This course is very practically based with ample opportunity for hands-on practice. Practice for "homework" will be expected, though I can be available on the phone for support.
The emphasis is on preparation and presentation. Although the use of PowerPoint will be covered, it is not a core part of the curriculum. Its what you do with PowerPoint that supports your delivery. In this case less is more and PowerPoint's advanced features just detract from your message.
Sessions will be tailored to the student's individual needs, and can be pitched at any level from beginner to advanced. Familiarity with a computer and mouse / keyboarding skills are an essential pre-requisite for this course
I am an tutor with over 20 years experience. I delivered my first presentation sessions back in the 1990's and have taught 100's of students since.
I have delivered presentation on a monthly basis to a wide variety of audiences, often to sceptical audiences
Quality Improvement Officer – Hertfordshire Family and Adult Learning Service – 12/17 to 31/7/18
● This was a very busy role with many disparate strands: delivering CPD both individually and in classes; data analysis in order to support quality interventions and project management. It requires careful long-term planning and continual review of priorities, with an eye on deadlines.
● I was the department’s expert on the latest educational research on what makes outstanding teaching and learning. This led me to embed Cognitive Load Theory, Interleaving and Spaced Learning in all CPD I deliver, which has excited considerable interest in delegates.
● I delivered CPD sessions for HAFLS staff and subcontractors. All the courses are designed by myself. For example, I have delivered sessions on MS Office, lesson observations as well as a wide-range of topics pertaining to teaching and learning. In post-course feedback, 90%+ of delegates have indicated that the intervention will have a “profound” or “strong” impact on their practice.
● I co-ordinated the team’s coaching offer and delivers sessions myself. Of the 15 tutors coached all but 2 increased their lesson observation grade.
● I provided informal IT advice and support to HAFLS staff ranging from simple queries to complex tasks. For example, designing a spreadsheet to collate and analyse WEMWBS survey data, which is currently in use.
● I was leading on interpreting the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) with a view to revising teaching practice and subcontractor contractual requirements in academic years 19/20 and 20/21. My plan and analysis has been accepted by the HAFLS management team.
● I was working closely with the Fire Service to ensure their apprenticeship delivery meets Ofsted criteria. This includes review and revision of assessment paperwork, observations of delivery and delivering CPD sessions. This has improved processes to the point that I am certain they will receive at least a good grade.
● I performed in depth data analysis to determine trends in data and to make early detection of issues arising, for example my analysis first identified that tutors were not sufficiently embedding maths. The observation form was redesigned to capture this aspect of teaching which confirmed the original findings. This has led to the dissemination of supporting materials to tutors and a specific CPD session on embedding.
Quality Manager – Hertfordshire Family and Adult Learning Service (HAFLS) – 05/10 to 12/17
● I managed a team of three people. I was responsible for their recruitment. Co-ordinated their activities across the county in an often time pressured environment. I took particular care to tailor each role to exploit the employees’ skills and passions, thus ensuring maximum productivity.
● I delivered CPD sessions for HAFLS staff and subcontractors. For example, I delivered sessions on: Zoom webinars, self-assessment reports and data reporting
● I conducted many lesson observations working to Ofsted criteria. I delivered the HAFLS observer training annually, training all subcontractors’ observers. During my tenure the number of tutors observed rose from c60% to 90%.
● I performed detailed data analysis used to inform remedial interventions with subcontractors. Analysis used advanced Excel skills, Microsoft Access and HAFLS’ MI system: LearnerTrack.
● I was responsible for quality and contract management of up to 20 subcontractors who deliver ESFA funded training.
● I developed and enhanced the quality monitoring / contact management and improvement processes for HAFLS. This included the agenda for quality monitoring visits and moderation of all quality/contract paperwork submitted by subcontractors. I wrote the specification for the quality paperwork required from the subcontractors. I designed and implemented a penalisation scheme to support this. This resulted in a dramatic increase in the amount of paperwork received and its timeliness
Training Manager – JOSKOS Training Ltd – 10/03 to 05/10
● I was the training manager for the Joskos training department, responsible for all the company’s trainers and training delivery. I was responsible for three trainers and two training assistants.
● I was responsible for the scheduling of courses and allocation of trainers to sessions.
● I was responsible for overseeing the design of the new JOSKOS’ MCSA course when it was re-vamped at the start of 2008. It was critical that the maximum amount of training was delivered in the most efficient manner possible. Once the course was designed, I oversaw the “snagging” process to ensure high quality delivery. This course was used for all JOSKOS students.
● I designed modules within courses. For example, I was responsible for the design of the IT Fundamentals course, including determining appropriate course contents, writing and editing the notes. The notes included exercises and practical activities.
● I performed quality assessment of training delivery. This involved regular assessment of lessons using the IITT’s criteria followed by feedback sessions. All trainers consistently had over 90% student approval ratings.
IT Trainer – In Business Training, Bucks County Council – 9/02 to 10/03
● Training corporate clients from SME’s.
● Courses ran from introduction to advanced level in Microsoft Office
● Running the “Coaching your Colleagues” train the trainer course
Training Manager – Computer Skills Centres Ltd – 5/95 to 7/02
● Training manager responsible for 10 trainers, covering Windows, programming and web courses. Responsible for scheduling of courses and allocation of trainers to sessions
● Training a wide range of technical courses and MS Office courses
● Running the “train the trainer” MCT course. Every student passed an independent Microsoft assessment.
IT Teacher – Astley Cooper School – 9/93 to 7/94
Electronics Technician – Marconi – 10/86 to 10/88
PGCE IT – Keele University – 9/92 to 7/93
B.Eng (Hons) Computer Science – University of Essex – 10/88 to 6/91
Maths at A/O level (grade B)
English Language O level (grade C)
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