Annex B
Template for Aimhigher Area Partnership strategic and operational plans

Please complete and return by e-mail to A...
qualifications at Level 4 and above. This work sits within the Employment &
        Skills areas of the LAAs and it is lik...
FE/HE provision.                  captured in November each year, from
                                  90.5% in November...
2006/07
From a strong research base,       Follow up research indicates that barriers          2011
address barriers to   ...
perspective of learners
and teachers.
Evaluate the impact of      Conduct a qualitative research project       Commissione...
support funding, disability project,
commissioned work, contingency etc
etc
Total of above                                ...
7   Composition of the Area Partnership Committee

Name                       Organisation                      Contact de...
* Please note: Figures given here should have already been included in the budget statement given at 6 above.


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Please list the key partners who signed off this plan
Contact                                      Institution/organisatio...
10 Area Partnership operational plan template 2008-09
Please complete the Area Partnership operational plan for 2008-09 in...
Costs of lead HEI                                      £15,000      Loughborough University takes on responsibility of
   ...
11 Operational planning by group/outcome/activity type
Please also report planned outcomes in the format given below which...
range of opportunities.
                    Perception of what a
                    student does.

                    Le...
making decisions about HE

                  Learners understand the
                  main benefits and                St...
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Strategic and Operational Plan

  1. 1. Annex B Template for Aimhigher Area Partnership strategic and operational plans Please complete and return by e-mail to Aimhigher@hefce.ac.uk, by Wednesday 14 May 2008. (Boxes can be expanded to desired length.) Aimhigher Area Strategic Plan 2008 to 2011 1 Contact details: Name of Area Partnership: Leicestershire address: VESA Office, Herrick Road Leicester LE2 6DH Tel 0116 2707942 e-mail: neil.stock@vesa.org.uk web-site (if applicable): Area Partnership lead HEI: Loughborough University Contact details for lead HEI: address: Administration Building 2, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU tel:01509 263171 e-mail: Contact details for area director At lead HEI address: Howard Jones, Administration 2 Loughborough University tel: 01509 263171 e-mail: H.E.Jones@lboro.ac.uk Name of Area Partnership: address: Leicestershire tel: 0116 2707942 e-mail:neil.stock@vesa.org.uk 2 Partnership vision and strategic priorities (see paragraph 96) (500 words max) • Aimhigher Leicestershire is committed to the vision of working in partnership to raise aspirations, improve attainment and increase participation in higher education for targeted students through a variety of routes and opportunities. • We intend to further develop the successful collaborative practices that have been established and focus activity on interventions that will benefit learners from lower socio –economic backgrounds and most disadvantaged groups. • The work of Aimhigher supports the Local Area Agreements being negotiated in Leicester city and Leicestershire. Both include a target to work on improving the proportion of the working age population who hold 1 31/05/2010
  2. 2. qualifications at Level 4 and above. This work sits within the Employment & Skills areas of the LAAs and it is likely that City and County will come together into a Multi Area Agreement to address these Employment & Skills issues. • Aimhigher Leicestershire has identified a number of strategic objectives ( see section 3) that we are addressing already through our interventions. The impact of these interventions are being evaluated against the stated objectives. • City schools have agreed to pool 40% of individual allocations into a collective pot for collaborative provision. All county schools and colleges will be working as partnerships on collective Aimhigher plans and delivery too. As a condition of funding schools will report in their SEFs and SIPs where Aimhigher has had impact. City colleges will put together a collaborative delivery plan of Aimhigher interventions and they will report impact in their SARs. We are negotiating with the LLN over links with training providers and employers to avoid duplication of work and maximise efficiency of work • We already provide all schools and colleges Aimhigher cohort lists using data held centrally on all the targeting criteria except occupation. These criteria are students who reside in areas falling within the 40% highest IMD ratings nationally, all Looked After Children, students with a registered disability, and students with potential to progress to HE as determined by the APC based on Fischer family trust data and actual performance. We collect this data from evaluation forms after events have been held using a regional database first developed in Leicestershire. We have asked our two LAs ( Leicester and Leicestershire), whether they would be prepared to survey all parents regarding