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The Sharing Innovation in Teacher Education (SITE) Project

(A Teacher Education Project funded by LSIS and delivered by SWCETT )

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The Sharing Innovation in Teacher Education (SITE) project is one of a number funded by LSISas ITE Innovation Projects in late 2012.
The project was carried out by South West Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SWCETT), which established a cross-sector team to identify and share Initial Teacher Education innovation in partnership with providers, employers and other organisations. It identified, piloted, evaluated and shared effective innovations and embedded them in a range of partners’ programmes to contribute sustainable solutions to the future of ITE.

The approach worked extremely well, and the project evaluation report will be published here in due course. As of now, we are delighted to share the resources from the project here.

These materials are all activities / resources for use in Initial Teacher Education in the Lifelong Learning sector, and have been used succsessfully in PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS, Cert Ed and PGCE courses. They have also been used in CPD programmes. We'd be delighted if you would give them a try and there is an ongoing online evaluation questionnaire available for you and your trainees to contribute your evaluations. The materials are available as MS Word and PDF downloads, with supporting added resources and weblinks as appropriate.

You are welcome to adapt any of these materials freely.

The questionnaire is at: http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/bathspa/siteproject

The project created an Innovation Catalogue of all the activities and resources, and the complete catalogue can be downloade from the link below, and the other innovations follow in sequence.

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The activities are each based on the same template, and each activity is mapped to the Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) Professional standards for teachers, tutors and trainers in the lifelong learning sector.

The mapping is at domain level, as follows:
  • Domain A Professional values and practice
  • Domain B Learning and teaching
  • Domain C Specialist learning and teaching
  • Domain D Planning for learning
  • Domain E Assessment for learning
  • Domain F Access and progression

The domains are references at the start of each downloadable innovation.

1) EMBEDDING LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND NUMERACY (LLN)

A series of tasks and activities relating to embedding LLN in vocational programmes.
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Relevant weblinks

Campaign for Learning – Embedding Skills for Life activities:
http://www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk/cfl/flw/skillsforlife/embeddingskillsforlifeactivities.asp
Excellence Gateway – Teaching and Learning Programme: http://teachingandlearning.qia.org.uk/teachingandlearning/#
Excellence Gateway - Embedding functional skills on vocational courses: http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=163837
Embedded Learning Portal homepage: http://rwp.qia.oxi.net/embeddedlearning/
Skills for Life Network homepage: http://www.skillsforlifenetwork.com/

2) CULTURAL AWARENESS ACTIVITY

This activity focusses on using paintings to stimulate discussion, and is designed to help learners and teachers to raise their awareness of attitudes towards different cultures within their vocational setting and in society in general. It was developed following research by a European project called ISIS.
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PowerPoint for use with this activity
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3) MINING FOR GOLD DUST

Trainees / learners review online resources and rate them in various categories using a ready made template.
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Checklists for use with this activity as separate files

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4) USING REFLECTIVE PRACTICE ACTIVITIES

Using ready-made activities from the Reflective Practice wiki and evaluating them.
There is a large amount of content on the site, and this innovation just includes a small seection. For more visit the site at: http://reflectivepractice-cpd.wikispaces.com/
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Checklists for use with this activity as separate files

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5) USING A READY-MADE ONLINE MODULE FOR YOUR COURSE

Using and evaluating a specially made online module of ‘Roles and Responsibilities of the Teacher’ which is a free online resource from Hibernia College at: http://dspace.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/11512
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Relevant weblink

Other similar resources to choose from Hibernia College at:
http://dspace.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/1/browse?value=Hibernia+College&type=author

6) EMPLOYER LINKS

An activity which is designed to help bring learners and teachers closer to understanding employer needs and can be related to specific vocational areas and courses.
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7) GENERATING DISCUSSION USING MOBILE PHONE PHOTOS

This activity can be used for discussing, considering and analysing any issue. It can be used to develop students’ creativity; they can take photos using their mobile phones. With vocational learners, it can be used to discuss issues relating to the vocational area or any topic related to everyday life.
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8) CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY

An adaptable curriculum development activity which can be used in totality or in smaller steps, depending on which stage of training participants are at.
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Proformas for use with this activity as separate files

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9) USING CETT MENTOR TRAINING MATERIALS

Selecting and using items from the national CETT ‘mentoring compendium’ and using them in an ITE programme.
http://cett.excellencegateway.org.uk/content/resources_services/resources.aspx?pageid=28§ion=Themes
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10) FE HISTORIES – A TIMELINE PROJECT

Making use of a comprehensive online FE history resource as part of ITE / CPD.
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Relevant weblinks

The FE histories website is at: www.fe-histories.org.uk

11) IS YOUR ORGANISATION A LEARNING ORGANISATION?

A simple activity to audit organisational culture and prompt discussion about learning organisations.
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12) RECOGNISING AND DEVELOPING OUTSTANDING TEACHING

A variety of activities aimed at enabling participants to consider examples of teaching and develop an enhanced understanding of what outstanding teaching is.
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Additional downloadable resources and weblinks

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Two videos to use with the above activity
Update 3 from College net at http://www.collegenet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=page&id=44 - Outstanding Pyramid section
OfSTED Inspection Handbookdownload here

13) USING MILESTONE REVIEWS AND INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PLANS

A simple way of making use of and documenting regular discussion / feedback / action planning sessions (Milestone Reviews) with trainees / teachers, and following up on the outcomes.
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Proformas for use with this activity as separate files

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14) SUPPORTING FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

Using and evaluating currently available Functional Skills Support metarials from the Excellence gateway.
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Additional downloadable

resources and weblinks

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The Functional Skills Starter Kit is a practical tool to support providers in their delivery of functional skills by providing practical guidance and resources. It brings together existing nationally-developed resources from a number of national Skills for Life programmes.
Moving from Key Skills to Functional Skills
A step-by-step guide developed in partnership with AELP to give providers some practical help so that they can prepare to deliver functional skills within Apprenticeships.
Functional Skills Readiness Tool
The Readiness Tool helps you to assess your organisation’s starting point for planning and implementing functional skills.
Being functional
Sample functional skills teaching and learning resources for you to adapt to meet your learners’ needs.
Continuing professional development resources
This overview document (PDF document, 63KB) outlines the eighteen new modules piloted in January to March 2012 that aim to support the planning and delivery

15) SELF EVALUATION TOOLKIT

Using the questionnaire and approach of this SWCETT project toolkit within your own organisation as an aide to self-evaluating and benchmarking ITE / CPD programmes.
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Full version of the original SWCETT Toolkit

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16) LESSON PLAN GUIDANCE

A comprehensive guide to lesson planning with templates and advice for all aspects of lesson planning. Suitable for all trainee teachers, and useful for all teachers as CPD
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The set of lesson plannng materials is a series of interlinked files, which can be moved through via elcectronic links. A compressed file containing all the activies / proformas as separate word files is below
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