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LSIS urges tutors to kick start the new academic year by accessing an updated range of resources on the Excellence Gateway

That's why we're urging all trainers, college lecturers, principals, and other practitioners to access the latest news and views. The Excellence Gateway is constantly being updated to ensure it continues to meet the diverse and ever-changing needs of practitioners working across the sector.

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is urging practitioners to sign up to the free service on the Excellence Gateway to help plan for the next academic term. LSIS has developed Top Tips for Innovation to help providers shake up their lesson planning and get the most from the Excellence Gateway.

1. Foster better working with your colleagues by engaging in a collaborative workroom - create a virtual workroom, where you and your group can collaborate, and take part in joint planning, file sharing and discussions in a strictly private online space

2. Consider how e-learning can be rooted into your lesson planning - good e-learning practices should always be engaging, empowering and exciting as well as electronic. The Excellence Gateway has a variety of e-Learning tools, tips and techniques, as well as case studies to provide practical examples as to how it can make a difference to your lessons

3. Learn from your peers - make use of the Excellence Gateway TV channel and review the 'effective practice' films designed to share innovation and good practice

4. Do some research - access free information and resources to help you plan. This will not only save you time, but will give you the awareness you need to develop an innovative and dynamic learning experience

5. Think about how the Skills for Life can be embedded into your lessons - March this year saw the launch of the new Skills for Life adult core curriculum exclusively on the Excellence Gateway, with the most fundamental change to the adult core curriculum being the addition of new material to support embedded learning

Hilary Moore of Bsix college stated:

"The research section on the Excellence Gateway site is just what the sector needs. It provides us with resources and interactive content, and allows us to learn from case study examples on the site."

"Excellence Gateway is such a wonderful resource we decided to hold group sessions where we introduced all staff to the site and showed the wealth of resources available to them. Whether you're looking for ways to improve curriculum design, management and delivery, ideas for supporting learners with specific needs, or methods to improve quality, planning and performance within your organisation, the Excellence Gateway can help."

As the leading portal for the learning and skills sector, the Excellence Gateway aims to transform delivery by becoming the recognised web channel where practitioners can access high quality teaching resources and information and share effective practice.

Barry Kruger, Director of Knowledge and Intelligence at the Learning and Skills Improvement Service said:

"The Excellence Gateway portal has seen enormous growth, and currently there are over 21,000 registered practitioners. At LSIS we're delighted to see the Excellence Gateway gain in popularity, highlighting the real and practical value that the portal brings to the sector."

"That's why we're urging all trainers, college lecturers, principals, and other practitioners to access the latest news and views. The Excellence Gateway is constantly being updated to ensure it continues to meet the diverse and ever-changing needs of practitioners working across the sector."

Those interested in taking full advantage of the Excellence Gateway are encouraged to register today at http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk

For media enquiries please contact Melissa Circosta or Jo Dyson for further information on LSIS@bluerubicon.com or 020 7260 2700.

Notes to Editors
About the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service is the sector owned body, created (from the former CEL and QIA) to develop excellent and sustainable FE provision across the sector. LSIS works in partnership with all parts of the sector to provide vision, leadership, clarity and high quality support; practising and enabling continuous self improvement and capacity building.

LSIS has a 13-strong board of trustees and is governed and advised by a council made up of 30 members drawn to reflect fully the diversity of further education taking into account the nature and type of providers and geographic distribution.

LSIS has consulted the sector about its priorities and remit through its statement of strategic direction; this statement marks the beginning of a conversation with the sector and partners, through which it will identify the key priorities for responding to ambitions. The aim for this dialogue is that it should be continuing, meaningful and productive.

For further detail about its strategic direction and its support programmes and major streams of activity, visit the LSIS website at http://www.lsis.org.uk

About the Excellence Gateway

The Excellence Gateway, as the leading portal for the learning and skills sector, brings together 50 education websites and up to date resources into one place. Providing an unrivalled breadth of information and guidance, it allows teachers to access effective practice and access a range of free lesson plans

With quality improvement as its organising principle, Excellence Gateway underpins everything the Learning and Skills Improvement Services (LSIS) does; its core aim being to help providers help themselves. It helps training providers improve almost any aspect of their provision and already thousands of professionals are benefitting from 75,000 pages of relevant and searchable content.

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