Staff Development

Issue 3, Feb 2016

What we do...

We are here to support you to build your skills and knowledge; to help you achieve an excellent learning experience for all.

We are based in WG15 and you can contact us by emailing or speak to us on the extensions listed below:

Chris Phillips- Staff Development Admin Co-ordinator- ext. 2598

Helen Hayes- Staff Development Assistant- ext. 2407

Hannah Tyreman- Learning Improvement and Development Manager- ext. 2405

We can give you information on:

  • How to apply for a course

  • Booking a course and travel

  • In-House development opportunities

  • Forms and policies

  • Programmes and events

You can also find us on Google+ just Click Hereyou will need to log in using your college email address and password.

Please see the answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions accessed from the Staff Development HUB page.

Just a reminder

Please remember that all applications must be submitted to Staff Development at least two weeks before the course/event is due to start in order for full approval to be given and arrangements to be made.

Retrospective applications will not be approved or funded.

Click here to access staff development application forms

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Latest Updates! Development Catalogue

To inform you of future learning & development opportunities, we have put together a Development Catalogue, which provides a link and details for each available activity.

To access the catalogue, please click here

Pre-Retirement Course- Places still available!

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May 2016

The next 2 day course is on Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th May 2016, the location is the Presentation Suite (S201) at Hillsborough College. Times for both days are 08.45 to 15.15.

If you are starting to plan for future retirement this is an ideal course to help with financial planning including taxation, inheritance tax, wills and benefits. You will hear advice on equity release, investing lump sums, concessions and money saving and how to get further professional advice.

The course also covers health & wellbeing, security in your home as well as opportunities and interests for your leisure time.

This course is open to staff who are starting to plan for their retirement as well as those who have already made plans to retire in the near future.

To book a place on this event please contact staff Development at

Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

A free online course led by Dylan William and Christine Harrison, to help STEM teachers get to grips with Assessment for Learning.
Starts 22 Feb 2016

6 weeks

3 hrs per week

Through this course, you’ll understand:
- The theory and science behind effective Assessment for Learning
- How to use Assessment for Learning to elicit evidence about what’s going on in your learners’ minds
- How to use this evidence formatively with your learners in your laboratory and classroom
- How to write, judge and use the hinge questions that are central to Assessment for Learning in STEM.

We'd like to gather a group of staff who are interested in completing this course so that we can meet for 30-45 minutes each fortnight during the course and share experiences.

If you're interested in this CPD activity, please complete this form with your availability for the fortnightly group meetings:

Celebrating success - Peter Norton, Public Services

I am Peter Norton, the Course Leader on a Foundation Degree in Policing studies, at the Sheffield College. I am also an Advanced Practitioner in Higher Education at the college.

I was fully supported for obtaining my BA Honours degree in Education and Professional Development completed in 2014. I am currently supported on a course for Supporting College Based Higher Education.

The majority of my learning and development is at HE level in the specific role of Policing, however this does have an effect on the FE courses with the Uniformed Public services courses, as I can inform the teaching staff of the latest developments in Policing and also helps the internal progression of these students onto my level 4 and 5 course.

As part of my staff development, I am supported in attending meetings as part of the management team with the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing. Current project work is to design a QAA approved specific subject benchmark statement for Policing. The Forum is also working with the College of Policing in developing a new degree level Policing qualification, for new and existing entrants to the Police service.

Once the new course has been approved, this will help shape the curriculum design for FE students wanting to progress onto this course for future employability with the Police service.

You can apply to attend your own development by clicking here.

On this day...

3rd February 1918 – The Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco, California begins service as the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long

3rd February 2008, UK singer Adele went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album '19'. As of December 2011, worldwide sales for the album stood at over 6.5 million copies.

Pose, Pause, Pounce Bounce Questioning

Why not try this questioning technique to avoid a 'table tennis' of question and answer between you and one other learner?

You can read more about the technique here

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Dylan William introduces the technique

Pose Pause Pounce

A Physical Education teacher films the technique in practice

Pose Pause Pounce Bounce Questioning in Physical Education