Over the last couple of years, I've taken a keen interest in connecting with educators outside of my immediate environment; online as well as at conferences and TeachMeets. What I was immediately struck by were the few people I’d meet who worked in the FE sector. Those I did come across could engage with great discussions but it was highly unlikely that we could attend a workshop that represented our sector.
It was after a few mere months of deliberation that #ReadTL was born. We will hold our first Teaching and Learning conference at Reading College on Saturday 28th June 9am-2.30pm. This will be a FREE day of CPD and will showcase great teaching and learning from across the education sector, including FE and vocational education providers.
To remain strong within this sector; continual development in collaboration with employers is essential; therefore the day will represent some of the best in curriculum innovation.
Paul Stacey will share his recent experiences of setting up a performing arts learning company whilst Alex Warner and Sarah Williams will be sharing their experiences of project based learning in Business and Health & Social Care respectively. Innovation in CPD leads to innovation within the curriculum and Mary Kitchener from Swindon College will be delivering a workshop on approaches to action research within an FE setting.
Technology will have an important presence on the day as Reading College recently featured heavily as part of some recent City & Guilds research; we strongly believe that technology enhances the students’ learning experience.
Paul Emberlin and his students will be showcasing the use of Google apps in and out of the classroom, whilst Adam Blackwood, JISC, has a whole array of tech tools up his sleeve to share. In addition, Nikki Gilbey will be sharing her approach to gamification in the classroom and Rachel Jones will be presenting both analogue and digital approaches to differentiation.
To register for the event, please complete the online form. You can also follow the buzz on Twitter with the official conference hashtag #ReadTL14.
About the author:
Hannah Tyreman has 5 years experience of teaching in FE settings; first in the North East and now at Reading College. She has taught functional skills in all vocational areas, Access to HE, NEET learners and now predominantly teaches A level students. She has always had a passion for learning and now has responsibilities for CPD at the College as well as working to induct new staff.
Follow her on Twitter @hannahtyreman or read her blog at hannahruthtyreman.wordpress.com