Activate Learning Teacher Education
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Secondments in curriculum areas to support improvement at CoOC
Sian, working with Fiona, has been working with Elsbeth to run an ambitious Teacher Education support pilot that involves three weeks of intensive secondment in prioritised curriculum areas.
The first week involves having 1-1 meetings with all staff, managers, senior management and students, conducting micro peer observations, attending team meetings and spending time supporting the team with their duties.
At the beginning of the second week the Head of Learning, Learning Manager and staff are briefed on the report documenting key teaching, learning and assessment strengths, areas for development and recommendations for support needs, and staff are given an opportunity to discuss the contents in the report and future actions. The remainder of the second week is spent supporting the team with TLA practice and recommendations.
The third week is for scheduling bespoke CPD based on recommendations/staff needs and is designed to have a positive impact on TLA and staff and student outcomes.
Feedback so far has outlined how the secondment has helped identify priority areas for improvement, how staff have felt valued and supported and how it has led to positive changes across the department. However, as with any initiative it is constantly evolving and ongoing reviews are scheduled with the department at week 5 to monitor impact, so watch this space.
Changes to PGCE gathering momentum
The revalidation is a long and complex process, but we are confident that a number of changes will be agreed, including a new Level 5 route and extensions to the requirements for Level 7 study.
The team for the PGCE will keep you updated as we reach the end of ther revalidation, so watch this space
If you haven't yet had your meeting, thank you for your patience. Elsbeth and I have been very tied up with some wider projects for the team, but we will get to meet with you in the new year, as everyone's views are very important to us.
Elsbeth and Adam
Successful EV visit at Reading College
The good news from the report is that there were no serious recommendations, and the work of the team was praised, as well as the positive feedback received from the students.
Thanks to everyone for your hard work!
Mentor support website
The website can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/i.reading-college.ac.uk/mentoring-for-teacher-education/and I'd be grateful for any feedback, and anything that you have that could add in which might be useful for mentors in our sector.
I have also been doing some work with Elsbeth and the international office to support an extended 8-week teacher training programme for Wuxi province, and it is now looking likely that this course will make the Chinese government's approved courses list.
In February half-term we are due to host some delegates from the Malaysian Industry Timber Board (MITB) and will be offering them a three-day teacher training programme as part of their visit, and Elsbeth and I are also going to an event in London on 16th December 2014, sponsored by TVET, to present ideas around training and CPD to a large delegation from the national government in China.
We want SMORE of you!
Adam and Elsbeth