School Dynamics is the Approved Training Provider to the Pinner Leadership Centre which is an ILM Centre. Through this Centre we provide ILM accredited Level 2 Award training programmes. Currently we are delivering the Level 2 Award in Effective Team Member Skills and will be offering the Level 2 Award in Team Leading for the next academic year.
As your Sixth-Formers move into the increasingly-competitive world of university and business, achieving an externally-endorsed ILM qualification will provide them with a significant differentiator.
What is the ILM?
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) is the UK’s largest awarding body for leadership and management qualifications, combining industry-leading qualifications and specialist member services. The ILM partners with over 2,000 ILM-approved centres, comprising private training providers, further and higher education colleges, and employers delivering in-house management training. Now, through School Dynamics, ILM programmes can be offered into schools.
How is the programme delivered?
The base requirement from the ILM defines a required number of Guided Learning Hours for each Award. These can be delivered over a series of days, weeks or terms, depending on how you want the course to run and what will suit your timetable and curriculum. The options currently are:
- Option 1: Delivering the ILM Award programme over 2-3 days (or the equivalent time in half-days) of tutorial and workshops, for example at the end of the Easter term or after A/S Levels or A Levels.
- Option 2: Delivering an extended programme over one or two terms, working with your students to plan and run an in-school leadership/teamwork event.
- Option 3: Delivering an extended programme over a full academic year, working with your students to plan and run either an in-school leadership/teamwork event or an external community support event.
What costs are involved?
The ILM charges an individual candidate fee for registration and the student membership. Some schools pass this cost on to parents, others may cover it directly.
School Dynamics fees cover delivery of the training programme, provision of all student materials, assessment and verification of the final Reflective Assignment, and managing the programme for your school.
Any impact on your staff workload?
All School Dynamics programmes are designed to be delivered with no added impact to your staff workload! While of course a member of staff needs to be in attendance during the programme sessions, which would be the case for any lesson taking place at your school, your staff do not need to do or administer anything in relation to the course.
If you choose Delivery Option 3 above, planning an external community support event may need assistance from your staff to liaise with your local community organisations and to accompany your students when they are out of school.
Any impact on your students’ workload?
None at all – the work for the course, including the Reflective Assignment that is marked at the end, can all be completed within the time allocated in the Options listed above. There is no need for any student to take work home outside the defined course hours.
What topics does the Effective Team Member Skills Award cover?
The programme outline defined for this Level 2 Award starts with an Induction session which explains the ILM qualification and assessment process, the course structure and content, assessment criteria and student benefits. Each student also receives a Learner Information Pack providing more detail on all those points and the ILM policies and procedures. The candidates then receive and sign for their individual workbooks.
The learning for this Award is divided into four key areas delivering a logical flow of information through
- team formation, how groups become teams, how individuals contribute to team effectiveness
- examining the importance of communication in teams, barriers to communication and how to overcome them
- exploring sources of conflict and how to resolve/avoid conflict
- looking back to individual performance in team environments, identifying strengths and weaknesses and personal development opportunities.
Depending on the type of event your students will be planning to accompany the programme, we back up each session with introductions to leadership, teamwork, project management and planning methodologies, tools, models and techniques, tailored to the activities and interests of your students as the course progresses.
How else do your students benefit?
Every student taking an ILM qualification receives tailored learner support in the form of an ILM “studying membership”. This free service provides each learner with a wealth of qualification support, from reading lists and study guides to regular leadership and management news bulletins, helping them to get the full benefit from their ILM learning experience.
For more information on how ILM programmes can benefit your students and provide your school with a competitive edge, send an enquiry through our Contact Us page or call 020 8582 2513 to discuss your requirements with our specialist team.
To round off our ILM review, we are delighted that the new illustration for our ILM page comes from Krupa at Heathfield with her excellent work in the Art Quilts project.