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  • 1. AoC Beacon AwardsProspectus 2013/14Teaching and Learning, Curriculum Designand DevelopmentLeadership and Quality ImprovementResponsiveness, Partnership and Impact
  • 2. UCAS Award for HE in FEJLT Benefit Solutions LtdAward for Health andCommunity CareEdge Award for PracticalTeaching and PracticalLearningJisc Award for the EffectiveUse of Technology in FEMicrolink and AoCCharitable Trust InclusiveLearning Award for Studentswith Learning Difficultiesand/or DisabilitiesTeaching and Learning, Curriculum Design and DevelopmentInnovation in Further EducationAwards for Leadership and Quality ImprovementAwards for Responsiveness, Partnership and ImpactCoLRiC Award for the Effec-tive Integration of Libraries/Learning Resources Centresin Curriculum DeliveryCity & Guilds Award forStaff DevelopmentNAMSS Award forStudent ServicesThe Beacon Awards 2013/14Sponsors1st4sport Qualifications andsports coach UK Award forSport in the CurriculumAoC Beacon Award forOutstanding Leadershipof ImprovementAQA Award forCollege/SchoolPartnershipsAssociation of CollegesAward for CollegeEngagement withEmployersOCR Award for Innovation in FEUniversity of SouthamptonAward for 14-19 WideningParticipationWelsh Government Awardfor Development of Literacyand NumeracyPearson Award forWidening Participation toLifelong LearningThe Beacon Awards 2013/14Sponsors
  • 3. Barclay’s Print provides the further education sector with high quality, competitively-priced printingservices, matched by the lowest possible environmental impact.We produce prospectuses, posters, marketing and student recruitment literature for our education clientswhich include the AoC, Barking and Dagenham College, University of Greenwich, City and Islington College,Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, Cranbrook School and Dunraven School.We are one of fewer than 10% of UK printers certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards. The FSCpromotes the responsible management of the World’s forests and we are able to prove that the paper weuse has been made from pulp that meets their rigorous standards.Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyWe are ISO14001 Environmental Management certified, provingthat we are committed to continual improvement of the businessin the way that it interacts with the environment.For free advice and the chance to save money, whilst improvingyour printed products:Contact Neil Young on 020 8556 are Carbon Smart blue certified, as we have made a commitmentto reduce our carbon footprint by a minimum of 5% every year.
  • 4. I am delighted to continue the Government’s support of the AoC Beacon Awards which have now reachedtheir twentieth year of celebrating the best practice of the College sector throughout the UK.At a time of great challenges, the opportunity to recognise the outstanding and exemplary work ofColleges has never been more important. You are at the heart of your communities where you haveresponded to regional demands with ingenuity and flexibility, giving your learners and local businessesthe skills and support they need to adapt to the ever-changing environment.The dedication and passion shown by the winning Colleges to ensure that individuals are given theopportunity to realise their full potential is inspirational and I hope that the wider sector will benefit asa result of celebrating their achievements.I had the privilege of hearing first hand the achievements of last year’s winning Colleges at the NationalPresentation Ceremony in February and can testify to the hard work and dedication at those Colleges thathas had a transformative impact on the lives of their students.I know that with the support of senior management across the sector, innovative and imaginativeapproaches to teaching and learning are being encouraged all the time, which is why I urge you to lookat the awards available this year and make time to apply for those that you can so that we can havefurther cause for celebration in November.Finally, I should like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors for their support of these importantawards – your commitment to the sector is greatly appreciated.Matthew Hancock MP,Minister for SkillsA Message fromMatthew Hancock MP,Minister for SkillsFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy1
  • 5. The following bodies have given invaluablesupport for the Programme for 2013/2014which is greatly appreciatedAdministered by the Association of CollegesThe AoC Beacon Awards were set up by The Partnership Trust in 1994.Since August 1996 they have been administered by the Association of Colleges.The AoC Beacon Awards are run through the AoC Charitable Trust which isa Registered Charity in England and Wales (charity number 1040631) and inScotland (charity number SC039064).Authored by Alice Thiagaraj | Authorised by Dame Pat BaconPhotography Acknowledgements: East Riding College, Gateway College, Salford City College2 Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy
  • 6. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy3The AoC Beacon Awards ProgrammeThe AoC Beacon Awards, launched in 1994, recognise and are designed to promote the interdependenceof Further Education Colleges, business, professional and voluntary sector organisations to their mutualadvantage.The aim of the programme is to highlight the breadth and quality of education in Colleges throughout the UKand increase understanding of Colleges’ contribution to UK educational skills policy and economic and socialdevelopment.The Awards:• Recognise imaginative and exemplary teaching and learning practice in Colleges• Draw attention to provision which encourages and supports learners to approachchallenges positively and creatively• Support learning and continuous improvement through the dissemination of Award-bearing practice• Promote and celebrate the further education sector’s commitment to pioneering approaches toequality and diversityThe Programme represents partnership in action by providing significant benefits for the majorplayers involved:• An Award acts as a development grant to help realise the full potential of a project based ina College of further education• An Award serves to promote the business needs and interests of the sponsorThe dissemination of exemplary practice represented by the Award-winning projects is a major purpose ofeach year’s AoC Beacon Awards Programme. Project Profiles of each year’s winning Colleges are writtenup and disseminated to the FE sector after their announcement.The AoC Beacon Awards Steering GroupThe AoC Beacon Awards Programme is operated through the AoC Charitable Trust which is a RegisteredCharity in England, Wales and Scotland, and is administered by the Association of Colleges (AoC). The AoCBeacon Awards office is offered advice and guidance by the Steering Group for the delivery and developmentof the programme. The Steering Group is made up of representatives from Colleges, funding bodies andsponsoring organisations (Steering Group members as of 1 March 2013 appear on the back page). TheSteering Group makes all final decisions about Award winners in the light of recommendations fromthe team of assessors and the Chief Assessor.
