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Teachers of new 14-19 Diplomas may enrol on free online course

01 September 2008

September 2008 sees the launch of the new 14 19 Diplomas creating new training and development opportunities for Diploma teachers and supporting staff across England.

Canterbury Christ Church University is launching a ground-breaking development opportunity with the UK’s first online distance-learning course for teachers delivering the new 14-19 Diploma.

The University has joined forces with the Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) and the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA), to launch the new ‘Occupational Currency for Practitioners of Diplomas for 14-19 year olds’ course.

The course enables teachers to enhance and develop their skills, contacts and knowledge within the occupational line specific to their training.  The five occupational lines of learning covered within this course are: Construction and Built Environment, Engineering, Society, Health and Development, Creative and Media, and Information Technology.

Dean of the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr John Moss, said: “The University is delighted to be part of a ground-breaking training programme which will enable teachers to deliver a range of new Diplomas to 14-19 year olds who are looking to gain a mix of academic skills and hands-on industry experience to improve their future employment potential.  The programme will build upon participants’ recent and relevant occupational experience and existing expertise, and extend this into the professional working environment of one of five industry areas covered by the specialist Diplomas. Participants will also get the opportunity to work alongside other teachers, gain support from specialist tutors, and share delivery ideas and network within a professional online community.”

Schoolteacher, James Broadwood-White, who recently completed the new course, is now fully qualified to teach the new Information Technology Diploma.  James said: “Before I embarked on the course, I had very little understanding of the various career paths available in IT, having never worked in the industry myself.  It was interesting to consider how the new Diploma would prepare students to work in the business and not just teach them the academic skills required to complete their diploma.  I feel that, through this course, I have gained a deeper knowledge of the industry and have gained the skills to develop an interactive curriculum which students find interesting and relevant.”  

Fellow participant, Julie Pyatt, agrees: “Before I undertook this course, I was blinkered in many respects, not only with jobs in IT but also how the education experience is changing for young people.  I am so excited about the possibility of teaching the IT Diploma because I can now see how it is going to bridge the gap between education and employment, and offer young people more opportunities and career options.”

For application details, please visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/education/ocpd.  You can also contact Canterbury Christ Church University on 01227 782869 or email education.ocpd@canterbury.ac.uk

Notes to Editor

If you are a member of the media and would like an interview with Dr John Moss, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Draper, on 01227 782391.

14 – 19 Diplomas

The new 14 – 19 Diplomas are currently being offered in over 1,300 schools and colleges across the UK.  The Diplomas will be delivered at different levels including: Foundation, Higher and Advanced, as well as a Progression Diploma for those who are unable to complete an Advanced course.

By 2011, it is hoped that 17 Diplomas, including the Extended Diploma, will be available, broadening the range and types of industry skills available to young people.

For further information about 14-19 education and skills visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/14-19/

Occupational Currency for Practitioners of Diplomas (OCPD)

The free Occupational Currency for Practitioners of Diplomas (OCPD) programme offers participants the opportunity to update, develop and apply their current teaching skills for Diploma delivery.  Applicants should have a minimum of one day of recent and relevant occupational experience, involvement with the delivery of a Diploma in one of the five initial subject areas and support from their institution.

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Department of Post-Compulsory Education

The University’s Department of Post-Compulsory Education offers a growing portfolio of courses for professionals in a sector which encompasses further education, higher education, adult education, and education and training that takes place within the service industries and the private sector.  Lecturers and trainers in these areas, as well as managers and others with a training role, find courses on offer in the Department which meet their needs.  There are over 1,300 professionals currently studying part-time for qualifications in the Department and demand for places is high.

For media enquiries:

Claire Draper
01227 782391