Coleg Sir Gar has been shortlisted in the TES FE Awards 2015, one of the most prestigious event in the UK further education calendar, under the category of Best Teaching and Learning Initiative and is the only Welsh college shortlisted within this category.
Over 100 colleges and training providers are competing in one or more of the 12 categories which recognise the best individual and team contributions in the sector.
The college has been shortlisted for its INNOVATE project, which is an initiative based on the importance of implementing innovative teaching practices leading to a more motivating learner experience and improved performance outcomes. With a teaching and learning development manager driving the project and 40 college facilitators being trained in solution focussed coaching techniques; the college has achieved improved learner outcomes over the last three years. “Innovate is about improving teaching and learning standards,” says Dr Andrew Cornish, Coleg Sir Gâr’s assistant principal for teaching, learning and quality. “Innovation is at the heart of this initiative, as is sharing good teaching practice, and the use of evidence based teaching methodologies to improve teacher and learner performance.”
Coleg Sir Gâr held an event where teachers shared their individual and group projects and how the implementation of new ideas has proved successful in the classroom. The college aims to continue showing best practice and to encourage a modern approach to teaching across the curriculum.
As a result of INNOVATE, the project has promoted a college-wide culture ensuring that teaching and learning remains the primary focus for all staff and that continuous professional development is embedded into everyday professional practice.
The winners of the TES FE Awards will be revealed at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday February 27.