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Contexts other than schools. Initial Teacher Trainee Placements in Museums, Libraries and Archives Jael Edwards Education and Lifelong Learning Officer, YMLAC Hannah Gould Project Officer/ Freelance Consultant. Yorkshire Museums, Libraries & Archives Council. Background.

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Contexts other than schools

Initial Teacher Trainee Placements in Museums, Libraries and Archives

Jael Edwards

Education and Lifelong Learning Officer, YMLAC

Hannah Gould

Project Officer/ Freelance Consultant

Yorkshire Museums, Libraries & Archives Council


Background

  • Role of Yorkshire Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

  • The regions museums, libraries and archives

  • The changes in QTT Standards

  • Existing practices in museums, libraries and archives


Project aims

  • To contribute to the investigation and development of new models of training

  • To do this by undertaking a feasibility study


Project Objectives

  • Identify current research related to R2.5

  • Establish a steering group of key regional players

  • Establish a method of research

  • Select regional organisations with whom to conduct the study


Project Objectives

  • Identify the opportunities and challenges for both HEIs and MLAs

  • Identify the response of trainees

  • Develop potential models for placements

  • Establish guidelines for quality assurance of placements

  • Identify organisations willing to pilot the models identified


Project Objectives

  • Advocate the role of MLAs

  • Enrich the classroom teaching of the future


Method of Study

  • Identify key questions and issues

  • Devise surveys

  • Literature search

  • Consultation via

    • Email

    • Telephone

    • Focus groups

  • With

    • 22 ITT providers from 10 HEIs

    • 53 museum, library and archive professionals from 51 institutions

    • 20 trainees and ex trainees


Issues raised: ITT Providers

  • New territory

  • Lack of knowledge of MLA sector

  • Lack of MLA learning on ITT courses

  • Appetite to engage

  • Benefits for ITT providers and students

  • Potential placement activities

  • Time!

  • Quality assurance

  • Parity of experience

  • OFSTED

  • MUST meet the QTT Standards


Issues raised: MLAs

  • New territory

  • Lack of knowledge of ITT sector

  • Appetite to engage

  • Wide ranging provision to formal learning sector

  • Benefits to students and potential work activities matched ITT responses

  • Time!

  • Training and skills issues

  • Direction - “What do they want from us?”


Issues raised: Trainees

  • Views divided between those with experience in MLAs and those without

  • Skills gained identified by those with experience

  • Concerns that MLA placements should not replace teaching experience

  • Few had covered museums, libraries and archives on course

  • Museum, library or archive placements unlikely to affect employment prospects


Good Practice

  • Sheffield Hallam University & Kelham Island Museum

  • Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust

  • Bradford College & Bradford Galleries & Museums


Models: Activities that can contribute towards achievement of standards

  • Teaching

  • Preparing resources

  • Preparing lessons

  • Enhancing specialist knowledge

  • Learning in out of school contexts

  • Cultural diversity

  • Ideas, flexibility, creativity, confidence

  • NOT just learning how to plan a school trip

  • Combination of theory and practice


Quality Assurance of standards

  • Quality assurance concerns from both ITTs and MLAs

  • Training of MLA staff

  • Partnership and support

  • Mapping standards against potential work activities

  • YMLAC’s role - enabler


Recommendations of standards

  • No ‘one size fits all’ approach

  • YMLAC to take an enabling role

  • Information and dissemination

  • Advocacy

  • Brokering relationships

  • Training

  • Mapping standards

  • Evaluation

  • Involvement of partner schools

  • Link to long term CPD - through e.g. EBPs

  • Long-term longitudinal research


Future Developments of standards

  • What's next

  • Further funding

  • Pilots

  • Training

  • Evaluation

  • Information, dissemination and advocacy


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