  • 7. The AoC Beacon Awards recognise and commend exemplary initiatives (which can be programmes,courses, projects or other forms of teaching, learning, advice, guidance or support).New projects or initiatives which have not completed a full cycle ofimplementation so that evidence of outcomes is unavailable will notbe eligible for consideration.Awards take the form of monetary grants of between £3,000 and £5,000 which will be awarded on theclear understanding that the total monies will be set against expenditures incurred taking forward thedevelopment of each winning initiative.Colleges are defined as institutions which were incorporated under the Further and Higher Education Act1992 (the Act).Awards are designed at the discretion of the sponsors as UK Awards or as Awards for Colleges inEngland, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.It is a condition of entry that each College gaining an Award undertakes to inform its community aboutits achievement and about the support and interest provided by the sponsor. It should also undertake toinform the sponsor of how the Award money was used.It is expected that within approximately six months of the announcement of the Award, the winningCollege will organise a local presentation ceremony in consultation with the sponsor to allow formaximum media coverage. The AoC Beacon Awards office should be advised of the arrangements.Winning Colleges will be asked to present a breakout session at the AoC Annual Conference ontheir project and its benefits to learners.Award winning Colleges are permitted to use the AoC Beacon Awards logo with the year of theprogramme beneath it on College headed paper, promotional material etc.A summary list of Awards, their sponsors and the geographical focus of each appear on the next page.The 2013/2014 AoC Beacon Awards4 Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy
  • 8. FOCUS OF AWARDSport in the CurriculumOutstanding Leadership of ImprovementCollege/School Partnerships College Engagement with EmployersStaff DevelopmentEffective Integration of Libraries/LRCsin Curriculum DeliveryPractical Teaching and Practical LearningEffective Use of Technology in FEHealth and Community Care Inclusive LearningStudent ServicesInnovation in FEWidening Participation to Lifelong LearningHE in FE14-19 Widening ParticipationDevelopment of Literacyand NumeracySPONSOR1st4sport Qualifications& sports coach UKAoC Beacon AwardAQAAssociation of CollegesCity & GuildsCoLRiC EdgeJiscJLT Benefit Solutions LtdMicrolink & AoC Charitable TrustNAMSSOCRPearsonUCASUniversity of SouthamptonWelsh GovernmentGEOGRAPHICAL FOCUSUKUKUKUKUKUKUKUKUKUKUKUKUKUKUKWales The Awards5 Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy
  • 9. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyThe AoC Beacon Awards 2013/2014 Calendar2013April 3 JulyAugust – September September – October October 19-21 November 2014January – April 5 February November AoC Beacon Awards 2013/2014 Prospectus distributed to CollegesClosing date for receipt of AoC Beacon Award applicationsFirst stage of assessment (shortlisting)Second stage of assessment (site visits)Third stage of assessment and final selection byAoC Beacon Awards Steering Group2013/2014 AoC Beacon Award Winners announcedat the AoC Annual ConferenceLocal presentation ceremoniesAoC Beacon Awards National Presentation CeremonyWinning Colleges deliver breakout sessions at the AoC Annual ConferenceAoC Beacon Awards6
  • 10. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyThe Assessment of the AoC Beacon Awards applications will be the responsibility of specialistassessors co-ordinated by the AoC Beacon Awards Director. Normally two assessors will beassigned to each Award, one of whom may represent the sponsor. A Beacon Assessor (appointedby the Director) acts as the Lead Assessor for each Award.The process has three stages – shortlisting, visiting and final decisionsAoC Beacon AssessorsAoC Beacon Assessors are selected from a register of assessors, which is held by the AoC Beacon Awards office.All assessors on the register are given training and all new assessors are mentored in their first year. WinningColleges are invited to nominate someone from their winning team to be trained as an AoC Beacon Assessor toensure that the register always has individuals with the most up-to-date sector knowledge involved with theAwards. Applications will also be considered from those with suitable experience of further education. If youwould like to apply, please contact the AoC Beacon Awards Director: 1 Assessment leading to shortlisting will have regard to the general requirements detailed on page 8 ofthis prospectus together with the stipulations governing the specification of each Award. The outcomesof this stage are lists of applicants who best match these criteria. These lists are verified by the ChiefAssessor.STAGE 2 Assessment by visiting involves matching the ‘evidence on the ground’ at the shortlisted Colleges withtheir applications. In particular, the assessors will be interested in the impact of the project on theexperience of students, particularly any outcomes for learning including achievements in terms of skillsand/or qualifications gained. Assessors will also wish to explore how the project is managed includingits impact on equality and diversity, methods of evaluation, quality assurance, the future developmentof the initiative and its dissemination to other Colleges. The assessors would expect to have discussionswith staff, students and other relevant parties in the course of the site visit. Assessors, prior to a visit,may contact the College to request additional information. The outcomes of this stage are thejudgements and recommendations for Awards.Sponsors may, with the agreement of the AoC Beacon Awards Director, undertake Stages 1 and 2 of theassessment process in respect of their own Award(s), in conjunction with an AoC Beacon Award Assessor.STAGE 3 The Chief Assessor will present the Assessors’ reports and recommendations to the AoC BeaconAwards Steering Group which will select the Award winners.All AoC Beacon Awards are awarded or withheld at the sole and absolute discretion of theAoC Beacon Awards Steering Group and those acting on its behalf.No explanation will be given following the making or withholding of an Award.The Handbook for the Assessment of AoC Beacon Awards is available online for both Collegesand assessors at Beacon Awards Assessment7
  • 11. General Beacon Award CriteriaThe Beacon Awards recognise exemplary initiatives. To be eligible for an Award, the initiativeshould show evidence of imaginative yet sustainable teaching and learning practice or other relevantprovision. The application can be for an initiative which can be a programme, course, project or otherform of teaching, learning, advice, guidance or support.The application must fulfil the following criteria:1) meet the specific requirements set out by the sponsorsof the Award to which the submission relates2) have regard to promoting equality and diversity inthe delivery of the programme3) be subject to evaluation/quality assurance to influencethe continuing development of the initiative4) have been running for at least one academic year by31 July 20135) have features which actively promote exemplaryteaching and learning6) be of benefit to one or more groups of students ortrainees who are identified and described in theapplication7) have wider relevance and applicability which wouldmake it of value to other Colleges as an example ofgood practice or innovationHow to structure your applicationYou should submit a single covering application form(at the end of this prospectus) which should be signedby the principal and should have the contact details ofthe person the assessors will contact to arrange a sitevisit. This should be accompanied by the main part ofthe application.The main body of your application should be anonymousand should address all of the above criteria and be madein a statement of no more than 3,000 words. The statementshould be made by a senior member of staff who has hadclose contact with the initiative. Written evidence frombeneficiaries should be included in the word limit. Youmay make reference to other materials (i.e. multimediamaterial, College documents, etc.) which the assessorscan request or access, should they wish to do so.Your application should be structured, as far as possible,under the following headings:• Project summary – a brief overview of the initiativeincluding a clear description of target group• Aims and objectives – the aims and objectives, howthey were established, and how they have resulted inthe promotion of exemplary teaching and learning• How the project meets the sponsor’s criteria – a sectionwhich clearly addresses each of the sponsor’s criteria asset out on the relevant page in the Awards section• Project management – describe how the project ismanaged including how quality assurance is used toimprove the initiative, and how the project meetsequality and diversity standards•Outcomes and benefits to learners – show how theinitiative has benefited the learners and others involvedwith the project – this should be supported bywritten evidence from beneficiaries who may bestudents, trainees, employers or, in some cases, parents.This section should also include data on enrolment,retention, achievement and progression and how thisproject shows a commitment to equality and diversity• Dissemination and the future – key features of theproject should be highlighted demonstrating howit can benefit other Colleges and how it will develop inthe futureNo College which has previously won an AoC BeaconAward will be eligible for consideration a second time forthe same Award within a period of three years from theprevious successful application.A College may apply for as many Awards as it wisheshowever, it may submit only one application per Award.A College which has a project which fits into two or morecategories may submit that project for only one Award.All applications will be treated as strictly confidential tothe Steering Group, assessors and Beacon AwardsDirector. Material from any application will only bemade public with the express approval of the Collegeconcerned.Each application will be sent an acknowledgementaddressed to the Principal/Chief Executive. YourCollege will be subsequently contacted only if theproject is shortlisted.You are asked to submit ONE copy of your applicationform and FOUR copies of your ANONYMISEDstatement (including supporting evidence) byWednesday 3 July 2013 to:ALICE THIAGARAJAoC CHARITABLE TRUST DIRECTORAoC CHARITABLE TRUST2-5 STEDHAM PLACELONDON WC1A 1HUAll enquiries about making an application should beaddressed to the Beacon Awards office at the aboveaddress and NOT to sponsors or assessors.How to Apply for Beacon AwardsFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy8
