Spring term saw colleagues from Weavers Academy, Northants; Hamilton Community College, Leicester; Madani High School, Leicester; and the Challenger Multi-Academy Trust, Bedford begin their journey as OLEVI facilitators. They spent three days with experienced OLEVI facilitators, Ashley Bartlett and Jackie Gair, at the Leicester Teaching School (LeTS) at Rushey Mead Academy.
Rushey Mead is rightly proud of having been rated as ‘Outstanding’ since 2007 and was one of the first designated teaching schools, having facilitated the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP) and Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) since establishing LeTS in 2011.
In 2014, Rushey Mead was delighted to become a Designated OLEVI Centre (DOC) and was able to extend the impact of OLEVI professional development by facilitating the Power of Coaching (POC), the Outstanding Facilitator Programme (OFP) and the Outstanding Leadership in Education (OLE) programme, alongside the established ITP and OTP programmes.
The impact of engagement with OLEVI is evident throughout the teaching school and the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT, both of whom have incorporated the OLEVI ethos into their work for the benefit of both colleagues and young people.
Ashley and Jackie were delighted to have the opportunity to extend the positive impact of OLEVI’s work for the benefit of more staff and young people by training six new facilitators over three days.
- Day 1 focused on the skills of facilitation, aligning oneself with OLEVI’s Four Capitals Concept and introducing key thinking models such as DR ICE.
- Day 2 comprised the modelling of a number of activities, experiencing them as a delegate but reflecting on them as a facilitator via purpose and method.
- Day 3 saw the delegates take on the mantle of facilitator ahead of accreditation by Jackie and Ashley.
The energy in the room increased over the three days as learning deepened, with one delegate reflecting:
“After twenty-eight years and a lot of CPD, this is up there as being one of the most inspiring, useful and rewarding experiences.”
The majority of the new facilitators were themselves OTP graduates, continuing their journey of professional development.