Staff Development

Issue 6, May 2016

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Development Days - July

Some dates for your diary:

Tuesday 12th July 2016- Hillsborough- Learning Festival

This year’s Learning Festival has been designed to enable collaboration and sharing of great practice across the college. To make this year’s Learning Festival a success, we now need your contributions to the day!

Do you have something you could share with colleagues in a 30 minute workshop on Tuesday 12th July? What you share could be relevant for delivery staff, LSAs, business support staff or staff in a leadership position. Feel free to partner up to facilitate a workshop if you wish. All we ask is that your workshop fits with one of our 13 themes. Explore the 13 themes by clicking here. If you have a workshop idea but you’re unsure what theme it might fit best with, please register your interest and we’ll be in touch!

Complete this form to suggest workshop sessions that you'd love to see and/or to register your own interest in facilitating a workshop for colleagues. You only have until Friday 3rd June to submit so what are you waiting for? Fill the form out at this link:

Wednesday 13th July- City- Employee Engagement Day

More details about this event will be coming soon!


Many of you will be entering exam season with your students and it's a great time to reconsider revision practice.

Dan Williams is a lecturer in FE and has a great blog in which he explores all things teaching & learning. His latest posts have all related to becoming a more evidence-informed practitioner. His latest offering is a guide to the dos and dont's of revision and he's created a guide that can be used with both staff and students.

Click here to access his guide

If you're interested in other reading related to evidence-based approaches to revision then this guide to 'What Works, What doesn't', might be exactly what you're looking for.

Click here to access this document

New Staff Induction

On Thursday 21st April 2016, we held our third induction event for new staff. We began by exploring how their time at the college had gone so far whilst also taking in some top advice for surviving the first 100 days in a new job. In summarising their job so far in a single word, the choices were: challenging, welcoming, enjoyable, refreshing, and rewarding.

We explored the college’s vision, aims and values in detail before there were opportunities for all attendees to meet a variety of staff from across the college.

One attendee said; "It was a useful exercise to reflect on starting a new role with other new starters. It wasn't dry, or boring, and the speed-dating activity was a great quick introduction to people I needed to meet to understand the structure of the college better - I appreciated the opportunity to have six minutes to sit relevant, busy managers and staff members down and ask them questions."

Thanks to the following staff for donating their time to our new staff;

David Appleyard, Sarah Bristow, Heather Smith, Sue Elliott, Rob Cooke, Nigel Bisatt, Graeme Hathaway, David Sutcliffe, Heather Phillipson, Michelle MacDonald, Oliver Tindall, Chris Phillips and Helen Hayes

Evaluation of development activities

A big thank you to everyone who has submitted an evaluation since our last issue.

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 20th May 2016 to submit your evaluation.

You can click here to access the evaluation form:

Online College

The College’s team of Digital and eLearning Technologists are able to deliver the training you need. As part of their remit, they will come out to your site and deliver training on how to get the best out of eLearning technology in your class. Whether it is just 1 to 1 training you require or a whole team, they are happy to help. Some of the applications they can help you with are:

  • Moodle.
  • Google Apps.
  • Interactive White boards.
  • Smartphone and tablet applications
  • Other technology tools and apps

If you have an eLearning need, just get in touch with them and they will endeavour to help you.

To arrange a training session with them, please just Click Here or look for your Departmental Contact and give them a call.

Celebrating Success

Mick Burke - Catering

A big congratulations to our very own Mick Burke who has been shortlisted for a Catey award in the category of Education and Training.

Well done Mick.

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