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  • 13. Innovation in Further EducationOCR Award for Innovation in FETeaching and Learning, Curriculum Design and Development1st4sport Qualifications and sports coach UK Award for Sport in the CurriculumCoLRiC Award for the Effective Integration of Libraries/Learning Resources Centresin Curriculum DeliveryEdge Award for Practical Teaching and Practical LearningJisc Award for Efficiency through Effective Use of Technology in FE and SkillsJLT Benefit Solutions Ltd Award for Health and Community CareMicrolink and AoC Charitable Trust Inclusive Learning Award for Students withLearning Difficulties and/or DisabilitiesUCAS Award for HE in FEAwards for Leadership and Quality ImprovementAoC Beacon Award for Outstanding Leadership of ImprovementCity & Guilds Award for Staff DevelopmentNAMSS Award for Student ServicesAwards for Responsiveness, Partnership and ImpactAQA Award for College/School PartnershipsAssociation of Colleges Award for College Engagement with EmployersPearson Award for Widening Participation to Lifelong LearningUniversity of Southampton Award for 14-19 Widening ParticipationWelsh Government Award for Development of Literacy and NumeracyPage11-1215-1617-1819-2021-2223-2425-2627-2831-3233-3435-3639-4041-4243-4445-4647-48The Awards10 Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy9
  • 14. OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is a not-for-profit organisation focused on theenhancement of education through assessment and has been a proud supporter of the AoC BeaconAwards since they started 20 years ago.As a leading UK awarding body, OCR engages with four million learners of all ages in over 8,000 centresso that they can achieve their full potential. OCR is also is one of the top three providers of vocationalqualifications, working in partnership with the sector to develop inspired solutions for further educationdelivery.In addition to A-Levels and GCSEs, OCR provides an extensive Skills for Employment and life portfolio– which includes Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Technicals, Cambridge Progression, Apprenticeshipsand Functional Skills. It is through collaboration with Colleges, industry, HE and Government that OCR’slearning programmes are relevant, rigorous and provide progression.These learning programmes cover areas such as IT and Computing, Science, Business, Languages, Health& Social Care, and core skills development. All programmes are designed to provide the best access tofunding and a tailored approach to this promotes efficiency and innovation in curriculum design - andultimately, progression and employability for learners.OCR has been at the forefront of the development and launch of skills qualifications, refining them toensure learners develop the required practical skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT to gain the most outof work, education and everyday life.Products developed by OCR are designed to enable tutors to get the best from learners - both during thecourse and in preparing them for whatever they choose to go on to next. Learners are placed at the heartof qualification development, with a focus on seeking new ways to engage with and excite them.OCR is part of Cambridge Assessment, the University of Cambridge’s international exams group.Cambridge Assessment is vital and integral part of education and training worldwide, operating in over160 countries.Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy11
  • 15. This Award is open to all Colleges in the FE sector which can demonstrate successful and innovativeapproaches in any aspect to supporting learning for a wide range of learners enabling developmentof a high level of skills and knowledge meeting the demands of employers and/or progression to FEor HE.The Award will be made to the College which can demonstrate the most successful initiative whichtransforms the capability of learners to successfully achieve their individual aims, gain qualificationsand/or progress to employment or FE/HE.Colleges should be able to provide evidence of achievement of the general Beacon criteria particularlyhighlighting how the initiative demonstrates:• Effective leadership and management resulting in sustained excellence or significantimprovements in quality• Partnership arrangements that support the College in meeting the needs of its community• The promotion of transformational teaching supporting high levels of achievement andprogression to employment, FE or HE• Innovative curriculum provision that meets the range of learning and social/personal needsof learners and promotes equality and diversityAssessors will also take account of the scale of the initiative and its significance in the contextof the whole College.Reminder: Colleges may make only one submission for an Award and may not make the same submissionfor more than one Award.OCR Award for Innovation in FEFor further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this Prospectus12
  • 16. 13Awards for Teaching and Learning,Curriculum Design and DevelopmentFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy
  • 17. Awards for Teaching and Learning,Curriculum Design and Development141st4sport Qualifications and sports coach UK Award for Sport in the CurriculumCoLRiC Award for the Effective Integration of Libraries/Learning ResourcesCentres in Curriculum DeliveryEdge Award for Practical Teaching and Practical LearningJisc Award for Efficiency through Effective Use of Technology in FE and SkillsJLT Benefit Solutions Ltd Award for Health and Community CareMicrolink and AoC Charitable Trust Inclusive Learning Award for Studentswith Learning Difficulties and/or DisabilitiesUCAS Award for HE in FEFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy14
  • 18. 1st4sport Qualifications is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by the Office ofQualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland andthe Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in Scotland, created with the aim of offering vocationaland occupational qualifications in areas of sport, recreation and allied occupations. These includecoaching, leadership, spectator safety, leisure operations and management, education and training,sports volunteering, first aid and injury management, the outdoors, physical education and schoolsport, using sport to tackle youth crime and functional skills.We work in partnership with a variety of organisations, to develop qualifications, such as: The Associationfor Physical Education (afPE), sports coach UK, The Football Association (FA), British Cycling, the RugbyFootball Union (RFU), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the Rugby Football League (RFL), theLawn Tennis Association (LTA) and England Hockey. We are a brand of Coachwise Ltd, the trading armof sports coach UK.sports coach UK is the central agency for coaching. Our vision is for coachingexcellence across the United Kingdom, enabling all children, players and athletes to follow theirdreams, have fun and fulfil their potential. To realise this vision, we support our partners to recruit,develop and retain the coaches they need to achieve their participation and performance goals.In England, governing bodies of sport are our national coaching system partners; regionally, we supportcounty sports partnerships. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, we work with the Home CountrySports Councils. We also aim to develop our partnerships with the Higher and Further Education sectorsand other agencies to unlock expertise and potential.Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy15
  • 19. The 1st4sport Qualifications & sports coach UKAward for Sport in the CurriculumThe 1st4sport Qualifications & sports coach UK Award for Sport in the Curriculum is open toall Colleges in the FE sector offering coaching, sports and leisure qualifications. The award seeks torecognise high quality teaching and learning that results in positive outcomes and involve a rangeof community and employer partnerships.The assessors will be looking for approaches which:• Include the development of coaching skills as an integral part of the curriculum enablinghigh levels of attainment of coaching qualifications• Support students in the attainment of relevant industry skills which support access to employmentor progression to further learning• Demonstrate approaches which include relevant workplace/community placements enablingstudents to understand the leisure market and consumer needs• Focus on enabling the students to develop an understanding of the needs of the participant/userof sports programmes and the range of facilities in their local community• Include innovative teaching, learning and assessment strategies (such as the use of e-learningor social media), which engage students and enable outstanding achievements• Involve partner organisations such as national governing bodies of sport, County Sport Partnerships,local authorities, clubs and the private sector in delivering the curriculumFor further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this Prospectus16
  • 20. The Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) was founded in 1993 as an independentorganisation dedicated to enhancing and maintaining the quality of learning resources service inFurther Education Colleges throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. It now has a membershipof over 250 Colleges.CoLRiC stimulates the enhancement of quality in College learning resources services in a number ofways, including providing and publishing national standards and criteria for service provision, a peeraccreditation scheme, publishing ‘Working Papers’ and guidelines for inspections and initiating researchinto areas related to the aims of CoLRiC.CoLRiC also raises awareness and understanding of the learning resources service’s role by contactingCollege senior managers and governing bodies, making strong representation to organisations that areimportant to the future of College learning resources services, organising conferences, and being activemembers of other organisations..Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy17
