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Lincolnshire Wolds 14-19 Cluster: A Case Study. Context: Geography. Cluster area: Market Rasen (De Aston) Mablethorpe (Tennyson) Caistor (Yarborough, Grammar) Louth (MDTC, Cordeaux, KEVIS, St Bernard’s) North Somercotes (Birkbeck). Context: Geography. Cluster area:

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Context geography
Context: Geography

  • Cluster area:

    • Market Rasen (De Aston)

    • Mablethorpe (Tennyson)

    • Caistor (Yarborough, Grammar)

    • Louth (MDTC, Cordeaux, KEVIS, St Bernard’s)

    • North Somercotes (Birkbeck)


Context geography1
Context: Geography

  • Cluster area:

    • Market Rasen (De Aston)

    • Mablethorpe (Tennyson)

    • Caistor (Yarborough, Grammar)

    • Louth (MDTC, Cordeaux, KEVIS, St Bernard’s)

    • North Somercotes (Birkbeck)

  • FE: Lincoln, Grimsby (GIFHE, Franklin), Boston


Context history
Context: History

  • Pre-2002

    • Dog eat dog

    • No collaboration

  • 2002

    • New headteachers (MDTC, Cordeaux, Birkbeck)

  • 2003

    • Louth Area Strategic Planning Board

      → Lincs Wolds Cluster


Context curriculum
Context: Curriculum

  • School offers

    • Post-14: GCSE, GNVQ, (BTec)

    • Post-16: AS/A2, GNVQ, AVCE

    • Minimal vocational & applied learning

  • FE offer

    • Very broad curriculum choice 

    • Prohibitive travel to learn distance for some 


Early days
Early Days

  • Identification of curriculum gaps

    • Curriculum review

    • Student preference questionnaires

  • Potential solutions identified but

    • Mainly FE (Lincoln) based

    • No facilities to provide accommodation

  • Some nervousness/lack of trust


Lsc cluster activity 2004
LSC Cluster Activity 2004

  • Increased number of interested parties

    • Wider range of providers 

    • Some passive partners 

    • Unwieldy for decisions/actions 

  • Explicit LSC involvement/support

    • Clear independent view 

    • Development of greater trust 

  • 14 small working groups set up


Lsc cluster activity 2005
LSC Cluster Activity 2005

  • Clear shared understanding of

    • Curriculum gaps

    • Student demand

    • Post-16 participation/NEET rates

  • Proposed solution

    • New College operated by lead (FE) partner

    • No (or not enough) money 


Lsc cluster activity 2006
LSC Cluster Activity 2006

  • Change to LSC capital funding rules

    • Introduction of “competition”

    • Development of collaborative vision:

      “The Vocational College itself is envisaged not as a physical and self contained building, but an organisation that delivers courses through existing providers located in the area as well as additional courses through a new building.”

  • Formation of EIP to submit bid

    • LCC support 


Lsc competition 2006
LSC Competition 2006

  • Statement of need from existing data

  • Stage 1: open national competition

  • Stage 2: submit capital bid

    • School led  100% capital available

  • Meanwhile…

    • Diploma gateway applications

      • Based on existing secure partnerships 


Eip 2007
EIP 2007

  • Clarification of vision

    • Management arrangements

      • New Co.

      • Possible Trust

    • Curriculum delivery

  • Inclusion of new partners

    • Further Education

    • University

    • WBL providers

    • Employers


Eip cluster 2007
EIP/ Cluster 2007…

  • Beginning building

    • £3.8M Wolds College (partnership contract)

    • £1.8M “upgrades” to 7 schools

  • Diploma development

    • 3 successful lines

    • £1.5M capital

  • Investigation of Trust School status


Wolds college concept
Wolds College Concept

  • “Managed learning space”

    • Managed by consortium Company

    • Students “owned” by home institution

    • Delivery primarily by FE staff

    • Minimal WC employees

    • Funding follows learners

    • Future flexibility inbuilt

    • Complex to explain/understand/manage! 


Diploma Groups

Phase 1

Time Table Group

C&M

SH&D

IT

Diploma Groups

Phase 2

Eng

CBE

H&C

LBE

Employer Engagement Group

BAF

H&B

Diploma Groups

Phase 3

M

Diploma Capital &

Revenue

S&L

T&T

Retail

PS

Programme Management Board LSC Capital Funding

Wolds College Curriculum Coordinators Group

Early Adopter Group

DfES/SSAT Funding

Decision Making Groups – Wolds Cluster Partnership

Cluster Forum of Head Teachers/ FE/HE/WBL Providers

(Wider partnership)

14-19 Learning Entitlement Cluster – Implementation

Education Improvement Partnership (EIP)

or

Educational Charitable Company

or

Shared Trust


Future developments
Future Developments

  • Opening of College autumn 2008

  • Increased curriculum offer from Sept 2008

  • Additional Diploma lines

  • Increased common timetabling

  • Incorporation of 14-16

  • Sustainable transport policy


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned

  • Trust takes time

  • Collect data, gather evidence, develop understanding

  • Work through difficulties

  • Don’t cower before complexity

  • Seize the moment!



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