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The Teaching & Learning Academy (TLA). Led by the TLA Consortium - a partnership of Higher Education Institutions with a strong commitment to Continuing Professional Development. What is the Teaching & Learning Academy?

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The Teaching & Learning Academy (TLA)

Led by the TLA Consortium - a partnership of Higher Education Institutions with a strong commitment to Continuing Professional Development

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What is the Teaching & Learning Academy?

A professional membership organisation which offers a flexible professional development framework for the wider school/academy/college workforce

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Where does the TLA originate from?
  • It was launched as a pilot scheme in 2004 by the General Teaching Council of England (GTCE), working in partnership with local education authorities and universities in Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield.
  • At the time it was known as the Teacher Learning Academy. As the name suggests, it was aimed at teachers and focused on providing learning opportunities to support their professional development.
  • The TLA became embedded in hundreds of schools throughout England and had in the region of 17,000 enrolments.
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Change of ownership

In June 2010 there was a change of ownership following the Government’s decision to bring forward legislation to abolish the GTCE.

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Who leads the new TLA?

It is led by a consortium of higher education institutions. The consortium of 8 universities and colleges has a long-standing commitment to teacher education and professional development.

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The TLA Consortium comprises of the following Higher Education Institutions:
  • University College Plymouth St Mark and St John
  • University of Chester
  • Leeds Trinity University College
  • Newman University College
  • University of Chichester
  • Canterbury Christchurch University
  • St Mary’s University College
  • Bishop Grosseteste University College
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What does the TLA offer?

A flexible professional learning framework which provides all staff with the opportunity to engage with small-scale practice-based projects and either gain national recognition and/or credits for the work undertaken.

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How can the TLA be used in schools and colleges?
  • To provide a coherent framework for CPD
  • To personalise professional development
  • To establish a learning community
  • To support school priorities and targets
  • To support performance management
  • To develop coaching and mentoring
  • To embed and support induction programmes
  • To share best practice
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What does the TLA’s Professional Development Framework look like?
  • 2 stage framework- Recognition and Accreditation
  • Flexible
  • Bite-size learning
  • Practice-based learning and research
  • Personalised
  • Something for everyone
  • Small-scale Action Research
  • Collaborative working within learning communities
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Individual*

Accredited Learning

Recognition

4

4 modules

Recognition Project 1

Total of 60 credits at each level

5

4 modules

6

4 modules

Recognition Project 2

7

2 modules

* Any member of Wider School / College Workforce

Individual becomes an Associate after completing a Recognition project

Individual becomes a Member after completing 30 credits of TLA Accredited Learning

An individual can move from Recognition 1 to either Recognition 2 or one of the accredited levels (depending on previous qualifications / credits)

An individual may choose to only complete Recognition.

Levels refer to levels on the FHEQ.

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How can individuals engage with the TLA?
  • Undertake own practice-based research leading to either Recognition and/or Accreditation
  • Support others in their professional learning by training to become a TLA School Lead
  • Assess Recognition projects from staff in other schools by training to become a TLA Verifier
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What are the benefits of engaging with the TLA?
  • Helps to fill the knowledge gap
  • Encourages reflective practitioners
  • Promotes lifelong learning
  • Supports performance management objectives
  • Provides opportunities for professional dialogue, coaching and mentoring
  • Supports a more personalised approach to professional learning
  • Encourages risk taking/trying out new techniques and approaches
  • Provides a structure for reflecting upon and evaluating learning
  • Fosters independent thinking
  • Supports small-scale projects that can have a huge impact on practice
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Want to know more?
  • Visit our website: www.tla.ac.uk
  • Contact your local Regional Centre: http://www.tla.ac.uk/site/Pages/TLA-Regnional-Centres.aspx
  • Email: [email protected]
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