  • 21. The CoLRiC Award for the Effective Integration ofLibraries/Learning Resources Centres in CurriculumDeliveryThis Award is to promote and encourage good practice and high standards in libraries/learningresources centres (LLRC) in Colleges, and to enhance their potential as areas that contribute to thedelivery of the College’s curriculum. It is open to all Further Education Colleges in the FE sector inthe United Kingdom.The assessors will be looking at:• The liaison, involvement and consultation between the staff of the LLRC and the academicand managerial staff of the College• The participation of the LLRC in the College’s information and curriculum delivery strategies• The integration of the students, including flexible and distance learning students, in curriculumdelivery through the LLRC• The use of information and learning technologies (ILT) and information and communicationtechnologies (ICT) through the LLRC.For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this Prospectus18
  • 22. The Edge Foundation is an independent education charity. It is dedicated to raising the status oftechnical, practical and vocational learning. All young people should have the opportunity to achievetheir potential and the UK’s future workforce needs to be equipped with the skills to be successful in themodern, global economy. Edge believes that “learning by doing” should be valued equally with academiclearning and that all learners should experience a mix of both. There are many paths to success. To findout more, visit has launched the Six Steps for Change - a wide ranging series of six policy steps which aim to raisethe status of technical, practical and vocational learning in the UKEdge wants an education and training system which:• Helps young people find out what they’re good at and what they enjoy doing• Rewards and recognises individual success in all its forms, not just in exams• Helps people choose paths that support their talents and ambitions• Shows how education creates the knowledge, skills and talents needed by the UK economyWith these aims in mind, we want politicians, practitioners and the public to:1 Recognise that there are many talents and paths to success2 Ensure that “learning by doing” is valued equally with academic learning3 Provide technical, practical and vocational learning as an integral and valued part of every youngperson’s education and as a recognised route to success4 From the age of 14, give young people a choice of learning experiences and pathways based ontheir motivation, talents and career aspirations5 Ensure that the technical, practical and vocational education and qualifications offered in schools,FE and HE are high quality and recognised by employers6 Ensure all young people, whatever their different abilities and interests, leave the system withconfidence, ambition and the skills to succeed and the skills the economy needsThat’s why we’re sponsoring this year’s AoC Beacon Award for Practical Teaching and Practical Learning..Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy19
  • 23. The Edge Award for Practical Teaching andPractical LearningEdge wants to recognise, celebrate and promote examples of excellent practical teaching and learning.We believe that practical and vocational learning is vital to young people and the UK economy and thatthis pathway should be given equal status to academic routes.We invite entries for this Award from Colleges whose learners have experiences that are:• Real – with opportunities for learners to tackle real life problems by learning from people in the know,using the tools of the trade• Meaningful – the College can demonstrate that learners can explain why they are working ona particular task, and the benefits to themselves, and others, of completing it well• Challenging – with opportunities for learners to work alongside experts and be challengedto perform at new levels of skill• Stretching – the College can demonstrate that the learner can describe their new skills andinsights and show the distance they have travelled• Life-changing – the College can demonstrate the doors that are now open to learners andthe way that their learning at the College has re-shaped their future.For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this Prospectus20
  • 24. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyJisc is the UK’s expert on digital technologies for all post-16 education and research. We innovatefor the sector while driving down costs through shared services and digital content. We know whatmatters to you and we work with you to tackle those challenges. Our vision is to make the UK themost digitally advanced education and research nation in the world.We’ve got the digital content you need and your learners want. Through our bulk buying and negotiatingpower, we’ve opened up a wealth of online resources for FE learners and staff: journals, books, full textdatabases, digital images, online film and many more digital resources.We offer hands-on, local, practical support. We can help by showing you new approaches, enablinglearners to learn independently, staff to support them effectively and the whole College to operate moreefficiently. We can help you do more, and better, with less in an increasingly competitive marketplace.And we’ve got one of the world’s fastest and most efficient networks, Janet saves users at least 25% oversimilar commercial products with added extras - which save you even more money – including networksecurity and expertise. Visit us at to find what we can do for you.21
  • 25. The Award is open to all Colleges in the FE sector.This Award aims to recognise where the effective use of technology has had a significant impact onlearning and resulted in a more efficient implementation of the curriculum through innovativeapproaches to teaching.The assessors will be looking for applications which demonstrate how new models of delivery can havesignificant impact on both learners and the College workforce, whether e-delivery has been used acrossthe institution or in specific curriculum areas.Assessors will look for comprehensive evidence (including statistical information and digitalevidence) which clearly demonstrates the following:• Innovative use of technology contributing to the development of the curriculum to meet the needsof the community the College serves• Effective implementation of new models of e-delivery enhancing the learning experience andresulting in a significant increase in learner achievement and other outcomes• The use of technology which has resulted in the improvement in the quality of teaching andenriched the curriculum• Effective use of technology which is built into the development of increased organisationalefficiency and has achieved significant quantified savings, in business processes and deliveryof learning and other services, and/or released time and money• Effective leadership that promotes and sustains the wider use of technology to support learningand institutional development.For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusJisc Award for the Effective Use of Technology in FE22
  • 26. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyJLT Benefit Solutions Limited has been advising and implementing healthcare solutions for theeducation sector since 1981 when we launched the universities & Colleges Corporate and VoluntaryHealthcare Plans. Our knowledge of the sector’s requirements combined with our knowledge ofmarket products and solutions has ensured the continued growth of our reputation.Our healthcare solutions now form an integral part of employee benefits and most universities andColleges have adopted our medical plans. These services extend beyond private medical care and includeall aspects of Occupational Health and employee benefits. Details of our comprehensive services can befound at Benefit Solutions Limited is a member of the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group who has divisionsspecialising in Insurance Broking, Employee Benefits, Actuarial Consulting and Healthcare. The Groupprovides solutions to maximise the effectiveness of our client’s financial, human resources and riskmanagement initiatives. Jardine Lloyd Thompson is one of the largest UK publicly quoted insurancebrokers in the UK.JLT Benefit Solutions Ltd. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services AuthorityA member of the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group.Registered office: 6 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2PH. Registered in England No. 2240496. Vat No. 244 2321 96Universities and Colleges Healthcare ServicesFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy23
  • 27. For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusThe JLT Benefit Solutions Award for Healthand Community CareThe JLT Benefit Solutions Limited Award for quality in health and community care programmes isopen to all Colleges in the FE sector offering courses which cover community and residential care,health studies, early years/nursery nursing and other health and community care programme areas.The assessors will be looking for:• Outstanding schemes that provide models of good practice in health and community care provision• Initiatives that have innovative and flexible features supporting high levels of achievementColleges should provide evidence demonstrating the following:• Responsiveness to employer and training needs in the provision of high quality courses orspecific training programmes• Effective collaboration with employers and service providers in the planning and evaluationof the curriculum• Innovation and flexibility in the planning and delivery of courses including the use of technologywhere appropriate and joint initiatives with service providers such as outreach activities• Effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms with clear evidence of sustained improvementin the quality of provision• Successful coordination and supervision of practical work placements supporting thedevelopment of practical learning• High standards of practical skills developed through practical learning experiences.24
