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                                                          Norfolk
                                                          14 to 19
                                                          Plan
                                                          2007 to
                                                          2010
Norfolk – Our 14 to 19 Plan, 2007 to 2010
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Foreword




The outcomes of the Strategic Area Review (StAR) together with the ‘14-19 Learning
For All Norfolk Learners' set out our Strategy and Curriculum Entitlement from 2004.
Both were widely endorsed by institutions and stakeholders and have since steered
our work.

Whilst progress has been made, the time is right to both review what we have
achieved and set out clearly what we need to achieve going forward - especially
given the changing 14 to 19 policy context and the opportunities and challenges this
presents.

Whilst much has been achieved in Norfolk, there remains more to be done. And we
do need a greater sense of both urgency and consistency in our approach

This 14 to 19 Plan has been endorsed by the Norfolk 14 to 19 Strategy Group and sets
out a new direction of travel.

We trust that what is proposed will enjoy the support of all institutions, partners and
stakeholders.




Caroline Neville                               David White
Regional Director,                             Chief Executive,
LSC East of England                            Norfolk County Council
Norfolk – Our 14 to 19 Plan, 2007 to 2010
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Contents


Introduction

Our ambitions

How we will measure progress

The progress we have made

What we need to do

What we will do


Annex 1 - Litmus Tests Data at a Headline Level

Annex 2 – Changes to the Area 14-19 Learning Boards (ALBs)

Annex 3 - Targets and ambitions to 2010

Annex 4 - Area Headline Data Toolkit

Annex 5 - 14 to 19 Learning Group Action Planning Template

Annex 6 - Government Office 14 to 19 Progress Check Questions

Annex 7 - Membership of the Norfolk 14 to 19 Strategy Group

Annex 8 - Action Completion Log

Annex 9 - Glossary
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Introduction

                                               3       However, for reasons set out later
                                               in this plan, more needs to be done and we
                                               do need a greater sense of both urgency
                                               and consistency in our approach. Although
                                               the majority of schools in the county are
                                               working with colleges and WBL providers
                                               to broaden their curriculum offer in
                                               support of the personalised learning
                                               agenda, more progress is needed if we are
                                               to ensure we have a truly county-wide
                                               response that meets the needs of all
                                               learners and the 2013 entitlement.

                                               4       Our strategy, entitlement and
                                               planning has been acknowledged as good,
                                               but it has not led to significant, system-
                                               wide change.

                                               5       This plan sets out the actions the
                                               Norfolk 14 to 19 Strategy Group will lead
                                               on and then monitor and evaluate through
                                               the period 2007 to 2010, when the plan
                                               will be reviewed and refreshed. This plan
                                               builds on the progress we have made, but
                                               proposes a new way forward in some
1       Some good progress has been made       important respects. In essence it maps out
in Norfolk in relation to our 14 to 19 work.   the elements of a County-wide
There are examples of truly innovative and     commissioning framework.
excellent practice including, for example,
the vision and thinking that went into our
successful Diploma proposals, and some of
the developments in schools, colleges and
work-based learning providers

2      Collaborative arrangements are
continuing to grow and develop across
Norfolk and there is evidence that the
Increased Flexibility and Young and
Student Apprenticeship programmes have
had real impact. Partnership working
between the LSC, LA and Connexions
remains strong.
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Our Ambitions                                  (iii)    ensure that all young people and
                                                        their parents/carers receive
                                                        comprehensive and impartial
                                                        information, advice and guidance
6       Our ambition is to deliver the 14 to            and support to enable successful
19 entitlement vision by putting into place             progression into, during and beyond
the curriculum, structures and supporting               the 14 to 19 phase;
arrangements that will enable all young
people in Norfolk, including those with        (iv)     raise aspirations, participation and
learning difficulties or disabilities, to               achievement;
access learning experiences that are
individualised and which meet their needs      (v)      establish a learner-centred culture
– irrespective of the school they attend or             within all our 14 to 19 institutions;
where they live.
                                               (vi)     enhance the quality of provision
7      All young people should have access              through a programme of continuous
to, and the opportunity to combine where                improvement, the sharing of good
appropriate, a range of high-quality                    practice and effective use of
school-based, college-based and/or work-                resources;
based learning experiences.
                                               (vii)    develop an infrastructure which
8       We need to continue to promote                  supports the realisation of the
high standards of achievement by age 14,                vision for 14 to 19 learning;
and ensure even greater conversion of
success at 14 to relevant qualifications at    (viii)   build effective links with employers
age 16 and 19.                                          to ensure high quality delivery of
                                                        work-related and work-based
9       We want more young people to                    learning;
remain in learning across the 14 to 19
phase (our definition of learning includes     (ix)     increase the level of employer
school, pupil referral units, further                   engagement; and
education colleges, school sixth form
centres, work-based learning, and              (x)      specifically develop provision for
employer-sponsored learning) and more                   those at risk of disaffection or
young people to achieve qualifications at               disengagement.
levels 1, 2 and 3. More specifically, we
want to:

(i)    provide an appropriate range of
       personalised learning opportunities
       to meet the varied needs of all
       young people aged 14 to 19,
       including those with learning
       difficulties or disabilities, through
       the effective planning of every
       school, college, work-based
       learning and other providers;

(ii)   ensure institutional plans are
       properly linked to the plans agreed
       by the 14 to 19 Strategy Group and
       Area14-19 Area Learning Boards;
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How We Will Measure                               Science at age 14;

Progress                                         reduce the number of students that are
                                                  absent from secondary school;

                                                 increase the number of students that
                                                  receive high quality impartial
                                                  information, advice and guidance
                                                  about their studies and future;

                                                 increase the number of students that
                                                  follow and successfully complete an
                                                  apprenticeship programme;

                                                 improve the performance of students
                                                  that have SpLDD;

