Study into the Teaching and Learning Policy

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The purpose of the Teaching and Learning Policy is to inform all College stakeholders, employees and students of our commitment to achieving excellence within our education and training provision and to guide and direct our operations and activities to achieve Teaching and Learning excellence.

The policy, which reflects the College's Mission and Values, provides a common vision of what our teaching and learning strategies are trying to achieve. It also:

provides a framework within which subjects, programmes and departments can develop their teaching and learning

recognises the importance and benefits to the learner of the teacher's enthusiasm for the subject

presents a set of guidelines that can be used in a rapidly changing environment.

The policy is an expression of a collective responsibility for achieving excellence in education and training. It embraces all aspects and levels of learning and teaching and identifies the principal activities and procedures necessary to achieve teaching and learning excellence. An individual's involvement in the implementation of this policy will differ according to their roles and the contexts in which they work.

2 Teaching and Learning Statement

To provide excellent teaching and learning through the delivery of a range of education and training opportunities designed to meet the needs of stakeholders, students and employers and which sustains and further develops high levels of student learning, understanding, achievement and satisfaction.

3 We will achieve this by:

Providing coherent educational programmes which students and staff find stimulating, challenging and enjoyable

Ensuring equity and consistent treatment of students on different programmes

Reviewing and evaluating the educational provision in order to continuously improve

Ensuring the curricula provided by the College:

Increases access to learning

Enables success in learning

Offers progress in learning

Removes barriers to learning

Increases the effectiveness of teaching and learning to raise student achievement

Enables individuals to reach their full potential within an effective learning and tutorial framework

Enables individuals to make an informed choice about their future progression

Provides an opportunity for learning irrespective of previous attainment

To ensure this policy is effective, we will:

Assess Student Needs

Identify the needs of potential students and provide an initial assessment of students and their learning styles. This involves matching students' experiences and attainments to the requirements of programmes.

The College recognises that formative assessment is an important aspect in raising attainment. To do this the College will ensure all students receive initial assessment and that progress is monitored so the individual student can be kept informed about how they are performing and how they might develop further.

Develop and use a range of teaching and learning techniques

Lecturers and teaching teams need to be effective in selecting and using a range of appropriate methods of teaching and learning including individual and group learning. This involves developing an awareness of the effect of different styles of teaching on the learning process in order to plan and deliver suitable programmes.

Lecturers and teaching teams need to: promote and encourage individual learning, facilitate learning in groups, facilitate learning through experience.

Equipment, learning resources and accommodation will also be monitored and evaluated against their accessibility and effect in promoting learning.

Assess the outcomes of learning and student's achievements

Lecturers and teaching teams need to be effective in using an appropriate range of assessment methods to provide accurate information about learning and achievement. This involves ensuring that students understand and are involved in the process and that the timing of assessment and the monitoring and recording of achievement are appropriate. Lecturers and teaching teams also need to be able to use assessment information for a variety of purposes.

The College will monitor and evaluate: achievement trends, value added (where available), progression and the development of personal and learning skills. Retention and achievement rates will be compared with local, regional and international averages to ensure students reach appropriate levels.

Provide students with support

Lecturers and teaching teams need to be effective in providing students with support for their learning and guidance on current and future opportunities and requirements, and personal tutorial support. This involves providing students with access to the full range of facilities and opportunities that will enable them to benefit from their programme of study. Lecturers and teaching teams will need to know how to access and use a wide range of services to help meet students' needs.

Lecturers and teaching teams must: -:

induct students into the College

provide effective learning support

ensure access to guidance opportunities for students

provide personal support to students

To ensure effectiveness of advice and guidance and identify provision for individual student needs, the College will carry out surveys and focus group activity to gather information about learner satisfaction.

Manage the learning process

Lecturers and teaching teams need to be effective in establishing a productive learning environment and in working with students and colleagues to structure and monitor the learning process. Central to these activities is the teacher's capacity to communicate effectively, enthusiastically and knowledgeably with students. Lecturers must consider what encourages students to learn as well as dealing with the practical organisation of the environment, including requirements relating to health, safety and security. They must also consider how to provide resources for the varied approaches to teaching and learning and recognise, by forming effective working relationships with others, that successful management of teaching and learning requires collaboration. Finally, lecturers should evaluate and reflect on their own teaching and learning and play their part in contributing to the organisation's quality assurance system.

Lecturers and teaching teams must:: establish and maintain an effective learning environment

plan and structure learning activities

communicate effectively with students

review the learning process with students

select and develop resources to support learning

establish and maintain effective working relationships

contribute to the organisation's quality assurance system

demonstrate an enthusiasm for the subject

The College will ensure that monitoring and evaluation of performance is carried out regularly to secure improvement and that material is suitable for promotion of positive role models. The quality assurance framework will revolve around team meetings where discussion and debate will centre on the effectiveness of target setting, resources and materials, assessment, guidance and support, transferring good practice and the elimination of oppressive behaviour to ensure individual student progression.

Reflect upon, evaluate performance and plan future practice

Lecturers and teaching teams need to contribute effectively to the continuous improvement of quality by evaluating their own practice, by identifying opportunities for personal and professional development, and by participating in programmes of professional development. Teachers should recognise the importance of, and engage in, critical self-reflection upon professional practice, within the context of the internal and external factors influencing the College and their profession / subject area.

Lecturers and teaching teams need to be able to:

evaluate their own practice

plan for future practice

engage in continuing professional development, including subject updating

The College will monitor and evaluate classroom observation grade profiles and identify training needs and good practice. Staff will make use of course and quality files, which will hold assignment and material samples that, identify good practice. The College will also ensure all staff have attained or are working towards suitable qualifications and are involved in continuous professional development (CPD).

Meet professional requirements

Lecturers and teaching teams need to be effective in applying the ethics and values of the teaching profession when working with students and colleagues and in fulfilling their obligations and responsibilities as teachers. Among other things, teachers should recognise the diversity of students' needs and aspirations, understand and apply the concept of inclusive learning and encourage learner autonomy as well as reflecting the vocational, professional and educational ethos of Further and Higher Education.

Lecturers and teaching teams need to be able to: work within a professional value base

demonstrate the behaviours associated with good professional practice

acquire the skills of good professional practice

conform to agreed codes of professional practice

demonstrate enthusiasm for the learning process

Evaluate teaching and learning

Lecturers and teaching teams need to conduct regular evaluation of the effectiveness of the learning programmes that includes student feedback and acts as the basis for improvement plans that will continuously enhance student attendance, retention, achievement and success.

5 Employee's Duties

Every employee has a responsibility to meet the quality standards required by the College and to comply with the policy

All teaching staff have responsibility for teaching and learning within the College, and to promote and implement the policy within their area of responsibility

The deputy Dean - Curriculum, is responsible for the overall teaching and learning policy and its outcomes measured through teaching observations, attendance, retention and achievement.

Directors, Director of Quality, and Course Managers have responsibility to ensure the policy implementation and outcomes of teaching and learning within their areas of activity.

The Director of Quality, together with the administration managers, have the responsibility for the effective and efficient day to day management of their areas, together with the requirement to meet the quality standards set by the College and to implement the quality procedures as appropriate.

The Director of Quality must ensure the effectiveness of the policy is evaluated on a regular basis

Any employee may make recommendations for continuous improvement