Scottish Skills Academies: Colleges supporting learners


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This workshop will focus on the North Lanarkshire model of vocational training partnerships between colleges and schools. The North Lanarkshire partners deliver a range of innovative programmes within the field of Construction, Automotive Studies, Hospitality, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. Iain and Alison will share the experience of the relationship between school and the college and hopefully allow you to consider how your local area can develop Skills Academies.

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Scottish Skills Academies: Colleges supporting learners

  1. 1. Scottish Skills Academies –comprehensives for the 21 st century Ian Sommerville, Clyde Valley High School Alison Allan, Motherwell College
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>ASC and school sector representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Executive Steering group </li></ul><ul><li>Skills For Work </li></ul>
  3. 3. Leitch Review <ul><li>“ We recommend radical change right across the skills spectrum. We have defined clear ambitions at basic, intermediate and higher skills. Our study focuses on adult skills but we express concern and suggest action for 14-19s. </li></ul><ul><li>Lord Sandy Leitch, December 2006 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Social Economic Context 32% North Lanarkshire students Deprived postcodes
  5. 5. <ul><li>Skills For Work courses delivered by </li></ul><ul><li>Motherwell College </li></ul><ul><li>S3 660 pupils </li></ul><ul><li>S4 510 pupils </li></ul><ul><li>S5/6 200 pupils </li></ul>Session 2006 / 2007
  6. 6. North Lanarkshire City Vision Programme <ul><li>College staff (65%) </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers (25%) </li></ul><ul><li>Sports & Leisure staff (2%) </li></ul><ul><li>Community Service / Grounds Maintenance staff (3%) </li></ul><ul><li>Private provider (in-school) (5%) </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Within North Lanarkshire the three local colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Coatbridge College </li></ul><ul><li>Cumbernauld College </li></ul><ul><li>Motherwell College </li></ul><ul><li>play a major role in course delivery - 65% of the total Skills for work programmes. </li></ul><ul><li>The delivery model in North Lanarkshire differs from the situation in most of the rest of the country. In most other council areas delivery by college staff takes place in the colleges. However, in NLC almost 90% of the delivery by college staff takes place in schools. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Beauty Therapy in Clyde Valley H S
  9. 10. Hairdressing salon in Clyde Valley H S
  10. 11. Construction in Clyde Valley High School
  11. 12. Construction workshop in Clyde Valley High School
  12. 13. Auto mechanics in Clyde Valley H S
  13. 14. Auto workshop in Clyde Valley H S
  14. 15. Hospitality in Cardinal Newman H S
  15. 16. Challenges <ul><li>Meeting the increasing demand for courses and </li></ul><ul><li>extending the range of courses on offer using scarce resources </li></ul><ul><li>Equalisation of opportunity / increase number of participating schools </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability / alternative funding sources </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure – development of more specialist areas in schools and Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Labels – (vocational skills on offer to high performing pupils) </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development </li></ul><ul><li>Timetables </li></ul>
  16. 17. The Way Forward <ul><li>Develop high quality skills academies with Colleges at the Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Skills academies are further developed across Scotland with a “best fit” model ensuring the partnership includes Colleges, Local Councils, School head teacher representatives and employers </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic mapping is undertaken within Local and National steering groups (Subject areas and geographical locations are identified as Skills academies) </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability of the academies is incorporated within local area steering group business plans </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum For Excellence agenda and Skills For Work courses are extended to include alternative subject areas out with Skills For Work </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure – development of more specialist areas in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Resources are allocated for Skills academy development i.e travel, staff development, infrastructure </li></ul>
  17. 18. Q and A
  18. 19. Discussion <ul><li>Is the North Lanarkshire model sustainable? </li></ul><ul><li>Will Skills academies lead to over supply of provision in schools? </li></ul><ul><li>EIS and COSLA position on GTC? </li></ul><ul><li>Progression routes? </li></ul><ul><li>Student experience – in College or in School? </li></ul><ul><li>How do non “Skills For Work” e.g Intermediate, higher level and VQ programmes fit within a Skills Academy for school pupils? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we intend to engage industry and source sponsorship for the skills academies? </li></ul>