BTEC Business Level 3 Unit 13: Recruitment and Selection Resource Share

This Prezi:  Recruitment and Selection Prezi was designed to take a whole day to deliver (9am to 3.45pm) with breaks. The session was split into three chunks. The first session was a recap up to the point of the CV Element.

The second session was an hour long Powerpoint delivery by a fellow PGCE student as well as an exercise on CV’s and Cover Letters.

After this I delivered an hour long session on the Interview Process, delivering the remainder of the Prezi and ending with recording mock interviews, watching them back and peer reviewing.

Point of Note:

The colour by numbers task was very basic and put together at the request of one of the students who said she liked to colour things in, some of the others agreed and so this task was created. It had a number of interesting and unanticipated outcomes, one was that everyone engaged fully with the task, the second was that students took their completed work home and later said they’d used it to help with assignments and the third was that the students realised that if it was possible learning would be flexibly designed to suit their needs and styles of learning. In that sense it was a useful classroom management task, an effective relationship building tool as well as a learning opportunity and although it was initially felt to be very basic it allowed higher level discussion and analysis. All in all a very simple, but very useful task.

Lesson learned: less can sometimes be more


Microteach Prezi – Managing a Business Event BTEC Business Level 3 Unit 18 Resource Share

30 minute Prezi an Introduction to Managing a Business Event, designed to be the very first session as an introduction to the topic, Associated task to introduce the importance of event manager taking control at the outset of the process. The task is available on an earlier blog post.


AAT Level 1 Unit 2 Business Documents Resource Share

I had to teach a group of AAT 1 adult learners, most of which had English as a second language recently. I had very little notice and so didn’t have time to prepare a proper lesson plan but did create a presentation and a couple of tasks.

The lesson went down well and so I thought I’d share presentation and task.

Task Lvl 1 Unit 2 Business Docs AAT

AAT Level 1 Unit 2 Business Docs Presentation

Useful links

I’ve been engrossed in essay writing and research the past few days and thought I’d share some useful online reading spots. Probably most useful to people working in FE but there are some which are just interesting or which overlap into schools and HE too. I was going to lay them out in some pretty manner but decided that can wait, I just wanted to close the million tabs I have had open for the past few days: – QDP a survey and feedback service for education. Certainly FE relevant. – LEPs (Local enterprise partnerships) worth knowing about and checking out your local one and how the establishment/s you work for might fit into it– Hefc (The Higher Education Funding Council) which has copies of NSS (National Student Survey) results – Ofsted, specific link to the handbook for inspection of FE – Government policies on improving the quality of FE and skills training – The FE Education and Training Act 2007 – a bit retro but how the Equality Act 2010 affects FE and skills sector by the LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service) which ceased to exist in July 2013 – AOC (Association of Colleges) – links to blog, conference news and lots of useful information – The Excellence Gateway – worth having a nose around their site would highly recommend it – another retro document called Realising The Potential from 2005, worth a read and good to draw comparisons on for measuring progress or gaining a historical perspective – the GIFHE site a must browse for anyone teaching within this college. Interesting item on Fox’s Biscuits here for those interested in skills for work, employability – Open University paper on Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. Interesting read from 2010 – interesting Journal of Education paper on using technology in life long learning – Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning portal via Open University, needs a subscription but very useful and quick to do and best of all it’s FREE! – CRLL (Centre for Resaerch in Lifelong Learning) another useful site – government article on increasing compulsory participation age – Department for Education link to the Education Act 2011 – AQA’s take on increasing participation age – CAPITA conferences click on Education, Employment and Skills or any other that take your fancy – The Education and Skills Act 2008 – retro paper on raising participation and government proposals to assist local areas with implementation 2009 from the DCSF (Department for Children Schools and Families) No longer in existence but go to the next link for its successor – Department for Education website, really useful – TES FE Podcasts – really up to the minute thinking – Government pages on FE, really, really useful. – Functional Skills for FE – Professionalism in FE – New Challenges New Chances Review for FE provision – FE News website, really interesting and useful – Interesting information particularly this one on IT infrastructure spending – Easy read briefing on FE funding

I’ve been busy job searching too so have some useful info I’ve discovered from that which I’ll blog at some point

Teaching in Uganda at end of PGCE

This looks like an exciting opportunity and if I was younger I’d be signed up. Take a look by clicking the link:

Choosing the right age

I don’t know about my fellow trainees, but I put a lot of thought into the age group I wanted to teach eventually. I wonder if most of us ‘just know’ which is the right level for us or if everyone puts lots of thought into it or if some trainee/aspiring teachers really struggle to find their niche.