  • 28. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyMicrolink is Europe’s largest supplier of Assistive Technology and Inclusivity solutions. Over the past20 years our work in education has seen us support in excess of 180,000 students to successfully achievetheir true potential through Assistive Technology. In recent years we have done the same for numerousFTSE 100 companies, allowing them to achieve a competitive advantage.Our pioneering work has been recognised through awards including, most recently, best SME 2012,Disability Champion 2012 and the Disability Standard award 2012, where we were valued amongstFTSE 100 organisations. We strongly believe in supporting teachers. Our education services throughThe Learning Access Suite and The Education Profiler provide teachers with the resources to help themempower their students and create an inclusive classroom. Through our Assistive Technology solutions,inclusive classrooms deliver a wider scope for development to students with different learning styles,allowing them to harness their skills and ultimately become more employable in the future.Microlink welcomes this opportunity to demonstrate its support of the AoC Beacon Awards through jointsponsorship. It is imperative to recognise the exemplary work Colleges are doing in delivering inclusivelearning, as an important gateway to employment and higher education for their students. We are proudto support them on this important journey, highlighting the profound impact they are making in theircommunity and the country. We would like the opportunity to work with the participating Colleges andsupport them on this important journey. Please contact us for further details of our educational and Trustees of the Association of Colleges Charitable Trust are delighted to be able to partnerMicrolink to support this important Award.The AoC Charitable Trust is a Registered Charity which was established in 1994 to advance the educationof members of the public over the age of 16 years. It currently does this through the AoC Beacon Awards,the AoC Gold Awards for Distinguished Alumni of Further Education Colleges and through anInternational Mentoring Project. Through these programmes it offers organisations sponsorshipopportunities to fund the activities as well as providing them with an opportunity to fulfil partof their Corporate Social Responsibility agenda as well as promoting their brand values andreputation in the sector.25
  • 29. For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusMicrolink and AoC Charitable Trust Inclusive Learning Awardfor Students with Learning Difficulties and/or DisabilitiesThe Inclusive Learning Award, supported by Microlink and the AoC Charitable Trust, will celebrateexemplary practice in further and continuing education for learners with learning difficulties and/ordisabilities. Assessors would be particularly interested to receive applications from further educationinstitutions which have developed exemplary practice in inclusive learning in relation to the curriculumfor learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.The Award supports the aims set out in the Green Paper, “Support and Aspiration: A new approach to specialeducational needs and disability”, to improve the quality and choice in Further Education for Learners withLearning Difficulties and Disabilities, and improve their transition to adulthood.The assessors will look for provision that exemplifies the principles of inclusive learning as described in theseminal report, Inclusive Learning (HMSO, 1996), and which demonstrates all or some of the following:• Innovative use of resources, including IT, to support the development of the skills and attributes thatemployers want, and sustained work with employers to help them know how to make use of theseskills in their workforce• Effective multi-agency partnerships making a practical contribution to supporting learner achievementand progression• An inclusive curriculum which includes teaching and learning activities well matched to learner’sdifferent needs, enabling individuals to develop their skills and experiences through a personalised approach• Equipping and empowering learners to have a voice, to solve their own challenges, make their ownchoices and to make a contribution to community or society• Comprehensive transition planning for each individual, including processes that fully support learners intoCollege, employment or adult life, and which enable them to achieve success and helps them to transform their lives• Effective encouragement of greater participation in learning through a curriculum that enables the sustainedinvolvement of learners with their local communities enhancing the College experience.Microlink would be very interested to contact any College applying for this Award to find out more abouttheir initiative.26
  • 30. UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admission Service, is a charity and is the UK’s leading sharedadmissions service for higher education. We manage applications from over 650,000 applicants eachyear for full-time undergraduate courses at over 300 institutions across the UK.Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy27
  • 31. For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusUCAS Award for HE in FEThis Award is open to all Colleges in the further education sector, which can demonstrate successfuland innovative approaches to supporting part-time or full-time higher education provision enablingdevelopment of advanced skills and knowledge meeting the needs of the local employers.The Award will be made to the College which can demonstrate the most successful initiative which trans-forms the capability of learners to successfully achieve their individual aims, and gain HE qualifications.Colleges should not only provide evidence of achievement of the general Beacon criteria but also identifyhow the initiative demonstrates:• Imaginative recruitment and enhanced access to lifelong learning by widening participation into highereducation for learners from a wide range of previous educational backgrounds• The promotion of transformational teaching and support enabling progression through thedevelopment of increasing intellectual challenge, skills, knowledge, conceptualisation and learningautonomy and results in high levels of retention and achievement• Curriculum provision and programmes of study that integrate development of intellectual andpractical skills within a work environment and the College• Effective leadership and management which ensures comprehensive professional developmentfor teaching and support staff, and sustains a learning environment that supports the implementationand development of HE provision• Effective external partnerships and processes to review the validity and relevance of programmesto the local context, particularly employers and learners• Comprehensive processes to ensure the effectiveness of programme design, monitoring andreview practices resulting in sustained excellence.Assessors will also take account of the scale of the initiative and its significance in the context of the localeconomy/community.28
  • 32. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyAwards for Leadershipand Quality Improvement29
  • 33. 14 Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyAwards for Leadershipand Quality ImprovementAoC Beacon Award for Outstanding Leadership of ImprovementCity & Guilds Award for Staff DevelopmentNAMSS Award for Student Services30
  • 34. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy31
  • 35. For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusAoC Beacon Award for Outstanding Leadershipof ImprovementThe award is open to all Colleges in the FE sector.This Award aims to recognise the critical role undertaken by leaders and governors in improving Collegeprovision and developing capacity for sustained improvement. Leadership capacity should be evidencedby securing dramatic improvements in quality confirmed by inspection and/or improvement in thequality of teaching and learning confirmed by significant improvements in learners’ achievements.The assessors will look for evidence that effective leadership and management, at the Principalshipand Governing/Corporation Board levels, has been visionary and ambitious for the College and hasdemonstrated a relentless and uncompromising focus on improving teaching and learning that hasproduced positive results and a significant impact on learners.Colleges should demonstrate how their provision meets the following criteria:• A shared and learner-focused culture that is supported by clear targets for improvement• Effective leadership by the Governing/Corporation Board enabling significant and sustainedimpact on improving the quality of the provision and the effectiveness of the College, its progressand its overall performance• Effective leadership and management of organisational development for the benefit of itsclients, customers, learners, staff and community• A curriculum offer that has been developed in response to the learning needs of individuals, groups,organisations and partners in the College’s local community, and that results in high standards ofoutcomes for learners• Creation of value for the sector by identifying the strategies and key transferable messages thatwork in securing improvement and from which other providers can learn.32
  • 36. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyAt City & Guilds, we’re all about jobs – connecting business and education to help people get intojobs, progress on the job, and move onto the next job.As the UK’s leading vocational education organisation, we work with over 8500 centres and trainingproviders to deliver high-quality qualifications that place people on the path to success. Every year, wehelp approximately two million people unlock their potential and discover their talent.Our learners are at the heart of everything we do, and our centres and training providers play a centralrole in their journeys to success. That’s why City & Guilds is committed to supporting the professionaldevelopment of all staff working in further education: teachers, tutors, management, technical, supportand administrative.At a time of significant change for further and adult education, City & Guilds is keen to recogniseeffective and imaginative work to support staff development across the breadth of the sector.We recognise the role of further education staff in promoting and developing skills across a wide range oflearners and we believe it is essential we share best practice within the sector. Through this award we willshowcase effective ways of encouraging and motivating staff and schemes that encourage and promoteprofessional development.We are proud to sponsor an award that shares our passion and commitment for excellence and innovationand recognises outstanding achievement.33
  • 37. For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusThe City & Guilds Awardfor Staff Development in Further EducationThe City & Guilds Award for Staff Development encourages applications from all Colleges in the FEsector which believe it can meet the criteria.The Award aims to recognise contributions from across the whole range of staff working in furthereducation. The assessors will be looking to reward innovative best practice that delivers identifiableresults and benefits. In particular they will be looking for evidence of the following:• Effective ways for encouraging and motivating staff• Schemes that allow and encourage personal and professional development• Effective and imaginative work to support staff development• Schemes that can demonstrate positive outcomes for teachers, other staff and learners.34
