WMCETT has been delivering a strand of the Education and Training Foundation’s Professional Exchange #2 programme - and below is more information about how YOU can get involved in 2017.
In 2016 we established the West Midlands Learning Consortium to run one of the pilot projects for a Professional Exchange across the wider West Midlands region. It consisted of eight free events, with details of content shaped by those who wished to attend (more information on those events, right).
As well as stating what CPD they would benefit from, participants were also asked what benefit they could bring to the event. After each event, contact continueed via an online forum, and participants were supported to continue networking. We then held a follow-up dissemination event in November 2016.
We are now launching our 2017 series of events, with a few changes. We need to develop a more formalised Professional Exchange, led by a provider-based steering group. Some providers have already expressed interest in being part of this, and if you would like to take part on behalf of your organisation please contact us (details below).
We will also have to charge a small attendance fee for events held this year - however organisations willing to host events will be able to send participants free of charge.
WMCETT is keen to start organising events as soon as possible. Please let us know which subject areas you would like to see covered - what you need to know more about, and what you can contribute. We will then source venues, set dates and open the events up to other participants.
Please contact WMCETT project manager Julie Chamberlain on J.Chamberlain@warwick.ac.uk with your ideas - when the first events have been organised they will be advertised on this page.
The key principles of the Foundation’s plans for Professional Exchange are:
- Accessibility across a group of organisations for as wide a range of teaching staff as possible.
- Extremely low cost.
- Locally relevant as well as delivering national priority work.
- Horizontal structure in which teaching and teacher development are the key aims and objectives.
- Re-use of skills or expertise developed through previous activity.
The ETF feels that ownership of improvement activity is key to developmental success.
See how you could benefit
At our final dissemination event in 2016, a number of people talked about how they had benefited from taking part in the Professional Exchange. One of them was Sarah Walters, Programme of Study Contract Manager at Worcestershire County Council, who appeared via a video which can be viewed via this link.
Video courtesy of Real Time Education
The Professional Exchange events held in 2016 were:
Loughborough College, Friday, April 22
Nova Training, Wolverhampton, Friday, May 20
Jisc webinar and follow-up networking, Tuesday, May 24
University of Warwick, Wednesday, June 8
5) FELTAG: Blended learning in Practice showcase
Heart of Worcestershire College, Monday, June 13
Rodbaston Campus, South Staffordshire College, Wednesday, June 22
University of Warwick, Monday, July 4
Walsall College, Wednesday, July 6
University of Warwick, November 17
ETF information about the Professional Exchange project