A new resource for teachers was officially opened this week. College Principal Jon Vincent, cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the Teaching and Learning Centre or TLC for short.

Housed in room A223 at the Coast Road Campus, the centre can be used as a resource for teachers at TyneMet and Queen Alex as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD), which in turn will provide even more support for their learners.

Jon Vincent said: "The quality of teaching and learning needs to be our unique selling point. We need to have the best teaching and assessment for our learners. The TLC and broader training surrounding CPD is at the heart of this."

Staff will be encouraged to use the room as a space for marking and lesson planning but the main aim will be for them to explore new resources and share ideas with colleagues.

Margaret Scott, Head of Teaching and Learning said: "I'd like this place to be buzzing. We'll have training sessions in here and lots of examples of how to use new technology to support teaching and learning. It's all about sharing good practice."

On Wednesday mornings Pam Robertson will be based there to support and advise re Functional Skills (10:00 - 13:00) and on Monday and Friday mornings and Wednesday afternoons Les Ingleby will be based there to support with Moodle and help you load materials on to your course pages. On Tuesday afternoons (13:00 - 16:30) Margaret Scott will be based in there in case you want to drop in to talk about anything relating to Teaching and Learning or for you to share ideas with. There will also be a programme of short training sessions over lunchtimes on a range of topics (Teaching and Learning Snippets!). These will be publicised soon.