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Will I get good value for money?

I can’t imagine what we’d have to invest to get the same level of support to the same number of teachers on the same number of occasions as we do when we implement HOW2s

Gordon Duffy-McGhie Director of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Middlesbrough College, England.

Using HOW2s we increased our coaching support from 40% in a YEAR to 100% in a TERM with the same staffing.

Becky Valleley, SCL Ltd ( A National UK Training Provider) 

We put a lot of time into working with you before you make a subscription decision. We want to make sure that the HOW2 web app is a good fit for you. And, strange as it may seem, we may recommend that you don’t subscribe. So talk to us. One of two things will happen. 

Together we see how you can do what you do now, only better and for less money (and you’ll be able to knock off a bit earlier than you do now to spend more time doing things away from work). And your faculty, coaches and faculty developers will thank you for giving them access to the HOW2s.

We will part as friends and chances are you’ll have found the time talking to us useful anyway and will come back to us when you are ready. Either that or you’ll tell a friend what lovely people we are. 

We’ve posted a few pointers and questions below for you to consider before we meet. 

Ian Harris, CEO Train Visual Ltd 

HOW2s provide personalised CPD support to a very large number of faculty — including adjunct, part-time and sessionals who can sometimes miss out and feel isolated. 

Essentially the HOW2 web app provides an instant online professional learning community. It gives 
• all your faculty access to the expertise of an instructional coach and the means to ask for and offer support from and to each other
• coaches, faculty developers and anyone else in a supporting role the resources and social learning tools to support more faculty, better, quicker. 
• leaders the data they need to evidence the impact of their investment. 

So, like Becky and Gordon, quoted above, you should absolutely expect to provide better quality support to your faculty, more efficiently for less money. 

Sally Dicketts, CBE, is the President of the English Association of Colleges.

Sally is a thought leader in post-16 education. Here’s Sally’s advice on what you need to think about when considering whether or not to subscribe to HOW2s. Sally is also CEO at Activate Learning Group of Colleges in England. 

Activate Learning group have used HOW2s since 2015.

Locking in savings for three more years

In 2020 Middlesbrough College resubscribed to HOW2s for a further three years. They have now been with us for seven years. Watch the video to find out why they trusted us with their faculty support in the middle of a pandemic.

Some things to think about before we speak.

With regards to coaching.
How much capital do you currently invest in coaching support? Are you happy with the impact on student performance and outcomes? Is the coaching model you use designed for use in an educational setting? Would you be interested in finding out more about Instructional Coaching? Do you want to increase the number of faculty you support?

With regards to the creation of support materials.
How much do you currently invest in the creation, hosting and updating of pedagogical support materials? How do they compare to HOW2s? By switching to HOW2s some organisations save hundreds of thousands of £s or $s.

With regards to your current expenditure per faculty member?
What is it costing? Is it working? Is it having the impact you need? 

With regards to improvement cycles.
How long is your improvement cycle? How many professionals invest time in this? Would you be interested in reducing this cycle from a typical 4 – 6 weeks to a few days?

With regards to training days and workshops?
What is the personnel and time allocation to setting up and running these events? Are all your faculty able to attend all the time or do adjunct and sessionals sometimes miss out? Do the teachers who would most benefit from the training always show up? How personalised is it?