Teaching and Learning Hub

December Newsletter


Welcome to our December edition of the TLHub Newsletter. This edition is jam-packed full of news and ideas relating to teaching and learning at City College and includes:

  • Which teams are being observed in December
  • The learning walk themes for December
  • Learning walk feedback from learning walks 1 and 2
  • Sharing good practice - ideas you can use in the classroom
  • Identified strengths and weaknesses in TLA at the college
  • New, qualified observers
  • Developmental observation feedback survey

Sharing Ideas and Good Practice

Radio 4 Programme -The Educators

A radio 4 programme, focused on issues and research in education has returned for another series. Use this link to access programmes.

TLQ Day - Equality and Diversity

We hope that you enjoyed Trevor's training on how to explicitly embed the Equality Act 2010 into teaching, learning and assessment. We have seen some excellent lessons since the training where the act has being promoted and discussed. The presentations Trevor used are available for you on the TLHub CityBit page here.

Themed Learning Walks

Please click on the pictures below, which detail the outcomes of the two themed learning walks we have completed so far. Lots of good practice to share in them!

Coaching Training

All college managers were trained to be coaches in sessions run by Dr Anna James last week. This training will increase their ability to support staff and students to overcome barriers to working effectively.

Anna gave us a fantastic resource that teachers can use as an aide memoir for delivering inspiring lessons. It is a booklet jam-packed full of ideas to engage learners and deliver fun lessons. The booklet can be found within the TLHub CityBit page here.

Well done!

Congratulations to those teachers who have completed the 'Excellence in Observation' training programme. New, qualified observers are: Gurmit Hukam, Allan Davies, Alice Copp, India Lawton, Sue Lambrou, Paul MacBean and Jemina Philbrow.

Our second cohort currently in training in order to fulfil their role as a subject mentor to teachers completing their teacher training includes: Andy Dibb, Bob Henley, Rachel McCarthy, Leyla McGinn and Andrew Smith.

Being trained as an observer is an excellent way to help improve your own teaching skills. Please contact Hayley Ryan if you are interested in being part of the next cohort to be trained.

Promoting British Values

The Early Years department have created this display on how British Values can be promoted within the subject. More displays like this in different learning areas would be a fantastic way to ensure that our students are familiar with what we mean by British values, plus how they can themselves demonstrate these values.

STaRS Feedback Survey

Thank you to all of you who completed the STaRS survey, which was featured in the last newsletter. We have used this information to plan our next steps in terms of training and system build.

A fantastic 95% of you are using the system! We continue to work behind the scenes to make sure that the system is easy for you to use, reduces your workload and gives us a reliable tool to assess students at risk of not being successful on their programmes.

Developmental Observation Outcomes

Thank you to those of you who have already completed the survey on developmental observations (if you have been observed). If you have not already completed it and you have been observed, please use the form below to let us know you views.

In terms of assessing strengths and areas for improvement in teaching, learning and assessment overall, the following are outcomes:


  • Planning and preparation for lessons
  • Having a positive environment for learning
  • Classroom management
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare of learners
  • Learner engagement

Areas for Improvement

  • Learner profiles
  • Differentiation
  • Assessment for learning

December Developmental Observations and Learning Walks

This month, the following teams will be developmentally observed:

  • 7th December: Psychotherapy/ Foundation Learning
  • 14th December: ESOL

The themed learning walk for the whole of December has a focus on TUTORIALS. We want to get a measure of the consistency of tutorials in the college. Janna Anderson is leading on this theme.