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Newsletter - May 2021

Welcome to The Learning Institute's May newsletter!

In this month's issue: Life after TLI  |  Graduation  |  Congratulations  |  Learners on film  |  Erasmus updates  |  Big ideas about teaching  |  Master's degree updates  |  Infant Mental Health Awareness Week  |  Outdoor Classroom Day  |  Upcoming events

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

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Life after TLI - Donna's story
We caught up with another former TLI student recently.  Donna completed her foundation degree and BA (Hons) top-up degree with The Learning Institute, and then moved on to our teacher training programme. See what Donna thought about returning to education, what were some of her biggest challenges and what she is up to now after graduation...
Donna celebrates completing her PGCE
Read more about Donna's experience
Student Graduation and Celebration Events 
Great news from the University of Worcester!  They have rescheduled the graduation ceremonies that should have taken place in November 2020.  The postponed ceremonies are now scheduled to take place during the week commencing 21 June 2021. The Ceremonies will be held at Worcester Cathedral, with contingency plans in place for alternative venues if there is an unexpected tightening of social distancing restrictions.

We're really looking forward to seeing our students and celebrating their amazing achievements with them! 
Image of graduates inside Worcester cathedral
There are also plans to hold an online celebration event for our current Level 5 students from the FdA Early Years Professional, FdA Inclusive Education, FdA Learning and Education and FdSc Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People... watch this space for more information!
A massive congratulations to our WeST colleagues at Callington Community College and Ivybridge Community College for being shortlisted in TES School Awards 2021.

Callington Community College is shortlisted for Science team of the year and Ivybridge Community College is shortlisted for Headteacher of the year.

The winners will be announced at our online event on Friday 25 June at 8pm.  We wish everyone the best of luck!
View the Shortlist
Learner experiences on film - Part 2
As mentioned in the last newsletter, we have been working with two of our current learners and a videographer to promote the courses we offer.

Inclusive education student Kate and teacher apprentice Juliet chatted to Simon and Ginny.  Here is what they both had to say about their experiences.
Inclusive education student Kate, who is in the second year of the foundation degree and also one of our ambassadors.
Juliet is currently one of our Teacher Apprentices.
Erasmus+: Research Projects

Another busy month! We’ve had some great initial meetings this month for both our Natural Schooling Project and our involvement in the University of Santiago’s Digital Technology, Imagination, Creativity and Entrepreneurship for High Quality Teaching project. For the latter, we’ve heard all about how Chaddlewood School expertly navigated the challenges of remote learning this year with the use of Google Classroom – technology they have been using efficiently for six years already! We are very lucky to have them involved in the project as an excellent case study on how to successfully integrate creative digital thinking into classroom practice.

Meanwhile, in our ongoing conversations about Natural Schooling, we’re excited to see how key member of the project Debbie Lambert gets on at the Young Nature conference held by the British Ecological Society. This is a four day interdisciplinary, online event about promoting the connection young people have with nature and empowering them to protect it. As well as attending the event, Debbie is also conducting a workshop titled National Curriculum Outdoors: a whole school approach. More information about the event can be found out here.

Our own online event ‘Changing Our Response to Childhood Adversity’ is also swiftly approaching! Sign-ups are now coming in fast, so we recommend registering for the event here as soon as possible to avoid missing out. You can also check out our Twitter feed, where we’ve been spotlighting some of the amazing speakers we have scheduled for the day.
As always, if you are interested in getting involved with any of our projects you can email us, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website.

Find out more
Ten Big Ideas about Teaching, Learning & Becoming a Teacher

As part of Teacher Training, we teach trainees 6 'Big Ideas' about Teaching & Learning and 4 'Big Ideas' about Becoming a Teacher. These constitute our 'Ten Big Ideas'. Each 'Big Idea' is made up of recommendations for practice derived from recent and respected academic research onto what constitutes effective practice. The 'Ten Big Ideas' are shown below, keep your eyes peeled for future newsletters, where we'll look to explore these further.

Learn more about Teacher Training
Postgraduate Masters Update

Working in partnership with Newman University, The Learning Institute has welcomed a new cohort joining us to study part time, for one of our Master's programmes - MA: Values-led Leadership and MA: Inclusion and SEND.

