Embedded skills – how do I fit it all in? plus British Values, heart-warming videos and useful websites…

British Values, English, Maths, IT, Equality and Diversity…all of these are areas that we know our learners need to develop in many cases, (even if the learners don’t always identify this themselves!), and they are high priority areas for Ofsted. Sometimes it can seem that these extra challenges are drowning out the actual course content … Continue reading Embedded skills – how do I fit it all in? plus British Values, heart-warming videos and useful websites…

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Making a good start…

We hope you’ve had a good summer break and are raring to get started with your new courses now, if you haven’t started already. The beginning of a new course is always a challenging and interesting time – meeting new learners, getting to know them and their needs, and their expectations of you and the … Continue reading Making a good start…

Mental Health Awareness – CPD for tutors

Changes Health and Wellbeing have delivered a series of workshops for us over the past couple of weeks.  The sessions were well-attended overall and were appreciated by tutors who were able to: increase their knowledge of a variety of mental health conditions, consider the impact on learning, share good practice and practical tips with other … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness – CPD for tutors

December update

Mental Health Awareness sessions – Another Exciting CPD opportunity for tutors – book NOW (and by 7th January at the latest) One in 4 of us will be affected by a mental health condition in our lifetimes. Clearly there are many learners on our courses who are experiencing mental health issues and as tutors, we … Continue reading December update

Supporting all learners

Good practice in working with learners with support needs involves: identifying learners with additional needs communicating with relevant staff to get the support needed delivering the support in the classroom tracking the support so that you can evaluate its impact and make any further adjustments as necessary 22% of learners on ACL courses declared a … Continue reading Supporting all learners

Review of Observation (OTL) policy….and more top tips….

We're starting to review our Observation procedure and want to ensure that a key aim is developing teaching and learning, not just monitoring. With this aim in mind we need tutors' feedback on the current procedures.  Think about the last observation you had.  Do you feel you got enough time when you had feedback from … Continue reading Review of Observation (OTL) policy….and more top tips….

Welcome to the Staffordshire Adult and Community Learning blog for 2014-2015

We hope you’ve enjoyed a productive start to the new academic year. And that you will find this blog useful for keeping up-to-date with teaching, learning and assessment issues, and Staffs ACL news.  First of all, congratulations to all tutors on their work last year, in particular the tutors who got a grade 2 or … Continue reading Welcome to the Staffordshire Adult and Community Learning blog for 2014-2015

Learning styles for all individuals

The idea of learning styles and testing learners to find out their natural preference has been popular since the 1980s. This wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_styles  gives a brief introduction to learning styles, including Honey and Mumford's VAK tests, if you want to refresh your memory. However, more recently there has been some scepticism about how teaching and … Continue reading Learning styles for all individuals

How to write an outstandingly useful scheme of work …with ease!

The session took place on 26th March at Chasewater Innovation Centre, with 10 tutors from a variety of providers attending. If you weren't able to attend on the day: ....you can recreate the session with the resources available here on the "Writing a Scheme of Work training session" page above or on Fenc.  Please see … Continue reading How to write an outstandingly useful scheme of work …with ease!

October update – have you done your stretching?

 New on Fenc this month: Dyslexia font http://take-shape-share.fenc.org.uk/?folderId=174231 Good practice in social media – case studies and 5 min video clip from Pete Read on Google + http://take-shape-share.fenc.org.uk/?folderId=175401 ILP advice and info on embedding English, Maths and IT http://take-shape-share.fenc.org.uk/?folderId=175381 Coming soon: formative assessment and questioning techniques. Please contact me if you need a reminder of … Continue reading October update – have you done your stretching?