occupation. One has already agreed to do this. The total Aimhigher cohort for the two Las is 13,700 currently. • We are already able to compare the attainment of the Aimhigher cohort viz a viz the entire cohort at KS2, KS3, GCSE, Level 3. We can also track their destinations at 16, 17 and 18 by course, level, employment, NEET etc using LA and LSC data returns from schools and colleges. We will use commissioned data research to investigate tracking the cohort and non cohort progression to HE using UCAS data. We can cut this by ethnicity, gender, course type, region, top UCAS points etc. We have also developed a database tracking cohort participation in aimhigher events and changes to student aspirations. We will link this database to our existing database measuring the attainment and progression of the cohort to ascertain if certain packages of intervention have more impact. We will finally, ask the data managers to conduct more subjective research into attitudinal change, and other WP issues the data will uncover. 3 Strategic objectives 2008-2011( Please note that baseline figures quoted are based on the latest data available to us at the time of submitting the plan. This includes a fair amount of 2006/07 data. As more 2007/08 data becomes available for analysis some baselines may change. Strategic objective Indicators of success Timescale To raise the aspirations & Increase in the percentage of targeted 2011 motivations of the Aimhigher students staying in education or training at cohort to enter appropriate 17 based on connexions destinations data 2 31/05/2010
  3. 3. FE/HE provision. captured in November each year, from 90.5% in November 2007 to 92.5% by 2011 (County from 91.7% to 93.7% and City from 90.1% to 92.6%). Compare the percentage of the cohort successfully staying on to that of the whole Year Group. Increased percentage from the target group successfully applying to HE from a baseline figure that will be established by asking schools and colleges for this data based on 2008 HE applications. To raise the attainment of 2010 potential FE/HE students from Increase the percentage from the Aimhigher the target groups so that they cohort attaining Level 2, and Level 3 gain the academic/ vocational qualifications. In 2006 /07 42% of the qualifications and learning Aimhigher cohort had achieved Level 2 at skills that will enable them to age 16, ( in the county the figure was 55%, enter & succeed in HE, in the city 28%) including the most By age 19, 85% of the cohort had achieved demanding courses Level 2 ( 87% in the county and 85% in the city) At Level 3 44.6% of the Aimhigher cohort achieved this Level by age 19 in 2006/07, ( 51.5% in the county and 44% in the city) Provide specific provision for those members of the Aimhigher cohort who are also gifted & talented. Increase in the number of Leicestershire students aged 20 and under successfully applying to HE with 300 or more UCAS points from baseline of 2,171 in 2007 To strengthen progression Increase the numbers successfully 2011 routes into FE / HE via progressing to FE /HE from these routeways vocational provision from a baseline of 610 or 16% of the Aimhigher cohort, - split by county 170 ( 16%), and city 440 ( 15,8%) Work closely with the Lifelong Learning Network to grow provision. In particular, Aimhigher will work closely with the LLN and LSC to raise the aspirations and motivation of Apprentices to wish to progress to Higher Education. To address barriers to Increase in the percentage of such learners 2011 learners with a disability progressing post 16 from a baseline of 222 or 10% of the cohort in 2006/07. Increase the number of these learners progressing to FE or WBL from a baseline of 126 in 2006/07 Increase the number successfully progressing to HE by age 20 from a baseline for Leicester and Leicestershire of 294 set in 2008 To address barriers to Increase in the percentage of such learners Looked After Children progressing to FE or WBL at 16 and to HE by age 20 from a baseline of 7 ( known)set in 3 31/05/2010
  4. 4. 2006/07 From a strong research base, Follow up research indicates that barriers 2011 address barriers to have been overcome or lowered. attainment and progression faced by learners from particular groups in particular geographical settings. 4 Learner progression framework Please provide details of the partnership’s plans for the use of the Aimhigher learner progression framework or similar arrangement for the provision of sequenced activities as part of an individual learner’s transition curriculum. (250 words max) We have re-visited our centrally delivered programmes and explained the learner experiences and written in learning outcomes. These have been tested out by school teachers to ensure that they correspond to what they perceive the learning outcomes to be. They have then been included in the portfolio of activities that is circulated to all school / college co-ordinators. The co-ordinators have had the learner progression framework explained to them and have been encouraged to use it as part of the personalised curriculum. We have particularly emphasised to co-ordinators that they should avoid replication of learning outcomes and experiences for learners. 