Assessor E-bulletin

Teaching, Learning and Assessment for ER

Issue 5

Welcome to the fifth edition of the assessor E-bulletin, an online flyer designed to share good practice and ideas in Teaching, Learning and Assessment across Central College.

This bulletin is designed to give you a host of ideas to help and guide you with regards all things ER related. It will be sent out every six/eight weeks and put together by the new Teaching And Learning Coach for ER; Wayne Daniels.

Back to the grindstone

So the beginning of the academic year has arrived, inductions are in full swing and learners are enthusiastic and on time.

i would like to welcome back those who have had some well deserved time off, and for those that soldiered through, well done.

In this edition, we have put in some helpful info regarding British values, some up to date news, a survey that will help us to better understand your needs as well as links to CPD and other useful paperwork to help get you started.

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Assessor Forum

Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 10:30-11:30am

High Road High Road

This will take shape as three individual hourly slots throughout the year and will give assessors an opportunity to voice their opinions, discuss challenges as well as share good practice. It will also have a couple of key themes per event to help them at that stage of the year and make moving forward easier. Tea Coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Dates for your diary

Assessor Forums; 21st October at Beeston, 17th February at Maid Marian Way,

20th of July at Ruddington

Assessor CPD day 23rd October and 4th of January at Beeston,

12th of July at Ruddington

Promoting British Values with regards to OFSTED. What is it and how does it look?

Since June 2014 the government requires all schools and colleges to actively promote ‘Fundamental British Values’. This requirement is enforced via the 2015 Ofsted inspection framework.

Promoting fundamental British values builds on the work already taking place to integrate equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of college life.

Promoting British values provides an opportunity to prepare learners to live and work in Britain and the world as responsible citizens. Based on the principles of mutual respect, individual liberty, democracy and the rule of law promoting British values provides an opportunity to challenge discrimination and establish an environment which strengthens good relationships and which is free from intolerance and hate crime. It can support students to challenge intolerance, extremist ideologies, and counter distorted and negative media messages.

What do we mean by British Values and how do we promote them at college?.....

Democracy – this means that everyone has a role in influencing decision making, at national, local and community level. It’s also about raising understanding of democratic processes. Opportunities to promote registration to vote for 16+ years old as well as positive encouragement to students to engage in activism and politics all relates to this aspect. For workplace learners discussions on the election of union reps, organisation structures etc would introduce the topic.

Rule of Law – this means ensuring learners have an understanding of the importance of having laws and the consequence of breaking laws, accepting that no one is above the law. As an example discussing laws which apply to all of us in Britain e.g. speed limits, laws relating to drugs and discussing why and how rules and laws are decided upon. The rule of law is about learners having an understanding of their rights and responsibilities not only as a learner but as employees, as citizens and consumers in society. It is about encouraging effective productive working relationships with peers, employees, and employers in all settings. For workplace learners an exploration of health and safety regulations e.g. HASAWA or COSHH would be a good starting point for a conversation…

Individual Liberty – this relates to our rights and responsibilities as citizens; the right to act, believe and express oneself in a manner of one’s own choosing. This requires an understanding of the balance between freedom of speech and expression and the potential negative impact on others. Discussing individual needs, and career and educational opportunities enables staff to have discussions around individual freedom.

Mutual respect and tolerance for others, such has people who hold different faiths. This applies, for example, to people of all backgrounds, cultures, ages, sexual orientations, genders, religions and beliefs. This means that everyone should be made to feel welcome, supported and valued for who they are and explores how prejudice can lead to hate. Staff can discuss how tolerance, mutual respect and equality and diversity contribute to a good working environment and make commercial sense in the workplace.

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