Following a positive Ofsted inspection, Cambridge Adult Learning and Skills Service (ALS) were looking for a way to further improve their assessment process. At training and standardisation meetings, tutors often asked for help with how to create and record meaningful individual learning goals, especially when working with large, mixed groups.
Creating an innovative tool
These questions sparked the creation of #BeInspired Any Goal Cards. This tool offers learners the opportunity to discuss aspirations with their peers and supports tutors in the process of refining and setting goals.
The professionally printed cards have an inspirational, thought-provoking question written on each one. Learners can work in pairs, small groups or in one-to-one sessions to discuss what they hope to gain from lessons. These aims are then sharpened and pushed further by tutors for a more in-depth goal; “I want to learn English” becomes “I want to learn how to order food in a café”.
For learners, this means they are included and placed at the heart of the planning process from the beginning, ensuring they are getting the most out of learning.
For tutors, this means they have a clearer picture of each learner’s goals and can plan to ensure they meet them on their scheme of work. Progress can be tracked much more effectively.
For Cambridge Adult Learning and Skills, they hope this innovative approach will demonstrate that they have addressed an area of development with Ofsted.
Gateway Qualifications ran a competition to help a provider that had a creative, learner-focused idea but were being held back by lack of resources or funds. Cambridge Adult Learning and Skills Service won the competition with the #BeInspired Any Goal Cards initiative.