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Supported Self Improvement in Further Education - Education for Adults, Student Services, Skills for Life, Business, Sport, Travel and Hospitality

Produced by the Children, Young People, Education and Skills
Authored by MTB Consulting Ltd and published on 01 Mar 2007
Cost: £11,202.00


​The supported self-improvement reviews of the Faculty of Guidance and Support and the Faculty of Professional Studies were carried out in two stages.

In stage one, in November 2006, the reviewers spent three days at the college, working with the heads of faculty and the curriculum managers to plan in detail the second stage of the work. This pre-review exercise included scrutiny of relevant documentation, such as the course reviews, schemes of work, lesson plans and student data. There were some observations of lessons and discussions with students and staff, including the vice principal. As a result of this visit, each reviewer drew up a set of hypotheses about the curriculum area which was his/her focus, to be followed up, in collaboration with college staff, in the second stage. These hypotheses and the emerging issues were shared with the managers and curriculum leaders of both faculties and with the principal and vice principal. Not only did they set an agenda for the return visit, so that the faculties were fully informed about what to expect, but also suggested possible areas for improvement which could be acted upon in the interim period where feasible.

Stage two of the review was carried out over four days in March 2007. For this second stage an average of eight lesson observations was carried out in each curriculum area, with the reviewer paired with a member of the faculty staff, as a training opportunity in identifying and assessing learning. "

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