Expression of Interest in the delivery of specialised diplomas

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					Newham 14-19 Partnership ‘expression of interest’ in
delivering specialised diplomas from September 2008.
The Newham 14-19 Partnership Board agreed to make this initial expression of
interest at its meeting of June 14th 2006.

The Newham 14-19 Partnership consists of all 15 Newham secondary schools, 2
PRU’s, Newham 6th Form College (NewVIC), Newham College of Further Education
(NCFE), The St Angela’s / St Bonaventure’s combined Sixth Form, Landmark
Training (representing the ELTA training and work-based learning partnership), LSC
London East, Connexions London East and Newham’s Children and Young People’s
Services. The Partnership’s wider membership includes; the Building Crafts College,
Newham Education Business Partnership, the University of East London, Careers
Management Futures, Newham’s Regeneration team, Newham's Youth and Lifelong
Learning services and Newham's Children Looked After Support Project.

At this moment, pending further details of the proposed specialised diplomas, the
Partnership Board is keen that we should aim to deliver all five of the first specialised
diplomas from September 2008, at levels 1, 2 & 3, to both 14-16 and post-16 student
populations, working through a range of different, bespoke consortia of schools,
colleges and other providers. (See Notes 1 & 2 below)

The 14-19 Partnership is long standing and now strengthening to meet the additional
demands of delivering the new 14-19 entitlement and area-wide curriculum. All
partners have an outstanding record of external inspection reports. High quality
curriculum delivery, social and educational inclusion and effective partnership
working are prominent among the many strengths verified. Newham has also
received Joint Area Review assessments of ‘outstanding’ for enjoying and achieving,
making a positive contribution and achieving economic wellbeing

Schools and colleges have outstanding track records in improving attendance,
engagement and attainment and are determined to further build upon these
improvements. In so doing we will be addressing challenges which are ever present
in one of the country’s most deprived boroughs and better preparing young people to
take up some of the country’s most exciting regeneration opportunities, opportunities
enhanced by hosting the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The Newham 14-19 Partnership currently manages several area-wide, collaborative
14-16 programmes. An ‘Additional Provision’ programme of applied learning
opportunities involves 13 schools, both colleges, 10 training and work-based learning
providers. 200 further Y10 students will embark on this programme in September
2006, supported by trained teacher assistants, a new management information
system and a strong management and co-ordination team. This provision sits
alongside, informs and is informed by an IFP programme, a new pilot DfES
‘Engagement’ programme, a well established ‘New Directions’ PRU programme, a
pilot E2E 14-16 programme, a range of programmes addressing the needs of post 16
young people who are NEET and a very wide range of level 1,2 & 3 post-16 course
provisions. This breadth of experience positions us well to take up the new
specialised diplomas.

We do not envisage every school to be involved in all 5 of the specialised diplomas
from September 2008. For each of the 5 diploma programmes there will be a
different combination of schools / colleges / other providers whose mission will be to
ensure the successful pilot delivery of the new diploma. The two colleges will, most

likely, be involved in all five. Similarly, the proportion of Newham young people able
to access each specialised diploma will initially vary, particularly at 14-16. However,
the wider ‘Additional Provision’ programme will continue to offer all Newham 14-16
learners the opportunity to participate in applied learning through mixed-school
groups, over and above the curriculum options available in their home school,
thereby maintaining broader, area-wide learning opportunities.

We will now embark on more detailed consideration of the DDP reports for each of
the specialised diplomas and early planning as to how best to deliver each SD. Five
corresponding ‘delivery groups’ will be established to lead these more detailed
research & development programmes of work. The Partnership is also reviewing and
strengthening its partnership arrangements to enable us to address the needs of
area-wide 14-19 provision.

On behalf of the Newham 14-19 Partnership, yours sincerely,

John Douglas,
Principal Manager for Economic Wellbeing and 14-19, Newham CYPS
Chair of the Newham 14-19 Partnership Board

Credon Centre
Kirton Road
E13 9BT
020 8430 5958

Newham 14-19 Partnership: supplement to 'expression of interest' July 2006

Table: Anticipated number of learners 14-16 and 16-19, by level. Also showing number of
schools anticipating significant role in helping deliver these first specialised diplomas in Sept
2008, and number of other schools hoping their students will be able to access these SDs
through provision led by another institution.