These factors influenced me greatly:

1. My age.  Although I love little kids and can’t wait to be a grandma and love the sticking and gluing, teaching to read, write, early maths, building, nursery rhymes and all of that I think I’m a bit past it to be doing that every day. But also my reasons for disregarding early years link into my second factor:

2. My specialism. I’ve amassed years of experience in a range of business settings and in a range of roles and I wanted to pass on that experience to other people. I can’t really see pre-schoolers or the very young  being overly enthused about supply and demand and marketing planning. I also feel that my experience of recruitment and selection is valuable to those who are seeking to go into work or to find direction for future careers. This is already leading me towards older teens or adults.

3.  My education. I found that I struggled to be motivated after my basic education. I found the freedom of having left school and being old enough to go to work if I chose, the state of semi independence from my parents meant that I could do what I wanted and unfortunately that wasn’t always what was best for me. I noted that my peers struggled too and many of them abandoned education and training and settled for an extension of their Saturday job and many of them are still doing that today. I  was ambitious but didn’t have the push I needed from parents or from teachers and so I finished my A levels and drifted from education and didn’t return for a number of  years. I finally started studying for my first degree in 2000 when I was 32. As a mother I observed the same thing happening with my daughter and many of her friends who I nudged back onto the tracks. I felt that this was a key age where young adults need inspiring, they need encouraging, they need a little push in the right direction to get the best for their future. I thought this was where I would probably be most useful as  a teacher, before university and after school.

4. My children. I have two children one is almost 21 and the other 14 and I see the frustrations they had in the state school system as high achievers. I saw how they were let down by the system in schools which sought to achieve average status for most and where above average happened because of genetics and parental efforts. I see how they struggled having been raised as individuals to fit into what one of them calls “robot factory philosophy” and I didn’t want to be a part of that. I look at things I don’t like and ask myself “if I got involved in that in any way could I change it at all?” and if the answer is “no” or the answer is “I don’t think I’d have the energy, drive or commitment to” then I leave well alone. I feel that we are lucky to have such good free education in this country but it’s a one size fits all approach and I’m not the sort of person who believes in squashing round pegs into square holes. Secondary didn’t appeal. I feel there is a little more ‘give’ in FE and even more in HE.

5. My academic knowledge. So ultimately really I was left with two choices FE or HE (besides other more niche teaching like prisons, overseas etc which are things I’m thinking of for the future). I felt that as a teacher with a level 7 PGCE and a degree in Business Management and half a degree (long story) in Social and Behavioral Studies that I wasn’t equipped academically to teach in HE. I would personally prefer a teacher who had a greater level of knowledge or experience of a subject than I was expected to achieve. I know this isn’t always what everyone wants but personally I want to feel as if I have really consolidated my learning and really delved deep into academia before I start teaching anyone else. So that ruled out HE although I do feel that my level of management experience does stand me in good stead to add value to that area and am going on to a Masters so HE could be the future.

FE it was and this feels right to me intuitively too.

It’d be interesting to hear how others arrived at their decision.

Handwritten Stories in a Digital Age: and More

The Blog

In our digital age, we interact with new technologies each day, yet some of us also pine for the past: we cherish handwritten things and value — even fetishize — physical objects. Posts like “Diaries and Connections to the Past” and “Found Objects and Books” reveal a collective nostalgia.

Consider a diary hidden in a shoebox. Postcards from your best friend, traveling around the world. Or a stack of letters from a secret lover. We view messages crafted by hand as more personal and meaningful — check out Cristina Vanko’s handwritten texts as modern-day snail mail. Words from our pens stand the test of time, and are viewed as more intimate — and meant to be shared and carefully considered by you, the reader.

PostSecret: Now on

We’re happy to announce that PostSecret, founded by Frank Warren, has made its home on as one of our newest

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