                                                 improve the outcomes of students that
                                                  are looked after children/care leavers.
10     To understand where we are now,
and to measure the progress we will make
                                                 Increase the range of collaborative
over the next three years, we have
                                                  activities between partnership
developed six ‘litmus’ or key tests of how
                                                  institutions.
well the 14-19 system is working overall –
see Annex 1. These are the number, and
                                              12      These data-sets are important for
percentage, of young people that:
                                              several reasons. They include the
                                              measures used by the Government Office
    1. achieve 5 GCSEs or equivalent at C
                                              in the annual Progress Check – see Annex
       or above, both including and
                                              5. They provide a good indication how
       excluding English and Maths (i.e.
                                              well the education system is working and
       achieve a level 2 at age 16);
                                              the extent to which it is enabling young
                                              people to realise their potential.
    2. remain in learning during the 16 to
       19 phase;
                                              13      They are also a measure of how
                                              well the education system is supporting
    3. are categorised as NEET;
                                              the competitiveness of businesses and the
                                              Norfolk economy more generally – skills
    4. achieve a full level 2 qualification
                                              (i.e. human capital) are any business’s key
       by age 19;
                                              asset and are the prime source of their
    5. achieve a full level 3 qualification   competitiveness. Finally, they provide a
                                              means of assessing and measuring both the
       by age 19; and
                                              impact and effectiveness of the actions we
                                              take and investment we make in the
    6. progress into higher education.
                                              education system.
11     In addition to these six key tests,
                                              14      Importantly, this plan proposes that
we have identified a number of additional
checks and indicators, some of which are      we assess and measure impact and
                                              effectiveness in relation to key tests: (i) at
numerical and others feature in the
Children and Young Person’s Plan for          county level; (ii) at Area level; and (iii) by
                                              individual institution. The number of
Norfolk:
                                              young people in the NEET group, for
                                              example, although below the national
   achieve level 5+ in English, Maths and
                                              average has to be significantly reduced if
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the LPSA stretch target of 5.2% is to be
achieved by 2008. To drive down NEET
will require that we differentiate the
challenge not only in relation to each of
the five areas but also by each institution.
Only when each institution is, by whatever
means, effectively reducing the number of
young people that might potentially
become NEET, will we reduce the overall
NEET percentage for Norfolk.
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The Progress We Have                              the future organisation and funding of
                                                  institutions and plans for investment;
Made                                             consider, review and if necessary
                                                  amend the terms of reference for the
                                                  Area-based 14 to 19 management
15      In terms of the infrastructure and        groups as set out in the StAR Plan for
arrangements to deliver our vision for 14         reform; and
to 19 learning in Norfolk, we have much in       advise on the establishment of Area-
place. As a result of the StAR review,            based 14 to 19 groups.
which was concluded during 2005, both a
14 to 19 Strategy Group and five Area 14-     The role of the Area 14-19 Learning Boards
19 Learning Boards were established, plus     was to:
time limited Task and Finish groups all
with clearly developed purposes. The role        develop a three-year strategy and
of the 14 to 19 Strategy Group was to:            development plan for the Area based
                                                  upon an analysis of patterns of
   consider the appropriateness of the           provision, levels of participation/early
    suggested membership and identify             leaving and ambitions for the future;
    whether representatives from other           ensure the provision of a minimum
    organisations or groups should be             range of options and levels of study
    invited;                                      within an agreed framework;
   steer the work of task groups;               develop an annual plan that reviews
   receive reports, updates and                  the effectiveness of provision in the
    recommendations from working groups;          previous year (e.g. the extent to which
   conduct a review of the current range –       the entitlement has been delivered)
    i.e. nature and extent – of 14 to 19          and provides a plan for the forthcoming
    arrangements and practice in Norfolk;         year;
   identify local, good and effective           determine and agree which providers
    practice and emerging practice in             will provide what within that
    relation to 14 to 19 developments;            framework;
   identify and present the opportunities       ensure collaboration between partners
    and challenges in relation to 14 to 19        for both pre-16 and post-16 education;
    developments within the context of the       ensure clear pathways for progression
    Learning Systems Model and the                14-19 and then on into HE;
    Norfolk entitlement statement;               publish local course guides which
   identify mechanism for establishing           includes provision not offered by the
    baselines with Area-based 14 to 19            partnership;
    management groups and a mechanism            ensure that the learner has a voice
    for agreeing local targets;                   within their local geographical Area;
   consider how skill and employment            manage admissions to post 16
    needs, as articulated by the Skills           education within the partnership;
    Advisory Forum, should inform advice         use common performance measures
    and guidance, curriculum planning and         and targets; and
    delivery for the 14 to 19 group;             ensure all provision was of an
   scope out a three year 14 to 19               excellently high quality in terms of
    strategy and programme for Norfolk            value-added scores.
    within the context of the
   Learning Systems Model and the            16     There is much to suggest that these
    Norfolk entitlement statement;            arrangements are working in part at least
   consider and set out the impact of the    and there is much activity in place, for
    emerging strategy and programme on        example:
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   The Task and Finish Group established         The on-line joint area prospectus is on
    to look at the implementation of the           target for launch for September 2007;
    information, advice and guidance               and
    entitlement produced the ‘Supporting          Over 600 more young people now gain
    choices’ guide. The guide sets out the         5+ A*-C grades at GCSE than in 2000.
    agreed definitions of information,
    advice, guidance and how they              17      Our progress has been recognised
    contribute to the Every Child Matters      through the 14-19 Progress Checks carried
    outcomes as well as describing what a      out by Government Office where Norfolk
    young person can expect at each age        has achieving an overall Amber/Green
    and stage through high school and from     rating in December 2006, an improvement
    school, Connexions and other agencies;     on the previous rating of Amber/Red.
   A Curriculum and Timetabling group         Updated in May 2007 Progress Check to
    produced a 14-19 symposium;                Amber/Red as a result of Government
   A participation strategy to reduce NEET    changes to one particular measure.
    has been shared with partners and is
    informing the 14 – 19 implementation       18      All five Areas in Norfolk were
    plan;                                      successfully supported to submit Diploma
   The post of Senior Adviser14 – 19 ,        bids, 21 lines in total, with the following
    funded by the LSC and jointly managed      outcomes:
    by the LSC and Children’s Services,
    appointed April 2007;                         Two bids were graded category 1 and
   We have recently funded development            will go ahead in 2008. Both these are
    posts to support the work of the five          based in Norwich Central, one in
    Local partnerships called Area 14-19           construction and the built environment
    Learning Boards – increasing the               and the other in creative and media;
    groups’ effectiveness in steering local       A third bid, based in North Norfolk and
    responses to the 14 – 19 reforms and           in construction and the built
    tackling NEET at a local level;                environment, achieved category 2 and,
   The reorganisation of Children’s               following some additional work, has
    Services in 2006 gave greater focus to         now also received a green-light will go
    14-19 with the appointment of 5 Senior         ahead in 2008;
    Advisers with support for 14-19               Two bids were graded category 3 and
    developments in each Area (equivalent          will go ahead in 2009 if conditions are
    to the Area 14-19 Learning Boards) as          met, both in Norwich Central, one in
    part of their responsibilities;                Society Health and Development and
   Growth in the breadth of curriculum            the other in Information Technology;
    offer, with nearly 950 young people           Sixteen other bids, in West, East and
    studying in five increased flexibility         South Norfolk, were graded category 4
    partnerships, 115 on young                     and will reapply for delivery in 2009 as
    apprenticeship programmes, 280 on the          well as individual diploma proposals in
    Key Stage 4 Engagement Programme               the North and Central areas.
    and 86 on a student apprenticeship
    programme funded through Norfolk           19     A total of £1.370m capital funding
    LIDF;                                      and £144,000 development funding has
   Arrangements are agreed to allocate        been levered in through the diploma
    the transitional funding for Key Stage 4   process. The capital funding will require
    practical learning opportunities to the    20% match funding and is likely to make
    increased flexibility partnerships with    additional calls on LSC funds.
    agreement that funding for future
    years will be agreed locally within the    20     However, the Area 14-19 Learning
    partnerships;                              Board’s have had variable levels of success
                                               and have only had additional support for
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their work over the last year.