  • 38. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyThe National Association for Managers of Student Services is a membership organisation establishedin 1987 with charitable status, representing managers working in, or with responsibility for, studentservices in post-16 education, training, community and adult education.NAMSS has over 320 College and 700 individual members representing a comprehensive range ofproviders in England, Wales and North Ireland.NAMSS works extensively with a range of government departments and stakeholder groups includingthe Department for Education, the Department for Health, the Higher Education Funding Council forEngland, the National Union of Students, UCAS, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service and theStudent Loans Company. In all our engagements with national bodies we seek to represent the views ofour members and to champion the cause of the learner.Our Mission is to provide support and professional development for managers of services who supportlearners in education and training and this mission is driven by a Vision to be recognised and respected asan influential leading provider of support and professional development for managers of student services.Benefits for members include a website with a dedicated members section containing job descriptions,policies, procedures and summaries of government papers and policy decisions, a network of regions tofacilitate a dialogue between member Colleges about local and national issues, a Jisc mail service whichmembers can tap into the collective knowledge and experience of more than 700 managers and supportstaff working in the area of student services.NAMSS also holds an annual national conference with outstanding national speakers and a wide range ofworkshops in addition to one day conferences throughout the academic year on topics of major interestand concern to the sector.35
  • 39. For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusThe NAMSS Award for Student ServicesThis Award is open to all Colleges in the FE sector which can demonstrate successful and innovativeapproaches in any aspect of student services.Colleges should be able to provide evidence of achievement of the general Beacon criteria particularlyhighlighting how its services demonstrate:• Effective leadership and management at all levels of the College which support the deliveryof student services• Delivery of a range of student services aimed at improving the student experience and whichhave a demonstrable impact on students• The promotion of a Learner Engagement Strategy which supports a constructive and meaningfuldialogue with students which has resulted in quality improvement• Innovative support provision that meets the range of social and personal needs of students• Meaningful engagement with students in the design of student services which leads tohigh levels of student satisfaction with the service• Effective partnership working with both internal and external partners that support the student.The Award will be made to the College which demonstrates the most successful service provision whichmeets the above criteria and clearly contributes to increased student retention and/or achievements and/or improved progression to employment, further training or HE.Assessors will also take account of the range of the service provided and the context of the College.36
  • 40. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyAwards for Responsiveness,Partnership and Impact37
  • 41. Awards for Responsiveness,Partnership and ImpactAQA Award for College/School PartnershipsAssociation of Colleges Award for College Engagement with EmployersPearson Award for Widening Participation to Lifelong LearningUniversity of Southampton Award for 14-19 Widening ParticipationThe Welsh Assembly Government Award for the Developmentof Literacy and NumeracyFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy38
  • 42. AQA is a leading education assessment and services provider and each summer approximately 1.5 millioncandidates sit our exams. AQA has a strong reputation for research and promoting education for the publicbenefit. We offer GCSEs, A-levels and many other diverse qualifications.While we are best known as the largest provider of GCSEs and A-levels, we also provide a range oflearner-focused services.We also offer first class support for teachers and are at the forefront of development of new qualifications.We operate as a social enterprise and invest significant resources in research that helps ensure learners havethe opportunity to fulfil their potential.Visit us and find out more: education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy39
  • 43. For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusThe AQA Award for College/School PartnershipsThe AQA Award for College/School Partnerships is open to all Colleges in the FE sector who haveestablished successful and sustainable partnerships with schools.The assessors will be particularly interested to see evidence of high performing Colleges working withschools to develop best practice, raise standards and develop innovative ways of meeting the needs ofteachers and learners.Colleges should provide evidence demonstrating how provision meets the following:• Complementary Curriculum Delivery e.g. – Colleges and schools sharing planning anddelivery of post-14 provision• Curriculum Continuity supporting effective Transition e.g. – evidence of Colleges workingwith schools to give summer/taster courses pre-induction, evidence of Colleges and schoolsbringing staff together to discuss continuity of support, evidence of learning partnerships• Collaborative Engagement e.g. – joint work with parents/learners, wider stakeholders inthe local community, shared arrangements for dissemination of information/marketingpromotion e.g. – career fairs• Consistent Student Support e.g. – evidence of policies for transport, welfare, evidenceof school/College tutors providing continuity of support for learners• Efficient and effective Sharing of Resources e.g. – sport/science etc. facilities, sharingstaff expertise, schools offering sites for adult courses.40
  • 44. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyThe Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges andprovide members with professional support services. As such, we aim to be the authoritative voice ofColleges – based on credible analysis, research, advocacy and consultation with Colleges – and the firstchoice destination for guidance and advice for members.AoC welcomes this opportunity to demonstrate its support of the Awards programme throughsponsorship of this important Award. In these economically challenging times it is essential that Collegesare given the opportunity to showcase ways in which they engage with local, regional and nationalemployers, providing skills and training for their workforce, which will enable both individuals andcompanies to be well placed to drive the country’s economic recovery.41
  • 45. Association of Colleges Award for College Engagementwith EmployersThe Association of Colleges Award for Engaging Employers is open to all Colleges in the FE sector.The Award will recognise exemplary practice in the delivery of provision that is both responsive to theneeds of employers and that is making a difference to employer’s. The Award will be granted to theCollege best demonstrating impact in meeting employers skills needs. This will have resulted froma clear, long-term vision and partnership with employers, reflected in provision which demonstratesdevelopment of a skilled workforce and contribution to economic progress in response to identifiedskills priorities.Assessors will be looking for evidence of:• A whole College approach to meeting the training and development needs of employers reflectedin the College’s three-year development plan and investment in employment related training• Responsiveness to key economic and training priorities identified by Sector Skills Councils orother strategic and systematic analysis of local or regional skills needs• Systematic networking and collaboration with other providers, and business support organisationsto provide a comprehensive response to meeting the training needs of employers and learners• A successful record of managers, leaders, teachers, trainers and support staff in delivering sustainedlevels of employer engagement demonstrated by feedback from employers to improve or changeprovision and the positive impact of provision on businesses• Well managed investment in training and development of staff, and the provision of up-to-datefacilities and equipment to industry standards demonstrated by high success and achievementrates for learners• Development and implementation of flexible teaching, learning and assessment methods thatovercome barriers to accessing learning, and respond to the needs of employers and learners.For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this Prospectus42
  • 46. Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. In the UK, our brands - including Edexcel andHeinemann – combine 150 years of experience to provide online support for every learner.Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding body, provides vocational and academic qualifications and assessmentfor Colleges, schools, training providers and employers. Products such as MyLabs, our bestselling digitalhomework and assessment programme, are changing the way students learn and teachers teach worldwide.We believe in learning - all kinds of learning for all kinds of people, delivered in a personal style. Every dayall over the world our products and services help learning flourish. Because wherever learning flourishes,so do people. Find out what Pearson can do to support you at: education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy43
  • 47. For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusPearson Award for Widening Participationto Lifelong LearningThe Pearson Award for Widening Participation in Lifelong Learning is open to all Colleges in the FEsector which have made specific provision to attract adults to return to learning. The Award will begiven in recognition of effective and imaginative approaches to attract and motivate adult learners(over the age of 19) which results in successful acquisition of skills, knowledge or qualifications.Applications should demonstrate imaginative approaches that are either new initiatives or have builton the best practice from other providers. Of particular interest will be good practice in relation to theimpact of Colleges on their local communities.Successful applicants will describe provision that most effectively meets the general AoC Beacon criteriaand the criteria below.Assessors will look for evidence that provision:• Actively attracts adults to re-engage in learning in adulthood, particularly where they may not haveengaged since leaving full-time education• Best exemplifies proactive work in local communities to enable participation by adults in adult andfurther education who might not have done so in the past• Works effectively with community partners to support imaginative opportunities for adult learners• Effectively assesses learning needs and provides guidance and support contributing to learnerre-engagement and progression• Meets the range of learning and social/personal needs of the learners and uses appropriatelearning materials which motivate adult learners• Enables adults to complete programmes of study successfully and to progress to furtherstudy or employment.44
