On Sunday 15th July, I went to the Breed Education Co-ordinator day at Stoneleigh on behalf of both breed clubs. It was a long day with representatives of the majority breeds present. Many questions were asked after the presentations. The aim of the day was to discuss the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) and Breed Appreciation Days (now known as BADs). Following this I wrote with the way forward to both clubs and this has been recently or due to be discussed soon by both committees.
The full details of the JCF can be seen on line at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/jcf.
Prospective judges at level 2 ( who have completed level 1), will need to attend 3 mentor sessions which may be in a group or one-to -one. So the search is on for mentors, I have been given some initial names and I will be contacting these people over the coming weeks to see if they are interested. Mentors can be active or retired judges that award CC’s in breed or respected breeders/handlers that have achieved success. If anybody is interested in becoming a mentor or a judge and would like more information, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Plans are underway for a BAD next year, more details will follow when the date has been set.
Jane Alstead (Glen of Imaal Terrier Breed Education Co-Ordinator)
The Breed Education Coordinator for Glen of Imaal Terriers is Jane Alstead. She is fully aware that people are asking about a Seminar, or Breed Appreciation Day as they are now to be called, for Glens. As an aside which focus group decided they should be known as B.A.D now? As soon as she finds her feet plans will begin. Jane can be contacted via email at email@example.com
“A KC Breed Education Co-ordinator (known as the BEC) is an administrative role to co-ordinate all points of breed specific education and support for judges. This co-ordinating role is held on behalf of the breed clubs in order to support the breed club obligations under the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) for the education and training of judges.”
There is to be one BEC per breed so the Glen Association and EFG are asking if anybody, connected or not with Glen of Imaal Terriers, would like to take on this role for the breed? It will be a multi-faceted role and will take up a fair bit of time. Below is the job description circulated by the Kennel Club. If you think you could do it (or would like to know more) do contact Anne Hardy (Secretary Glen Association) or Jean Rogers (Secretary EFG). Please share this around.
Who can be a KC Breed Education Co-ordinator?
- Someone with good administration experience, including spread-sheets, reports and a familiarity with computer skills. They do not necessarily already award CCs in that breed
- They do not necessarily need to be a current or previous breed club committee member
- Someone who is currently active or has retired from judging and has the regard of the breed club/breed council
- The BEC does not necessarily have to be someone from within the breed, as this is a coordination role.
- Someone who is personable and approachable, who will be able to create a good rapport with both judges and member of the relevant breed clubs/councils
Please note: The Kennel Club envisages that in numerically small breeds the BEC could act as either a Mentor or Observer, in addition to the role of BEC, with the permission of the Kennel Club, but not all 3 roles
What is the Scope of the KC Breed Education Co-ordinator’s Role (BEC)?
- To administrate and co-ordinate the information and delivery of a judge’s education in the breed
- Liaison with breed clubs/breed council
- Liaison with prospective breed judges
- To liaise between the breed clubs/breed councils and the Kennel Club Education & Training team to ensure that the BEC/breed clubs do not operate in isolation.
- To act as point of contact for breed education enquiries
- Co-ordination of Breed Appreciation Day and Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exams
- Co-ordination of breed mentoring days
- Co-ordination of mentors
- Co-ordination of observers
- Proactively promote the breed and recruiting of new judges
What are the Responsibilities of a KC Breed Education Co-ordinator (BEC)?
- To identify the need for educational opportunities
- To forward plan the breed’s education and training needs to ensure an effective process
- To co-ordinate Breed Appreciation Days by liaising with breed clubs/breed councils
- With the assistance of the breed clubs/breed councils, to develop the Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exam for prospective judges based on the breed standard for use at Breed Appreciation Days as per guidance set out in the Code of Best Practice for the Running of a Breed Appreciation Day and subsequent Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exam
- To arrange the delivery of the Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exam at Breed Appreciation Days
- To assist Kennel Club Education and Training Team with the delivery of Breed Competence Assessments as required
- To update the Kennel Club Education and Training team with details of the activities organised by the BEC, breed clubs and/or breed council and also to advise the KC of the outcomes from training provided
- To provide an annual report to the breed clubs/breed councils and Kennel Club on all of the activities organised
- To identify through breed clubs/breed councils and assist in the recruitment of mentors within the breed
- To facilitate the initial introduction of the mentor to the judge as and when required, and to monitor the mentoring process with each judge
- To encourage breed clubs/breed council to actively promote the supported entry club shows
- To identify through breed clubs/breed councils and assist in the recruitment of observers to observe judges when required
- To arrange for judges to be observed at the appropriate time/show
- To collate information on feedback sheets, on the performance of ‘trainers’
- To receive feedback from the observers, mentors and assessors for updating judges records so that their details are given at the correct JCF judging Level
- To help judges, where appropriate, to reflect on and learn from things that did not turn out as expected
- To refer the judge to other sources of information, advice or further support when appropriate
- To encourage judges, mentors and observers to take responsibility for their own decisions, plans and actions when appropriate
- To present a positive image of the Kennel Club and follow Kennel Club’s Code of Practice for Volunteers
- To keep up-to-date, accurate and confidential records of all contacts made and subsequent actions taken.
More information can be found here