The overall process tends to take about 6 weeks. We try to allow for around 3 weeks before the visit to collect and analyse college documentation, agree the schedule for the visit and provide all staff with an opportunity to respond to our on-line survey.
We will need to visit the college to interview the leadership team and some individual staff members and hold a focus group with colleagues. The numbers of staff involved will depend on the size of your college. The leadership team interview will take 60-90 minutes, the individual interviews will take about 20 minutes and the focus group will take 60-90 minutes. We will suggest how to organise the day most efficiently, making the most of the timeslots when staff are not teaching and causing the least disruption to your normal operations.
None! We will use documents that are already in existence within the college. We will send some clear guidance about what we need so all the documents will be easy to assemble.
We understand that your time is very precious and endeavour to ensure the process takes up as little of your time as is possible. We will need to visit the college for up to one day and will use documents that will already exist within your college, so you will not have to create any paperwork. We recommend that you involve junior colleagues in e.g. assembling the documents or preparing a schedule for the visit day.
This is a bespoke service priced individually (depending, for instance, on the size of your college). As a broad guide the service would cost from £1500, but please contact us to discuss the price for your college.
What if the Further Education and Skills Sector Became a Genuinely Self-improving System with the Trust and Capacity to Determine its Own Future?
Philippa Cordingley and Paul Crisp's essay with this title has been published as part of a collection, funded by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), edited by RSA. The full publication is available here.
We are of course well aware of the need for planning classroom activities that cater for the requirements of different groups of pupils, but to what extent do we differentiate CPD? While recent research undertaken with the help of CUREE has highlighted the importance of personalising CPD, in-depth evidence from schools shows that there is still a need for further development.
SKEIN Momentum is a diagnostic and development process which enables schools where progress has stalled to gain or regain momentum.
SKEIN helps school partnerships, particularly Teaching School Alliances, map out the journey towards collective excellence and to sustain progress once there because SKEIN:
"We found the process very valuable as it is an essential part of our self evaluation programme with CPD and PM being now very much on the Ofsted agenda" - Head, Churnet View Middle School
"Our staff from the focus group have stated that it would be beneficial to run that session with all staff and valued the work undertaken" - Paul Cowen, Biddick School Sports College