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Newsletter - July 2021

Welcome to The Learning Institute's July newsletter!

In this month's issue: Information sessions  |  Online Celebration Event Student Socials |  TLI Staff Social  Qualified Teacher Status Success | Eramus  |  Job Vacancies |  Please Share  | Football and Domestic Abuse| CPD Opportunity  New Arrivals Chocolate Tier List

Plus, find out more about our programmes, including degrees, teacher training and apprenticeships.

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Next Information Session Dates
Upcoming Learning Institute Information Sessions

We are delighted that we have been able to organise some online information sessions over the next few weeks.  Anyone interested in studying for a foundation degree can drop-in online and talk to our friendly staff.

Wednesday 28th July (10.00am - 11.00am): Foundation Degrees - Drop-in

Wednesday 28th July (6.00pm - 7.00pm): Foundation Degrees - Drop-in

Wednesday 4th August (10.00am - 11.00am): Foundation Degrees - Drop-in

Wednesday 4th August (6.00pm - 7.00pm): Foundation Degrees  - Drop-in

Wednesday 11th August (10.00am - 11.00am): Foundation Degrees - Drop-in

Wednesday 11th August (6.00pm - 7.00pm): Foundation Degrees - Drop-in

Wednesday 18th August (10.00am - 11.00am): Foundation Degrees - Drop-in

Wednesday 18th August (6.00pm - 7.00pm): Foundation Degrees - Drop-in


Keep an eye on our events calendar for future dates!
Events calendar
Online Celebration Event

On Saturday 10th July, we held an online celebration event for our Level 5 students, who are coming to the end of their two-year Foundation Degree courses. They have overcome many hurdles including juggling homeschooling, jobs and family commitments, all whilst learning online and studying at home.  We wanted to celebrate the commitment, time and energy they have put into this fantastic achievement.

Students from our four foundation degrees (FdA Early Years Professional, FdA Inclusive Education, FdA Learning and Education and FdSc Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People) were joined online by a number of Learning Institute staff, including their course leaders, Personal Academic Tutors, module tutors and support staff. There were also contributions from key colleagues at the University of Worcester and the President of Worcester Students' Union.  There was a mixture of recorded messages and live speakers, with messages from the students and even some musical contributions from Team TLI.  

Our students will now be able to progress to Level 6 where they can obtain a full honours degree (BA Advancing Practice), and they can go on to use their qualifications in their work supporting children and young people.  

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

We have survived - a light-hearted number featuring members of TLI.
Well done everyone!
A musical number from Jeremy to our Foundation Degree Students
Snapshots - Student Socials
With the academic term drawing to a close, it was time for some of our students to get together to celebrate their hard work and achievements of the the past year. We think you'll agree these are some great photos and looks like they all had a fantastic time!
TLI Staff Social
Staff from TLI got together last Sunday for a long awaited social gathering.  It was lovely to see colleagues face-to-face again after all this time and especially out of work - there was plenty of chatter and news to catch up on!

Entertainment was provided by Jeremy, one of our tutors and PATs, who had devised a cryptic quiz for us all.  Nick thanked the team for all of our hard work during challenging times, and we also said a fond farewell to Jeremy who will be leaving us at the end of term - best wishes for the future!

We couldn't have wished for better weather or a nicer venue venue, and with such good service from the staff at Rockfish in Plymouth it was a lovely way to end the academic year.
Qualified Teacher Status Success
Trainees spread from Land’s End, Cornwall to Poole, Dorset have been celebrating their recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status with the Learning Institute. After a taxing year, trainees have demonstrated how they have converted their online & face-to-face learning; personal reflection; professional mentoring and engagement with our ‘Big Ideas of Teaching, Learning and Becoming a Teacher’ into practice. It has been a great privilege to work with such eager and resilient trainees who promise to bring great strength and flexibility to the teaching profession as they undertake their first roles next year. This is the first cohort to have experienced the Core Content Framework and to benefit from the Early Career Framework CPD offer.

We wish them well for September and a rest at some point this Summer. Congratulations!

A big ‘thank you’ also goes to all schools and mentors who have supported our trainees this year in such adverse circumstances. It has been heartening to hear how trainees have contributed to provision: lessening the load of staff in placement schools at times and enhancing provision. This was particularly the case during the Spring ‘lockdown’. It has been very exciting to see trainees gaining employment in WeST schools as we work to provide the best educational offer we can for pupils in Plymouth and across the region.
 
