Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment programme
Technology for learning & apprenticeship standards
Outstanding teaching, learning and assessment
Student-staff partnerships – technology for learning
Four collaborative projects have been commissioned, to explore how the digital capability of students can be harnessed to support staff in their use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment.
Funded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and managed by the Strategic Development Network (SDN), the projects are an opportunity to test specific models of student-staff partnership, measure which are most effective in enhancing learning, and share the findings with the wider sector.
The successful projects, commissioned through the programme, are led by:
Bishops Auckland College
Basingstoke College of Technology
Heart of Worcestershire College
The four collaborative project groups include over 50 practitioners from a range of organisations, including independent training providers, FE Colleges and Local Authority providers, with at least 100 individuals involved in the student-staff partnerships.
Projects are now starting to conduct initial practitioner research and form their student-staff partnerships, and will continue through to March 2019. Findings and practice will be shared in the coming months through a number of blogs/vlogs. The final set of practical outputs, case studies and research findings will be pulled together into an overarching toolkit in April 2019, supported by a series of practice-sharing webinars.
The Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme for apprenticeships is an opportunity for practitioners to explore, understand and share what outstanding looks like in the context of new apprenticeship standards.
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.
Ten grant-funded collaborative projects have been commissioned, 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
Co-creating the curriculum – vocational and academic synergy for work-place support
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.