Curriculum Expertise

Innovative and engaging initial training and ongoing professional learning for vocational educators

Client projects

Real Time have a proven record of innovative, engaging curriculum design and facilitation with a focus on use of digital tools in hybrid delivery spanning 7 years. Clients have included the NHS, University of Warwick, two Midlands Borough Councils and partnership working for Education and Training Foundation and several partner independent training providers.

Projects have included curriculum design for initial teacher education (ITE). ongoing educator CPD, digital skills and pedagogy development, social media strategy, safeguarding, coaching and mentoring training programmes. Each uses active, reflective learning underpinned by creative use of digital tools and pedagogies.

The case studies below provide a flavour of recent projects:

Client projects
MET Academy

Real Time have designed a bespoke Award in Education and Training (AET) curriculum for trainers working for MET Academy, independent providers of Metal Recycling Apprenticeships. The first 5 cohorts of the NOCN-accredited course were facilitated via face-to-face sessions augmented with blended learning resources and online mentoring sessions.

In 2021, the sixth cohort moved to a hybrid facilitation model combining Zoom-based learning webinars and 1-1 mentoring support with an in-person microteaching session.

The AET curriculum has been supplemented by digital skills and pedagogy workshops. These allowed trainers to develop skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for learning resource design and learner support. The sessions also introduced educators to a range of engaging digital tools for active learning and assessment including Mentimeter polling, GoConqr quizzing, Thinglink image annotation and screencasting tools for explainer video support and video-based learner feedback.

Real Time have worked with the Centre for Lifelong Learning to develop a classroom-based sessions and produce e-learning training materials for a new curriculum for Further and Vocational Education teacher trainers. The project involved creating online modules based on the highly successful CPD course whose curriculum was originally offered as a series of four face-to-face events for Midlands and South-East cohorts.

The online modules cover core content for the Diploma, Certificate and Award in Education and Training, key signature pedagogies, evidence-based practice and robust assessment of trainee teachers’ practice, reflective journals and academic work. Each module consists of core content, additional learning reading and interactive collaborative and assessment tasks.

Participants from the classroom-based cohorts of this course commented:
“Really informative course, loved it, brilliant and engaging.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous introduction to teacher training, Activities were engaging and thought-provoking. Links to key policies and developments were also very helpful.”

"Very useful to have input from experts who could give valuable strategies and insights."

University of Warwick


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