This is my first blog entry as a virtual secondee. I am interested in looking at the way in which pedagogy can change through the creation of effective partnerhsips between teachers, supporters and service users. I am interested in this because as a tutor in mainstream adult education, I found that I was often the last to know about learners mental health issues, but the first to work with the learner in a formal teaching environment.
I'd be interested in finding out more about your experiences in further education, what worked and what didn't .
In the coming weeks I'll be able to report a little bit more about studies in this area and to start a bit of a dialogue about what you think is the right way to teach in FEdefinition .
Last week was quite hectic but really enjoyable it was good to spend some proper time thinking about the project and how I can add something .
My news this week is also interesting , my other job includes working with an advice service and I have been asked to look at the resources which the service has available in terms of learners up to 25 with mental health issues, update it and prepare some materials as well.
So needless to say I have identified the mhfe site amongst others it will be interesting to see what happen in the next few months.
Lots going on this week again, finalising the bulletin and working on a summary of recent articles on the impact of group work on learners with mental health issues. The preliminary findings appear to be that groups work simply keeps learners occupied rather than make a real learning difference!
Watch out for more
I am starting to looking into therapeutic education and to see if the use of this concept has led to an increase in awareness of well being , which has in turn increased a wllingness to accept that mental health issues can and do impact on learning.
I am not sure if this was the intention or simply a welcome side effect?
I would welcome any ideas/views about this?
I had a very interesting time last week in London with the MHFEdefinition team, meeting up with some very innovative practitioners which I hope will lead to a podcast or webinar about developing programmes which start off as discrete provision and then route learners into mainstream !
I am Working on the impact of self esteem , teacher /student relationships in order to show the value of good rapport and understanding in the classroom identifying the links with learners with MH issues of course.
Watch out for my new SIG which I hope to get up and running this month !
I have been interested to find out about Recoverydefinition colleges, their focus and their aims to improve life chances and opportunities for people with MH issues.
Have a look at the following site it explores the journey which learners have to go on yet further exposes the gulf between the learner with treated mh issues and the non mh learner.
There is also a good section on this development from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, worth a look and a peruse.
I was really lucky last week and enjoyed a Brilliant conference based at Huddersfiled - and The consortium for PCET. Lots of really useful and illuminating talks about the role of the teacher educator within the FEdefinition sector as well as making some new friends along the way.
I was especially struck by the comments of Anja Swennen, the key note speaker, talking about the way in which the role of the teacher educator has changed and needs to continue to do so - but also that this invovles communication of ideas and good effective research to support teacher edcuation and its development especially in the PCET sector.
It was great to meet others who might not have been familiar with MHFEdefinition but are now!
This year has really whizzed by. I have been busy networling with a range of support groups within the North East each one giving me a valuable insight into provision and need with the North East region. I am hoping to build on this working with some of the groups in order to develop CPDdefinition for FEdefinition tutors / managers but also perhaps to link different groups together. I am particualry interested in the possibility of creating an app for service provision and information for parents/ carers for post 18 learners ...more about this later on.
Hopefully see you at the London conference on November 9th
I have been asked to consult and advise on an LSISdefinition bid from National careers service Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Initially the focus of the action which they were looking for support for was only related to LLLD - but have now, following discussion and input added the issues surrounding mental health.
This means that if the bid is successful, not only will NCS Newcastle etc be working towards developing resources for clients and employers who have LLLD concerns but also taking on board the hidden issue of Mental healthdefinition in employability and training.
Fingers crossed for the bid!!!!
Making some new network links with NUS, looking at the way in which curriculum is being developed involving learners. It is interesting to look at the way learner feedback affects the way in which the courses are being developed, especially in relation to the learners who struggle with interpreting feedback, where they have low self esteem or perhaps do not have the technical language to understand what is meant, and how this impacts on their decision to remain on the programme, let alone their success.
Watch this space.