A group of teachers complete baseline questionnaires before starting a training session.

Why You Should Assess Your Team Before Delivering In-House Training.

May 27, 2023

As a teacher introducing a new concept into the school, it is crucial to ensure that you equip your team with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand and implement it effectively. One way to achieve this is by providing in-house training. However, before delivering any training activity, it is essential to take a baseline assessment of your team's current understanding of the new idea. Here are some reasons why:

Identifying knowledge strengths and weaknesses

A baseline assessment will help you identify the areas where your team needs more knowledge or skills in this new area. This information is crucial in deciding what and how you will deliver in your training to address these gaps. You will then provide training relevant to your team's needs, using time and resources efficiently.

Tailoring training to individual needs

Every member of your team is unique, and they may have different levels of experience in this new topic. A baseline assessment helps you identify these differences and tailor your training to individual needs. This approach ensures that everyone gets the most out of the session and helps avoid boredom or frustration for those who already understand the topic well.

Measuring progress

A baseline assessment provides a benchmark against which you can measure progress. By comparing the results of the evaluation with the results of post-training assessments, you can determine the effectiveness of your training programme. This information is valuable in refining your training approach and ensuring your team continually improves their understanding of the new concept.

Boosting confidence

Taking a baseline assessment can boost your team's confidence. By demonstrating that you are invested in their development and taking the time to understand their needs, you show that you value their contribution to the organisation. This approach can build trust and foster a positive working environment.

All of PEN's projects and toolkits provide you with the tools to assess prior understanding and share knowledge of the resource with your team. This is cost-effective for your school and ensures maximum success when introducing a new concept to your team. By checking existing knowledge and understanding before delivering training, you can ensure your team is well-prepared to implement it effectively. It is an approach that helps identify knowledge gaps and is a good way of revealing hidden skills and areas of expertise that your staff may have yet to show fully.

By investing in your team's development, you are investing in the future of your school and ensuring that you get the best from your staff.

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