Strategic alliance to support development of world-class teaching and learning

Alliance between City & Guilds, The Centre for Real-World Learning and 157 Group to support development of skills teaching and learning

21 November 2013 / Be the first to comment

City & Guilds, The Centre for Real-World Learning and 157 Group are delighted to announce the commencement of a strategic alliance to work collaboratively to create a platform that will further help the FE and skills sector to deliver world-class teaching and learning.

Building on the success of the recent work on 'How to teach vocational education: A theory of vocational pedagogy' and 'Pedagogic Leadership: Creating culture and practices for outstanding vocational learning', the three parties have developed a clear shared vision and commitment for turning the theory into reality in both the UK and internationally.

This alliance will see commitment from all parties to work with the sector and partners to:

  • develop further applied vocational research;
  • provide thought leadership in the sector;
  • promote best-practices in teaching and learning and;
  • design, test and deliver practical tools to support the learning and skills sector.

For City & Guilds, the work will form part of the ‘DNA’ for all new products and services to ensure qualifications, teaching & learning technology and resources are built on the very best design principles.

Initially, the focus will be on research and practices in three critical areas:

  1. Vocational pedagogy: from theory to practice
  2. Maths & English for the real world
  3. Technology for learning

Further announcements will be made in the New Year, as members are invited to join the alliance.

Speaking about the work, Kirstie Donnelly MBE, UK Managing Director of City & Guilds, said:

‘This new alliance marks a great step forward for our vocational pedagogy research, ensuring that we start to turn theory into practice. With the numerous changes in the sector, there has never been a better time to examine and implement best practice in learning and teaching leadership. We are particularly excited about the strong focus on the importance of learning technologies in implementing solutions, which will be a central theme as we work together in this alliance.’

Professor Bill Lucas from The Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester, said:

‘Vocational pedagogy is poised to become much more important as a result of the interest in it from the sector. Those leading colleges, training bodies and businesses are realising that pedagogy – the choices teachers make for the benefit of learners - is the core of what makes outstanding learning. Our alliance with 157 and City & Guilds is an exciting way of taking forward our passionate commitment to understanding how all learners learn best and so to help them succeed at work and in life.’

Lynne Sedgmore CBE, Executive Director of the 157 Group, said:

‘Our exciting alliance will make an important contribution to the new discourse on vocational pedagogy inspired by the McLoughlin review. Our mix of expertise aims to encourage even better vocational practice and excellence - where it matters most- with teachers and learners - supported and empowered by their leaders.’

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