  • 48. Ranked in the top one per cent of world universities*, the University of Southampton has a global reputationfor excellence. We unlock creative potential and transform the lives of our students through our education,research, innovation and enterprise.As a founding member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Southampton is a hub ofinnovation and creativity. We are best known for marine & maritime research, web & internet development,health & healthcare and cutting-edge energy & sustainability technologies.Our research underpins the technologies that power the internet, finds novel treatments for asthma andcancer, and uncovers a deeper understanding of the origins of adult diseases. Using the latest technologies,our researchers explore the universe, from the depths of the oceans to the furthest reaches of space. But we alsodiscover ancient civilisations, bring medieval music to life and help develop quieter jet engines. Our facilitiesand expertise helps UK Sport’s elite athletes; in 2012 our aerodynamics research helped the British Cycling teamwin seven gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics.Our students have access to world-class facilities, from super computers and wind tunnels to major historicalarchives and a concert hall. Taught and supervised by researchers at the cutting edge of their fields, they learnabout world-changing research as it unfolds. We prepare our students for future challenges not yet imaginedand jobs not yet thought of. And we revolutionise university education - many of our undergraduates are able topersonalise their degrees by selecting some of their modules from other disciplines, giving them the opportunityto widen their knowledge base and pursue their interests.We admit students based on talent and potential, and are delighted to sponsor this year’s AoC Beacon Awardfor Widening Participation. We attract the most talented young people from all backgrounds; we offer a rangeof scholarships and bursaries and run widening participation programmes such as Access to Southampton( to encourage young people from under-represented areas toconsider higher education. In 2011/12 around 82 per cent of our UK undergraduate students joined us from stateschools.Today’s young people are tomorrow’s great thinkers and leaders; by supporting their success we are changingthe world for the better.* QS World University Rankings 2012Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy45
  • 49. For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this ProspectusThe University of Southampton Awardfor Widening Participation in the 14-19 Age GroupThe University of Southampton Award for Widening Participation in the 14-19 Age Group is open to allColleges in the FE sector that can demonstrate active strategies for widening participation, particularly foryoung people.The Award will be made to the College that can demonstrate, either over a range of courses or for individualcourses, strategies to enable young people to successfully participate in education and /or training.Assessors will look for evidence of provision that meets the needs of young people previously disengaged fromeducation or those who may be underachieving. Assessors will also look for evidence that the initiative hasproduced positive outcomes for learners in terms of achievement and progression.Colleges should provide evidence demonstrating how provision meets the following criteria:• Effective assessment of the learning needs of underachieving young people• Partnership arrangements that support recruitment and the provision of teaching and learning• Curriculum provision that meets the range of learning and social/personal needs of the learners• Effective guidance and support contributing to learner re-engagement and progression• Teaching, training and assessment that support learning, achievement and progression.46
  • 50. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyThe Department for Education and Skills (DfES) is responsible for the effective deployment of WelshGovernment funds for schools, further education, private and voluntary sector training provision,adult community learning and higher education throughout Wales.DfES works with key partners to improve children’s services, education and training provision to securebetter outcomes for learners, business, and employers. It helps empower children, young people andadults through education and training to enjoy a better quality of life.The FE sector plays a critically important role by equipping learners with the essential skills needed forwork, home and leisure; providing lifelong learning opportunities in a wide range of subjects; allow-ing flexibility and choice designed to motivate and enthuse young people to reach their goals, balancinglearning with real life experiences and breaking down barriers to learning.Part of these essential skills include the literacy and numeracy skills that are so vital to function in work,daily life and society in general.The CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2012 reported that “the number of employers who aredissatisfied with school and college leavers’ basic skills remains stuck at around a third – the same as adecade ago – with 42% reporting that they have had to provide remedial training for school and collegeleavers”.It is clear that colleges have a vital role to play in continuing the development of literacy and numeracyskills of their students, to ensure that they have the necessary skills to enter and function within an in-creasingly difficult labour market.The award seeks to identify innovative and successful examples of the development of literacy and/ornumeracy through an approach that embeds learning across the curriculum.47
  • 51. The Welsh Assembly Government Awardfor the Development of Literacy and NumeracyThe award seeks to identify innovative and successful examples of strategies for developing literacyand numeracy skills through an approach that embeds learning across the curriculum, which assistprogression to further study (or enhance employability skills).Assessors will look for evidence which demonstrates:• Effective identification of learner’s learning needs using appropriate initial assessment tools anddiagnostic approaches• Development of individual learning plans with clear, time-bound, challenging, but realistic goalsoutlined for each individual learner supported by an effective process of reassessment• Innovative approaches and methods of supporting the development of literacy and numeracy,ensuring that literacy and numeracy are addressed within a range of subjects and contexts• Comprehensive monitoring and tracking of learner’s development and progress leading toappropriate support meeting individual needs resulting in successful progression to furtherstudy or employment• Staff development and training programmes that ensure that teachers have the necessary skillsand expertise, in addition to their core subject specialism, to develop learners capacity includingappropriate levels of literacy and numeracy to progress to employment or further study• Robust evaluation which assesses the value added to learners achievement and improvedprogression to further learning or employment.For further guidance on applying for this Award, please refer to pages 8 and 50-52 of this Prospectus48
  • 52. Further education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyMembers of the AoC Beacon Awards Steering Groupas at 1 March 2013Dame Pat Bacon Louise Duffy Haydn Edwards Steve Frampton Joan Herron Paul LittleRajinder Mann Roger Marriott Karen Murray Michael Osbaldeston Anne Sleath Alice ThiagarajChair, AoC Beacon Awards Steering GroupTrust and Communications Officer, AoC Charitable TrustColleges Wales RepresentativePrincipal, Portsmouth College – Sixth Form College RepresentativeSouthern Regional College – Northern Ireland RepresentativeCity of Glasgow College – Scotland RepresentativeDirector, Black Leadership Initiative, Network for Black ProfessionalsChief Assessor, AoC Beacon AwardsYoung People’s Programmes, EFAPartnership Director, City & GuildsQualifications Group Manager, Post 19, OCRDirector, AoC Charitable TrustAoC Beacon Awards49
  • 53. The application should be in two parts: The completed application form, found at the end of thisprospectus, is Part 1 of the application. Part 2 is the specification and description of the project whichshould not include any information to directly identify the College.The completed application form (Part 1) includes the College name and contact details for the project anda statement from the Principal/Chief Executive that the AoC Beacon criteria are met by the project. TheCollege name and contact details should appear only on the application form which will be retained bythe Beacon Awards office when the submissions are sent off to the assessors. Once the shortlist has beenagreed, the Director will provide the assessors with the College’s contact details so that they can arrangesite visits.The main part (Part 2) of the submission should be no more than 3,000 words and explicitly demonstratehow the project meets the sponsor’s criteria for the Award. The submission should include the following:- the project summary- aims/objectives of the project- how the project meets the sponsor’s criteria- project management including its development and quality assurance- outcomes and benefit to learners- how key features of the project have/would benefit other CollegesThe section on the outcomes and benefits to learners should include data on enrolments, retention andachievement and learner testimonials/case studies.Many submissions will need to refer to College partnerships with local authorities, schools, employers etc.Where these organisations are not area/region specific you need not anonymise the partner. For example,if you are working in partnership with your local Tescos or have a partnership with a St Michael’sPrimary school then you can refer to them by name. If however you have a partnership with, forexample, Levenshulme High School or Liverpool Football Club – an organisation which could meanthe College is easily identifiable – then you should refer to them as a local secondary school or a localpremiership football club.Where you wish to include letters from your partners as part of your evidence from beneficiaries, you arerequested to conceal the address on the letterhead if it could identify the College and any direct referenceto the College by name within the body of the letter. Please ensure that you remove these from a copy ofthe letter so that the assessors can still see the original if they request to do so on a site visit.Shortlisted Colleges are eligible to re-apply for the same Award. No College which has previously won anAoC Beacon Award will be eligible for consideration a second time for the same Award within a period ofthree years from the previous successful application.The completed application form (Part 1) and FOUR COMPLETE COPIES of Part 2 i.e. the details ofthe project with suitable supporting evidence, must be submitted. These are sent to the three assessorsassigned to the Award and the third set is retained by the Awards office.Do not send in original samples of evidence from beneficiaries, students’ coursework, letters of supportetc. The AoC Beacon Awards office cannot accept any liability if these items are lost or damaged.Guidance on how to apply for the AoC Beacon AwardsSubmitting your applicationFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy50
