Over the last year the BGA has been increasing the amount of resources it puts into teaching. We have run a number of teaching events, and are running a number of "introductory" events to youngsters, generally through the "gifted and talented" programme.
In doing this two issues turned up:- a) who is a good teacher? (and please bear in mind that this is NOT necessarily related to strength) b) legal issues associated with child protection legislation.
The new Child Protection legislation ("Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults") will put a requirement on the BGA to ensure that anybody teaching children (or "vulnerable adults") under its auspices is registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (this comes into force later this year); failing to do this could be a criminal offence. As well as meeting this legislative requirement, people who go into schools (or other youth groups) to teach Go will need to meet the Schools' /Local Authorities' requirements, which MAY require them to be "qualified".
There are, currently, no formal qualifications for teaching Go; one's strength is, of course, one measure but it does not say anything about one's competence as a teacher.
In order to resolve these issues, the BGA is setting up this BGA Teaching accreditation scheme to fill the gap.
The scheme is based on four principles:-
At all teaching events run by the BGA students are asked to fill in a Feedback Form to provide comments on the Teacher. These forms are assessed by the Player Development Committee to see if the person is considered to be a suitable teacher. The Player Development Committee may also take into account additional information in deciding if the applicant is suitable for accreditation. Applicants turned down by the Player Development Committee may appeal to the BGA Council.
The teacher must be in receipt of a clean Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, not more than 2 years old, if their teaching could involve children. When the "Independant Safeguarding Authority" scheme comes into full force (expected to be 2014?) this requirement will be replaced by a requirement to be registered with the ISA. Until 2014 either requirement will be satisfactory.
Currently the only training requirement is to have read the BGA Guide to Teaching Go to Beginners, while further advice about Teaching Beginners is also available in Chapter 4 of the Organiser’s Handbook.
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It is stressed that participation in all aspects of this scheme is entirely voluntary (except as required by UK Legislation). There is no requirement or compulsion on anyone to become accredited, and members are free to continue to visit schools (or other youth groups) of their own volition if agreed with the school/youth group itself. However, some members may wish to become "accredited" by the BGA as it may ease their way through local bureaucracies.
Although we have set up a framework, not all the pieces are in place yet - for example, we have not yet set up a contract with a supplier to permit registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority. We will be pursuing these issues during the next year.
The list of teachers accredited (or part-accredited) under the scheme is not yet available.