21      In preparation for regional
commissioning of EBL activity, The LSC has
commissioned an external review of
education business links in the county
which reported in April 2007. This review
involved a wide range of key stakeholders,
schools, colleges, employers, and young
people and their carers. The report
concludes that while much is being
achieved and valued by participants, there
is considerable scope for improvements to
deliver higher quality and better “value for
money” for the very large amounts of time
and other resource currently being
invested in EBL activity. 14
recommendations are included and a
stakeholder seminar to share the outcomes
of the report was held during July 2007.

22      Colleges and schools have
continued to improve their effectiveness
and there are many strengths in individual
institutions to build upon. Apprenticeship
completions continue to increase and many
schools work closely with colleges and
work-based training providers to enable
their students a breadth of learning not
possible within the school. But, Norfolk is
a large county, geographically diverse with
significant journey times between many of
our schools and colleges which present
challenges for the implementation of a 14-
19 curriculum entitlement.
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What We Need To Do                               nationally, 84% of young people a full level
                                                 2 by 19 and the national average was
                                                 71.4%.
23      Despite the activities underway and      28     In 2006, the achievement of a full
the progress we are making, there remains        level 3 by age 19 was 43%. In Surrey, the
much more we need to do, particularly in         strongest performing area nationally, 68%
relation to several of the twelve key            of young people a full level 3 by 19 and the
tests1.                                          national average was 46.8%
24      The performance of young people          29     The number of young people
aged 14 continues to be strong, but the          progressing into Higher education at age
percentage of those attaining 5 A-C              18 and 19 was recently calculated to be
GCSEs, was 55.4% in 2006, against a              34% in Norfolk, compared to a national
national average of 59.2%. Whilst                average of 42% (source: UCAS).
performance has improved year-on-year in
Norfolk, we have fallen behind the               30      Whilst the above provides a
national increase in 2004 and 2005 and           summary at county level, there are some
then showed good improvement in 2006.            marked differences across the county.
Performance at Key Stage 4, including            These are set out in Annex 4, Area
English and maths in 2006, stood at 44.5%        Headline Data Toolbox. Whilst there can
in Norfolk only marginally behind the            be a time-lag between activity and
national average of 45.8%.                       outcome – especially in relation to
                                                 participation and NEET, we need to be
25      In relation to participation across      clear on:
those aged 16 and 17 (i.e. two post 16
cohorts), tables published by the DfES,          (i)     what we want to achieve in relation
based on 2004 data, shows participation in               to the six Litmus Tests over the
the LSC Norfolk area was at 77% and the                  next three years;
poorest in England. In Hertfordshire, the
strongest performing area nationally in          (ii)    both how, and to what extent, the
that year, around 86% of young people                    actions we are taking (county-wide,
continued in education and training across               within each ALB and by each
ages 16 and 17. More recent data shows                   institution) are leading to improved
an improving picture and in 2005,                        performance in relation to the key
participation grew to 79% in Norfolk and                 tests; and
the national average to 81%.
                                                 (iii)   what more we need to do to
26      In relation to NEET, there were                  improve performance where we
1,432 young people categorised as NEET                   believe further action is required –
representing 7.9% of the cohort at May                   again across the county, within
2007. In Surrey, the strongest performing                each ALB area and by institution.
area nationally, 3.4% of young people were
registered NEET and the national average         31     It is proposed that targets to 2010
was 7.1%.                                        are agreed in relation to each of the areas.
                                                 Annex 3 sets out these targets.
27     In 2006, the achievement of a full
level 2 by age 19 was 69%. In North              32     If we are to make the required
Yorkshire, the strongest performing area         progress in relation to the key measures,
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                                                 we will need to:
 Annex 3 summarises the most recent data in
relation to the key tests and compares Norfolk   (i)     ensure our 14 to 19 Strategy Group
with averages in England and a randomly
                                                         is working well and effectively;
selected statistical neighbour, Cumbria
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(ii)    ensure our Area 14 to 19 Learning
        Boards are re-launched and re-
        focused where necessary – see
        Annex 2;

(iii)   ensure that the IAG entitlement is
        embedded by developing
        appropriate standards and a quality
        mark to replace the existing
        careers excellence award;

(iv)    develop additional facilities to
        support the provision of the new
        national 14 to 19 entitlement to the
        new 14 diplomas for all young
        people by 2013;

(v)     ensure we have in place a
        professional development strategy
        to support the wider 14 to 19
        curriculum and Diplomas;

(vi)    develop and extend the use of ICT
        to support learning across
        institutions and providers in the 14
        to 19 phase;

(v)     take forward proposals for longer
        term capital investments; and

(v)     develop transport strategies that
        will promote access to the full 14
        to 19 learning entitlement for all
        young people.

33     The following section sets out how
the 14 to 19 Strategy Group will lead on
these developments over the next three
years.
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The Actions We Will Take                       Action 3 - We will review the
                                               effectiveness of the Norfolk 14 to 19
                                               Strategy Group
The following actions will build on the
infrastructure we have in place and the        We will determine the extent to which the
progress we have made. The actions are         14 to 19 Strategy Group has realized its
designed to ensure we have in place a          role and core purposes.
consistent approach across all areas and
institutions.                                  The review will be published in a report to
                                               the 14 to 19 Strategy Group with
                                               recommendations change and areas for
Action 1 - We will set baselines and           improvements.
forward trajectories in relation to the six
key measures                                   Lead: Lisa Christensen
                                               When: by November 2007
In relation to the six litmus paper tests,
and six additional measures, we will set
out annual targets or ambitions for the        Action 4 - We will review the
next 3 years, across Norfolk, in relation to   effectiveness and impact of each of the
each ALB area and, where appropriate, by       re-launched five Area 14-19 Learning
institution - see Annex 3.                     Boards

