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The Teaching Project

by Katie Parsons


The Teaching Project
a FEPDG Project
Harlow College

Lead: Kelly Edwards

Project Team: John Godley, Jo Thompson, Gary Trowles and Katie Parsons
The Teaching Project
The project was rolled out to facilitate 90 participants, comprising of 45 Advanced Practitioners and 45 New Teachers across 8 colleges. As a result, many students were reached and thus benefitted through The Teaching Project.

Additional staff across all educational establishments have had access to training and resources created through the project.

The project focuses on both Advanced Practitioners and New Teachers working together in order to improve their teaching practice, confidence and job satisfaction.

The Teaching Project is a hybrid of face-to-face and online support. Our online learning platform, Showbie, allows for flexible access to resources and content.

Webinars allow participants to engage with live sessions presented by the project team as well as guest speakers.

Over 90% retention was received at each stage of the project.
The Teaching Project
Who are we?
Between them, Gary, Jo, John and Katie have a wealth of experience within Further Education.

Gary has been teaching for over 30 years and now specialises in Teacher Training and Staff Development. His particular area of strength is Classroom Management.

Jo Thompson is an established teacher. She has taught Apprenticeships, Business and Teacher Training. Jo is also an excellent coach and mentor.

John Godley taught Public Services before moving over to be Head of Quality. He specialises in IQA and quality standards.

Katie Parsons has been a teacher for 10 years specialising in Business. She is also an EdTech Demonstrator Coach with a strong focus on digital learning.
Online Learning Platform
Showbie provides the ideal learning platform for both Advanced Practitioners and New Teachers.

Both sets of practitioners have access to:

• Class Discussion: able to discuss successes and raise questions to peers.

• ‘How to’ Guides: access to step by step user guides for digital tools.

• Reflection: regular reflection through vlogs enables those involved to become reflective practitioners.

• Guest Speakers: content from a range of guest speakers.

• Session Content: interactive sessions based around themes to support LTA.
“The Showbie platform is not something I had used previously and formed a fundamental part of this process”
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Project Themes

• Supported Experiments

• Reflection

• Digital tools

• Teaching skills and knowledge

• Confidence
Subject Specific CPD
All participants of The Teaching Project had access to subject specific CPD. Feedback from subject specific CPD demonstrates improved knowledge through observation and satisfaction ratings.
Guest Speakers
Research shows that if teachers are to improve, they must spend a little time each week deliberately experimenting with new approaches. While they experiment, research also shows that they will need the support of feedback and coaching.

Without supported experiments, teaching will not change and nor will student success rates.

For this project, New Teachers and Advanced Practitioners performed supported experiments over a six month period.
Guest speakers on The Teaching Project include;
Geoff Petty
One of Britain’s leading experts in teaching methods.
Adele Bates
International behaviour and education specialist.
Alistair McNaught
Champion of accessibility and inclusion for the education sector.