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Learning from Practice Training

Part of BASW's Taught Skills Development Programme

The Course

This course has been developed to support people who are involved in promoting other people’s learning, whether through student supervision, mentoring staff on in-service qualifications or through line management. It explores principles of good practice and pitfalls to avoid.

The course is based on the experience of Dr Neil Thompson who has decades of helping people learn and supporting others in doing so.

The course will be ideal for people new to a promoting learning role and more experienced staff who want to take their own learning further.


The Presenter

Very many people have come to rely on Neil Thompson as a guide and mentor, not only on their learning journey, but on their whole outlook on life. People, problems and potential. With an impeccable academic pedigree, an outstanding publications record and a wealth of direct experience of making a positive difference. In a number of ways, he stands out as an invaluable source of wisdom and guidance.

He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities, spoken at conferences in 14 countries and won awards for his work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from BASW Cymru. He has over 300 publications to his name, including 45 books, several of which have been bestsellers.

He now works as an independent writer, educator and adviser. He runs the Avenue Professional Development Programme, an innovative online learning community based on principles of self-directed learning and geared towards developing critically reflective practice.


The Programme

9.15        Arrival

9.30        Introduction and expectations

                What is learning? (There’s more to it than you think!)

                Why is it important?

                How do we make it happen?

10.50     Break

11.10     Principles of Good Practice in Promoting Workplace Learning

12.30     Lunch

1.15        Pitfalls to Avoid

2.35        Break

2.55        Summary, conclusion and action learning

4.00       End of course


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