  • 54. As stated on page 8 of the prospectus, your application for a Beacon Award should not exceed 3,000 words.A word count is requested on the application form.Evidence from beneficiaries and appendicies should be included within the 3,000 word limit. Many Collegeshave numerous examples of evidence from beneficiaries, whether these take the form of comments in learnerevaluation forms, feedback from partner organisations e.g. employers, schools, local authorities or via solicitedand unsolicited letters. Similarly, Colleges are likely to have a wealth of supplementary information containedin various College documents.There are two ways in which Colleges can incorporate the evidence into their submission:1) To ‘lift’ quotes from the forms, letters etc. and put them in the submission to illustrate points or as part ofthe ‘Outcomes and Benefits’ section. A footnote can be added to indicate that the original documents canbe made available to the assessors, should they wish to see them.2) To include copies of a sample of feedback forms, letters, documents etc, highlighting which words on thepage you are including within the word count and again indicating in a footnote that similar examplescan be made available to the assessors, should they wish to see them.Including evidence from beneficiaries is vital to any submission and its omission is one of the main reasonswhy an application does not make it on to the shortlist. Whatever form it takes, it adds an extra dimensionand colour to the submission, helping the assessors see the direct beneficial effect of the College’s work.Applicants are also advised to consider presenting information in table format for example, figures onrecruitment, retention, achievement, progression or numbers of partners engaged with etc. This uses a minimalamount in terms of the word count and demonstrates to assessors at a glance how your provision has had animpact over time.Below you will find some further advice on how to apply for the AoC Beacon Awards, based on assessors’feedback and on some frequently asked questions.Each year, the assessors are asked to complete selection analysis forms. These are useful for a number ofreasons: the Director can give individual feedback to all Colleges that applied for the Awards, the assessors canidentify key trends within each Award and it means that the Chief Assessor can have an overview of allof the Awards and can ensure that they are each assessed to the same standard.Some of the recurring themes that the feedback forms identify are as follows:Overall strengths of AoC Beacon Award applications• Effective and wide ranging partnership work• College and senior management support for activities and programmes• Good attention to equality and diversity• Determination to improve and widen their current provision• Good use of ICT as a marketing and information tool• Sharing best practice with other providers• Technological solutions enabling and encouraging professional development• Good dissemination through national and regional groups• Use of commercial, real working environments in the College• Regular monitoring to ensure success of the project• Collaboration with schools, sector skills councils, HE and employer organisations• Promotion of exemplary teaching and learningGuidance on the presentation of submissionsFeedback from applications in previous years51
  • 55. • More detailed evidence to support statements of why teaching is of high quality• More detail of the promotion of equality and diversity• More evidence from students on their view of the programme• More information on how the use of quality assurance has influenced and improved the project• More information on features which actively promote exemplary teaching and learning• Clearer data to support assertions in the submission• Avoid the excessive use of acronyms• Ensure the inclusion of testimonials from staff and/or students• More information on progression/achievement data for learnersSelection analysis forms on all applications dating back to the 2006/2007 Programme are kept at the AoCBeacon Awards office and any College wishing to receive feedback can contact the office to be given it overthe telephone. Colleges that have been shortlisted are also invited to contact the Awards office to receive moredetailed feedback on their submission and visit. The AoC Beacon Awards Steering Group and its team ofassessors are extremely keen to contribute towards the continuing development of all initiatives that areput forward for the Awards which is one of the reasons why this feedback is available.Q: Our course is 12 weeks long and therefore does not run for an academic year.Are we still eligible to apply?A: Providing the course itself has been running since September 2010 (for example), it doesn’t matter if severalcohorts of students have undertaken the course since that time and the time you apply. What is important isfor you to be able to demonstrate that monitoring the course over time has resulted in improvements.Q: Our word count is 3,120. Can we still submit our application?A: The assessors are not going to be too concerned if you are slightly over the word count; however they areasked to take into account all of the criteria when drawing up a shortlist so if there are two submissions ofseemingly equal merit and one is within the word limit and the other is over, then they will select the onethat is within the word limit to be shortlisted.Q: Our Principal will be away when the application form needs to be signed. Will our submission stillbe accepted?A: It is important that the form is signed by a member of the SMT, preferably the Principal. Your applicationwill be accepted if it is signed by another senior member of the SMT and submitted with a covering letterstating that the Principal is aware and supportive of the application.How AoC Beacon Award applications could be improvedFrequently Asked QuestionsFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economyFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy52
  • 56. Your Application FormFurther education - serving the needs of a better society and strong economy53
  • 57. Please complete in block capitals _________/__________/_______ (for office use)Beacon Award Application FormYou are advised to read page 8 of the prospectus before completing this form Name of College Title of Award Source of funding for this initiative (e.g. EFA, Skills Funding Agency, BIS, DfE, ESF, LEA etc.) Department/Unit/Team etc Title of Initiative Please name the programme area/course to which this initiative relates Give a brief description of the initiative’s main aims and objectives How would you classify the initiative? e.g. induction scheme, new course or module etc. Applicant’s Name Title AddressPostcode Email Tel In what capacity have you been involved in the initiative? College switchboard number: Name of person the assessors can contact over the summer to arrange a visit: Name: Tel Name of Beacon Awards Liaison Officer (where this differs from the Applicant) Title TelContinued on the next page
  • 58. Please state how your initiative fulfils the Beacon criteria set out below:It is subject to evaluation/quality assurance which influences the continuing development of the initiative:It has regard to ensuring that equality and diversity are accounted for in all aspects of the programme’s delivery:It has been running for at least one academic session by 31 July 2013:It has features which actively promote exemplary teaching and learning:It benefits one or more groups of students or trainees who have been identified and described in the application:It has wider relevance and applicability which would make it of value to other Colleges as an exampleof good practice and innovation:It is supported by written evidence from beneficiaries who may be students:Continued on the next page
  • 59. Assessors will take into account ALL of the Awards’ criteria when evaluating the applicationsYour application must state how it meets the specific requirements set out by the sponsors of the particular Award forwhich you are applying (see relevant page in the swards section of the prospectus).I accept the conditions set out in the 2013/2014 Prospectus. I have read page 8 of the Prospectus and confirmthis application is not more than 3,000 words and includes details of:• Project summary• Aims and Objectives• How the project meets the sponsor’s criteria• Project Management including its development and QA• Outcomes and benefits to learners (inc data on retention and achievement)• How key features of the project have/would benefit other CollegesAll four copies of the submission must be anonymous and anything that could identify your College must beremoved. The submissions will be checked before sending on to the assessors and may be returned to you ifreference to the College is found.Word count: _________________Signed by the Applicant _______________________________ Date ___________________Name of Principal/Chief Executive ______________________________________________Signature of Principal/Chief Executive ____________________ Date ___________________Please attach FOUR copies of your supporting statement of no more than 3,000 words and onecopy of this application form by 3 July 2013 to the following address:(Faxes will not be accepted)Alice ThiagarajAoC Beacon Award DirectorAoC Charitable Trust2-5 Stedham PlaceLondonWC1A 1HU