5 Evaluation Please briefly outline the key elements of the Area Partnership evaluation plan. Please note: HEFCE will request a more detailed evaluation plan to be presented by 31 July 2008. At this stage we only require a brief description of intentions. Aspect of the strategic Brief description of methodology Who will do Estimated plan to be evaluated (100 words max per item) this work? cost £000s Evaluate which The Area has developed databases Commissione £7,000 “packages” of Aimhigher measuring cohort participation in d Data and interventions have the Aimhigher interventions and the Monitoring greater impact on raising aspiration levels, attainment and and aspirations, attainment progression rates of the cohort We will Evaluation and the progression design a system enabling these two Managers rates of the Aimhigher databases to interact and then evaluate cohort. the impact of various packages. Evaluate the extent to Using case studies from schools and Commissione £7,000 which the Learner colleges select a focus group of d Monitoring Progression Framework learners ,teachers and activity and as it has been developed providers to be interviewed periodically Evaluation in Leicester and in order to evaluate their perceptions of Manager and Leicestershire makes the Learner Progression Framework. Research coherent sense from the Manager. 4 31/05/2010
  5. 5. perspective of learners and teachers. Evaluate the impact of Conduct a qualitative research project Commissione £7,000 Aimhigher on the with focus groups of learners and d researcher. attitudes and aspirations parents. of learners and their parents. 6 Aimhigher Area Partnership budget 2008-2011 Please provide an indication of the funding to be allocated to deliver the partnership’s strategic objectives. Budget heading Indicative Indicative Indicative budget budget budget 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 £000s £000s £000s Campus visits ( including Yr 8 & £97,453 £97,453 £97,453 ( Tasters) Mentoring £2,069 £3,000 £3,000 Master classes (from revision to £14,486 £14,486 £14,486 subject enrichment) Student ambassadors £14,899 £14,899 £14,899 Information, advice and guidance £12,416 £12,899 £12,899 (IAG) activities Aimhigher summer schools (HEFCE £51,488( all £51,488( all ?????????? funded) allocated to allocated to commissioned commissioned collaborative collaborative scheme) scheme) Funding for schools, (including £307,437 £314,321 £313,512 academies and trusts) and local authorities for specific programme (where agreed)* Funding for colleges, training/FE £262,219 £263,902 £263,704 provider for specific programme (where agreed)** Healthcare strand £28,084 £20,000 £20,000 Staff development £4967 £4,967 £4,967 Evaluation £44,500 £44,500 £44,500 Area management ( and operational £165,560 £165,560 £165,560 delivery from school & college side, also communications strategy) Costs of lead HEI £15,000 £15,000 £15,000 Other category (or categories; please £131,242 £108,138 £108,335 specify) Leicestershire Progression Accord, Working with primaries, disability project, Space Olympics, IB work, working with LACs, personal statement workshops, bespoke provision in schools, revision sessions, contingency, project 5 31/05/2010
  6. 6. support funding, disability project, commissioned work, contingency etc etc Total of above £1,151,820 £1,130,613 £1,078,315 Total Aimhigher funding available £1,151,820 £1,130,613 £1,078,315 ( including summer school and health related funding) * A separate workbook will be provided by HEFCE for partnerships to indicate the funding to be deducted at source by DIUS and then passed to schools and local authorities through the DCSF Standards Fund. It will be the responsibility of the Area Partnership Committee to inform each partner local authority and school of the funding which has been allocated by the Area Partnership Committee on an annual basis. ** It is the responsibility of the Area Partnership Committee to inform partner colleges of funding allocations and to advise its lead HEI to make these payments. 6 31/05/2010
  7. 7. 7 Composition of the Area Partnership Committee Name Organisation Contact details Ray Flude (Chair) Leicestershire and rflude@llclp.org.uk Leicester City Learning Partnership Neil Stock Leicestershire Aimhigher neil.stock@vesa.org.uk Kathy Williams University of Leicester kew6@leicester.ac.uk Howard Jones Loughborough University H.E.Jones@lboro.ac.uk Abigail Howells De Montfort University akhowells@dmu.ac.uk Linda Lawton Open University L.lawton@virgin.net Eric MacIntyre County FE colleges macintyree@loucoll.ac.uk Eddie Playfair City FE colleges eddiep@regent-college.ac.uk Peter Arnold Leicester City LA pa@peterarnold.plus.com Chris Connearn Leicestershire County LA cconnearn@leics.gov.uk Jas Dhillon Leicestershire LSC jas.dhillon@lsc.gov.uk Simon Catchpole Leicester city Education catchpole@crownhills.leicester.sch.uk Improvement Partnership Jo Charlesworth Leicestershire schools jcharlesworth@aol.com Partnerships Jenny Rice Lifelong Learning Network jr152@le.ac.uk South East Midlands Roz Smith Leicester shire Connexions rsmith@connexions-leics.org Service Alex McManus Leicester+shire VESA alex.Mcmanus@vesa.org.uk Emma Taylor Aimhigher emma.taylor@vesa.org.uk Lynda Wyatt OCNEMR Lynda.wyatt@ocnemr.org.uk Ray Arkless LANTERN 8 Aimhigher activities to be provided collectively in association with other Area Partnerships Please provide details of activities which will be provided collectively in association with other areas*. Activity to be Indicative Indicative Indicative Name of provider of collective provided in budget budget budget service association with 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 other providers £000s £000s £000s Summer schools £51,488 £51,488 ??????????? Loughborough University Research and Data £15,000 £15,450 £15,464 Loughborough University Monitoring & £11,000 £11,330 £11,340 Loughborough University Evaluation 7 31/05/2010
