WMCETT is running a third set of Professional Dialogue seminars during the 2011-12 academic year, and have so far held our best-attended event yet.
The seminars are organised by WMCETT and the Forum, a partnership of the universities of Warwick, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Worcester and Birmingham City, which all oversee ITT programmes. Teacher training professionals are invited to exchange ideas and share best practice on subjects of educational interest.
The first in this series took place on 3 February at the University of Warwick and was on the subject of The Review of the CTLLS and DTLLS Qualifications for Learning Professionals. It was supported with funding from ACETT and the IfL.
More than 30 teacher training professionals heard an update on the revised qualifications from Paul Hambley, Senior Policy Adviser with the UK Qualifications and Skills Team as LSIS. They then split into groups to talk about the effect on DTLLS programme design and assessment of revised qualifications, what changes they would make to the way the DTLLS programme is delivered, and possible changes to the way ITE is funded from September 2012. Points made were reported back in a plenary session.
The report on the meeting, from Vron Leslie, WMCETT Priority Area Co-ordinator for ITT, can be read, right, and the powerpoint slides used by Paul Hambley on the day are also available.
The second Professional Dialogue seminar in the series took place on 28 March at the university, and featured two separate sessions; one was on ideas for developing the thinking and writing skills of trainees, with Elaine Goodall, and the other on challenging behaviour, from control to learning, with Carl Emery, from Manchester University. Resources from this are available, right, and the report produced afterwards will be available soon.
Professional Dialogue seminar, 3 February 2012
Professional Dialogue seminar, 28 March 2012
At the seminar, there was discussion about useful materials for reflection. They can be found at http://reflectivepractice-cpd.wikispaces.com/Home and the link to the materials discussed is on the page called Using, under the heading Downloadable content.