Making training effective and accessible

The Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT) is using the flick E-learning portal to make training effective, engaging and easy to access for its staff, schools, governors and volunteers. Since LAAT set up the centralised online training system just before summer 2021 over 6000 courses have been completed. flick’s flexible service allows LAAT to provide training that’s specific to the needs of each role within the school, from Safeguarding to Food Hygiene, while the quick and easy reporting system means the Trust’s central team can complete an overview of compliance within minutes. 

As well as training courses, flick plays an important part in LAAT’s onboarding and induction procedures by ensuring that all employees have access to key policies and statutory information in areas such as Health and Safety, Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing. To date just over 5200 polices have been read via flick across the Trust. flick also helps LAAT keep up to date with any changes to sector guidance and upgrade policy content as necessary. 

Laura Lowe, Head of HR at LAAT, says flick has transformed the way the Trust delivers statutory learning and streamlined the process of procuring and administering training. She comments: “Having consulted with our schools, and working closely with flick’s experienced team, we have developed a comprehensive range of online courses that can be accessed at any time or location and from any device.” 

LAAT governors also have the opportunity to undertake any of the interesting courses on flick for their own personal and professional development. In addition, some of the proposed changes in the DfE consultation on Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) will be particularly relevant to governors, including the requirement to undertake Safeguarding training.  Well prepared for this change to come into effect, LAAT governors are already assigned Safeguarding and Child Protection training via flick.

As the take up shows, the user-friendly flick E-learning portal is proving to be a huge success at every level of the Trust’s growing family, which currently stands at over 600 employees. “In fact, it is so popular that many people have chosen to access courses beyond their mandatory training for their own personal or professional development,” says Laura. 

According to LAAT, offering a centralised training resource with an accredited provider like flick is just one of the many benefits of being part of the Trust. The wide range of high quality training now available through flick is something the Trust believes most headteachers couldn’t afford to offer their staff as a standalone school. It has also reduced the time, cost and admin burden of procuring training providers, paying for training and issuing courses. 

Now in its 8th successful year, flick focuses on what people need to know and finding ways to make it memorable. All courses are submitted to and approved by the CPD Accreditation Service and regularly reviewed by subject experts. The creative use of music, stunning animation, interactivity and quirky imagery makes the content enjoyable to watch and easy to absorb, explains Sarah Welby, Head of Client Services at flick learning Ltd. “Although we are often dealing with very serious subjects such as mental health, child protection and equality,” says Sarah, “we make no apology for keeping delivery simple and to the point because we know from experience that this is the most effective way to keep people engaged while they learn.”

Laura says LAAT is delighted with the fantastic response to its investment in the flick E-learning portal and flick themselves have commented that they have never seen such a positive take up within the first few weeks of a system going live. Summing up, Laura says:  “We believe this response speaks volumes about our employees desire to learn, to engage and to develop their skills to best support our pupils.”