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Co-Creating a new Learning Model to improve TLA from Grade 4 to Grade 1
Organisation: John Ruskin 6th Form College
Type of Organisation: College of Further Education
Curriculum: Whole Organisation
Level: Level 2
Level 3
Implementation Year: 2015
Funding Source: Internal
External Recognition: Learning Consortium Report
   
Further Information:   Applicability 

PDF document Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Assessment.pdf

Description:

In order to improve their TLA outcomes, the leadership at John Ruskin college tasked all staff (teaching and support) and learners were consulted as to what they thought constituted outstanding TLA.  The results were collated and placed at the heart of the John Ruskin College Learning Model. In the model all college staff were encouraged to undertake supported experiments to develop their own skills as a means of moving beyond existing TLA delivery models, supported by a Solution Focussed Coach. Building on the successes of Year 1, in the second year staff were encouraged to adopt new teaching approaches using a trial and error methodology with the aim of improving their confidence and professionalism and thereby improve the outcomes for learners. Experiments were based on three main areas: Professional behavior of students (work skills, work ethic, taking responsibilityfor learning, appropriate dress and behaviour, time and workload management, students valuing time at college for themselves), assessment methods (tasks, use of video, differentiated models of assessing criteria) and punctuality and attendance (strategies to improve these). In the final stage, staff were encouraged to broaden their range of knowledge, understanding and insight to issues such as employability, IT and other such broader areas which are crucially relevant to student success.

 

Purpose:

To improve TLA outcomes

To create a culture of innovation and risk taking

To place TLA at the heart of the organizational culture

To engage all stakeholders in talking and thinking about TLA

 

What Worked Well:

Benefits for Learners:

  • Learning in a culture where there is a greater understanding of different modes of learning
  • Learning with teachers who are prepared to experiment and take risks

Benefits for  Staff:

  • Working in an enabling culture
  • The opportunity to try out ideas in a blame-free work setting
  • Working with a leadership that welcomes innovation

Benefits for the organisation: Teaching and Learning: retention improved 10.3% in comparison to 2010/11 to 91.7%;  84.3% of lessons observed were judged good and outstanding teaching and cumulative attendance reaching 88.6% in 2011-12 compared to 82.5% in 2010-11.

 

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Categories: 

Assessment for Learning
Classroom practice
CPD

 

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