can get involved, share good practice, network and identify opportunities to work together.

Day 2:


SET’s webinars run regularly as an exclusive benefit to SET members and feature a range of key topic areas suggested by our members, including: Digital skills, Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status (QTLS), offender learning, mental health, apprenticeships, behaviour management, leadership, SEND, performance tables, and much more. Available as a live event or on-demand recording, our most popular webinars have reached more than 200 attendees at a time. Register for the webinar on 12 December, ‘Introducing Side by Side - the learner Prevent duty modules’ by visiting our resources and webinars section.

Day 1:

inTuition – SET’s quarterly journal

inTuition is the most widely read journal in Further Education and Training. It supports members’ access to a large range of CPD resources and delivers the latest research, unparalleled insight into professional practice and key information about the sector, featuring interviews from practitioners and leaders. The next issue – inTuition 30 – Winter 2017 – is due to be published on December 15. Read some free taster articles and find out how to access the digital version and download past issues from our online archive.