to a New
...Setting Minimum Expectations is key,
Behaviour 4 Learning from the outset
For college Senior Management Teams, it’s an expectation that your that learners are fully prepared for their Programme of Study, they understand the ethos of your college, the learning culture and how your staff teams will start to develop their learning skills.
Induction and setting the ‘agenda’ is key and colleges from this September should be resourcing to increase the period of Induction from the now common three days into a 2nd week & with planning beyond. My suggestion is to focus more on;
Ensuring the right learners are on the right course by participating in activities that focus on the skills and knowledge to be successful on their programme of study.
Induction is less focussed on ILP completion, more engaging and more focussed on your staff teams fully understanding their learners and how they socially interact, traits of their learning & behavioural style along with the underpinning transition notes, particularly if your teams are delivering to Entry 3/Level 1 cohorts. Notes and information from previous education is critical, knowledge is everything.
Learner commitment and engagement on the crucial Work Experience element of the study programme, with subject specific employer engagement and involvement from the outset.
The revised programme should provide your staff teams with a greater insight, into what each individual learner does well and what areas they need to develop to be successful. The intelligence should inform context statements and future planning.
Extra planned inductions also provide more opportunity for learners to transfer courses before teaching starts, particularly with regard to their GCSE/Functional skills assessments/results.
Funding and planning for this vital time is imperative to improve retention, success and progression. Start now, if you’ve not done so already!
Timetabling and staffing, using the skill set you’ve in your already got in established teams, but don’t loose focus of CPD and challenges presented when delivering to the modern youth.
Update your staff training to equip your delivery staff to engage millennials’…!