Policy Focus – Practice built on Policy

e-safety Policy We thought it would be good to highlight some of the important policies that ACL has in place, and to emphasise how they should be reflected in your practice. Please take a few moments to look at the e-safety policy here, and remind yourself of its contents.  Key considerations for tutors: Do you … Continue reading Policy Focus – Practice built on Policy

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…

Embedded English and Maths in Adult Community Learning

What are we talking about? When we talk about English we’re talking about spelling, punctuation and grammar in written work, but also Communication skills, such as listening, following instructions, discussing issues in group etc.  As for maths, it is more than sums. We’re talking about recognising patterns, and using logic to solve problems. The Common … Continue reading Embedded English and Maths in Adult Community Learning

ILT audit – results in! Best practice ideas here…

As you know we have been conducting 2 audits of ILT use over the last few months.  Firstly tutors have answered questions about what ILT they have access to and use in their teaching and learning.  Secondly, we have asked providers for a list of venues to see how many have access to the internet. … Continue reading ILT audit – results in! Best practice ideas here…

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

Technology in Teaching and Learning

Two providers, CARE and Landau, have recently reported on the benefits to their teaching and learning of using iPads. The providers borrowed a set of eight iPads for a term, and used them with learners. The iPads had a really positive impact on learning, offering lots of opportunities for enhancing the learners’ experience. Here are some … Continue reading Technology in Teaching and Learning

Seeking tutor to trial Socrative – THE student response system

• Engage your learners • Better questioning and better feedback • Increase your use of IT • Innovative and creative For a quick explanation and demos and more, have a look at the website here: http://www.socrative.com This is a really simple web or app based system, that tutors can easily use in class to get … Continue reading Seeking tutor to trial Socrative – THE student response system

Social Media workshop invitation and Assessment resources

  "Using social media in Community Learning" Workshop Monday 20 January 2014 Burton and South Derbyshire College 10.00am -12.30 including networking lunch Given the interest in Pete Read’s session on using Social Media in Community Learning at the Teaching and Learning Conference in September, we have invited Pete back to lead a hands-on workshop with … Continue reading Social Media workshop invitation and Assessment resources