The Work Life Balance

Christopher Lindridge
4th January 2021

This reflection was contributed as a submission for a 2 Star Badge in Connected and Effective (Leading)

Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

The establishment which I currently work within is a Large FE College where we also deliver HE and WBL programmes within the engineering sectors (Mechanical and Electrical). I currently deliver programmes to level 3 full time learners and Apprentices within the Electrical discipline and have the responsibility for the Apprentice provision and its structure for the curriculum delivery. My... more

How did you use the learning from this/these module(s) (briefly describe the learning context, with a focus on Connected and Effective)

After the completion of the modules I decided to take the time to reflect and evaluate how I had been previously been working to determine if there where any areas that could be adapted. I created a plan to illustrate the comparison between work commitments and the time that these consumed and the amount of time that was solely used to relax and recuperate. Having done this is was quite... more

How did you adapt/modify activities and/or resources for your context providing alternative approaches with specific reference to Connected and Effective practices?

To ensure that the quality of work remained at the expected standard whilst also ensuring my personal well being was considered i adapted existing paper based resources and assessment tasks into digitally accessible formats i.e. Good Quizzes, Video Tutorials and web based remote sessions. This meant that learners could access in class resources outside of the college and also offered them... more

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

After the modules I allocated specific time for work and specific time to step away and do something completely different unrelated to work. Having set times meant that during these periods work was completed more efficiently and learners were fully aware of the times when I would be available to discuss issues or questions.

What worked well, or did not work so well? How would you approach the activity/use the resource differently next time?

One of the major barriers was getting myself into a new mindset as having working in a certain manner for a prolonged period of time it was at first difficult to adapt and 'switch off' from work. Having set times for both work and social aspects made this much easier but if I were to begin this process again I would make a gradual change rather than an immediate start so that the... more

How did the learning from the module(s) impact on the quality of the learning experience?

In my opinion the information gained from the completion of the modules has had a positive impact on the overall learner experience and improved the quality as the learners were then fully aware of the time slots that they could seek advice and guidance and it also meant that during work allocated time slots that my sole focus was on the delivery of the sessions.

How have you initiated strategic change/quality improvement in relation to Connected and Effective, eg at a peer, department, organisational, regional, national level)?

After completing the modules I held a discussion with my line manager around how I had personally found this reflection on the work-life balance and the impact it had on my personal well being whilst maintaining the level of quality in respect to teaching. Following this as a department a staff development session was held and the concept discussed to gather other staff members views and any... more

What will be your next step in bringing about further change?

For my own personal benefit I have looked into how I can utilise available resources such as MS Teams and Google Classroom to maximise work time whilst reducing administration time i.e. Calendars, message forums for learner discussions and setting quiet time on my personal mobile to avoid the temptation of checking emails outside of working time.

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