Bradford College is a further and higher education college in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, with approximately 25,000 students. BeReady is a learning and development organisation that specialises in delivering funded online training to schools and colleges across the UK.
A third of UK teachers leave the profession within 5 years. What’s more, the Covid pandemic cause a reduction in the number of newly qualified teachers entering the profession. The pandemic exacerbated the existing barriers for gaining this qualification, such as finances, time and course location. It left many training providers unable to deliver classes and much of the population unwilling or unable to interact with those outside of their Covid bubbles.
BeReady partnered with Bradford College, a leading teacher training provider, to create a solution that would help their school partners across the country to continue to bring in new teachers and reduce the impact of those leaving the profession. Bradford College already delivered apprenticeships, but these were only face-to-face, which meant they could only be delivered to local students at significant cost and using outdated systems.
BeReady and Bradford college elected to work with us at Accipio—a Totara Platinum Alliance Partner—to rapidly deploy a new Totara learning platform. This leveraged BeReady’s and Accipio’s existing platform expertise, negating the need to go through a risky and arduous procurement and implementation process.
The platform has both digital learning and an integrated ePortfolio system to manage apprenticeship delivery, removing the need for two separate platforms. The partnership called upon BeReady’s digital production expertise, taking traditional classroom learning assets and enriching them through animation and design.
Apprenticeship delivery is complex and heavily regulated with oversight from Ofsted and the ESFA. The platform ensures that the programme is fully compliant with the rigorous requirements of both the schools inspectorate and the Apprenticeship Levy, the funding agency.
The platform enables learners and mentors to access content, post results, interact with lecturers and peers, and log all activities and coursework. Totara’s flexibility provides a bespoke journey for all the different types of users, giving different access and user experience whilst ensure that interaction between them is seamless. The relative small amount of required user support enables the team to spend more time building content and delivering additional value to the learners.
This project has been exceptionally successful and is expected to continue to grow over the coming year. It has delivered a sustainable career pathway for teaching assistants to become teachers. Funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, it has reduced financial pressure on schools at a time when budgets are ever overstretched.
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