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Principal Goes “Back to the Classroom”


On Friday 5th December Tresham’s Principal, Stuart Wesselby, went ‘back to the floor’ and shadowed both teaching and business support staff at the college’s Kettering campus.

Stuart, who has been Principal at the college since January 2012,worked with staff from different departments within the college to see what it is like working in different areas within the college and had the opportunity to discuss ideas that they may have about improving their lessons and support services.

back to floor sport web sml The first morning session was held with Sports Lecturer, Matt Lambert and Sports Maker, Shaun Waite who were holding a lesson with BTEC Level  3 Extended Diploma students within the college’s Sports Hall. The group had been tasked with videoing a badminton tutorial to post online within small groups. Stuart spoke to the groups to find out how they were felt about the lesson and the learning facilities available to them as well as discussing future plans on how to improve with tutors.

Matt Lambert, Sports Lecturer said:
“It was good to see Stuart come along to the session. He met and had an opportunity to discuss the lesson with the students; what they were doing and what they had learnt in previous lesson to check their prior learning helping to focus their attention on the task at hand. As a learner lead session it allowed Stuart to see our new approach to assessment in Sport.”

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Following the lesson, the Principal then worked alongside the Kettering campus Customer Services Team who provide an excellent support service to both prospective and existing students. They regularly provide advice on choosing courses at the college and the various financial support available. They also provide guidance to students on UCAS applications for university and regularly visit tutor groups.

Stuart said following his back to the floor sessions:

“It was great to work in two very different areas of the college where I had the opportunity to see a snippet of some of their daily activities. As Principal I work regularly with external stakeholders, however, it is just as important for me to work with all staff at the college and experience what our students do within the classroom. I’m looking forward to my next sessions as part of the Apprenticeship Week 2015.” 

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