4 strategies to help achieve educational excellence

Four strategies to help achieve educational excellence Educational reform is firmly on the agenda in Australia with the link between quality teaching and student achievement at the focus of the debate.  Good teachers make all the difference to both the student experience and student outcomes! In fact: ‘Ensuring that qualified, professionally trained, motivated, and well-supported teachers are available for all learners is essential for addressing today’s key education challenges…………. The quality …
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How to motivate staff in times of uncertainty

How to motivate your staff Setting strategic directions and targets is the first step towards achieving results and seeing change in any particular setting.  But in themselves strategy documents and targets will not guarantee that goals will be met.  Understanding what motivates people and drives performance is crucial to success.  Motivation can be defined as the “willingness to exert effort towards a team or individual goal”.  Motivating staff is an …
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What’s your RTO’s strategy for success?

Are you focusing on strategy or survival? ‘Strategy-making is one of the most important activities undertaken by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), in their pursuit of high- performance. Active, continuous strategy-making is essential for the survival and prosperity of RTOs.’ (Strategy–Making in Turbulent Times, ANTA report, 2003) Most RTO managers tell us that they are just trying to keep their heads above water with compliance requirements and changes to the sector …
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How can history help us to improve the quality training and assessment in VET?

  A reflection on my VET journey Have you read the Quality of assessment in vocational education and training – Discussion Paper? Are you considering answering the questions that sit under each focus area? You can read the paper here. The three areas of focus covered in the paper are: Foundation reforms – competence of trainers and assessors, Reforms to the assessment of VET students – engagement of industry to …
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Are you ready for the Annual Declaration of Compliance?

Compliance – an Ongoing Challenge Those of you who have been around RTOs for a while know that every year brings a new compliance challenge – 2016 is no different. ASQA is now requiring the submission of the Annual Declaration of Compliance (See Clause 8.4 below). This should not be a surprise, although it may feel like it has snuck up on you. In fact, the Standards for RTOs 2015 …
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Tips to overcome procrastination and become a positive role model for your team

Are you ready for the year ahead or are you putting off thinking about it? Have you ever thought about how the way you manage your priorities impacts your team, your clients and students?  Why not start the year with a disciplined approach to self – management to ensure that you thrive in every aspect of your role? Whether you are team leader or a staff member working within the …
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How important is structured workplace learning and assessment in early childhood education and care?

Strategic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care Training Providing structured work place experience is desirable in all vocational education programs. Often it is necessary to simulate the workplace because real work placement is not possible. However, providers should, as much as possible, strive to expose their students to the actual work place to allow application of skills and knowledge. Of course for students studying Early Childhood Education and Care …
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4 Strategies to ensure technology is embraced in your RTO

Technology: we can’t live without it It is our future, yet we are still unsure about the role technology could have within our vocational education system. Why, after almost 20 years of access to the Internet and the ready availability of devices including computers, tablets, whiteboards and phones, do we still struggle to fully embrace the role of digital technology in our delivery strategies? An article from the Center for …
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Have you worked out Volume of Learning and Amount of Training for your RTO?

Are you adjusting to the new Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015? At the end of last year  we wrote to you about preparing for the New Year and in particular about preparing for the new Standards. By now you will have at the very least: Updated your policies and processes, Aligned your training and assessment practices with the new policies and standards, and Engaged with industry in a variety …
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7 ways to get your RTO ready for the new financial year

Time is flying, are you ready? June 30 is nearly upon us. It is hard not to notice with all those EOFY sales! But focusing on your expenditure, taxation and cleaning up all those loose financial ends is not the only way to make good use of this time of year. Why not take stock of a few other areas of your RTO as well and get ready for bigger …
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