Lead: G Brough                                 We will determine the extent to which
When: by September 2007                        each of the five Area 14-19 Learning
                                               Boards have realised their role and core
                                               purposes. The review will include an
Action 2 - We will refresh and redefine        assessment of the effectiveness of each of
the relationships between the work of          the Area 14-19 Learning Boards and the
the 14 to 19 Strategy Group and                progress they have made.
Norfolk’s key strategy groups
                                               The review will be published in a report to
The strategic context in which our 14 to 19    the 14 to 19 Strategy Group with
work is being developed, and the               recommendations for change and areas for
relationship between strategic groups,         improvement.
lacks clarity. Relationships between
Children and Young Peoples Partnership         Lead: Dave Bullard
groups, the 14 to 19 Strategy and Working      When: January 2008
Groups, the ALBs, the Learning Partnership
and, more importantly, linkages with the
Counties Strategic Groups such as Shaping      Action 5 - We will identify clear actions
Norfolk’s Future and LAA work are unclear      to improve attendance, sustain
in terms of accountabilities and reporting.    performance at KS3 and improve GCSE
                                               and GCE results still further
Working with the County Strategic
Partnership’s Management Group, we will        We will determine the improvements in
refresh and redefine these relationships       attendance and best practice as a
and will set out a new structure and plan.     consequence of the Pathfinder and the KS4
A paper to the County Strategic                Engagement Programme and systematically
Partnership Management Group has been          share this to promote better attendance.
drafted.                                       The Children and Young People’s Plan (the
                                               CYPP) identifies targets to improve results
Lead: Fred Corbett                             at KS3 and GCSE and actions are set out in
When: by November 2007                         School Improvement and Development
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Plans and in the Secondary Advisory Plan.       respect of each institution. Based on work
                                                being developed by the West, the data sets
The review will be published in a report to     will include: (i) AS/A2 including CVA(by
the 14 to 19 Strategy Group with                Gender); (ii) 5* GCSE A*-C (by Gender); (iii)
recommendations for change and areas for        5* GCSE A*-C including English and maths
improvement                                     (by Gender); (iv) 16+ participation; (v)
                                                WBL progression; (vi) NEET; (vii) Exclusions
Lead: Yvonne Barclay                            – Permanent and Fixed Term; (viii) BME –
When: July 2008                                 ESL; (ix) HE participation; (x) Free School
                                                Meals; (xi) rural deprivation; (xii) Looked
                                                After Children; (xiii) KS3; and (xiv)
Action 6 - We will produce an interim           Attendance.
assessment of needs and priorities in
respect of each of the ALBs.                    Lead: Dave Bullard
                                                When: November 2007
Following on from the review of Area 14-19
Learning Boards we will produce an interim
summary of the key actions and priorities       Action 8 - We will produce an ALB Action
from the perspective of Children’s              Planning Template – See Annex 5.
Services, the LSC and Connexions. This
review will identify what the immediate         Alongside the data template, we will also
key priorities should be in terms of, for       develop a simple action planning template.
example: (i) raising the quality of the         This template will allow each Area to set
provision available in the area overall; (ii)   out the key priorities and actions the
increasing the range of provision post 16       group will sponsor, oversee and manage
by type, level and mode; (iii) improving        over the next 12 month period.
the effectiveness of the existing               Importantly, the template will allow a
partnerships and collaborative                  clear read-across so that all actions,
arrangements and the extent to which            activities and investment will be linked to
they are driving downwards levels of NEET;      desired improvements in relation to the
This programme will not negate the need         litmus-paper test measures. The actions
for Area groups to forward plan, but will       will be in relation to either or all of the
help inform thinking and planning of the        following: (i) increases in the volume and
reconstituted Learning Groups.                  effectiveness of IFP-type programmes; (ii)
                                                the development of new pathways from
A report with recommendations in relation       school into either Further Education,
to each of the Areas will be reported to        School Sixth Form or Work Based Learning;
the 14 to 19 Strategy Group.                    (iii) the development of a broader offer by
                                                type, level and mode at post 16; and (iv)
Lead: 14 to 19 Senior Advisors                  the development of new initiatives
When: March 2008                                designed to tackle NEET and participation.
                                                This action planning template will mirror
                                                that used by the Government Office
Action 7 - We will publish key data sets        Progress Checks for the twice-yearly Red –
for each Area and refresh each of their         Amber - Green assessment of the progress
plans – See Annex 4                             being made in each area.

We will develop a template that will            The plans will be submitted to the 14 to 19
provide each Area with the key data sets        Strategy Group whose role it will be to
that will provide the basis for area-based      approve or indicate the need for further
action planning going forward. The              development. Following approval, each
templates will provide performance              Area will report progress to the 14 to 19
information across each Area and in             Strategy Group each term. It is
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anticipated that each Area will identify       Strategy Group with recommendations for
four or five key and SMART priorities and      change and areas for improvement
supporting actions each year.
                                               Lead: Fred Corbett/Graham Brough
Lead: Dave Bullard                             When: December 2007
When: November 2007

                                               Action 10 - The LSC and Connexions will
Action 9 - We will introduce a new             work together to assess needs
‘challenge’ agenda
                                               Within each Area, the LSC’s Partnership
Progress will require that 14 to 19            Manager and Connexions Area Manager will
strategies and action plans exist not only     meet each month to review the extent to
at county (i.e. the 14 to 19 Strategy          which planned provision is consistent with
Group) and Area, but also at institutional     need, based on an assessment of levels of
level. Our failure to effectively connect      NEET, participation and learner
county-wide, local and institutional           feedback/views.
planning and review has, on occasions,
militated against consistency.                 Every other month a short report, with any
Accordingly, Children’s Services Senior        recommendations, will be made to the
Advisers/School Improvement Partners will      Area. This report will not negate the
work with schools to ensure that 14 to 19      requirement that the Area also considers
actions are part of the School Development     the supply of learning, but will help assist
Plan. These plans will set out the actions     the thinking and planning.
the school will take, both independently
and in collaboration with others, to           Lead: Connexions Area Managers
manage its performance in relation to the      When: October 2007
six litmus-paper tests. The Senior Adviser
14-19 will report on progress annually.
                                               Action 11 - We will manage resource
The LSC will work with colleges and work-      effectively
based learning providers to ensure that
they provide a full range of activities to     Resource and funding to support 14 to 19
support the ambitions of the LSC and           developments are increasing. This resource
partners schools. Each college will be         is channelled through a number of routes
invited to develop a 14 to 19 strategy and     and it can sometimes be difficult to
prospectus, complementing the                  understand the complex picture. This, in
helpyouchoose data base. It is understood      turn, could become an impediment to
that some colleges will wish to work across    effective planning and progress.
a number of ALB areas. In addition, the
LSC will invite larger work-based learning     Accordingly, the 14 to 19 Strategy group
providers their, and the network as a          will publish a comprehensive paper
whole to define its contribution to 14 to 19   clarifying all the current and potential
learning.                                      resource available to support our 14 to 19
                                               work. The paper will clarify the channels
The LSC and Children’s Services will           through which the funding travels. It will
discuss with each school sixth form            ensure funding is distributed equitably to
annually how the sixth form is performing      Areas and is spent in ways that consistent
in relation to the change agenda and the       with Area and institutional ambitions.
post 16 aspects of the litmus test data e.g.
L3 performance in AS/A2 and Diploma            Children's Services is reviewing school
learning.                                      places in secondary schools and school
Progress will be reported to the 14 to 19      sixth forms.
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                                                 Ensuring learners have access to high
Lead: Dave Bullard                               quality and relevant provision across the
When: February 2008                              14 to 19 phase will be critical to achieving
                                                 our ambitions. This is a particular
                                                 challenge in the more rural parts of the
Action 12 - We will publish a 14 to 19           county.
capital plan
                                                 The 14 to 19 Strategy group will
It is likely that our ambitions will require –   commission a review of the current
as will the implementation of diplomas -         transport arrangements and, within the
that provision is organised in new and           context of the resource available, will
different ways. Whilst collaborative             establish whether these arrangements
arrangements can widen access and choice         might be improved.
it is likely that there will be occasions
when new provision will need to be               Lead: D Lawrence
procured or a competition held.                  When: March 2008

