Innovate sparks creative thinking

Rachel Richardson pictured in Innovate

Teaching and learning staff at the Grimsby Institute have been praising the new Innovate facility, a new e-learning hub that provides a space for staff to become inspired to be creative and receive support to develop innovative teaching, learning and assessment.

Innovate was launched in September and offers a quiet space at 114 Bargate, adjacent to the main campus, where staff can receive bespoke advice and training from Ross Anderson – Group Head of E-learning, Iain Biglin, – Staff Training and Development Coordinator, Claire Bramley – Group Manager for Teaching, Learning & Assessment and a team of Teaching and Learning Coaches.

Recently Matt Hall, Hospitality Specialist Coordinator who teaches in the Hospitality areas, contacted Innovate when he was seeking guidance on lesson planning and schemes of work. When Matt visited Innovate, Rachel Richardson, who normally works with staff from Workbased Learning but also works across curriculum, offered some of her experience.

Rachel said: “I spoke to Matt about how to stretch a Level 3 learner forward towards a teaching or supervisory role within Hospitality. We also looked at how to break down tasks to make sure Level 1 and Level 2 learners could understand them.

“I guided Matt by getting him to look at task analysis through his menus, getting a Level 1 or Level 2 breaking down recipes. For example if they had to make a Hollandaise Sauce you could just ask a Level 3 to make it. You can then get a Level 3 to break that down into chunks for Levels 1 & 2, stretching a Level 3 onwards.

“I also spoke to Matt, who teaches higher grade classes about differentiation between Pass, Merit and Distinction and to make sure his objectives were understandable. The level of terminology used within objectives needs to get harder as you progress through the Levels.

“Innovate is important to the Grimsby Institute because it’s a facility that staff can come to get guidance on their Teaching, Learning and Assessment and its also a very quiet space. Further and Higher Education staff rooms are very busy places and this is a way of getting away and accessing resources and staff who can help with e-learning and curriculum planning.”

Innovate is open Monday – Thursday from 9am-5pm with spaces bookable by appointment on Friday. If you would like more information about Innovate and it’s services, please contact the following staff:

  • For Teaching, Learning and Assessment – Claire Bramley on or a Teaching & Learning Coach
  • For E-Learning – Ross Anderson on
  • For Business Support – Iain Biglin on