  8. 8. * Please note: Figures given here should have already been included in the budget statement given at 6 above. It will be the responsibility of the Area Partnerships commissioning the collective service to develop contractual arrangements with the collective service provider. Please provide details of the way in which the collective service provider will report to the Area Partnership. The Northamptonshire summer school co-ordinator will be commissioned to run the summer schools and will report both orally and in written format to the Leicestershire Aimhigher Executive Group and APC regarding Leicestershire student participation and institutional provision. It had been hoped that the Areas would commission a post to co-ordinate Health related work across the Areas. However, following the recent resignation of the Healthcare project worker, the Area managers are developing a new strategy based in each area. This will evolve following further consultation with the project worker and other appropriate stakeholders. 9 Strategic planning process Please describe the process used to draft this plan? (Max 250 words) Schools & colleges are re-organising themselves into collaborative partnerships in order to plan 14 -19 provision & to deliver the new diplomas. In the city all secondary schools are members of the city Education Improvement Partnership. In the county schools are organised in geographical partnerships. Post 16 in the city, FE and schools with sixth forms, are currently re-organising into a post 16 federation of institutions and there is a city /county FE Principals’ Network. Aimhigher has engaged in a close two way dialogue with these partnerships and with the two LAs, and LSC, to ensure synergy between this strategic plan and the emerging partnership plans. The partnerships have agreed to pool a percentage of individual institutional Aimhigher funding to ensure that collaborative approaches to WP in support of wider partnership curriculum developments help us to deliver our Aimhigher strategic priorities. They have also agreed to show the impact of Aimhigher through school SEFs and SIPs. Discussions have also taken place with the LSC and LLN to ensure that targets are aligned and that duplication is minimised in linkages to training providers and employers. Finally, the Connexions representative on the ASG has fed into the service the various drafts of the plan to ensure synergy with the service’s own developments. The various drafts of the plan have been discussed by our Executive Group and the full ASG. Where appropriate, please give details of other plans referred to when drafting this plan. (Max 250 words) City and county Children and Young People’s Plan, LSC Strategic Plan, EIP plan, Post 16 Learning Partnership Board, 8 31/05/2010
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  10. 10. Please list the key partners who signed off this plan Contact Institution/organisation/agency Morag Bell Loughborough University Mark Thompson University of Leicester Stephen Baskerville De Montfort University Eddie Playfair FE College Principals’ representative on ASG Ray Flude Leicester city and Leicestershire Learning Partnership David Carter Leicester city LA Tony Mulhearn Leicestershire LA Carolyn Savage Leicestershire LSC 10 31/05/2010
  11. 11. 10 Area Partnership operational plan template 2008-09 Please complete the Area Partnership operational plan for 2008-09 in the following table. Area Partnerships will be required to report against the annual operational plan in interim or annual monitoring statements. Budget heading Estimated total Indicative activity targets No. of beneficiaries funding for year (where applicable) Campus visits ( including Yr 8 & 9 Tasters) £97,453 University Experience Days, Taster days, 2,800 Shadowing days. 45 events to be delivered Mentoring £2,069 40 mentors trained for Aiming Higher for a Healthy 70 school students Career project Master classes (from revision to subject enrichment) £14,486 18 masterclasses planned 500 students Student ambassadors £14,899 140 ambassadors trained 800 school students IAG activities £12,416 Various IAG activities (see section11). 40 planned 1,850students /parents Summer schools (HEFCE funded) £51,488 Provision of residential and non residential 140 school summer schools including those held in FE students providing experience of Foundation Degrees. participate Funding for schools/local authorities £307,437 Provision of collaborative & bespoke interventions 10,115 students for schools and collaborative events. Funding for colleges, training/FE provider £262,219 FE as providers of interventions collaborative & 3,586 students bespoke provision for their own students. Healthcare strand £28,084 £25,000 will go towards an Area project “Aiming 70 students for a Healthy Career.” £3,084 will go towards building links with appropriate Sector Skills Councils. Staff development £4,967 Inputs to 3 LA staff conferences 180staff Evaluation £44,500 Funding for 2.5 data managers and an Evaluation and Monitoring manager. Hosting costs at Lead HEI. Area management ( including communications £165,560 Strategic and operational management of entire strategy) project. 11 31/05/2010
