A curriculum fit for purpose and flexible to needs
It is the heart of our offer to learners, the life force of the skills base and a powerful driver for social change. Without it we are nothing and because of it we have a world of opportunity to provide services for the better good.
It is the curriculum. And, in this world of New Freedoms: New Focus for the sector, ensuring it remains relevant, flexible and capable of meeting new and emerging agendas is vital.
Not least among those agendas is the need to drive standards of attainment to ensure learners can successfully move into and succeed in work. There will also be a focus on helping learners to develop the employability skills they need to be successful, and LSIS has developed a version of the Blueprint for Careers for England to support this work. Correspondingly, there is emphasis on meeting the commercial training and business innovation needs of employers.
Curriculum improvement services will also focus on improvement in language, literacy and particularly numeracy skills, in order to further address the skills gaps identified by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, those recognised in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subject areas, and the specific needs of specialist providers, particularly in offender learning.
Highlights of the LSIS improvement services in these and other key areas are:
• A national conference on Making the Most of the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF) on 20 October.
• Regional workshops on Making the Most of the QCF which are also available on request in house.
• A range of updated resources and tools to support use of the QCF including designing programmes, recording and monitoring learner achievement data, whole organisation QCF implementation, continuing professional development materials covering key QCF concepts, dedicated guides for colleges, independent training providers and Adult Community Learning/Voluntary and Community Sector providers, and a funding guide for unit delivery within independent training providers.
• A variety of workshops and training materials on curriculum design will be trialled from November covering Managing curriculum change, Planning for progression and Developing a cost effective curriculum.
• Working with offender learning providers in prison and probation to further develop effective practice and ideas on offender learning and getting offenders back into the workplace.
• Working with learning support assistants to look at what can be done to improve services for people with disabilities, notably including mental health support, with initiatives in career development for learning support assistants .
• A new drive in Career Learning Improvement Advice and Guidance (CLIAG) to support providers including offering new continuing professional development modules in guidance and support, together with dedicated in house workshops and new resources under the banner of ‘Career Learning for All’
• A national project offering funding support to nine providers to undertake a project to improve their own skills and ability in generating income from employers, either from training or other business services. The expertise gained will be fed back into the sector with participants helping other providers improve commercial training and business services.
• Support for development projects looking at various topics under the banner of getting people into work. Projects will be completed by July 2012 and outcomes are due to be shared across the sector in autumn 2012.
• New workshops to help providers understand the challenges and opportunities that changes to funding have created in the whole area of getting people back to work. The objective is to share knowledge and skills in skills provision for the unemployed and securing job outcomes.
• A provider led project will be trialled at the end of October to offer support embedding EDI into the curriculum and will be available through bespoke service.
Comprehensive detail on the full range of curriculum design and development activity is on our website.
Last updated: 14 January 2013