Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment programme
OTLA – apprenticeship standards
Funded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme is an opportunity for practitioners to explore, understand and share what outstanding looks like in the context of the new world of apprenticeships.
The introduction of apprenticeship standards, end-point assessment and the new funding regime will require a significant shift in the way teaching, learning and assessment is approached in future. The role of the trainer and assessor is changing, employers are taking a greater lead in the design and delivery of apprenticeships, and the focus is now firmly on achieving competence rather than qualifications.
The programme gives practitioners the vital space they need to explore particular changes to their practice, and establish what outstanding looks like.
Overseen by the Strategic Development Network (SDN), 10 grant-funded collaborative projects have been comissioned, focusing on areas of practice that sit under the following themes:
Collaborative approaches to teaching/training, learning and assessment between providers and employers
Curriculum development based on the new standards
Monitoring and assessing the progress of the apprentice
Outstanding technical pedagogy in apprenticeship delivery
Over 100 apprenticeship practitioners are involved, from diverse and high-profile range of organisations – including private apprenticeship providers, colleges, universities, employers (such as British Airways, The National Theatre), local authorities, regional networks and end-point assessment organisations.
The successful projects are exploring the following:
Aim Awards Assessment
Effective preparation and delivery of end-point assessment
Developing the apprentice’s behaviours and mindset
Development of contextualised English and maths with the employer and its impact on pedagogy
Monitoring and assessing the progress of apprentices
Effective curriculum design with the employer, in the context of the workplace and job role
On-programme assessment to develop professional skills and behaviours
CMS Vocational Training (with WYLP)
Effective training planning with the employer
Sheffield Hallam University
Designing the curriculum with the employer without the qualification structure in place
Profile Development and Training (with KATO)
Induction: Designing and mapping on and off-the-job training with the employer
Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service
Effective mentoring support in the workplace
Projects are now conducting their research and will continue through to January 2018. Findings and practice will be shared in the coming months. The final set of practical and research outputs will be pulled together by SDN into an overarching Practitioner Toolkit in early 2019, supported by a series of practice-sharing webinars.