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Meeting individual needs through effective target setting — Hopwood Hall College

Summary

This Outstanding Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (OTLA 2) project in 2016/17 was delivered by Hopwood Hall College in partnership with Preston’s College. It aimed to investigate effective ways of setting and monitoring learner targets through the use of the information system ProMonitor and the virtual learning environment SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model). Continuing professional development (CPD) activities were designed for staff so that they can support learners to progress beyond their target grade. Targets were personalised and included the development of softer and academic skills. This was measured through observations of teaching, learning, assessment and learner progress. The team found the collaborative working helpful and particularly taking shared responsibility for tasks. The project produced a consistent approach to target setting, not only for pastoral support but academic development and there is a renewed focus on what constitutes a SMART target. As a result of the project work, retention improved by 2% in 2017/18 compared to 1206/17 and tutorial attendance improved by 5%.

Technical accessibility note: the case study has been edited and reformatted to improve accessibility for people who use screen readers. The leaflet is as originally provided to the ETF so unfortunately may not be accessible.