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The material contained on the website is structured around 8 thematic areas; each focuses on what we believe to be central to the work of tutors or teachers responsible for small group learning and teaching. You’ll find each of the eight thematic areas to the left of the screen. Within each area you’ll notice a number of sub-themes that allows you to move to a more specific aspect of the broader theme.

How you approach the site is really up to you. Each thematic area, including the associated sub-areas is designed to stand alone, or may be explored in conjunction with any of the others. In this way the resources can be integrated into a longer term program of professional development, or ‘just-in-time’ when you need it.

To assist with navigation while within a particular section you’ll find the full menu to your left at all times; or you may choose to use the navigational links located at the top of your screen.

The following icons will help you identify the types of resources available on each page:

  • Audio resource. Each link to an audio-clip is followed by the duration of the clip in minutes and seconds, eg. (01:53) is 1 minute and 53 seconds. Each audio-clip is accompanied by a series of teaching points, and in many instances a bank of additional resources for easy access. Please refer to technical requirements in regards to the software needed in order to listen to audio material. The audio resources are available throughout the web site, and are loaded in a separate window beside the related comments.
  • Video resource. Each link to a video-clip is followed by the duration of the clip in minutes and seconds, eg. (01:53) is 1 minute and 53 seconds. Each video-clip is accompanied by a series of teaching points, and in many instances a bank of additional resources for easy access. Please refer to technical requirements in regards to the software needed in order to view video material. The video resources are available throughout the web site, and are displayed in a separate window beside the related comments.
  • PDF resource. Please refer to technical requirements in regards to the software needed in order to view the documents in PDF format. The PDF documents are clearly marked throughout the web site.
  • External resources. For example, additional links, or video or audio-based materials that relate directly to the topic.
  • Model content. Where a suitable model exists for example a ‘lesson plan’ or ‘observation checklist’, this icon links you to them. Often, such models can be adapted for your own individual use.
  • Suggested ‘activity’. Such activities are self-accessed and enable you to engage in a short practice activity.