Forget inset: step outside college for an ‘outset’ day

Visits to business partners can revitalise staff and make induction programmes more engaging

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Since I started teaching in 1995, I’ve sat through Inset days that would probably make even the most enthusiastic of NQTs gnaw off their own legs in boredom. Many hours of listening to endless policy announcements, promises that “this year is going to be better”, booklets full of results analysis, slideshows full of the lessons learned from the deputy’s mindfulness holiday in France and so on.

When I took up my post as principal at Humber University Technical College (UTC) this summer, I thought very carefully about how I would induct my staff – new and old – in their understanding of the ...

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