Erasmus+ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Inter-professional Working
For the past three years, the research team at The Learning Institute have been working with Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon County Council and school and local authority partners in Sweden, Spain and Italy our Erasmus+ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Inter-professional Working research project. The aims of the project were to develop, evaluate and disseminate best practice for inter-professional work in recognising and supporting children who have been through adverse experiences. 

At the end of June, we held Changing our Response to Childhood Adversity event to share the outputs of our research, whilst delivering fantastic workshops and inviting expert speakers to share their own valuable perspectives on dealing with childhood adversity.

Watch the videos or check out the press release below to find out more:
Erasmus+ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Inter-professional Working
Adverse Childhood Experiences
This is the press release for the ACEs event mentioned above. If you'd like to know more please contact us here.
Job Vacancies

An Academic Professional - Undergraduate Programmes - Part time fixed-term posts (various hours, 12 months). The Trust is looking for an individual to deliver a defined range of teaching activities and undertake pedagogic research to support teaching and learning development. The main purpose of this role is the delivery of undergraduate modules in specific fields. The role may combine elements of teaching, scholarship, engagement working and administration. Completed applications should be submitted to recruitment@westst.org.uk by 9:00am on 4th August


Academic Professional - Initial Teacher Education - Part time fixed-term posts (various hours, 12 months)The main purpose of this role is to contribute to and lead in the provision of high-quality teacher training by way of tuition, mentoring and assessment of trainee progress in practice and reflection. As such a successful applicant would deliver a defined range of teaching activities and undertake pedagogic research to support teaching and learning development. The role may combine elements of teaching, scholarship, engagement working and administration. 

Completed applications should be submitted to recruitment@westst.org.uk by 9.00am on 30th July, 2021.

For more information on the above vacancies, please go here. 

Please Share...

*We're still open for applications throughout the summer for our Foundation Degrees.

We currently offer four full-time Foundation Degrees relating to education, health and children's services, consisting of academic study integrated with relevant work-based learning. These Foundation Degrees are accredited by the University of Worcester.

Foundation degrees at The Learning Institute (September 2021 start):


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Football and the impact on the home environment

As millions of people across the nation watched England’s Euro 2020 final match against Italy, domestic abuse services prepared for the increase in the need for their help.  Research suggests that there is a correlation between domestic abuse and football (Brimicombe and Café, 2012; Dickinson et al., 2012; Kirby et al., 2013; Williams et al., 2013), and reported incidents increased by 5% from the start of the tournament on June 11th (Women’s Aid, 2021).  Whilst researchers and experts in the field of domestic and sexual violence acknowledge that the game itself does not cause abuse, there are varying theoretical perspectives that try to explain the correlation; there is a recognition that it does change the nature and dynamics of domestic abuse, with an ‘average hourly increase of 2.8% for each hour of a game a day’ (Ivandic, Kirchmaier and Torres-Blas, 2021, p.4).  

This research also suggests that the surge in alcohol consumption and an earlier kick-off for the game will also increase the risk to victims and children.  Quantitative research undertaken by Kirby, Francis and O’Flaherty in 2013 suggests that if England win, domestic abuse increases by 26%, if they lose by 38%.  Of course, England lost their last game, which was disappointing for most who would not contemplate abusing their families as a result.  For some families, though, bringing football home is not something to be excited about. 

CPD Opportunity

H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy (Helping Other People Everyday) offers training in domestic abuse, sexual violence/abuse and safeguarding.  They are offering free one hour webinars which aim to enhance effective cross cultural interaction.  The webinars can be accessed via the button below, and start at 10am.  

View Webinars Here
New Arrivals
 As mentioned in the previous newsletter, our Admission Officer, Caley left us to go on maternity leave.

Well... we're excited to welcome to the newest member of the team introducing James, born on Sunday 27th June at 19:08pm weighing 7 lb 11 oz. Congratulations to Caley and your family from everyone at The Learning Institute 😃👶
 Chocolate Tier List

On 7th July 2021, it was World Chocolate Day and as such we thought this would be a great opportunity to share our Chocolate Tier List.

Do you agree or what would would you change?

Get involved in the debate here
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