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Developing a Network of Centres of Excellence for Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities within Post 16 Education and Training Providers. Researcher - Steven Horan, Register Services. Action Research 1 Coordinator – Simon Vines, Orchard Hill College

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Developing a Network of Centres of Excellence for Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities within Post 16 Education and Training Providers
  • Researcher - Steven Horan, Register Services.
  • Action Research 1 Coordinator – Simon Vines, Orchard Hill College
  • Action Research 2 Coordinator – Ros Jellis, Mencap Pathway

Project Funded by London South Learning Skills Council

aims and objectives
Aims and Objectives
  • Identify gaps and capacity issues in current post-16 provision.
  • Identify future LLDD post-16 demand
  • Present provider development models for improving provision to cater for future demands
project structure
Project Structure
  • Research Project
    • Current and Future Demands
    • Models for developing provision
  • Action Research 1
    • Orchard Hill College
    • Identification of requirements of learners attempting to enter college
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Project Structure
  • Action Research 2
    • Mencap Pathway
    • Assessing and training of transition/NEET LLDD to support employment
current and future demand
Current and Future Demand
  • Comparison of current and future demand
  • Current Population – Based on Connexions data
  • Future Population – Based on PLASC data
    • Only 5 years of data is available
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Current and Future Demand
  • Destinations of current population
current demand
Current Demand
  • Total of 5844 known to Connexions
  • Almost 800 people in the NEET category
  • Information on post-19 clients is severely lacking
future demand
Future Demand
  • Despite national research showing a rise in PMLD, this data suggests that it is falling in the region
  • Communication disorders are increasing, especially in the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders is the fastest growing demand across the region
current provision
Current Provision
  • Additional Information
  • Gaps and capacity issues were identified directly by consulting:
    • Connexions borough advisors
    • Providers
    • Other education professionals
capacity issues
Capacity Issues
  • Gaps and capacity issues highlighted by Connexions borough advisers:
  • Providers and opportunities for training and entering employment
  • Lack of appropriate curriculum provision for specific disabilities/difficulties:
    • ASD
    • Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
    • SLD and PMLD
    • MLD and Mental Health Issues
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Capacity Issues
  • Lack of overall support, training, and access to therapies
  • Funding and organisation of transport
  • Funding for a greater range of providers
current provision barriers
Current Provision - Barriers
  • During consultation with providers, three general barriers were identified:
    • Staff training
    • Gaps and capacity issues in provision
    • Information sharing
action research projects
Action Research Projects
  • Assessment of Needs by Orchard Hill College
    • Assessment of 12 LLDD to determine support needs to and recommendations for future education and/or training
  • Transition to Employment by Mencap Pathway
    • Four LLDD received 2 weeks in-house employment training before entering a supported work experience placement in their employment field of choice
proposals specific
Proposals - Specific
  • Submitted by other organisations
  • Orchard Hill College and Carshalton College
    • Student Vocational Progression Unit for learners with ASD, severe/profound LDs, mental health issues, challenging behaviour, physical, medical and sensory difficulties/disabilities
  • Bromley Autistic Trust
    • Re-establish their outreach service to support learners with ASD into college and employment
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Proposals - Specific
  • Kingston College Crescent Resource Centre Progression Unit
    • Collaboration with Workstart to provide training and support for LLDD into employment
  • Connexions Partnership LLDD IAG
    • Novel IAG provision focussed specifically on LLDD
    • Links with Orchard Hill action research on assessing needs of LLDD and identification of suitable provision
draft proposals general
Draft Proposals - General
  • Wide variety of issues, some of which are identified in other literature:
  • London South LSC to employ a LLDD Partnership and Development Officer
  • Gather and share more information on LLDD and LLDD providers
  • Improve the level of training among all providers with a dedicated training budget
draft proposals general20
Draft Proposals - General
  • Work with Children's Trusts to tackle cross agency issues
consultation event
Consultation Event
  • Comments and discussions from the event focused around 6 areas.
  • Funding – Many of these issues were based around the organisation of funds
    • Changes to ALS
    • Funding Silos
    • Conflicts between the variety of LLDD courses and LSC targets
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Consultation Event
  • Transition – A key area that many people believe would benefit from a better planned multi-agency approach
  • Collaborative Working – Most common topic
    • Positive and negative views on the effectiveness of Children’s Trusts
    • Recommended that local planning should be shared
    • General willingness by specialist providers to share expertise and good practice
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Consultation Event
  • Information – General frustration over lack sharing of information on LLDD
  • Transport – General concerns over the organisation and funding of transport for post-19 LLDD
  • Planning – Specific issues raised
    • Geographical considerations in the Centres of Excellence model
    • Population changes in specific LDD types with age
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Demand for ASD provision will increase approximately 3-fold over the next 5 years
  • Provision for learners with ASD is not meeting current demand and urgently requires development
  • Limited information on post-16 learners shows a NEET group of almost 800 people
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Conclusions
  • Gaps in provision are also present for learners with:
    • Moderate, severe, and profound learning disabilities/difficulties
    • Behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties
    • Mental health issues
  • Work Based Learning and employment training urgently needs development
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Conclusions
  • The LSC regional and borough strategic development teams to coordinate and implement solutions to the issues surrounding LLDD provision
  • More data on learners currently in post-16 provision is required for future strategic planning and development
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Thank you

Contact Details

Steve Horan

Tel. 020 8770 8154

Email. [email protected]

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