The LSC will commission a comprehensive
Capital Plan for the County, which will be       Action 15 - We will be clear on how ICT
curriculum and learner needs-led and will        might be more effectively used to
set out how we will put in place the             support learning across institutions and
infrastructure necessary to support our          providers across the 14 to 19 phase
ambitions. The LSC’s post capital fund
provides an opportunity to move with             Most schools and colleges are extending
urgency.                                         their use of ICT to support learning and
                                                 there are some examples of innovative
Lead: G Brough                                   practice. However, it remains unclear how
When: October 2007                               ICT might be used to impact on all our key
                                                 measures and how, more generally, the
                                                 use of ICT is being developed within the
Action 13 - We will develop collaborative        context of Area plans.
protocols to help inform the work of
Areas                                            The 14 to 19 Strategy Group will
                                                 commission a review of the use of ICT and
Whilst the above recognises that there is        will propose how its use might be further
much institutions can do in relation to the      extended. This review will form the basis
six litmus paper test challenges through         of a shared 14 to 19 ICT strategy and
their own institutional development              vision.
processes, much also will depend on
collaborative working amongst institutions       Lead: Yvonne Barclay
in each Area. Each ALB will be re-               When: April 2008
launched and re-defined as a central
vehicle to encourage and support inter-          Action 16 - We will refocus the work of
institution collaboration.                       the Education Business Link Organisation

Lead: 14 to 19 Advisors                          In partnership with Children’s Services,
When: March 2008                                 and The Exchange we will take forward the
                                                 outcomes of the recent EBL seminar into a
                                                 strategy for education business links. The
Action 14 - We will be clear on how              strategy will be presented to the 14 – 19
transport might more effectively support         strategy group for endorsement.
our 14 to 19 work
                                                 Lead: S Youll
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When: December 2007
                                                 Successful implementation of the
Action 17 - We will implement the                Guarantee will make a huge impact on
feedback and Guidance from the                   continuing to raise post 16 participation
Gateway process                                  rates, as well as impacting on the numbers
                                                 of young people NEET.
We will ensure that feedback and guidance
given as a consequence of Gateway                The Guarantee will also help to identify
submissions are acted upon and that best         those individual young people who need on
practice is shared. There has already been       going ‘targeted’ support post 16.
a commitment from the successful
institutions to share their plans and lessons    Lead: Fiona McDiarmid
learnt from implementation with other            When: September 2007
areas.

Training for the introduction of Diplomas        Action 19 - We will ensure the
and pilot functional skills pilots will be co-   implementation of “Supporting Choices”
ordinated by the CS with the relevant
national agencies.                               and develop appropriate standards
                                                 launching a quality mark to replace the
Lead: Dave Bullard                               careers excellence award.
When: January 2008
                                                 We will develop a series of activities to
                                                 ensure that young people are informed
Action 18 - We will implement the                about their 14-19 options, both directly
September Guarantee for all learners             and indirectly via intermediaries. These
                                                 activities will feed into wider
Connexions will successfully oversee the         communications plans for young people
implementation of the September                  currently under development as part of the
Guarantee by having both operational and         process of creating an Integrated Youth
management information systems in place          Support Service for Norfolk.
which will be monitored on a weekly basis
by both Connexions and the LSC.                  Initially, activities will include the
Connexions Personal Advisers supported by        implementation of "Supporting Choices"
a Tracking Team will contact all Year 11         and developing appropriate IAG standards,
leavers prior to the Guarantee end date to       launching a quality mark to replace the
ensure destinations are accurately               Careers Excellence award. They will also
recorded and that the appropriate IAG has        include launching and promoting the new
been delivered to all young people covered       14-19 online learning prospectus
by the guarantee. The LSC will ensure            (helpyouchoose)
through accurate data and destination
information that the appropriate level and       Lead: F McDiarmid
type of provision is in place to meet the        When: November 2007
Guarantee.
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Annex 1 – Litmus Tests Data at a Headline Level


                                                 England       Norfolk

TEST 12
Level 2 at 16 (5 GCSEs at C or above)             59.2%         55.4%
DfES, 2006


5 GCSEs at C or above                             45.8%         44.5%
Inc Eng and maths
DfES, 2006

TEST 2
Participation at age 16 and 17                    81%           79%
DfES, 2005


Participation at age 16 and 17                    80%           77%
DfES, 2004

TEST 3
NEET                                              7.1%          7.9%
Connexions, 2006

TEST 4
Full Level 2 at 19                                71.4%         69.7%
LSC, 2006

TEST 5
Full level 3 at 19                                46.8%         43.6%
LSC, 2006

TEST 6
HE                                                42%           34%
HEFC




2
    Includes schools in the independent sector
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Annex 2 – Changes to the Area 14-19 Learning Boards

Updated Final Terms and Working Framework for LSGs –October 2007


Proposal 1:    Rebrand the name from LSG to “Area 14-19 Learning Boards”
               Each area to be identified by present description e.g. Southern Area
               14-19 Learning Board.


Proposal 2:    New purposes to fit to the present 14-19 agenda


The overall purpose of this board is:

To improve the achievement, attainment, progression and participation of all 14-19 Learners
in Norfolk i.e. the key drivers for 14-19 change.


       1)     To implement the County 14-19 strategy through agreed local area plans.
       2)     Secure collaboration between Schools / Colleges / Employees / Work Based
              Learning Providers for the purpose of best meeting the needs of each individual
              learner.
       3)     Identify appropriate area facilities and sources of funding to ensure that the
              developing needs of learners are met.
       4)     To promote and encourage employer engagement.
       5)     Ensure a joint approach to IAG with impartial advice to all learners to meet the
              National Quality Standards.
       6)     Make use of data to ensure the area has a clear and consistent grasp and
              understanding of the performance of individual institutions and the area,
              including patterns and trends.
       7)     Secure an area based curriculum including practical and applied options for all
              learners that meets the 2013 entitlement.
       8)     Make use of contributions from learners and parents through links with Children
              and Young People’s Partnership.
       9)     Contribute to the annual “Progress Check” using the DCSF indicators for each
              individual area.
       10)    Develop a system for the full exchange of appropriate information and good
              practice of all partners.
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Proposal 3:   Membership of each Area 14-19 Learning Board

         Senior representatives from each High School/Locality/Cluster as agreed by each
          group locally (including Complex Needs Schools and PRUs).
         Representatives from a Sixth Form or Sixth Form College (where appropriate).
         Senior representative/s from a Further Education College/s
         Senior representative from Adult Education Services
         Senior representative/s from each of the Local District Council/s
         Senior representatives from Work-based Learning Providers (up to three in total)
         Representatives from either employers and/or EBLO
         Representative from the Norfolk Learning Partnership-NLP
         Area Manager from Connexions
         Area Senior Adviser from Children’s Services
         Partnership Manager from the Learning and Skills Council
         14-19 area Development Managers
         Senior Representative from Aimhigher
         At the discretion of the Area 14-19 Learning Board other appropriate
          representatives may be invited on to the group such as Community and Voluntary
          Groups.




