Teaching and Learning Hub

October 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to this month's edition!

As the academic year gets into full swing, October looks set to be a busy month for teaching and learning at City College....

This Month's Tutorials

Embedding English and Maths

Starter activities lend themselves perfectly to opportunities to embed English and Maths in your lessons. Use the links below to find resources you can begin to use immediately in the classroom.

NEW: Coaching For All Teachers

We are now offering regular times where the Teaching and Learning Hub will be staffed by either a Teaching and Learning Coach or a Maths/English specialist. During these times (see schedule below) teachers are welcome to drop in to receive support. Times are spread throughout the week to try and ensure that there is a suitable time for everybody to access this new service.

Who are the Teaching and Learning Coaches?

Developmental Observations Schedule

Teams being observed in October

Week beginning:

  • 5th October - Construction Crafts and Electrical
  • 12th October - Visual and Performing Arts
  • 19th October - Literacy and Numeracy


  • If you would like to receive training on how to observe, contact Hayley Ryan who will organise for you to participate in a joint lesson observation.
  • There may be more than one person who comes to observe you. This will either be because one of the observers is in training, or because 20% of our observations are conducted jointly so that we can ensure standardisation.

Themed Learning Walks

Week Beginning 12th October: #1 Knowing the Students/Attendance

This themed learning walk will take place throughout this week. Observers will be looking at how well teachers are planning learning based upon their assessment and understanding of the students' needs.

We also have a new system of feedback from our themed learning walks: observers will leave you a 'calling card' if they visit your lesson letting you have some feedback on what they saw.

Remember that the purpose of our themed learning walks is to identify and then share best practice across the college.

Lesson Planning

The Teaching and Learning Hub features a range of different methods of planning (lesson plans) so that teachers are able to use the format that best suits them. We would like to grow this bank of resources, so if you have a sample of a lesson plan that you use, please email a copy to Hayley Ryan or one of the Teaching and Learning Coaches. We can then add them all onto the TLH to share good practice.

Equality and Diversity...

“At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.”

Friedrich Nietzsche.

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