I am currently in the role of Assistant Principal Learning Improvement and Innovation at The Sheffield College, responsible for ensuring that the learning support mechanisms for the development in quality of teaching, learning and assessment is of an optimal standard as per the demands of students at a large Organisation. Key focus is creating professional autonomy and mastery mindset amongst all colleagues. Combining proven traditional methods with innovative practice in the areas of; truly developmental observations, peer learning, sharing of best practice, valued professional dialogue and communities of practice (both face to face and online).
Current College Jisc and Investors in People representative.
Current high profile project #1: Refining the current developmental session observation process for all delivery staff around expectations and the valuing of co-produced Learning MAPs. Key emphasis on valuing professional autonomy and the encouragement of colleagues to seek mastery in education and training. Incorporation of Google Apps for Education technology to automate considerable elements of the process to allow staff development time to be maximised whilst measurable metrics are collected for KPI reporting efficiently.
Current high profile project #2: A college-wide 'one Organisation' people development process immersed in a culture of valued, aspirational, highly expectant personal and professional development - A process co-managed by appraiser and appraisee through coaching-styled professional review embracing Investors in People (IiP) guidelines and self-assessment.
Current high profile project #3: Modernisation of learning resource space in line with customer needs and expectations. Moving the traditional fixed PC and text mindset to one that embraces flexible learning spaces and digitised capability. Focus on establishing standardised high customer-service expectations and emerging trends in learning resource from around the world.
I am passionate about the 'second chance' FE sector but also the redefining and modernisation of education curriculum and delivery. Innovation or just thinking differently is of paramount importance in this ever evolving century to really offer value for money and I aim to wholeheartedly do my bit!