‘Enhancing training, developing practice & improving outcomes’
What are Teaching Partnerships?
The Department for Education introduced Teaching Partnerships to help improve the overall quality of practice, learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) amongst trainee and practicing social workers.
Funded by the government, Teaching Partnerships have been created to develop and support high standards of work and education by building stronger links between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and employers (Local Authorities). The Partnerships involve a highly collaborative relationship, with the curriculum being jointly developed, delivered and owned.
Students within the partnerships benefit from a curriculum that is relevant to and informed by social work practice – equipping them to be good social workers going forward. They also benefit from practical statutory placements.
Meanwhile, fully qualified social workers get access to many more CPD opportunities and have the opportunity to share best practice via the Partnership structure.
Teaching Partnerships in Yorkshire and Humber
In Yorkshire and Humber there are now four Teaching Partnerships, making us the largest region of Teaching Partnerships nationally:
South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership
The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership (SYTP) brings together the University of Sheffield, Sheffield City Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Doncaster Council, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and Lincolnshire County Council.
Now in its third year of delivery, SYTP is testing and refining new and innovative approaches to delivering high quality training for social work students and qualified practitioners. Working together, SYTP deliver high quality training for social work students and qualified social workers in order to help them to develop the skills they need to work effectively in front line statutory services.
Some of the partnership’s key activities and achievements to date include:
An MA curriculum which has been developed and delivered jointly by the Teaching Partnership, thereby ensuring that it is relevant to and informed by social work practice.
2 x 100 day placements which are: guaranteed to be in statutory services; supported by fully trained Practice Educators who are working to a set of common agreed standards; and audited to ensure that each placement is of a similarly high quality.
A robust, regional Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) framework for newly qualified social workers, which includes the option for academic accreditation as part of our Advanced Practitioner Framework.
Access to high quality CPD opportunities via our Advanced Practitioner Framework, which allows social workers to undertake accredited modules designed to support key areas of practice.
Opportunities to share learning and good practice across the region via regional Teaching Partnership structures, and joint training and Masterclasses.
Supported career pathways in areas such as practice education and leadership and management.
The Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership brings together four Yorkshire local authorities and two universities; Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council are working closely with the University of Huddersfield and the University of York to deliver ambitious plans for the education and ongoing development of the Social Work workforce.
The Teaching Partnership’s plan includes
- Ensuring that people with lived experience have a greater role in shaping and influencing social work education and training
- Developing a CPD framework linked to career progression
- Aligning academic research with the needs faced by frontline practitioners;
- Supporting academics to spend time in practice; and
- Developing new approaches to workforce planning to help improve recruitment and retention.
The partnership has recruited Social Workers to undertake new roles as Lecturer Practitioners and Practice Educator Consultants. These roles build on the current good standards of learning and student support within the universities, but also recognise the value of increased input from local authorities as statutory social work employers. Lecturer Practitioners will ensure a greater contribution from practising social workers in educating social work students. Practice Educator Consultants will help to deliver the partnership’s commitment to increase the number of statutory placements on offer to Social Work students and provide additional support to Practice Educators ensuring a high quality placement experience.
Leeds and Wakefield Teaching Partnership
The Leeds and Wakefield Teaching Partnership has been set up to build on strong partnerships and promote excellence in the collaborative delivery of social work education between Universities and their partners. This new approach will lead the way for social work education and guarantee high quality statutory placements for students. The TP comprises six organisations:
- Leeds City Council children’s social work service
- Leeds City Council adult’s social work service
- Wakefield Council children’s social work service
- Wakefield Council adult’s social work service
- The University of Leeds
- Leeds Beckett University
Its aims are to:
- Improve recruitment, selection and training of student social workers.
- Ensure social work graduates are ready for employment, with the skills and experience needed to contribute to a more stable and resilient workforce.
- Develop enhanced and formalised opportunities for academics and practitioners to work together and learn from each other.
- Improve retention of social work staff within the field locally.
The Teaching Partnership will test and refine new and innovative approaches to deliver high quality training for social work students and qualified practitioners. This will be for both children’s and adult services. It will develop new learning opportunities for qualified social workers in both adult and children’s services in the following areas:
- Practice education
- Continuous professional development
Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership
The Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership brings together North Lincolnshire Council, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, Univeristy of Hull, NAViGO, Focus and the University of Lincoln. The overarching vision is ‘Enhancing training, developing practice, improving outcomes’. The Teaching Partnership aims include to ensure that students:
- Choose to have a long term career in social work
- Choose to study and then stay in the Humber area; and
- Develop the skills and attributes to deliver an outstanding service to children, adults and families.
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