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Art created by a Ways to Wellbeing learner

The piece below was produced using an iPad on a digital art in the park short course. 

Learning outcomes included building digital resilience and using different apps to produce digital artwork.  This learner said that they were frustrated with the technology at the start of the course and felt like 'throwing the iPad against the wall'.  


Thanks to everyone who made the AutumnMeet at Northern College such a positive and productive event. I haven't really had time or brain space to reflect on it all yet, but just looking at the notes I took from the breadth and range of topics covered, I can already see how valuable it is going to be for our project.

Year One - What a ride - Hang on tight here's year two!

Update Blog

Wrapping up end of Phase one Blog

And headlong into Phase 2 !

Year one has come to an end – I have attended two curriculum planning sessions in London – the first collaboratively working on curriculums, but not yet knowing which working group I would be in moving forward. I found it a really useful session and I was working in what would have been my preferred group for Phase 2!!.

Ofsted Grade Descriptors


I thought it might be helpful to share a summary of the Ofsted grade descriptors that we have re-produced from the Ofsted Inspection Handbook. We found this particularly helpful when making judgements about our provision and informing our quality improvement plan; it is also far easier to use than wading through the whole Ofsted Inspection Handbook :)



My first blog!

Hi everyone - I've tried to get to grips with Padlet today and post some learner comments. After a few interruptions, I've managed to get one comment on there and will add more later, assuming I've done it properly!


Fingers crossed!

Curriculum planning day

Just reflecting on the week thats gone and what I feel has gone well for us here at the project. I went to the curriculum planning day in London and this really helped me think about Phase 2. It was sooo good to meet colleagues from the other projects and to share our experiences with some light humour mixed in. Working with Errolie on the Group 2 delivery was great - thanks Errolie - because finding out about their approach has led to a rethink on ours.

Welcome to my PADLET and Web Page..... here goes.......-

I have taken inspiration from Michele (thank you) and following her lead, I have also created a Padlet page. I too am building information on my web page -

Next job stats for phase one....  

It includes case studies, images of some learners work from some of the art sessions and some quotes from a range of classes all from phase one.

My aim is to be more proactive in capturing more of this type of feedback during phase 2

Learner Voice

Hi there, 

I've been having a play with padlet and am starting off simply by posting some learner voice comments from phase 1. It's a small selection to share for now. 

It's really great to see some of the learners' comments and how they feel they have benefited on the project.

I am trying to add it to my project page without success, but I'll keep experimenting.



We are created equal, but some are more equal than others.

This is my first blog ever so please be patient with me. I have been a tutor on Blue Sly for the past 15 months as well as teaching and assessing in apprenticeships. I have a diverse working background. I became very ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ ME, a very under researched and unsupported condition. 

Update and initial actions - for year two of Evolve

It has been about a month since my last real blog entry for which I apologise.  So much seems to have happened in my role as Project Manager, initially as an interim post but now I have the post for the duration of the pilot. 


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