As a college, we were used to delivering training to all teaching staff on specific topics throughout the academic year. This meant one trainer, delivering set content to multiple teachers. Teachers (and trainers) found this method very time inefficient – having to go to a set place, at a set time, for a set period — and it clearly did not meet the needs of those staff who worked non-traditional hours. In addition, the training was never contextualised in order to meet the needs of each individual. As a result, during the inspection, we had evidence of attendance at training, but no evidence of the impact of training on future practice.
Subscribing to the How2s enabled us to free up physical (Trainer) resources and concentrate, instead, on having learning conversations with staff based around their individual needs.
We incorporated the How2s into our Lesson Observation process, so that any areas identified as requiring development, resulted in the teacher seeking a How2 solution. Our Teaching and Learning Mentors and Coaches were then able to engage with each individual teacher on the steps they wanted to take to improve their practice. This proved to be both democratising and beneficial in terms of resource management and the tracking and monitoring of individual progress. The How2 dashboard accurately and efficiently records activity, enabling managers and staff to see work in progress and work not yet started.
The ability to access resources 24:7 was a huge benefit to staff, who no longer had to cram in attendance at a physical training session in an already busy daily schedule
We have been very happy with both the ‘back-office’ support – in terms of reporting usage/non-usage; expired accounts etc… — and the pre and post subscription training and development offered online. Each webinar was very useful in discussing emerging issues or revealing new tools and resources.
How2 staff are very pro-active in helping subscribers get and make the most out of the system and help staff engage more deeply with it.
Dawn Davis is a sports lecturer in South London. In this article, she draws on 21 years of experience to reflect on her initial reaction to HOW2s, their impact on her teaching, as well as the changes she has seen learner motivation, results and the transfer of learning to the workplace.