A5: Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy 2016-2021

The objectives we are working towards over the next five years are as follows:

  1. We will have a clear admissions policy for all our courses.
  2. We will provide effective induction for students on our short courses, and induction and orientation on our professional courses.
  3. There will be sufficient, appropriately qualified staff to lead and teach the provision and to support students;
    1. Teaching will be based on current best practice and influenced by relevant and up-to-date practice and research in the tutor’s respective fields.
    2. We will take a strategic, professional approach to staff development to help us to attract and retain high-calibre staff with the skills and competencies necessary to deliver our objectives.
    3. Staff will be supported and encouraged to acquire and develop the relevant knowledge, skills and competencies to enhance their performance in their current role and, where they are involved in succession planning, for their next role within ORMS.
  4. We will provide good quality teaching, learning and assessment opportunities. In order to do this, we will;
    1. Facilitate learning for students through the effective use of a range of appropriate learning strategies.
    2. Provide practical and pedagogic support for students and staff in using learning technologies.
    3. Tutors and students will use the VLE in a consistent and coherent manner and where possible extend and enhance learning beyond the classroom.
    4. Support students through regular and appropriate assessment together with timely, detailed, high quality feedback on their work.
    5. Ensure that our students are clear about the criteria that will be used in assessment.
    6. Articulate the minimum number of staff hours necessary to teach and support students in each unit/module to enable success.
    7. Identify clearly for students the minimum number of learning hours required within each module to facilitate success.
    8. Provide all staff and students with the technologies to provide, access and share electronic learning content, to record and reflect on progress, and to communicate and collaborate with each other on their courses.
  5. The curriculum will be sufficiently broad to cover our core business and provide progression for our students relative to employer needs, and student expectations;
    1. The curriculum will be high quality, adhering to relevant professional standards and national subject benchmarks as appropriate.
    2. In conjunction with stakeholders, employers and service users and carers, we will regularly review our course curricula to ensure that what is delivered is both contemporary and relevant.
  6. Within the context of a small commercial company, we will provide students with sufficient care, guidance and support, including the implementation of a behaviour policy, to enable them to achieve.
  7. We will quality assure and evaluate all aspects of our provision for continuous improvement. We will seek feedback from;
    1. Students on how they were recruited to the course, particularly the information with which they were provided, how they made decisions about joining the course and how effective was the enrolment process;
    2. Students on their learning opportunities (including placements) collected through internal mechanisms;
    3. Students through external instruments like the National Student Survey (NSS);
    4. Staff and external examiners through routine evaluations of modules and courses;
    5. Alumni, employers and placement providers;
    6. Service users and carers.

For each of the objectives, a set of ‘success indicators’ has been identified.  These are not intended to be definitive measures but have been identified as reasonable indicators of the progress expected to be made as we implement the strategy.