Staff Development

Issue 5, April 2016

Evaluation of Development

Over the last academic year so far, 1254 development activities have been recorded by staff development. Of these, 47% of activities have been evaluated. Thanks so much to those of you who have been submitting evaluation forms in the last few days.

Why is an evaluation form required?

  • ​It supports the staff development team in providing advice to colleagues on relevant and useful (or otherwise…) development activities
  • It helps the college to measure the potential impact of development activities on our students and staff

If you've participated in a development activity that you haven't yet evaluated then you have until Friday 15th April 2016 to submit your evaluation.

You can click here to access the evaluation form:

Pre-retirement Seminar - Places still available

Monday, May 16th, 8:45pm to Tuesday, May 17th, 3:15pm

Livesey Street

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

New Starter Induction

We held a successful induction event for new staff last month and you can read a summary of the event here:

Our next induction event will take place between 1 and 4pm on Thursday 21st April 2016, at Hillsborough College in the Presentation Suite.

If you’re new to the college (since August 2015) then why should you attend this event?

The induction afternoon is an important event for all our new staff; ensuring you have the appropriate knowledge and skills to support students and colleagues. Through meeting a variety of new and existing staff, you’ll gain the essential information to assist you in your professional role, saving you both time and effort, and you’ll also begin to form valuable working relationships. Our aim is that by the end of this event, you’ll have received a warm welcome that has helped you to recognise how you fit into the college’s ethos and culture.

What will the event cover?

The session will incorporate reflections on time at the college so far, which will be followed by an activity relating to the college’s vision, values and strategic aims. There will then be a ‘speed-dating’ activity, which will give you a chance to ask questions and to meet key members of staff ; enabling you to leave with a greater awareness of the various functions and facets of the college.

The Hub

You’ll notice that staff development have a new-look area of The Hub this term. The design is more easy to navigate and we’ve updated all pages so that you have access to the information you need about all things learning and development.

Explore the site here:

What do you think? We'd love to hear from you! Drop us a line at

Development Catalogue

Our new development catalogue is being updated all the time with a wide variety of learning activities for you to engage in. We’ve recently added some top blogs and Twitter chats. Just select ‘Blog’ or ‘Twitter Chat’ under ‘Type. We also had some great recommendations of events happening as part of ‘Future Skills: the shape of the skills market post-2020?’ from Juste Tuzikaite, Quality Systems. These can be found by selecting ‘Sheffield City Region’ from the ‘Organiser’ drop-down menu. Just like Juste, if you have any recommendations of great learning opportunities that we could add to our catalogue, please send us an email at

You can access the catalogue here:

On this day...

6th April 1896 - In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games is celebrated, 1,500 years after the original games are banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I

Fun fact

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words

Every Kid Needs a Champion

As the new term of the academic year is upon us, it seems a good time to share this inspiring video for anyone working in education:
Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion