Main title 24pt Arial - Natspec

Main title 24pt Arial - Natspec

Enhancement of Learning Support London Regional Event Wednesday 10th November Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event Aims of the day critically review the Organisational Self Assessment Audit Tool for Learning Support share experience of approaches to evaluating the management and delivery of learning support

highlight effective practice contribute to the development of resources which support measuring impact explore LSA career pathways Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event

What will delegates get out of the day? contribute your experience and expertise to a pilot self assessment tool to ensure it has practical relevance and adds value confirm the protocols for piloting the tool network with other practitioners doing a similar job and develop communities of practice which will support you in your delivery develop skills and understanding in relation to using self assessment to improve support for learning and measure its impact contribute to the development of shared resources

Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event Contacts Sally Faraday: [email protected] Ros Facey: [email protected] Caroline Allen: [email protected] Janet Sherborne: [email protected] Viv Berkeley: [email protected] Lisa Featherstone: [email protected] Enhancement of Learning Support

Background to project London Regional event Enhancement of Learning Support Project Phase 1 : January April 2010 Commissioned by LSIS to explore the training and development needs of LSAs and those who manage them Talked to learners, LSAs, LSA managers and Tutors Undertook a literature review Desk based research Survey

Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event Terminology and Role project focussed on Learning Support as opposed to Learner Support changed project terminology from Learning Support Practitioner (NOS) to Learning Support Assistant (LSA) but in practice many titles used hugely important role but...... shockingly under researched views of LSAs and learners particularly lacking in

the literature Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event Key Findings a hugely diverse workforce formal role most developed in FE sector key role in supporting and promoting independence, but.. often a lack of clarity, at individual, organisational and system level about how to combine activity

which is enabling with that which is necessary support. Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event Key Findings Learners have very clear views about what constitutes effective support, and how they want to be supported They want a focus on enabling and more independence

The personal qualities of support staff are key being listened to, included and treated with respect Above all they want the right to be involved in defining their own support Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project X Regional event Key Findings A lot of induction and training is compliance related. Often there is insufficient focus in training on the core competencies of the role in supporting learning.

A wide variation in what is offered. Significant barriers to participation. Unlike schools the sector has no recognised career structure within which LSAs work and progress. Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London regional event There are lots of training resources available, but.. No central point which stores and disseminates information effectively across the sector.

There is a need for more joint training and specific training for teachers in relation to working. effectively with LSAs. Training for managers of LSAs is underdeveloped. An organisational culture whose values and ethos promotes inclusion at all levels is vital for effective development Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London regional event Phase 2 September 2010- March 2011

Programme of development activities based on the recommendations from the initial research. Natspec and AoC joint delivery partners. Nine regional partnerships, involving eighteen colleges. Additional partnerships with JISC Techdis, NAPTA and Lifelong Learning UK to support the project. Key aim to draw on practitioner expertise and experience to develop resources and materials that will have practical relevance and add value. Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event

Regional Activity South West and North West resources and approaches to enable learners to be involved in managing and directing their own support London A self assessment audit tool. Yorkshire and Humberside Using technology to support greater independence for learners South East Developing an online tool to profile the CPD needs of Learning Support staff Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project

London Regional event Regional Activity West Midlands Resources to support alternative approaches to CPD North East The role of systems and structures in promoting or hindering learner independence East Midlands Organisational Improvement Tool Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London regional event

Other project related activity includes A web portal to host all information of relevance and interest to LSAs A professional development network across the Doncaster and South Yorkshire region A report on the effective management of learning support West of England College To find out more or contribute go to http://www.natspec.org.uk/enhancement-of-learningsupport.html Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event

How does what we are doing fit? We are devising an organisational Self Assessment Audit tool to audit current practice and identify what is in place. The tool will help to identify what is missing and what could usefully be developed by organisations to improve management and delivery of learning support. Enhancement of Learning Support Background to project London Regional event

We are aiming for twenty organisations to participate in piloting the tool and providing feedback to further refine and develop it We are aiming to draw on practitioner expertise and experience to develop a resource that will have practical relevance The tool will add value to existing self assessment processes by adding evaluative judgements relating to learning support which will lead to strategic impact

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