These MA programmes offer a rich diversity of modules, enabling students to link their research and developing skills to their professional aspirations. Students will be looking into research questions that are important to their professional practice and interests in the fields of inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability or values-led leadership.

Following a blended learning approach, face-to-face and live online sessions enable all students to balance academic study, work and family commitments. Our MA programmes are flexible courses, combining taught modules and Living Educational Theory research (Whitehead, 2017). Living Educational Theory is a methodology which starts with the student and their practice, values and the educational influences they have.

Tutors and students will be researching together and we are hoping to share some of our research with you in the future, in a TLI Research Journal. 

Starting with a Research Design module, students will be exploring research methodologies and methods and planning their own research project. All modules are designed so that students can follow professional enquiries of personal and professional interest. A range of assessment methods are utilised including essays, Living Interactive Posters, portfolios and a Dissertation. 

Being part of this exciting research community, studying for a Master's and making a difference in communities is at the heart of these programmes.

Learn more about MA: Values-led Leadership
Learn more about MA: Inclusion and SEND
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 7th-13th June.  Whilst we are getting better at discussing mental health issues for adults and young people, we are often unaware of mental health in younger children.  In fact, the Parent-Infant Foundation refers to this as the 'baby blindspot'. 
There are two things that we all can do to support the mental health of babies and young children.  Firstly, we can try to see the world through their eyes.  For example, did you know that the design of a pram can really affect a baby's relationship with those around them? And a young child's relationship with those around them is fundamental for making a good start with mental health.

For more fascinating insights, have a read of How buggies shape babies’ brains by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk.

Secondly, we can support families with young children.  Having a baby can be a wonderful time but also a bewildering and isolating time. Have a look at this short video about the difference that can be made to families.

Together with Baby - Evaluating a new parent-infant relationship team by Parent-Infant Foundation

Learn more from the Parent-Infant Foundation
Outdoor Classroom Day
Outdoor Classroom Day (20th May) is a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. In order to support this movement and to encourage more outdoor learning, take a peek at our Outdoor Learning CPD resources below or visit our website for other CPD resources.
Introduction to Outdoor Learning CPD
Studying for a Foundation or Top-Up Degree
At The Learning Institute, 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): These foundation degrees are built around a core of modules relevant in each degree, such as those related to academic study skills and research, along with inclusion and diversity. The relevance of these modules to all degrees allows inter-related practitioners to study together and we are currently recruiting students for all of our teaching venues across the South-West and London.  

We're also recruiting for our newly validated BA (Hons) Advancing Practice top-up degree.  With pathways in early years, inclusive education, learning and education, and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, this top-up degree has been designed for those who want to advance their practices for effective working with children, young people, their families and communities.
Image of a desk with a laptop, mug, notebook and felt tip pens, with the quote "I began to realise I enjoyed studying and was surrounded not only by supportive tutors who are happy to help and ensure we are completely confident with any assignments we are undertaking, but also empathetic students who are always there to ease each other’s worries."
Find out more
Studying for an Apprenticeship

When you hear the term ‘apprenticeship’ you might think of 16-24 year olds gaining valuable job-specific skills and experience.

However, did you know that there are apprenticeship opportunities for students at undergraduate level and postgraduate level?

If you’re new to a role within education, why not talk to The Learning Institute about how your employer could use the apprenticeship levy to develop your skills and knowledge with one of The Learning Institute’s Level 3 – 7 apprenticeship programmes in business administration, education, early years, improvement and leadership.
Business Administration | Early Years Educator | Improvement Practitioner | Senior Leadership | Teacher | Teaching Assistant
Image of Apprenticeships leaflet
Image of a teacher and pupil, with a quote: "The support and guidance received as an apprentice through The Learning Institute, was timely, challenging and effective, with individual and school circumstances taken into consideration."
Learn more about our Apprenticeship opportunities
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Learning Institute events

Thursday 3rd June (10.00 - 11.00am): Foundation Degree Information Session
Saturday 5th June (10.30 - 11.30am): FdA Inclusive Education - Information Session
Wednesday 16th June (18.00- 19.00pm): FdA Early Years Professional - Information Session
Thursday 24th June (10.30am - 12.30pm): FdA Inclusive Education - Information Session
Saturday 26th June (10.30- 11.30am): FdA Early Years Professional - Information Session
Wednesday 30th June (9.00am - 4.00pm): Changing Our Response to Childhood Adversity
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