As well as individuals becoming qualified, it is also possible for organisations to become ‘Footnotes Accredited’. If a learning community or any other entity wishes to do this, then there are several criteria that need to be met, including having members who are Footnotes Facilitators.
Once your learning community has identified its representative(s), and they have acquired the necessary training to become a Footnotes Facilitator, we want to encourage your school or learning community to be able to carry the Footnotes kitemark equivalent.
This is a status that’s given where there is an ongoing culture of using Footnotes and providing access to it. It is not merely a case of one or two people knowing about and using Footnotes, but rather an attitude of understanding and recognition by the community as a whole, so that the coextensive reach of Footnotes runs parallel to and with existing methods. I.e. Each person, from the Head, to the teachers, teaching assistants, students, parents, and even prospective parents, are able to recognise that the Footnotes system is fully integrated alongside the traditional teaching methods, wherein everyone is free to work in their preferred method of learning (be that with Footnotes or without) and thus be able to produce a better standard of work all round.
The renewal process is often as part of ongoing correspondence and Footnotes training input. Sometimes a scheduled monitoring and evaluation process is preferred.
The set of criteria are:
- You have an in-house Footnotes Co-ordinator who is an up-to-date Facilitator.
- You have a certain amount of up-to-date Facilitators in ratio with the number of students/users.
- Every user needs to have been exposed to Footnotes and have access to and support in using it, if they wish. This must be evidenced.
- It is requested that general usage of Footnotes is logged, with sample examples that give extra detail. The system in which to do this is provided by us and does not take a lot of time. This is monitored in an ongoing way by the Co-ordinator and audited by us, with a mutual understanding of what is sufficient. The more detailed examples show significant usage with information such as: year group; gender; academic level, if relevant (and how this changes over time); Footnotes strategies used; attached notes of relevance (e.g. samples grids, reports on outcomes).
It is often in the interest of an organisation, or school, to be recognised as specialising in the Footnotes Programme, particularly if you wish to take it to the point that you can host workshop days or conferences (on a regional, national or international basis). These future opportunities have the potential to generate income that can support and sustain ongoing input and development. It also enables you to become part of a wider community of Footnotes users, where relationships can be initiated and grown, in a hub of sharing successes and forming creative new ideas together.
Please get in touch to find out more about the benefits and route to accreditation.
As well as individual organisations being accredited, whole clusters or indeed governing bodies can enable widespread structured use of the Footnotes Programme across all areas of its jurisdiction. By licensing at the point of government or head office, Footnotes can be built in to the infrastructure of a training or curriculum programme.