An innovative Teaching and Learning Lab to enhance the quality of education and bring a new dynamic to the classroom has been launched by New City College.
The Lab aims to improve teaching and leadership in the Further Education sector, push boundaries, drive standards and ultimately improve outcomes for students.
Lab patron and author Geoff Petty, one of Britain’s leading experts on teaching methods, gave a keynote speech at the launch, praising the idea and telling guests that trying different concepts and stepping out of comfort zones is the way forward.
He said: “This is a nation first and I think it’s going to be copied by a lot of other institutions who will learn from your entrepreneurial streak. It’s a fantastic idea and I’m sure in the future you will see the improvement it will have on teaching and learning – and on morale.”
Working in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation, New City College is creating teachers for the future, with some describing it as a ‘game-changer’.
The Lab will support professionalism and growth through mentoring, coaching, innovative research, and sharing best practice. Some of the topics covered include ‘What motivates the motivator?’ and ‘The effects of English and Maths skills on everyday life and engagement with democracy’.