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FAQ → Buyers’ Guide

An introduction to us along with a few things to think about

Thank you for taking the time to find out about subscription to teach​ing​how2s​.com

We consider ourselves, first and foremost, teachers. We’re here to be a guide and mentor to you as you learn about the HOW2s. Our commitment to you is honesty and transparency. 

HOW2s improve learning through better teaching

Sally Dicketts, CBE, President of the English Association of Colleges 
 
Sally is also CEO of Activate Learning Group of Colleges. Based at the City of Oxford College, in England, the group contains six other colleges

What we do

We’ve provided educators like those that work at Activate Learning with a private online space to learn together since 2011. Nearly a decade before online learning and teaching became a necessity, we launched the How2 web app and created step-by-step visual guides to improve learning through better teaching. In the pandemic, whether your teachers teach online, in the classroom or a combination of both, our 160+ teaching techniques have you covered. Depicted visually, they are easy for a new or more experienced teacher to adapt to any subject and any setting. 

We have subscribers in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Canada and the USA. Our customers are FE colleges, universities, teacher training organisations, apprenticeship providers, community colleges and schools — in fact, any organisation that is interested in improving the quality of learning through better teaching.

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 HOW2.

Gordon Duffy McGhie, Director Teaching, Learning and Student Achievement, Middlesbrough College 
 
Gordon Duffy McGhie. (Middlesbrough College has reduced improvement cycles from weeks to days)

Activate Learning is a large organisation, made up of seven Further Education colleges with college campuses spread across the United Kingdom. Using HOW2s has enabled us to achieve a high level of consistency in our terminology and practice of teaching and learning. The greatest benefit to our organisation is the sheer range of tools available to the teachers from within the HOW2 web app. We have a large staff group ranging from new teachers to those who are very experienced, but within the HOW2s there are always ideas and challenges for every member of staff.

All our Faculty Managers are trained in using HOW2s to promote the development of practice within their teams and through the Skills Exchange staff are able to connect with colleagues right across the organisation, discuss their development and share their experiences using a common taxonomy.

Anne Haig-Smith - Director, Applied Learning Foundation, Activate Learning Group

Are the HOW2s a good fit for your organisation?

You may want to consider whether the HOW2s CPD web app is the way that you want to support the TLA in your organisation. To help you weigh up the pros and cons, we’ve put together a table which compares the main options open to you.

There’s a lot to think about. It’s subjective, but these are the things we’ve discussed over the years with our customers.

AttributeHOW2sExternal trainerConf­erenceIn‑house trainerBooks
Personalised to each teacher51242
Easy to learn and apply52222
Quick to deliver53311
Instant support for both online and classroom TLA during Covid-1951111
Minimal CPD research time54511
Constantly accessible 24/751114
Limited teacher disruption52124
Aids professional collaboration52222
Suitable for coaching, whole-staff training, twilight, self-study54342
Instant evidence for inspections51121
Consistency of training quality53343
Instant solutions post observation52242
Themes for learning walks52242
Share best practice across whole organisation52242
Provides a common language for all to use and understand52242
Easy to evidence impact52221
Solutions in one central area52222
Takes seconds to find solutions for learners’ barriers to progress52222
Transparency - easy to see who is regularly using the resource52222
Many educators supported by a few coaches52222
Provides a silver bullet without being driven22222
Away day buzz and a good lunch15522
Future content and feature updates included in subscription51131
Sustainable52231
Use at scale (across regions/countries)53324
Brings in new ideas relevant to individual teachers53242

Contact us if we’ve missed anything!

Addressing Senior Leaders’ Questions

In this comprehensive guide, we are going to tackle the most relevant questions Senior Leaders have about subscribing to the HOW2s today.

You’ll find these questions listed in the right-hand column.

We’re providing the information so that you can make an informed decision for your teachers, managers and ultimately for your students. Even if you don’t subscribe, we want each step of this process to be a great experience. We feel this is the only way to conduct ourselves as a business in our modern age.

Ian Harris, CEO, HOW2s