Knowledgepool wins Blended Learning Solution Award at WOLCE 2003

KnowledgePool wins Blended Learning Solution Award at WOLCE 2003

KnowledgePool has won the prestigious award for blended learning at this year’s World of Learning conference and exhibition held at the NEC, Birmingham. KnowledgePool’s winning submission covered the Certificate of School Business Management developed for the National College of School Leadership (NCSL). The Certificate is entry level training designed for those who have worked in administrative roles, recently appointed school business managers and new entrants to the education profession. The purpose of the Certificate programme is to develop skills in the following areas:

  • Financial management
  • Human resources
  • ICT
  • Facilities management
  • Risk management

Administration KnowledgePool worked closely with NCSL, a group of experienced bursars and subject matter experts from the University of Lincoln to develop course content for the programme that learners are able to truly engage with.  The blended programme employs a range of learning techniques including traditional face-to-face residential events and approximately 10 hours of e-Learning, consisting of online material, exercises, simulations and tasks. Students receive ongoing tutorial support from a personal tutor who is available to discuss progress, oversee and supports the production of the individual’s learning journal, case study and development plan. In addition the programme provides access to courses in basic IT skills covering Microsoft Word, Excel and Access enabling candidates to select from a library of key skills to meet their individual needs. In the workplace further evidence of the impact of the programme is confirmed with delegates reporting that:

  • They have been able to reduce the workload of their colleagues
  • They are able to identify and address actual and potential problems in the workplace that they were previously unaware of
  • Colleagues’ knowledge and skills are enhanced through the discussion and sharing of programme materials
  • Greater recognition and understanding of the roles that exist within the education community $ul_end”This award is the result of a close partnership with NCSL and recognises the importance of identifying and applying the right ingredients to deliver the most effective solution. Every organisation needs to be assured that their learning programmes are effective, both by increasing knowledge and skills to improve performance and also by providing a true return on investment” Michael Copestake, managing director KnowledgePool.The National College for School leadership offers opportunities to develop the potential of school leaders at every level and to enable their schools to work collaboratively with other schools.The College’s Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham, opened by the Prime Minister in October 2002, is the focus for many of its activities. but NCSL programmes can also be accessed around the country through its network of nine affiliated centres. NCSL programmes fit around teachers’ busy schedules, with much of the studying done at home or in school, often via the Internet. Over half the headteachers in England took part in NCSL activities in the year to March 2003. Participants can also communicate with each other via the college’s popular online communities, which now have over 26,000 members.  The College’s aims are to:
  • provide a single national focus for school leadership development, research and innovation
  • be a driving force for world class leadership in our schools and the wider community
  • provide support to and be a major resource for school leaders
  • stimulate national and international debate on leadership issues $ul_end

“At NCSL we are delighted with the results of the Certificate programme. Since the start those participating have recorded an average increase in ability of 60% in communication and study skills, time management and ICT, with 91% reporting a change in their understanding of the school business manager’s role.”

Trevor Summerson, Bursar Development Programme Manager at NCSL