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Teaching staff from across the College’s curriculum are learning the very best practices thanks to a sector-leading programme of internal training.

The new initiative involves training teachers on site at the College to become Subject Learning Coaches (SLCs). The role of SLCs is then to spread excellent and cutting-edge teaching techniques throughout their specialist sectors.

The training, which began last week, is just the latest result of the College’s close relationship with the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) – the national body set up to improve the quality of teaching and learning in further education.

Sally Emerson, the College’s Head of Transforming Learning explained: “Subject Learning Coaches within the College are trained to disseminate innovative, active learning methods and to share resources with their peers. Other recent projects have seen the College piloting and producing brand new teaching and learning materials.”

Jane O’Neill, Vice Principal for Curriculum and Learner Experience, added: “As a Beacon College, we are not just committed to making our own staff excellent, effective teachers. We also have an important role to play in promoting the very best practice across our sector as a whole.”

Ann Obatomi, a maths teacher, and Adedayo Sangoniron, a science teacher, are taking the next step in the process by training as Advanced Coaches. At last week’s session, they joined forces with Lead Coach and business teacher Benson Osejindu to deliver SLC training to eighteen enthusiastic, committed teachers.

Sally Emerson said: “the teachers who received today’s training came from a wide range of curriculum areas, from construction to sport and fitness. They will now go back to their teams and share what they have learnt, which will eventually raise the standards of teaching experienced by every student in every classroom across the College.”

Jane O’Neill explained the importance of this type of activity, saying: “I am delighted that we have such committed staff who become Coaches for the benefit of the College as a whole, promoting excellent teaching and learning for all.”

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