Dumfries and Galloway College – External review (8 April 2016) Excellent practice Learning and Teaching Mentor Process As a result of the 2012 Education Scotland External Review, Dumfries and Galloway College identified the need to improve learning and teaching practice further. To support improvement, the college appointed four Learning and Teaching Mentors who were given nine hours per week remission from teaching duties. Their role was to improve teaching practice through use of various best practice approaches. The Learning and Teaching Mentors are managed by the e-learning manager, who is also responsible for personal development planning and other CPD activities. Learning and Teaching Mentors support improvement and development for all full-time and part-time teaching staff. They engage in regular discussions with Heads of Faculty who prioritise their own faculty requirements, which includes staff support and other themed activities. Announced or unannounced developmental visits occur during teaching sessions. All teaching staff benefit from these experiences at least once over a three-year period. Classroom visits, conducted by the Learning and Teaching Mentors, identify strengths of teaching approaches and potential improvements to teaching practice. The overall learning experience is benchmarked against criteria which initiates professional dialogue at the end of the teaching session. Where relevant, improvement recommendations are agreed and where further support is required appropriate CPD is often provided. The Learning and Teaching Mentors meet regularly with Heads of Faculties to discuss their developmental visits. Classroom visit outcomes inform faculty-based self-evaluation reports and planning for CPD. Teaching staff view the classroom visits positively. They comment that the Learning and Teaching Mentors support teaching improvement and individual reflection on teaching practice. These arrangements support college-wide improvement for learning and teaching and provide helpful information which informs planning for CPD development.