Staff Development

Issue 2, Jan 2016

We are here to support you to build your skills and knowledge; to help you achieve an excellent learning experience for all.

We are based in WG15 and you can contact us by emailing or speak to us on the extensions listed below:

Chris Phillips- Staff Development Admin Co-ordinator- ext. 2598

Helen Hayes- Staff Development Assistant- ext. 2407

Hannah Tyreman- Learning Improvement and Development Manager- ext. 2405

We can give you information on:

  • How to apply for a course

  • Booking a course and travel

  • In-House development opportunities

  • Forms and policies

  • Programmes and events

You can also find us on Google+ just Click Hereyou will need to log in using your college email address and password.

Please see the answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions accessed from Staff Development HUB page.

Latest Updates!

This term sees a new set of forms for CPD courses and training, which can all be found on the staff development page of the hub:

Departments>Business Support>Staff Development>Training Information

The slightly altered forms make it easier for us to track applications as well as measure impact and the flowchart helps to guide each of you through the process of making an application.

We'd welcome any feedback you have as we improve our service and hub pages.

Online College

The new Online College team:

Nicola Wilcox (ext. 2752)

Simon Sharratt (ext. 2753)

Dave Appleyard (ext. 2750)

Kieran Briggs (ext. 2751)

are here to help you learn how to use technology in the classroom and they operate across all College sites, visiting you on a one-to-one or group basis.

Many staff need additional support when asked to embed technology in class and we are here to help with exactly that.

Our Moodle and Google Apps for Education VLEs have many exciting features and the ability for students to access learning online at any time. Whether you want students to hand work in electronically, or you want to embrace mobile technology in your classes, we are here to help you. Our expertise extends beyond Moodle and Google Apps for education, with Whiteboard Training, Smartphone Applications, tablet use and help you to develop ideas of how to improve your current eLearning content.

With the New Online College Team, you won't just see us once, we can help you every step of the way, offering training as and when you feel you need it.

If you would like to arrange any eLearning training you can drop Nicola Wilcox, Simon Sharratt or Dave Appleyard an email, fill in a request form here or call us on ex.2752 and we can get some dates in the diary.

Celebrating Staff Success- Len Unwin- Hospitality

Over the years, Len has engaged highly in his own development, predominantly returning to industry for professional updating.

The main benefits have been:

  • Development of skills and current practice
  • Development of contacts for him, the college and especially students.
  • Promotion of the college
  • Student experience and employment opportunities

Len says, "Over the years I have been to a wide variety of establishments, usually during my own time, which allows me a greater choice over venue and time spent. I have been on various chocolate courses but mainly working in hotels such as The Berkeley in Knightsbridge and restaurants both local and national, and more recently a week long sugar course with Colin Martin in Cumbria.

Possibly the most productive development has been at The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray which is owned by Heston Blumenthal . This was possibly the most inspirational and rewarding placement, from this not only did I learn the latest in food and technology but I made a contact, which has continued to flourish: I've had students go down there on placement and the Head Chef, Jonny Lake, came into The Sheffield College to demonstrate to our 3rd year students.

Through the contacts made, a number of students have secured work such as, Walda, who has just gone to work for Neil Snowball, Head chef of Gordon Ramsay's Petrus in Knightsbridge in: a 1* Michelin restaurant.

I continue to carry out these types of activities for both the benefit of my own development but also to provide opportunities in a very tough competitive industry for my students."

You can apply to attend your own development by clicking here.

Pre-Retirement Course- Places still available!

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May 2016

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

Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

A free online course led by Dylan William and Christine Harrison, to help STEM teachers get to grips with Assessment for Learning.
Starts 22 Feb 2016

6 weeks

3 hrs per week

Through this course, you’ll understand:

- The theory and science behind effective Assessment for Learning
- How to use Assessment for Learning to elicit evidence about what’s going on in your learners’ minds
- How to use this evidence formatively with your learners in your laboratory and classroom
- How to write, judge and use the hinge questions that are central to Assessment for Learning in STEM.

We'd like to gather a group of staff who are interested in completing this course so that we can meet for 30-45 minutes each fortnight during the course and share experiences.

If you're interested in this CPD activity, please complete this form with your availability for the fortnightly group meetings:

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Many staff have been involved in recent workshops on the topic of personal development, behaviour and welfare. Although it's a central part of the new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework, it's most certainly essential for our students' future success.

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare covers all of the following aspects of a learner's time at college (and much more besides!):

  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Conduct and behaviour
  • Confidence and self-awareness
  • Pride in achievement
  • Maintaining good physical and mental health
  • Professionalism in working with others
  • British values
  • Employability skills such as presenting and effective time-management
  • Respect
  • Awareness of the Prevent agenda, safeguarding and how to stay safe online
  • Industry standard skills and attributes development

This site is beginning to be populated by a range of resources related to:

  • Lesson planning
  • Schemes of work
  • Teaching & learning
  • Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare

There will be a range of development opportunities to support these topics released very soon so watch this space!

Click here to access the site

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