The fourth strand of activity will see the creation of three Knowledge Hubs that will maximise the impact of the teacher development and organisational readiness elements of the offer. The hubs will provide opportunities for longitudinal peer-to-peer collaboration and technical workforce development support.
Building on what is already in place, the Knowledge Hubs will develop, establish and grow networks that will ensure that CPD relevant to the sector, and that is T Level region- and route-specific, is facilitated. Their events and networks will focus on the needs of the providers who will begin delivering T Levels in 2020 or 2021, but those from the wider sector will be able to attend by invitation.
Each of the Hubs will be responsible for a different area of the country. The Association of Colleges will be creating the Hub for the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humberside; The Skills and Education Group will be creating the Hub for the West Midlands, East Midlands, London and the East of England; and Creative Education will be responsible for the Hub for the South East and South West.
The creation of these Hubs builds on the well-established principles that longer-term CPD is more effective and that being part of a professional community enhances learning amongst peers. These principles are illustrated by current ETF work streams such as the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) projects.
In the context of the T Level Professional Development offer, the principles will manifest themselves in Teacher Regional Improvement Projects (TRIPs). Managed by the Knowledge Hub lead delivery partners, the TRIPs will be collaborative projects designed to improve the quality of technical teaching, learning and assessment in a diverse range of settings. They will be approved and set up on the basis of plans developed with the Professional Development Advisers and will receive funding for collaborative action research projects and remission for CPD and networking. Participation will be a key component of all TRIPs. Launch events for the TRIPs take place in early May 2019. Further details of dates, venues and how to book your place were announced in April.
The work of the Knowledge Hubs – both in their regions and through national cluster groups – will facilitate work placement opportunities for school teachers and college lecturers. These opportunities will provide industry insights by enabling visits to industry and other educational establishments. Building on the ETF’s Teach Too principles, these activities will ensure that professional updating, knowledge transfer and professional collaboration take place.
Industry Insight activity will include work and industry placements for teachers and employer-facilitated practice and development workshops, to enable a clear line of sight to work and genuine two-way street working. The Industry Insight partner in the north is the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education. In the south, it is the AELP.