  12. 12. Costs of lead HEI £15,000 Loughborough University takes on responsibility of Lead HEI Other category (or categories; please specify) £131,242 Leicestershire Progression Accord, Space Olympics, Primary school work, revision sessions, study skills workshops, project support fund, contingency, disability project, LAC work, commissioned research, etc. Total without funding to schools/local authorities £844,383 Total including funding to schools/local authorities £1,151,820 12 31/05/2010
  13. 13. 11 Operational planning by group/outcome/activity type Please also report planned outcomes in the format given below which uses stages in learners’ experience and outcomes rather than activity. This method of presentation will be useful to partnerships when considering their evaluation plans. Area partnerships should complete the table below for 2008-09 to indicate the allocation of resources by group/year type, related activities and expected learner outcomes. Please try to define learner outcomes as you think appropriate. It is accepted that defining learner outcomes for whole cohorts/year groups will probably be at quite a high level. We draw attention particularly to the key transition points at: •year 9 •year 11 •on exit from the 14-19 phase of learning. Partnerships may wish to focus on these three key transition points rather than attempt learner outcomes for all year groups. This is the first time we have asked partnerships to report in this way and we will be grateful for your best efforts. We have included this table to reflect the importance of planning and outcomes of the programme as a whole in the context of the learner progression framework. We will review the format of this table for reporting for 2009-10. Group type Learner outcomes Associated activities Cost (year group/cohort) Year 9 Discover more about life in (Options year) HE Gain knowledge about Aimhigher Roadshows £7,500 progression routes to HE Aspirations to consider HE as a future option Provide a broad taster of future options and opportunities Year 9 Taster courses £30,000 Raise aspirations about future learning Encourage learners to think about options at KS4 An introduction to HE to raise awareness, motivation University Experience £60,000 and aspiration. An Days increased interest in continuing to study. Familiarisation with HE environment, facilities and 13 31/05/2010
  14. 14. range of opportunities. Perception of what a student does. Learners have improved Year 9 Parents £2,000 knowledge of courses and Evenings progression routes in KS4. Year 10 Increased knowledge and understanding of HE. Student Life £1,200 Preparing students to make Presentations informed choices. Raised awareness of university life. A raised awareness of student life. Further familiarisation with HE Student Shadowing £3,000 environment, facilities and range of opportunities. Greater perception of what a student does. Increased knowledge and understanding of HE .Raised aspirations, Summer Schools £51,488 improved skills to raise attainment. Improved self confidence and team working and communications skills. Reinforced wish to progress to HE. Year 11 Raised awareness of the (Choosing post-16 variety of progression futures) routes. Development of Transition support. £2,000 skills which enhance the learner’s transition into FE or employment. An understanding of effective independent learning styles. Study Skills Days £2,000 Development of skills which enhance effective study, revision and exam techniques. Increased motivation and Masterclasses £14,486 the development of skills, (study, team working, project etc) to improve attainment. Improved confidence. Enhancement of school / college based studies. Year 12 Learners have improved knowledge of HE and the Year 12 Parents £2,000 factors to consider when Evenings 14 31/05/2010
  15. 15. making decisions about HE Learners understand the main benefits and Student Life attractions of student life. Presentations to Year £1,200 Learners can make 12 decisions about important aspects of student life e.g. where to live. An introduction to an HE Year 12 HE Taster £10,000 subject and its teaching & Courses assessment styles. An increased interest in continuing to study. Helps to clarify subject/ university choices before a commitment is made. Familiarization with HE environment, facilities and range of opportunities. Perception of what a student does. Year 13 Learners encouraged to Student Finance £2,000 think about financial Presentation. implications of HE study and an understanding of the importance of independent budgeting. Work based learners Exit from 14-19 See above Years 12 and phase 13. Other groups Bespoke provision put on for individual primary schools, adult learners and work based learners but not as part of centrally co- ordinated provision. 15 31/05/2010

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