In 2012, LSIS initially asked for expressions of interest, and then a firm bid, for organisations to become Hubs, and run the Teaching and Learning Coach (Advanced Certificate) Programme. WMCETT was successful with a bid to become the West Midlands Hub.
The Hubs were established to manage the revised Teaching and Learning Coach programme, which built on previous work with Advanced Learning Coaches, PDAs and E-guides.
WMCETT was responsible in the West Midlands for:
- delivering the Teaching and Learning Coach (Advanced Certificate) Programme
- supporting Advanced ALCs/PDAs, and E-guides to update to the new programme
- building a community of good practice in the West Midlands
- managing the quality assurance process for the programme.
The programme was launched at two full-day events at the University of Warwick in November 2012, attended by more than 50 people from FE colleges, work-based learning providers, local authorities and the Third Sector.
Presentations were given by LSIS representatives and an overview of the Teaching and Learning Coach Programme and what is involved was given by Vron Leslie, WMCETT’s ITT Priority Area Co-ordinator who managed the programme delivery.
After the launch, people were invited to join one of two strands of the programme. Some who were already experienced practitioners wanted to gain the certificate so they could become the Advanced Teaching and Learning Coach for their organisation. They took five modules, run through a series of morning training sessions and workshops from December 2012 – March 2013. Other people were already Advanced ALCs/PDAs and E-guides who were updating their skills to the new programme, and they attended afternoon workshops. All of the participants took part in networking sessions to help build a community of good practice across the West Midlands.
After the training sessions had finished, those updating their skills were able to gain certificates quickly, while those doing the training had to complete further work, including running a coaching course for people within their own organisations. Their own work and that of their trainees had to be successfully marked and moderated before they could pass.
The final certificates were awarded in July 2012, shortly before LSIS ceased to operate.
Vron Leslie said: “Many congratulations to those who have successfully completed the training programme. The standard of work was considered outstanding by the LSIS moderator and this is due to the commitment of the participants.
“The networking was a great success with discussions on the strategic role of coaching, new technologies and their benefits and coaching models and techniques and how these impact on teaching and learning. There are also good informal links between organisations and an Edmodo site is providing online support between participants.
“I am delighted that more than 20 organisations from all sectors of further education including work-based learning, adult and community learning, the police and prison services, and colleges, took part in this coaching programme.
“The impact of the programme within participating organisations on improving teaching and learning has been huge. Three participants have used the Teaching and Learning Coach programme to set up the whole coaching structure within their organisations and now have the SMT approval for further programmes. Two participants are working with curricula areas and a number of interesting models have emerged which are having an impact on the way the areas work.”
After the completion of the course, a ‘referesher’ participant cascaded the training in her college, and two more colleges ran the course in autumn 2013, although this was without the LSIS accreditation, and others may continue to cascade the training.