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The aim of the day was for everyone to have a good time, network with others, and gain knowledge from experts in the sector.
The day went really well with all participants leaving happy and more knowledgeable. It was great to see people who have attended my previous events, and to meet people who use my books and resources. Everyone had a great time, lots of networking took place and the food and refreshments were great too! There were five workshops, which covered the following topics:
within your role –
Providing a quality product and service is crucial in the competitive market of the FE, skills and training sector. A good quality reputation for your institution will have a positive impact on your learners. I shared practical ideas on how to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
Achieving your QTLS – Tricia Odell, Education and Training Foundation
Tricia explained the key things you need to know regarding applying for QTLS status. From eligibility criteria to timescales, and how to go about collecting and collating evidence. Tricia also shared a range of resources to support applicants.
Maintaining your professionalism – Ann Gravells
There are constant changes and developments within the FE, skills and training sector which could affect your job role. I outlined how to enhance your professional profile during times of change, including using technology to increase your networking opportunities. I also gave ideas for CPD activities to help you remain up to date with your knowledge and practice.
Managing teaching, learning and assessment during an observation – Sharron Mansell
Assessment can often be a challenge but one that is important to get right. Good assessment leads to better learning. Sharron introduced an interesting and useful theory of learners’ behaviour, and showed how to focus on formative assessment to develop the learner as a whole. Sharron is the author of the '50' series of practical books.
Prevent Strategy – Erin Moore, Department for EducationErin is one of the DfE’s Higher and Further Education Regional Prevent Coordinators. She spoke about how the Prevent duty applies in an FE and training context and the responsibilities relating to it. She introduced Prevent and your statutory duty. She also talked through key vulnerabilities to be aware of, how to refer, and the channels available to do so.
The ‘Prevent’ and ‘Observation of Teaching & Learning’ sessions were really interesting.
All the workshops had excellent content.
I will be using elements from every workshop in my job role.
I gained good ideas and suggestions from others.
It was good to meet Ann and to share good practice.
I had a good time meeting other practitioners and learning new things.
All the speakers were very knowledgeable and the workshops were relevant to my job.
The venue and food were great, as was the session content!