Evaluate the Effectiveness of use of Creative and Innovative Approaches in Own Area of Specialism


Within the computing department there are many creative and innovative approaches utilised during teaching and assessment. The approaches include independent yearlong student projects, external employer’s projects and mock interviews, games demonstrations and exhibitions, paid work experience placement within industry and overseas including Prague and China. Many of the independent yearlong student projects have provided some … Read more

Ways in which minimum core elements can be demonstrated in planning, delivering and assessing inclusive teaching and learning

Core elements - maths

There have been several attempts at improving literacy and numeracy skills, including the creation of Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit in 2001, Functional skills and now minimum core. “Functional skills are now defined as those skills required for competence in the use of English, maths and ICT” (Gould & Roffey-Barentsen, 2014, p. 22). The goal … Read more

Student learning preferences

VARK Learning Preferences

Along with a number of learning theories there is also the theory that students have different learning preferences. There are several different learning preferences, along with different approaches to interpreting and categorising these different preferences. It is important to deliver “a balance of learning activities in the sessions we deliver to accommodate the mix of … Read more

The impact of Socio-economic, Cultural and Personal Background, Work History and Educational Achievement on learners.


A learner’s socio-economic, cultural and personal background will have a significant impact on their education, including the aspirations, needs and decision-making process. A very large number (approximately one in five) of families within the UK are deemed to live in poverty, research has shown people who live in poverty face daily challenges that affluent children … Read more

Strategies to Enable Learners to Engage with Learning (as a tutor)


Assisting learners to engage with their learning can be an essential element of being a tutor, especially at key points throughout the year. It is very common for students to approach the end of their course and lose motivation to finish their course. At times like this it is necessary for tutors to have strategies … Read more

The effectiveness of teaching and learning approaches used in own area of specialism in relation to meeting the individual needs of learners

learning approaches

It is essential that teachers meet the individual needs of learners by using a variety of learning approaches. While teaching there are some learning approaches I use more than others, for example, I find a practical project suits many of my classes due to the hands-on nature of the subject. A practical project will generally … Read more