Today (15 June), the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom is resuming face-to-face teaching of the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (ICSC) (Land) course, part of the world-renowned Joint Services Command and Staff College.
During the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, the Defence Academy (DefAc) amended its operations to suspend face-to-face learning and rapidly digitised our courses to continue instruction remotely, when possible. Today, the Defence Academy is welcoming back Army and Royal Marine majors to complete the final six weeks of a 26-week course.
The ICSC(L) cohort will return to site to complete the Brigade Level Planning module covering how planning is conducted on operations. This module requires collaboration and effective interaction to realise the full benefits of the course. By adhering to government guidelines including social distancing and limiting numbers, the Defence Academy is resuming face-to-face learning to maintain critical defence operational outputs and essential career development.
This is the next step in an innovative transformation that has seen the Defence Academy pilot new technologies to enable more remote and blended ways of learning to maintain operational delivery of high-quality professional military education.
Major General Andrew Roe said:
“To continue to protect our nations, the Defence Academy is responsible to ensure our Armed Forces are trained to continue operations and other essential tasks. The Defence Academy has put measures in place to safeguard and reduce the risks to our people, their families and the community as far as possible. A blended approach to professional military education, mixing face-to-face and digital learning, will allow us to adapt our methodologies to the evolving realities.”
Col L J Drummond, ICSC Course Director said:
“This cohort has excelled in adapting to an evolving course format and engaging with the coursework during Covid-19. Set to finish in July, the students will meet the same high standard of training expected of Defence Academy graduates and have the necessary skills for successful careers in leadership.”
Major Amanda Hewitt, RAVC said:
“I’m looking forward to returning to the DefAc for face-to-face teaching; it will be great to see friends again after our time away…One of the best things about ICSC(L) is being able to make new friends and learn from others within your syndicate.”