Within this assignment I am going to evaluate Government report “Rigour and responsiveness in skills” ( BiS and DoE 2013) and evaluate its impact within my own teaching and development. Rigour and responsiveness in skills was a joint publication from Department of Education and the department for business,I nnovation and skills. Published in April 2013, the report highlights how skills in the Uk must be developed to keep up with the rest of the world. Matthew Hancock Minsiter for Skills in the Uk quotes “In today’s global race we need a highly skilled workforce. Higher levels of skills help workers to become more effective: 20% of the growth in the output of UK workers can be attributed to the growth in their skill levels. Those who improve their skills are more likely to go on to further study or to progress higher in their chosen occupation. They are also more likely to have children who are more successful in school. So getting our vocational and technical education system right is both socially and economically vital.” (Rigour and Responsiveness in skills; 2013; DoE & BiS) The report highlights that the government will focus on 6 key areas within skills development: Raising standards; reforming apprenticeships, creating traineeships; meaningful qualifications; improving funding responsiveness and better information and data. For the purpose of this assignment I am going to focus on two of the key areas within the report- ‘raising standards’ and “improving funding responsiveness”.
Companies should spend money on improving the work skills of their employees as it is to be seen from the leading top businesses that this will result in high success. Firstly, the more investment is made in improving a certain aspect, better results follow. By spending money on improving the skills, it will allow more productive workers making the production rate efficient which all leads to ...
The courses I deliver fit into the further education sector as my employer, Building Futures East is a business partner with Tynemet College. This means that we fall under the same scrutiny from the DoE and Bis, along with Ofsted and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), and are subject to the same regulations as the college. ‘Rigour and responsiveness in skills’ report states that “High quality teaching and learning is at the core of the training system” (pg7) . Within my job role, high quality teaching and learning experience is paramount within all course delivery. As a tutor I am observed by a colleague bi-monthly and given feedback on my teaching session, including lesson planning and SOW. This is invaluable in my own professional practice so I can identify my strengths and weaknesses within my teaching practice and look at how I can improve my weaknesses by action plan and teaching development. I have also participated in the DTLLS teaching observations by my tutor, which again had proved invaluable to self-development within my role. As a tutor, it is important that to maintain quality I constantly update my continuous professional development (CPD).
Rigoutrand responsiveness in skills quotes that “new technology will play an indispensable role in transforming vocational training.
Technology is both directly improving the user experience and raising standards, as users make better choices with easy access to information.” I have developed my own skills with technology by looking at how technology can enhance the learning experience for both me and my learners. By focusing on this I have created a ‘Dropbox’ where learners can access course documents, assignments and resources either within the classroom or externally. I have also focused on a blogging tool for learners to give feedback on their learning and as a peer support mechanism. This has developed me as a self confessed “technophobe” I have had to develop my ICT skills and overcome my hesitation in using ICT more in the classroom. Ruth Kelly previous secretary of state for education, within the paper “harnessing technology: transforming education(Dfes1997)” states that “I am particularly excited by the idea of giving every student and learner a personal online learning space where they can store their own course materials and assignments in digital form ,and record their achievements. Technology is the key to personalised learning”. This statement reinforces my experiences of using technology in my lessons. The learners have found it advantageous to have their own online space and forum to share practice. As a tutor having resources available online has meant a big drop in the amount of paper based resources produced, and had an impact on my time management in a positive way.
The objectives of my learning experiences at London South Bank University, first year, I had to do a presentation on my sales pitch. My reflections I was nervous to do my presntation to the class as I’ve got to know majority of the students I thought, one of the students, might put me off. It would have been essier to do my presentation at the beginning when I started uni, as I didn’t know anyone. ...
Within the organisation, learners are asked to evaluate their teaching and learning experience via course evaluation forms. These forms ask learners to grade their learning experience and to comment on the course content, the delivery and the tutor. These are collated by the lead IV and then reports on the learner feedback are given to the tutor within a 1:1 session. This allows me as the tutor to identify what parts of the delivery they have enjoyed and the parts that need development. This allows me to develop my own teaching practices and/or resources to meet the needs of my learners- thus enabling a high quality teaching experience to be delivered.