Read this if
- You are acting as supervisor or verifier for someone who is completing their NZCALNE (Voc) qualification.
- You need to sign off on the final piece of work that one of your tutors is about to hand it before completing the NZCALNE (Voc).
Download the guidance for supervisors or verifiers
This is all contained in one PDF you can download here below. The download shows a copy of the actual template as well.
What does the supervisor or verifier need to do?
If you are the supervisor or verifier for someone completing the NZCALNE (Voc), you need to discuss the review questions with the candidate and record your comments. You can use the template on the following page or adapt to your own purposes as you need.
Collaboration between the candidate and you to review teaching delivery is one of the requirements of the NZCALNE (Voc). It’s also good teaching practice. We can’t sign off on the whole qualification unless we have some evidence of this.
For our purposes, a supervisor may include any of the following:
- The tutor’s direct manager or programme leader.
- A colleague that is acting as study support person.
- Someone in management that has already acted as a supervisor or verifier for another part of this training and qualification.
To sign off the final assessment task, we need evidence that tutor and supervisor have reviewed the teaching and facilitation in several areas. The best way to think of these is in regards to three reflective questions:
- What are their strengths?
- What are some potential improvements for future delivery?
- How does any of this inform planning for the candidate’s professional development?
This review should be a friendly collaboration and two-way conversation. It could include teaching observation evidence, but it doesn’t have to. It’s not a performance review for internal promotional or salary review.
What do I have to do?
As their supervisor, we expect that you are already aware that the candidate is completing this qualification. You may have already verified your portfolio evidence for other parts of the course.
It’s the candidate’s job to:
- Make the arrangements to meet with you.
- Provide any evidence or assessment material you may wish to see in relation to this final assessment task or any part of the programme.
- Provide you with an electronic copy of the Supervisor or Verifier Comments and Checklist template.
- Negotiate how and when this template is completed by you.
- Return the completed template to us as part of their supporting evidence for this final assessment task.
As supervisor or verifier, it’s your job to provide us with:
- Your contact details including email and phone.
- Details of when this review took place
- Brief summary comments relating to the three reflective questions. As a guide, you might write one or two concise paragraphs totalling about 100 words for each of these. We won’t be counting words. Quality here is more important that quantity so feel free to keep it brief.
- Your signature and date of signing at the end.
Download the guidance here for supervisors and verifiers including notes showing where and what to write for your candidate:
If you are teaching foundation education at any level, you need to be qualified and on a continuing professional development journey.
You need to start this journey through the Teach Better Now programme available on Pathways Awarua.
At the heart of this is the new New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) – the NZCALNE (Voc).
There is a cost for assessment and gaining the credential. But it’s free to register on the website and you’ll have access to all of the course content.
Here’s what you need to do to kickstart your foundation learning professional development journey for this year:
- Register on Pathways Awarua if you haven’t already.
- Join our virtual classroom.
- Enrol in the qualification.
- Get started on the coursework and first assessment.
FIRST: Register on Pathways Awarua
1. You need to register on http://www.pathwaysawarua.com as a tertiary educator. If you are already registered, then go to step 5 below and join our virtual classroom.
2. Enter your details in the form including a username and password.
3. If you start typing the name of your organisation or employer it should appear in the box. Then add a name for your class, accept the terms and conditions and click Register. If you are an independent contractor please use the code 8888.
4. Once registered you should see a screen like this below. Ignore the code on the right. This is for you to use with your own learners later. Right now you just need to click the link on the left for the new NZCALNE (Voc).
SECOND: Move yourself into our virtual classroom
5. Now you should see the main NZCALNE screen below. Next, you need to join our virtual class. Click the head icon to go to your account settings. If you’ve already done this you can go to step 8 and enrol.
6. Enter the join code 1622DD to join our virtual class. Then tick the box to move to this class.
7. Save your settings and return to the main NZCALNE pathway.
Third: Enrol in the NZCALNE (Voc)
8. Now you can enrol in the programme. Make sure that the enrolment module is selected. Then click start. If you’ve already enrolled and you’ve also moved into our virtual classroom, you can go to the last step.
9. Read through the enrolment information.
10. Fill in the enrolment form with as many details as you can. Then save and move to the next screen.
11. If you can’t fill in everything, you’ll see a screen like this below. But you’ll still be able to move forward. Just click the arrow on the right. Or click Retry to add more info.
12. From here, you need to show that you understand some of the conditions of enrolment. And you need to let us know if you have access to learners of your own and whether you’ve done other study at level 4 or above.
13. Nearly done… Add your employer and supervisor’s details.
14. Complete the self-assessment. There are two pages.
15. If you are an experienced TESOL teacher please add details here. Likewise, if you are a very experienced trades or vocational trainer with existing evidence and you want us to consider this please add details here.
16. Add your timeframe
17. Review the summary of your enrolment and save
18. Drag the box ALEC1 Admin to submit for comment
19. You’re done…! Click the link for the new NZCALNE (Voc) to return to the main course pathway.
FOURTH: Get started on the course
20. Get started…!
Are you looking for staff with literacy and numeracy expertise and credentials?
If you have a literacy and numeracy related job to advertise, I will post it here for free. The same thing applies if you are looking for a contractor or consulting expertise relating to adult literacy and numeracy.
At the moment, I am only interested in jobs offered, not jobs wanted.
This is an experiment… And I’m happy to give it some time and energy thanks to the responses I got the other day (check out the comment section if you’re interested).
For the present time, I’m happy to post any literacy and numeracy related positions, jobs or contract work. I will post positions for literacy and numeracy related work in New Zealand, Australia, for online or remote work, and internationally if I get them.
This includes work where the job is for someone who is a dual professional, e.g. a specialist in some content area other than numeracy and literacy, but who has the skills to embed literacy and numeracy into that content. NCALNE qualified trades trainers and vocational tutors fall into this category.
And of course, I’ll post jobs that are for literacy and numeracy specialists.
Terms and conditions are whatever I feel like at the time and I reserve the right not to publish your company’s job or position if I think it’s dodgy or breaches my sense of ethics or any other rules I make up at any later stage.
Possible ideas for job postings could include any or all of these:
- Vocational and trade-related training at levels 1 and 2 where literacy and numeracy are embedded.
- Workplace Literacy (WPL) and numeracy education.
- Intensive literacy and numeracy (ILN).
- Adult literacy and numeracy education including professional development and related employment or contract work.
- Any other foundation learning focused training where literacy and numeracy are required or desired.
- Any management, support, coordination, or consulting positions where the focus is on supporting tutors or trainers in any of the roles above.
How do I do I get a job posted here?
For the present time, if you want to post a job here you can leave a message in the comment section of this blog post (or any post on my blog), and we’ll work out how to exchange the info.
I’ll probably ask you for the following:
- An relevant image that I can upload, e.g. your company logo or branding.
- The text for the job advertisement.
- An expiry date for the post.
- A commitment to answer any questions that people leave on the site regarding the job.
- A commitment to come back and comment when or if the position is filled.
I’ll probably just post your text “as is” but I also reserve the right to edit it or make comments as well.
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This metaphor always makes me slightly nervous. I don’t like to paint education as a war, with teachers as soldiers.
However, this is what it seems like for many tutors and trainers… an uphill battle against enemies seen and unseen.
Let’s get things clear though. While some days you might feel that your learners are the enemy. They’re not.
The struggle and resistance we often feel is real. But the enemy is something else.
It’s the fight against whatever swampy quagmire of events and forces shaped the sum total of past learning experiences that your learners (and you) drag in the door with them every day.
And you have to connect with them, motivate them, and teach them.
What they want is not to be on your side. What they want is for you to be on their side.