Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare is a central part of the new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (Sept 2015).
You can access our guide to PDBW by clicking the image below:
PDBW (2)
Recently, we’ve been walking around College to identify some great practice in departments and we’ve listed it below. This will be added to throughout the year and you can add your own by commenting at the bottom of the page. 
A quote from Len in Hospitality:
‘Students should learn in a ‘creative, nurturing, safe environment.’

Foundation Learning- Lisa- 04/01/16

self-confidence, self-awareness and understanding of how to be a successful learner

  • The classroom layout was designed to encourage learners’ confidence- table layout was a square with all learners gathered together so they felt safe and included.
  • Targeted questioning was used to include every learner.

following of any guidelines for behaviour and conduct, including management of their own feelings and behaviour, and how they relate to others

  • All learners wore their lanyards.
  • Questions were related to how particular scenarios might make the learner feel- developing their emotional responses to situations.
  • Learners also demonstrated their respect for one another during the whole class discussion by waiting patiently for one another to respond.

personal development, so that they are well prepared to respect others and contribute to wider society and life in Britain

  • Through discussions around the killing of animals for ivory and whether or not able-bodied and disabled athletes should compete together at the Olympics, relevant stories from the news were incorporated into the lesson so that learners were exposed to society outside of their own experience.
ESOL- Nina- 04/01/16
self-confidence, self-awareness and understanding of how to be a successful learner
  • The brand new learners in this class were made to feel welcome and the teacher was already beginning to build rapport- getting to know about their background, hobbies and interests…this will all lead to the building of their confidence in time.

Hospitality, Hair, Beauty, Travel & Tourism- 08/01/16

personal development, so that they are well prepared to respect others and contribute to wider society and life in Britain

Travel and Tourism staff have a partnership with ESOL staff which means the learners of each can work together frequently- with T&T students learning about other cultures and ESOL students practising their English- a mutually beneficial partnership for so many reasons!

where relevant, employability skills so that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training

So many links to industry in hospitality with masterclasses, guest speakers and competitions, which means many of their learners progress into great jobs after their courses.

Hair and Beauty staff have links with the local community, which means students get multiple opportunities to work in a range of contexts and settings, gaining valuable work experience.

Travel & Tourism students get the chance, when engaging in enrichment activities (trips) to gain experience of planning and running events (as a travel rep would do).

The classroom and corridor displays promote professional standards and industry values so that they are best prepared for what lies ahead.

pride in achievement and commitment to learning, supported by a positive culture across the whole provider

The department’s displays celebrate success at every opportunity and this works to raise the aspirations of all learners.

The staff in this department engage highly in industry upskilling so that their learners can benefit from being around such great role models.

Media and Performing Arts, Foundation Learning, Academic Studies, English and Maths (all at Hillsborough)

prompt and regular attendance

There were lots of positive ideas about how to encourage punctuality:

One member of staff had a punch card ‘clocking in’ machine that enabled the students to calculate how many minutes of work were lost by being late. This ended up as a competition within the group.

In Music, Media and Dance, they ensure the students do group work at the beginning so that the students all feel they need to be there and don’t let anyone down.

Another member of staff allowed students to choose their own music tracks in the ten minutes before the class started. Students liked this and so always turned up in order to hear what each other had selected.



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