Preparing for Ages 14-16 in FE

There are no open events scheduled for this topic. It may be run as an open event again in the future. Alternatively, we can run it as a bespoke internal event for your organisation.


Strategising and preparing for the extended, age 14-16, intake

From September 2013 FE and Sixth Form Colleges will have the freedom and authority to fund and recruit full-time provision for 14–16 year-olds. 

For those providers who embrace this opportunity, it offers significant opportunities to increase revenue, both from the extended cohort group and from the probable improved feed into 16-18 programmes.

However, any intention, directive, initiative or policy does not automatically correlate to ‘preparedness’; ‘suitability’; ‘understanding’; ‘ability’ or ‘readiness’ of providers to be able to initiate and give a quality experience that leads to high achievement and success. If overall outcomes and quality levels cannot be maintained, inspection results could be adversely affected.

Clearly this new opportunity will demand very careful consideration, strategising and planning.

This workshop explores and challenges the thinking and rationale of why, how and, in some cases, why not to embrace this new opportunity. It probes, informs and challenges enabling participants to explore strategies and identify ways to move towards better ‘preparedness’ in the short, medium or longer term.

This is a highly participative and interactive workshop, attendees will engage with a mixture of group working, discussion and trainer input, identifying the key issues, options and influencing factors that need to be decided on for their own, individual organisations.  In so doing it focuses thoughts and attentions on the pivotal issues, improving the quality and speed of decision-making on return to work

For Whom

This workshop is designed for Directors, Senior and Strategic Managers from FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges.  It will also be of interest to those with operational responsibility or who will be involved with policy decisions or implementation.

It is recommended that participants bring with them relevant materials and documents for the afternoon session.

Aims and Objectives

By attending this event delegates will:


Session 1
The opening session is structured for delegates to recognise their starting points in relation to their own context as a basis for the remainder of the event (and beyond). Activities will encourage deeper thinking and challenge perceptions whilst recognising progress already made. Each of the day’s activities will be seeking key learning points to inform action planning.

Session 2
In this session we will be considering some of the many directives, Acts, Bills, initiatives and influencing factors which have led to, what many say, are the biggest changes to education since the 1944 Education Act.

Session 3
Highly interactive, this session is structured to explore the challenges, barriers and opportunities faced by providers (and others); for delegates to identify what they need to put in place or change, or do more of, in order to prepare for a wider customer base. The activities will enable delegates to share their current practices and learn from each other whilst extending their current perceptions and strategies.

Session 4
Having identified many questions and some answers, this session provides delegates with examples of better practice in a range of contexts. Participants will be exposed to a variety of contextualised and relevant case studies where providers have worked through their specific challenges and implemented solutions, from which lessons can be learnt.

Session 5
This final session is designed for delegates to benefit from quality time to work on their identified topic or theme, either predetermined or arising from today’s debates and key learning points. Delegates will be asked to share their theme with the group and colleagues will nominate their own teams for working. It is envisaged that delegates will be using their new-found and resurrected knowledge and understanding, in relation to the documents brought along to this workshop.

Internal Staff Training and Development

This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

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