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An update on the QIA Teaching and Learning Change Programme

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The next phase of the QIA National Teaching and Learning Change Programme (Subject Learning Coach) is about to begin

The next phase of the QIA National Teaching and Learning Change Programme (Subject Learning Coach) developed in response to the Government’s strategy to improve Teaching and Learning, as outlined in Success for All, is about to begin.

Curriculum areas that may be of particular interest to Skills for Life Practitioners are:

– Adult Learning
– Maths
– Modern Foreign Languages, this will be of interest to ESOL tutors

The programme consists of three parts:

The subject-specific, multi-media resources are developed with practitioners in a variety of contexts. They introduce new, dynamic and inspirational techniques and approaches to transform teaching, training and learning.
The resources consists of 2 sections, one provides practical activities to use with learners. The resources model approaches that can be adapted to use in other curriculum areas.
There is also a section with materials to support continuing professional development and training activities to support staff in changing their practice. Again these materials have been used to support staff across a wide range of curriculum areas; for example in the business materials there are some excellent materials on "Differentiation".

Regional Network Meetings
Subject coaching networks are free one-day events held in each region and are led by highly skilled practitioners and facilitators. These meetings are being delivered throughout November in Yorkshire and Humberside.
Subject coaching networks provide a range of activities that support the continuing professional development of teachers and trainers. What is more, the networks are subject focused so participants can share best demonstrated practice with like-minded colleagues from different backgrounds across the learning and skills sector.
Subject coaching networks are forums where you can:
– explore the teaching and learning resources developed by QIA
– try out new and creative approaches to teaching, training and learning in an inclusive and supportive environment
– network with other teachers and trainers to share your experiences, skills and knowledge of specific subject areas
Dates of networks (Yorkshire and Humberside region)
– Adult and Community Learning 3rd November
– ICT 8th November
– Modern Foreign Language 10th November
– Maths TBC

The coaching programme
The Professional Training Programme is designed to develop Subject Learning Coaches’ skills in peer coaching and their confidence to support and share these skills with their colleagues.
Regional Subject Leads
There is a Regional Subject Lead for each of the curriculum areas and they are happy to support Subject Learning Coaches working with their colleagues in their own organisations.

There is more information about the programme at the website, www.subjectlearningcoach.net .

If you are based in Yorkshire and teh Humber and require any further information or help, please do not hesitate to contact Sue Smith, the Regional Programme Manager by email at susan_melanie_smith@hotmail.com For information on other regions, please see www.subjectlearningcoach.net


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