                          From                     Other                                  16-19
Specialised                            No. of                   No. of       14-16
                Level    delivery                 schools                                Colleges
 Diploma                              Schools                  Schools      TOTALS
                         schools                  as users                               combined
  Creative        L1       50             4          30            4           80           45
     &            L2       45                        30                        75           55
   Media          L3                                                                        54
                  L1         0            0           92          10           92           45
Construction      L2         0                                                 65           25
                  L3                                                                        49
                  L1        20            2           45           6           65           80
Engineering       L2        15                        15                       30           85
                  L3                                                                        54
                  L1        95            5           5            1          100           50
    ICT           L2        95                        5                       100           55
                  L3                                                                        64
  Health          L1        55            4           55           5          110           90
     &            L2        55                        55                      110           95
Social Care       L3                                                                       104

Summary notes:
 Total no. of schools hoping to be involved in directly delivering part of one or more SD
   10/15. (5 for ICT, 4 for Creative & Media, 4 for H&SC, 2 for Engineering but 0 for
   Construction at this point in time.)
 The 2 specialist performing Arts schools are both planning to be part of delivering
   Creative & Media. The 1 specialist ICT and Maths school is planning to be part of
   delivering the ICT SD. Other schools are building upon successful current course
   provisions e.g. in H&SC.
 Schools currently showing a desire to be involved in planning and delivering one or more
   SD, as follows: One SD: 5 schools Two SDs: 5 schools
 Total no. of schools anticipating to have students accessing SDs in 2008: 13/15
 Both colleges plan to be involved in delivering all 5 SDs, both post-16 and with 14-16
   students. This, and the involvement of the Building Crafts College in construction related
   learning activities, makes good use of colleges' various COVEs.
 There is considerable experience of area-wide provision and of students studying with
   another provider (see Additional Provision notes below.)

Further comments:

1) This is an early outline of schools’ intentions, following extensive discussion of the 14-19
programme as a whole and early focused discussion of what we know about the 5 particular
SDs planned for 2008.

2) 5 Diploma Delivery Groups (DDGs) are either established or in the process of being
established. Each DDG will include representatives from;
 Both colleges (involved in all SDs and needing to joint-plan 16-19 provision as well as the
    14-16 provision in which will both be engaged)
 Schools (11-16) who hope to be part of delivering the relevant SD (this ranges from 5 in
    ICT to 2 engineering - see notes above)
 Representatives of other schools, who will have students accessing SD provision
    provided by other providers (i.e. 'user schools'.)
 Representatives of other providers: training providers, employers offering significant work
    experience and WRL provision, etc.
 Staff from other supporting or co-ordinating services e.g. Newham 14-19, LSC LE,
    Connexions LE, Newham EBP, Newham’s Secondary Standards service, etc.
 Other organisations/services as and when needed.

DDGs will focus upon analysing each diploma line (and its different levels) in terms of:
 Curriculum requirements (including the staffing expertise, resource and facility
  requirements, types of work-related learning etc.)
 Requirements of training providers, employers, other providers
 ICT needs

Outcomes will include suggestions on the 'best-possible location of learning activities' for
each part of each SD and each level of learning. These might include ‘cluster area’ provision,
will certainly also include some area-wide provision requiring further travel, and will also
include suggestions for minimising travel e.g. through VLE learning, simulation learning, staff-
travel etc.

We envisage each SD requiring a wide range of different types or scales of provision in order
to meet the different learning needs, learning styles and levels of confidence present within
any cohort of students.

3) Other agreed task groups include: an IAG group and an Employer Engagement group.
These will support the work of all 5 DDGs as well as key elements of the wider work of the 14-
19 Partnership.

4) Building upon current 'Additional Provision', 'Engagement' and 'Alternative
Provision' programmes. Newham 14-19 partnership already manages a range of proto-type
14-19 programmes for pre-16 learners. These respectively offer; all Newham students with a

range of applied learning opportunities involving one-day-a-week ‘out of school’ learning
activity; targeted students in 3 pilot schools two-days-a-week applied learning activity;
students in the PRU a bespoke curriculum with a high level of key skills and applied learning.
These programmes involve an increasing wide range of providers in providing planned,
accredited learning programmes over and above the usual provision of work experience and
WRL activities. Within this provision there is also considerable experience of school/college
course collaboration, including our IFP programmes.

Some of the 'additional provision' programme will be merged within the new SDs e.g. current
provision relating to construction, engineering and media.
Some will remain in place to maintain a range of options wider than the first 5 SDs eg.
Hospitality & Catering and Business & Finance.
Some will remain to support the development of a successful ‘foundation tier’ of learning,
supporting progression into level 1 learning.


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