Eve Thompson, ETF CPD Trainer, has spoken to Dr. Lynda Broomhead, Head of Faculty at Petroc College, about the T Level Professional Development Route Specific Training for Health and Science courses she and her staff delivered in March 2021. They are designed for middle managers and frontline teachers involved in T Level delivery and focus on practical skills development for subject specific T Levels courses. In this blog, Lynda tells us about the benefits and outcomes of these courses and explains why she recommends them to other providers.
What would you say are the benefits of attending these route specific courses?
One of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to talk to experts, for example the awarding bodies who have designed the course. We allow plenty of time for Q and A during the sessions to consolidate practitioners’ understanding of the course structure and to query any areas of uncertainty, ensuring planning is as accurate as possible. This promotes thoughts around the identification, and possible solutions to, students’ preparedness and achievement.
The courses also provide a great opportunity to collaborate with other practitioners as we are all working to the same specification. We can explore different ideas to ensure excellence in teaching which might include:
This collaboration also provides a space to share resource ideas, link to other CPD and discuss support such as Industry Insights. All attendees have different ideas and experience, and the collaborative aspects allow us to share this and learn from each other.
In your opinion, what is the highlight of these courses?
I would say the collaborative training, particularly as it is currently being delivered live online which means it is more accessible across the country. This collaboration creates the opportunity to translate a specification into reality. We are also able to focus on planning for delivery which ensures the holistic training of young people – not just young people with qualifications, but young people who can “do” what employers in the health and science sector need.
How have attendees found the courses so far?
Many attendees have discussed how useful it was to have the opportunity to ask questions as this has led to some great discussions. Other feedback is that because the 300-page specification is lengthy, having a space to understand the course and collaborate around planning for it has been invaluable.
Even though this CPD is live online we have still looked at the Simulation Suite (a training area with equipment that mimics different health and science scenarios) and how this could be designed and used in delivery. This practical aspect has been well received and it’s great that we can still show this in a live online environment.
Attendees have also fed back that it has been helpful to receive confirmation of staff requirements, such as not needing to assess learner placements, and reassurance that you have the right staff in place, or, where the training opportunities are if not.
Why would you recommend route specific courses?
Working with others can motivate you and help consolidate your thoughts and plans around the course. It also means there are not lots of people reinventing the wheel across the country. We are able to work smart and share ideas across providers which we might not normally have the opportunity to do. Another reason I would recommend the course is that practical aspects are discussed and we are really able to contextualise all those great learning ideas.