Area 14-19 Learning Board operational details
      1) Chairs of each Area Collaborative – to be chosen by the group.
      2) A common county element to each meeting agenda produced by the County 14-19
         Director 3 weeks ahead of the meeting week e.g. NEET update.
      3) A unique area element to each meeting agenda e.g. Area Evaluation updates.
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Annex 3 – Litmus Test – Our Ambitions to 2010
TEST 1 - Level 2 at 16
                                 20063          2007           2008             2009          2010
    North Area                        60%         60.8%          64.1%            65.0%         66.7%
    South Area                        62%         65.6%          68.2%            69.7%         71.3%
    East Area                         52%         55.2%          56.7%            57.5%         58.2%
    West Area                         50%         54.5%          54.2%            58.2%         60.7%
    Central Area                      55%         57.1%          61.2%            61.9%         63.1%
    Norfolk                        55.4%            58%            62%              63%           64%
    England                         59.2%

TEST 2 - Participation at age 16 and 174 to 2009
                                  2005          2006           2007             2008          2009
    North Area                        76%           78%            81%              83%           85%
    South Area                        78%           80%            82%              84%           86%
    East Area                         84%           86%            87%              88%           89%
    West Area                         80%           82%            84%              85%           86%
    Central Area                      80%           82%            84%              85%           86%
    Norfolk                           80%           82%            84%              86%           87%
    England                           81%

Additional Table - Participation Rates in 2005 by Area
                                Central     North        South        West         East        Total
    Participation at 16             91%         84%          86%         91%          94%         89%
    Participation at 17             70%         68%          71%         69%          74%         70%
    participation 16 & 17           80%         76%          78%         80%          84%         80%

Additional Table – The Learners Required to Meet the Participation Target of 90%
                                Central     North        South        West         East        Total
    1 year cohort (approx)         2,783      1,785        1,656       1,892        1,425        9,541

    learners age 16 in 2005        2,527       1,498       1,420        1,727       1,341        8,531
    learners age 17 in 2005        1,945       1,220       1,172        1,299       1,060        6,709
    Learners, 16 & 17 in 2005      4,473       2,718       2,592        3,026       2,401       15,240

    Numbers required for 90%       5,010       3,212       2,981        3,405       2,566       17,174
    Current participation          4,473       2,718       2,592        3,026       2,401       15,240
    Gap                              537         494         390          379         165        1,935

TEST 3 – NEET
                               2006           2007         2008          2009                 2010
North Area                          6.4%           6.0%          5.7%          5.7%                5.7%
South Area                          6.2%           4.9%          4.6%          4.6%                4.6%
East Area                           7.6%           7.1%          6.9%          6.9%                6.9%
West Area                           7.8%           7.3%          7.0%          7.0%                7.0%
Central Area                        7.2%           6.9%          6.5%          6.5%                6.5%
Norfolk                               8% Target 6.2% Target 5.2% Target 5.2%                Target 5.2%
England                               7%
NEET percentage targets have now been set for each team within Connexions Norfolk.

3
 Includes results from schools in the independent sector
4
 The calculation of participation by area is explored in Norfolk’s Capital Plan. The local calculation
suggests that at 80%, the participation in Norfolk is 1% higher than the 79% reported in the SFR. The
calculation participation at 16 and 17 are, at this stage, indicative.
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Data in respect of full level 2 and full level 3 attainment by age 19 by ALB Area is not yet
available. This information is, however, held is respect of the districts.

TEST 4 – Full level 2 by 19 in 2005 and 2006 (by district)
                                              2005                            2006
 Breckland                                                   63.0                         62.5
 Broadland                                                   66.4                         68.9
 Great Yarmouth                                              62.8                         63.4
 King’s Lynn and West Norfolk                                62.9                         62.7
 North Norfolk                                               67.8                         68.0
 Norwich                                                     68.0                         65.8
 South Norfolk                                               76.0                         76.9
 Norfolk                                                     68.9                         69.7
 England                                                     69.3                         71.4

TEST 5 – Full level 3 by 19 in 2005 and 2006 (by district)
                                              2005                            2006
 Breckland                                                   34.8                         34.4
 Broadland                                                   40.2                         41.0
 Great Yarmouth                                              36.1                         35.7
 King’s Lynn and West Norfolk                                36.6                         39.5
 North Norfolk                                               43.6                         44.6
 Norwich                                                     46.0                         44.3
 South Norfolk                                               50.1                         50.8
 Norfolk                                                     42.8                         43.6
 England                                                     45.6                         46.8

TEST 6 – HE Participation
                      2006            2007            2008             2009           2010
 North Area                  21%             22%              23%             24%         25%
 South Area                  21%             22%              23%             24%         25%
 East Area                   28%             29%              30%             31%         32%
 West Area                   27%             28%              29%             30%         31%
 Central Area                41%             42%              43%             44%         45%
 Norfolk                     30%             31%              32%             33%         34%
 England                     42%
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Annex 4 – Area Headline Data Toolkit


Awaiting web-link
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Annex 5 – Local Area 14 to 19 Learning Board – Action Planning
Template
The action planning template proposes a series of key questions

1.      Where are we now?

Based   on a local assessment of:
(i)      Norfolk’s Litmus Tests - annex 1;
(ii)     the information in the Area Headline Data Toolkit - annex 4;
(iii)    local targets and ambitions - annex 3;
(iv)     the Government Office 14 to 19 Progress Check questions - annex 6.

        What are the five key priorities for your area?

2.      Where do we want to be?

Over the next three years, what progress will you make in relation to the five key priorities?
It is important that wherever possible, these ambitions are expressible numerically. For
example you might want to reduce NEET from 6% to 4%.

3.      How do we get there?

In order to realise your ambitions, what actions will you take? There will be some actions
that will need to be taken collectively, whilst others will be lead by individual institutions.

Actions that would include a number of institutions working together might include, for
example: (i) increasing the take-up and impact of the increased Flexibility Programme (IFP)
or its successor programme across all institutions; (ii) increase the take-up of Young and/or
Student Apprenticeship programme across all institutions; (iii) implementing the Your Choices
guide across all institutions; (iv) developing a joint or complimentary timetabling
arrangements across two or more institutions in order to broader the offer available to
learners; and/or (v) developing strong, effective and productive employers linkages to
support the delivery of vocational or work-related programmes.

Other actions might focus on, and necessarily be owned, by an individual institution. Where
a school, for example, has consistently high levels of young people entering the NEET
category and makes, as a consequence, disproportionate contribution to area’s NEET
percentage, it would be appropriate for that school to take whatever steps were necessary to
reduce this.

The Area 14 to 19 Learning Board will need to satisfy itself that:
(i)    the right priorities have been identified;
(ii)   there is clarity around what needs to be achieved both in terms of ambitions and the
       numerics associated with those ambitions;
(iii)  the actions identified will have the impact required and are sufficiently bold and
       ambitious;
(iv)   all ambitions and actions enjoy the support of the Children’s Services 14 to 19
       Advisors whose role it will be to ensure that they are lodged and are reflected within
       each school’s development plan and are followed-up during discussions with SIPs; and
(v)    progress can be monitored.
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Annex 6 - Government Office 14 to 19 Progress Check Questions


These progress check questions are used by the Government Office to arrive at an overall
assessment of the progress being made by Children’s Services and its partners. In relation to
each questions, Children’s Services are required to assess progress in relation to a range from
very good (where the descriptor is provided in the left-hand column) to poor, where the
corresponding descriptor is in the right-hand column.

