Ptlls Theory 4

City and Guilds 7303
Establishing Ground Rules
Assignment 4

In my current role I work with Adult Learners delivering ITQ NVQ’s at both level 2 and 3, the learners have varying levels of knowledge and different expectations. I believe establishing and applying an organised set of ground rules is vital in order to achieve success from a group of learners however these rules should be mutually agreed as this creates a mutual level of respect. Sarah Wayt BSc MAR (2008) supports this in an article “I see ground rules as mutually agreed reciprocal arrangements where others’ views and needs are appreciated and valued. This creates a safe and respectful space in which all participants have the opportunity to benefit from the learning experience.”

There are a number of different ways to establish rules within my class. Prior to a new class I prepare induction checklists. Using the theory created by Bruce Tuckman (1965) the learners are at the “forming” stage they have a high dependence on the leader for guidance and direction. The centre I work from has pre-determined rules with regard to health and safety. These rules are set in stone and must be adhered to. I deliver this in an autocratic style as it is vital each learner has the same message. To ensure the learner has fully understood these rules they must read and sign a learning agreement.

Using imagery I highlight these rules around the room, other health and safety rules are also highlighted around the centre an example is “No Eating at the PC’s”.

I then gain feedback from the class as a whole with regards to other ground rules. The usual size of my class is 12 and the class is set out in 4 rows of 3. I therefore split into 4 groups using the table layout.

Each group then presents its rules to the rest of the class, if accepted it is written onto the smart board. Each session as my class has rolling enrolment, new members can start as places become available. I run through the ground rules set and...