Staff Development

Issue 8 - July 2016

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Tuesday 12 July saw The Sheffield College's Learning Festival take place for all staff; for the first time we'd be taking a step away from being purely a TLA Festival. This would be learning for everyone and many of our business support colleagues joined us for the day.

You can read a full review of the day by clicking here.

You can explore all workshop resources here.

You can view online workshop alternatives here.

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The day was documented on Twitter and a full collection of comments and images can be viewed here:

With many more development days next year, your feedback will be invaluable in helping us to shape these events.

Please submit your feedback here:

16/17 Development Days

Mon 5th Sept- Values Day
Fri 16th Dec
- Whole College Development- Sharing Practice and Christmas Celebration
Tues 3rd Jan- Whole College Development- Learning Festival
Thurs 9th March
- Learning and Development Day
Weds 17th May- Learning and Development Day
Mon 10th July- Team Development Day
Tues 11th July- Team Development Day
Thurs 13th July- Whole College Development- Sharing Practice and Staff Awards

Winner of the Big Bag of Books from Crown House Publishing!

Congratulations to Cathy Lindsay. Her entry was selected from a collection of 48 entries. Your books will be available to collect from TG01P- City LRC.

Winners of the Etch a Sketch challenge!

Congratulations to:

Stuart Lilford

Lee Mills

Barbara Sansome

Sally Johnson

Apryl Beresford

Your free 1 year subscription to Triptico will be sent to you in the internal post.

Winners of the Twitter challenge!

The best Tweet of the day came from Sally Johnson.

All other contributors to Twitter on the day will also receive a small gift through the internal post in the next few days.

Thank You!

To all of our workshop facilitators

To all of our marketplace holders

To Graham and the estates team

To the reprographics teams at City and Hillsborough

To Alison and Claire in Marketing

To Karen Cresswell

To Penny and the refectory team

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Between April and July, a number of The Sheffield College staff volunteered to participate in a project that would help us to trial what will become the Big Learning Project from September 2016.

The original motivation for developing this project was to address the need for CPD that would be more relevant and meaningful to each of the professionals who chose to participate in it. The Big (and Mini) Learning Project presents opportunities for collaboration and discussion. It encourages creativity and experimentation, as well as reflection and evaluation. It makes a move away from 'traditional' CPD by being:

  • Open to all staff, no matter what their role
  • Aligned to the needs of the students/ customers/ staff
  • Relevant to the participants' experiences
  • Impact focused
  • A collaborative and reflective process
  • A sharing of learning experiences

Staff have chosen to engage with this pilot for a range of reasons and these are just a few of them:

'I am always keen to find ways in which I can make better use of my skills and improve the service I provide for students. I like to understand how others work and make practical suggestions for ways in which their working practices could be more efficient.'

'To have the opportunity to develop my own practice and share experiences with other colleagues. I think it is important to continually reflect and evaluate your own practice in order to improve/keep up to date with learning pedagogies and drive up standards.'

'I see it as an opportunity to make observations, develop/share ideas/experiments and try them out to help make things happen ultimately to improve the experiences of both our internal and external customers.'

'The opportunity to discuss and work with staff from other depts as when otherwise do we have the time? And to challenge my thinking, and to refresh my approaches to teaching.'

The project had 4 distinct phases:

  1. Learning Lens was a two week phase of the project provided participants with valuable reflection time.
  2. Thinking out loud was a series of breakfast sessions that enabled conversation and collaboration.
  3. Learning journey was where participants had a chance to experiment back in their contexts.
  4. Sharing learning is the contents of this publication (images below):
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Learning from the pilot has enabled me to adapt the original model so that it will work in a more structured way over the coming academic year; providing enough opportunity in each phase for both collaboration and reflection.

You can find out more about the Big Learning Project for 16/17 here:

Register your interest in joining the project here:


We hope you all have some rest planned over the summer.

Here's some of what we're up to:

Helen will be camping with her kids and dog in Norfolk... or the Lakes!

Chris will be taking a trip to the Lakes, spending time walking Marley and spending time with family.

Hannah will be making more of a dent in the house renovations (hopefully!), and visiting the Edinburgh Festival.