The first category is number 8 because all the preceding categories are numeric.
 8. Does the area have effective 14-19 Partnerships, with productive collaborative
 arrangements in place?
 Partnership involves all the key local             Few of the key local stakeholders are engaged in 14-19
 stakeholders: the LA, LSC, Connexions,             partnerships.
 Education Business Partnerships (EBP), FE
 colleges, secondary schools, sixth form colleges,
 special schools, HEIs, employers or employer
 groups and training providers.
 Partners have a clear sense of policy purpose      Partners lack a clear sense of policy purpose and the
 and direction, and the authority to take           authority to take executive decisions.
 executive decisions and commit resources.
 Partnership has a co-ordinator and an              Partnership has no co-ordinator or management group.
 operations or management group, which
 promote collaboration, build relationships and
 translate strategic vision into operational
 activities. They have a plan for integrating
 disparate initiatives and funding streams.
 Partnership has strong strategic leadership and    Partnership lacks strategic leadership and a vision with
 a vision with clear and achievable aims,           clear and achievable aims, objectives, and actions.
 objectives, and actions. Leadership supports       Leadership may be weak and unable to secure
 and challenges partners, ensuring their            commitment from partners.
 commitment to high quality delivery and
 improving outcomes.
 Partnerships develop a consistent approach         No consistent approach to issues like transport,
 across an area to solving issues like transport    timetabling, information sharing, funding flows, learner
 arrangements, timetabling, sharing information, welfare and administration.
 funding flows , learner welfare and
 administrative systems
 Partners have assessed their level of              No assessment of partners’ level of preparedness to
 preparedness for delivering the new                deliver the new entitlement (including curriculum
 entitlement, thinking about local curriculum       development).
 needs in the short and longer term and building
 on their strengths to deliver clear pathways for
 learner progression.
 Partnerships enable an area-wide assessment        No assessment of partners’ capacity to deliver the new
 among providers of their capacity to deliver the   qualifications. No co-ordinated approach to planning
 new qualifications; and co-ordinate their          capital investment.
 approach to planning capital investment in
 order to improve quality or secure new
 capacity.
 Partnerships make links with providers and         Very few links made with providers and practitioners
 practitioners regionally and nationally as well as locally, regionally and nationally.
 locally e.g. specialist school networks, Centres
 of Vocational Excellence in FE and the National
 Skills Academies.
 Partnership has essential standards and working    No essential standards or working practices in place to
 practices to quality assure delivery e.g.          quality assure delivery.
 partnership protocols on health and safety to
 safeguard learning outside the school
 environment.
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9. Is the area making good progress in developing a local prospectus and is there good quality IAG to
support young people in their choices?
Clear and impartial Information, Advice and        There is little or no good quality, impartial IAG available
Guidance is given to young people on curriculum for young people in the area – and little attention to
choices and progression routes – particularly in   critical points in a young person’s life in making choices
advance of key transition points in their lives
The area has a comprehensive local prospectus      No prospectus in place – or, if it exists, it does not give a
in place to support IAG, setting out what all      complete account of what is available for 14-19 year
providers in the area offer what the different     olds in the area or include any performance data on
qualifications mean, how they relate to each       learning providers.
other and ultimately where their choices might
lead as well as providers’ performance data.
The prospectus is promoted as an integral part     The prospectus is not promoted as an integral part of
of careers education and guidance and other        careers education and guidance and other youth
youth support (e.g. EMA) to ensure that the        support.
information is used by students effectively as a
tool to aid their decision making.
Agreed common applications process for             No common applications process across the area.
learners that is consistently applied.
A broad range of IAG provision is made available IAG does not include a range of approaches to help
which includes information giving events, visits   young people make effective choices.
and taster days offered by providers, careers
advice organisations and employers.
Young people are made aware of the skill           Little or no advice is given to young people on skill
shortages and the labour market opportunities – shortages, etc – and what subjects they need to study to
with advice given on the subjects they need to     get jobs in these areas.
study to take advantage of future opportunities.
IAG strategy should offer clear links to local     No clear links to local employers or higher education
employers and to higher education                  opportunities are made in the IAG strategy.
opportunities (with links to the Aimhigher
programme)
Information is actively promoted and young         Active use of information by young people, their parents
people, their parents and/or carers are actively   and/or carers is not encouraged.
encouraged to use it rather than simply make it
available.
IAG caters for all abilities, including those from No plans in place to tackle stereotypes of race, gender,
disadvantaged groups (e.g. BMEs, those with        disability or make provision for young people of all
Special Educational Needs and disabilities or      backgrounds and abilities.
those in care) and tackles stereotypes of race,
gender, and disability.
Young people’s aspirations are challenged          Future participation and attainment are not encouraged.
where appropriate, with future participation
and attainment encouraged.
10. Are there effective links with employers to involve them in sufficient high quality delivery?
Current arrangements provide an effective          Current arrangements do not provide an effective
framework on which to build and extend links       framework on which to build and extend links with local
with local employers                               employers.
Strategic plans/actions are in place to extend     Strategic plans/actions are not in place to extend the
the range of employer links required to support    range of employer links required to support the
the implementation of diplomas across the          implementation of diplomas across the area.
area. With effective plans for further
development as the requirement grows.
Employer engagement includes provision for         Little or no provision for apprenticeships and other ‘jobs
apprenticeships and other ‘jobs with training’     with training’
 Employers are engaged in providing a wide         Limited engagement with employers on 14-19
 range o opportunities linked to 14-19             development
 development – including short term and
 extended placements, visits, support for
 programme planning, a context for developing
 learning resources, mentoring and direct
 support for IAG and careers guidance.
Employers are working with 14-19 partnerships,     Employers are not working with 14-19 partnerships and
and are involved in institutional governance.      are not involved in institutional governance.
Actions have been taken to involve employers
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directly in the planning of provision including,
(where required), the development of the
workforce.
Employer capacity and/or engagement with 14-       Employer capacity and/or engagement with 14-19
19 developments and experience of work meets       developments and experience of work does not meet or
or exceeds demand.                                 exceed demand.
11. Capacity to improve 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent (including English and Maths) (using the same RAG
ratings which National Strategies have agreed with LAs, with this indicator prepopulated on the
scoresheets)
Targets have been set in all schools for reducing No targets have been set
the gap between % 5 A*-C with and without
English and mathematics based on an analysis of
individual pupil data
School performance in terms of % 5A* -C with       No tracking is undertaken and no prioritisation of schools
and without English and mathematics is             for help
carefully tracked and schools are prioritised for
support
Clear guidance is provided for all schools which   Lack of guidance on how to bring about improvement
provides strategies to bring about improvement     and schools in need of additional help are not targeted
and a selection of schools is targeted for         for additional support
additional support
In schools targeted for support, individual pupil  Little done to analyse individual pupil data and reasons
data is analysed and reasons for discrepancies     for discrepancies
between performance in English and
mathematics are identified and actions agreed
with schools for addressing these issues
Progress in targeted schools is regularly          No regular monitoring of progress or termly evaluation of
monitored and schools are held to account for      the impact of different interventions
evaluating the impact of their interventions on
a termly basis
The impact of LA approaches and the support        No regular reviews of the impact of LA approaches
provided for schools is regularly reviewed (at
least termly) and modified as appropriate.
12. Is there a sufficiently broad range of 14-19 provision, including vocational options?
Curriculum offer provides a broad and relevant     There is not a broad curriculum offer
mix of opportunities, including for those with
Special Educational Needs/ from disadvantaged
groups
Partnership has a coherent strategy in place to    There is no strategy or prospectus in place to deliver the
deliver the 14-19 learner entitlement by 2013,     entitlement by 2013
having a prospectus available to all young
people, a common admission procedure and
joint timetabling
Structures and processes in place to ensure that A number of young people on courses which are not
all learners follow suitable courses               suited to their ability, goals, etc
Courses offered are good quality, based on         Curriculum offer is not consistently high quality
inspection grades and success data
Assessment and analysis of learning needs to be    Structures and systems not in place to allow the
taken into account when planning the               curriculum offer to respond to the demands of learners
curriculum offer
Joint plans for developing further provision,      There is little or no collaborative planning of provision
based on analysis of current provision
Realistic collaborative plans for the introduction Little or no consideration of how specialised Diplomas
of the Diplomas                                    will be provided in the area
13. Is there effective targeted provision, including capacity to deliver the September guarantee, for
those young people who are disengaged or at risk of disengagement?
Partnership has plans for reducing NEET,,          Partnership has not clearly identified the barriers facing
supported by clear understanding of local NEET     young people in the area, or considered how these can
targets and barriers facing young people in the    be addressed to tackle NEET
area
Partnership has a joint plan of how to increase    Little or no collaborative planning of how to increase
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retention in education and training at post-16
Partnership has systems in place to monitor        Partnership and transition data is not used effectively to
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participation and performance                      inform action plans and target activity
Effective joint systems in place and operating     No systematic or joint tracking and transition support for
effectively for tracking and supporting young      learners is ad hoc
people through key points of transition
Effective collaborative action taken to re-        Little or no collaborative provision targeted at young
engage those at risk of disengaging from           people at risk of disengagement pre- or post-16
learning pre-16
Partnership has a plan for increasing the          Partnership has not clearly considered how to increase
number of young people achieving Level 2 at 19     L2 by 19
Plans in place to deliver and monitor a            Insufficient capacity to meet the September guarantee
September Guarantee for 2007 (ensuring young
people have a suitable offer of learning at the
right level, in the right locality and      in
the appropriate occupational sector).
14. Are there sufficient facilities across the area to deliver a broad range of high quality provision?

