Guest Post – Effective Collaboration of   Teaching Staff and Learning Support Assistants in the Classroom

In 2016/2017, colleagues at The Sheffield College were encouraged to participate in a Big Learning Project. A collaborative small-scale research project that would lead to the development of their practice. I'll be sharing a few of the write-ups here and the first comes from a trio of staff who chose to work together on their …

Transforming Teacher Education – Mentoring

A few weeks ago now, I completed the 'Transforming Teacher Education' course with Sheffield Hallam University and the Education and Training Foundation. Week 1- From Teacher to Teacher Educator and Observation Skills Week 2- A Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Identity and Developing English and maths skills Online session- Use of Technology One of our online …

Engagement

Over the years, I have seen engagement take a variety of forms. When I first began teaching, I was an Associate Lecturer and was therefore handed whatever bits and pieces the College I worked in at the time couldn't get covered by other members of staff - NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) groups …

Frames of Mind

Over the last few weeks, I've been working with the Olive Grove teams @sheffcol: Motor Vehicle, Engineering and Electrical Engineering staff. We've so far explored a range of the following: Resources related to their chosen theme (from our 13 T&L themes: safe, reflective, supported, challenging, successful, embeds English and maths, respectful, creative, tech-enhanced, positive, personalised, …

A Beacon of Light

I first worked with Sally in my first year of teaching- 2009. It was a class I've referenced in other posts and one I still have vivid memories of today. That group of students challenged me to become a better teacher: They were level 1 hospitality students and had very long and difficult days in …

Brilliant teaching and training in FE and skills A guide to effective CPD for teachers, trainers and leaders

Read the full report by clicking here 'Brilliant teaching & training does not happen by accident,' is the opening line of this report. I'm finding it difficult to argue with this, as long as we allow for those odd flukes of an unplanned lesson going remarkably well. It is suggested that instead, 'it is created …

Using Social Media to Support Teaching & Learning

What follows is a set of notes made during this week's AoC free webinar on the subject of social media in teaching & learning. Ian Fordham, The Education Foundation Ty Goddard, The Education Foundation Caroline Millin, Facebook Scott Hayden, Basingstoke College Lou Mycroft, The Northern College Scott is a specialist practitioner of educational technology. He …