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1.1.0. Learning and Skills Council Skills for Life Quality Initiative 2005-2006. Whole Organisation Approach (WOA) Session 1: Strategies Session 2: Quality Session 3: Role of the facilitator Session 4: Impact measurement. Session 1: Strategies. Aims: For participants to:

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1.1.0

Learning and Skills Council Skills for Life Quality Initiative 2005-2006

  • Whole Organisation Approach (WOA)
  • Session 1: Strategies
  • Session 2: Quality
  • Session 3: Role of the facilitator
  • Session 4: Impact measurement
session 1 strategies
Session 1: Strategies

Aims:

For participants to:

  • Examine strategies that underpin a successful whole organisation approach
  • Share lessons learned during the delivery of the Skills for Life Quality Initiative 2004-2005
  • Explore new strategies in order to work effectively with selected organisations in the current phase

1.1.1

learning objectives
Learning objectives

By the end of the session, participants will have:

  • defined critical success factors evident in successful WOAs
  • identified the steps in the process to achieve cultural change in relation to a WOA
  • shared examples of Skills for Life Quality Initiative regional achievements during 2004-2005 in their own region and nationally

continued…

1.1.2

learning objectives continued
Learning objectives continued
  • reviewed success indicators for leadership and management with specific reference to Skills for Life
  • compared the Skills for Life Quality Initiative Impact Measurement criteria and the findings of the WOA Pathfinder project
  • shared the findings of the Warwick University evaluation of the Skills for Life Quality Initiative 2004-2005.

1.1.2i

learning and skills council skills for life quality initiative 2005 2006
Learning and Skills Council Skills for Life Quality Initiative 2005-2006

Aims for 2005-2006

  • To develop a professional Skills for Life workforce
  • To develop a whole organisation approach to Skills for Life

1.1.3

skills for life quality initiative national priorities 2005 2006
Skills for Life Quality Initiative: national priorities 2005-2006
  • Support for developing whole organisation approaches
  • Embedding Skills for Life across the organisation
  • Skills for Life leadership and management training
  • Regional facilitation and development of the facilitator network
  • Support for e-learning development
  • Support for the interface between Key Skills and Skills for Life
  • Development of CPD framework including specialist Skills for Life advice and guidance
  • Dissemination of good practice

1.1.4

whole organisation approach definition
Whole Organisation Approach: Definition

Where literacy, language and numeracy provision is central to the

whole organisation at all levels, ranging from strategic leadership

and management to delivery practice.

This includes embedding Skills for Life in teaching and learning

programmes across a range of learning aims and goals and providing

all learners with opportunities to progress and achieve qualifications.

These aims can be achieved by reviewing current organisational

structures and procedures, and, if necessary, introducing new

approaches that will embed Skills for Life at all levels.

1.1.5

models of good practice
Models of Good Practice

Dissemination of good practice based on facilitator engagement with organisations during 2004-2005.

1.1.6

success indicators skills for life quality initiative woa checklist 2005 2006
Success Indicators: Skills for LifeQuality Initiative WOA Checklist 2005-2006
  • Senior manager with responsibility for Skills for Life
  • Skills for Life organisational strategy
  • Steering group monitoring cross-organisational effectiveness of Skills for Life
  • Skills for Life improvement targets
  • Skills for Life evidenced in vocational areas in SAR
  • MIS data used to monitor Skills for Life developments and targets

continued…

1.2.0

success indicators skills for life quality initiative woa checklist 2005 2006 continued
Success Indicators: Skills for LifeQuality Initiative WOA Checklist 2005-2006 continued
  • Criteria for observation of teaching and learning includes Skills for Life
  • Clear process identified for sharing good practice
  • Skills for Life central to organisation staff development/training plan

1.2.1

skills for life quality initiative woa criteria and achievements 2004 2005
Skills for Life Quality Initiative WOA: Criteria and Achievements 2004-2005
  • Additional 43% of providers now have a senior manager with responsibility for Skills for Life
  • Number of providers with a Skills for Life strategy increased from 22% to almost 100%
  • Skills for Life evidence in self assessment processes within vocational areas more than doubled
  • MIS data used/planned to be used to monitor Skills for Life developments in three times as many providers
  • 98% of providers now have processes or plans for processes to identify and share good practice in Skills for Life, compared to just 41% prior to the 2004-2005 Skills for Life Quality Initiative

1.2.2

what is happening elsewhere
What is happening elsewhere?

Findings of WOA Pathfinder project

Currently 23 pathfinders; aim is 26 across a range of sectors

  • Involvement and commitment of SMT crucial to WOA
  • Time to change attitudes
  • Identification of champion at senior level vital
  • Important to engage all staff

continued…

1.3.0

what is happening elsewhere continued
What is happening elsewhere? continued
  • Important to establish internal working group
  • Early development of action plan to provide strategic focus
  • Links with other pathfinders for benchmarks
  • Resource appraisal and advice on materials helped teachers and managers to make informed decisions
  • Effectiveness of ‘buddy’ systems in embedding Skills for Life

continued…

1.3.1

what is happening elsewhere continued1
What is happening elsewhere? continued
  • Appointment of member of staff with specific brief for embedding
  • Creation of new systems and procedures + interrogation of data
  • Importance of training needs analysis/appraisal of staff development plans
  • Building on other Skills for Life projects speeded up WOA process
  • Effective dissemination of lessons learned – critical success factors – crucial to maximise WOA to Skills for Life across the sectors

1.3.2

critical steps to success how do we get where we want to be
‘Critical steps to success’ – How do we get where we want to be?

Task – In small sector specific groups:

  • Discuss and consider the identified sector-specific critical success factors.
  • For your context, suggest any additional essential steps required to achieve a successful WOA, recording this on Handout 3a
  • Would you prioritise any of these steps as crucial to the development of a WOA in your sector?

1.3.3

skills for life woa leadership and management
Skills for Life WOA Leadership and Management

Successful whole organisation approaches are underpinned by:

  • SMT vision, commitment and responsibility
  • Highly effective strategic planning
  • Skills for Life targets and data management
  • Skills for Life professional development plan

continued…

1.3.5

skills for life woa leadership and management continued
Skills for Life WOA Leadership and Management continued
  • Quality of Skills for Life teaching, learning and learner assessment
  • Curriculum planning, management and organisation
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Highly effective quality assurance procedures
  • Commitment to and promotion of equality and diversity
  • Responsiveness to national, regional and local learner and employer needs

1.3.5i

university of warwick external evaluation of skills for life quality initiative in yh sw em
University of Warwick external evaluation of Skills for Life Quality Initiative in YH, SW, EM
  • Improved quality of Skills for Life Quality Initiative facilitators
  • Examples of good practice were evident in relation to facilitators providing a high quality level of support and advice to providers
  • Within a very short time-scale, a large volume of visits had been made to providers
  • The overall quality of service provided by facilitators was 'patchy'
  • Recommendations underpin facilitator training

1.3.6

what still needs to be done
WHAT still needs to be done?

Strategies to ensure sustainable development of the whole organisation approach and quality improvement

The development of the facilitator role

1.3.7