Sufficient high quality facilities to support the Insufficient high quality facilities to meet the demand
delivery of a range of provision.                 for applied and practical provision across the area.
Facilities are shared between partners to ensure Little or no sharing or joint use of facilities across the
high quality delivery of a broad curriculum offer partnership.
and to ensure value for money.
Partnership has a process to engage employers     There is no collective approach to employer
to provide high quality work placements, and      engagement, and their advice on building new
work related learning, and to consult with them vocational facilities is not sought.
when developing any new vocational facilities.
Area has realistic plans for how to deliver       There is little or no consideration of the facilities
specific Diploma lines – increasing capacity, or  required for the Diplomas.
making most of existing facilities – and has an
agreed strategic direction for delivery of all 14
lines by 2013.
Area has plans for how capital funding will be    There are no capital funding arrangements to support
used to develop high quality facilities required  the 14-19 strategy.
for 14-19, anticipating changes in participation
and introduction of Diplomas.
15. Is the workforce across the area prepared to deliver a broad range of high quality provision?
Workforce has sufficient capacity to deliver high Area lacks the appropriate number and mix of workforce
quality applied and practical programmes to       to deliver applied and practical programmes to meet
meet demand                                       demand
Teaching and training promote course              Teaching and training do not promote course
completion, achievement and progression           completion, etc
Capacity and commitment to providing the          There is no collaborative approach to workforce
workforce with competence, knowledge and          deployment or development
skills to deliver the 14-19 reforms
Realistic plans for how to develop and deploy     Little or no consideration of what is required for
the workforce to deliver the Diplomas, drawing    the workforce to deliver the specialised Diplomas,
in appropriate expertise from employers and       particularly in relation to industrial experience
industry
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Annex 7 – Membership of Norfolk’s 14 to 19 Strategy Group


Yvonne Barclay     Head of Secondary School Development,
                   Children’s Services
Gerry Batty        Headteacher, Acle High School
Gordon Boyd        LSC Council Member and Headteacher, City of Norwich School
Graham Brough      Area Director, LSC Norfolk
Dave Bullard       Director of 14-19 Education, Children’s Services
Lisa Christensen   Director, Children’s Services
Fred Corbett       Dept Director, Children’s Services
John Elliott       LSC Council Member & Professor of Education at UEA
Beverley Evans     Head of Norfolk Adult Education Service
Alison Kahn        Headteacher, Fred Nicholson Special School
Peter Mayne        Principal, Paston College
Fiona McDiarmid    Chief Executive, Norfolk Connexions
Rosalie Monbiot    Cabinet Member for Children’s Services
Sharon Money       Centre Manager, Broadland Training Services
Dick Palmer        Principal, City College Norwich
Lorraine Sturman   Manager, Aimhigher Norfolk
Sally Youll        Partnership Manager, LSC Norfolk
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Annex 9 – Action Completion Log

Action         Lead            Agreed          Actual     Overdue    Further Work
                             Completion      Completion                required
                                 Date           date
1        Graham Brough      September 07   September 07

2        Fred Corbett       November 07

3        Lisa Christensen   November 07

4        Dave Bullard       January 08

5        Yvonne Barclay     July 08

6        14 - 19 Senior     March 08
         Advisors
7        Dave Bullard       November 07

8        Dave Bullard       November 07    October 07

9        Fred Corbett &     December 07
         Graham Brough
10       Connexions Area    October 07
         Managers
11       Dave Bullard       February 08

12       Graham Brough      October 07     September 07

13       14 to 19 Senior    March 08
         Advisors
14       David Lawrence     March 08

15       Yvonne Barclay     April 08

16       Sally Youll        December 07

17       Dave Bullard       January 08

18       Fiona McDiarmid    September 07

19       Fiona McDiarmid    November 07
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Annex 9 - Glossary



BME         Black and Minority Ethnic
CC          County Council
CPMs        Common Performance Measures
CVA         Contextual Value Added
CYPP        Child and Young People’s Plan
EBL         Education Business Link
ECM         Every child Matters
ESL         English as a Second Language
FE          Further Education
HE          Higher Education
GOEAST      Government Office for the East of England
ICT         Information & Communication Technology
IFP         Increased Flexibility Programme
KS          Key Stage
LA          Local Authority
LLDD        Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities
LPSA        Local Public Service Agreement
LSC         Learning and Skills Council
LSGs        Learning Systems Groups to be replaced with 14-19 Area Learning Boards
NEET        Not in Education, Employment or Training
NET         Not in Education or Training
PLASC       Pupil Level Annual Schools Census
PRU         Pupil Referral Unit
SA          Student Apprenticeships
StAR        Strategic Area Review
VA          Value Added
YA          Young Apprenticeships
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