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Managing Study Programmes

This toolkit is designed to help develop successful study programmes. The toolkit provides activities, supporting resources, tools and documentation to:

  • Enable providers to assess current study programme readiness; how ready are we to deliver a study programme
  • Enable providers to improve their state of readiness
  • Empower providers to regularly monitor staff/colleague engagement with study programmes
  • Support robust evaluation of the study programme as a whole; identifying and developing appropriate action plans to drive improvement

Understanding what helps learner progress in study programmes

A research report that provides an overview of inspection outcomes to support the sector in the delivery of study programmes. This includes the 5 Key Principles that emerged from the analysis.

What enables effective learner progress in study programmes?

Assessing your current position

Resources include a SWOT analysis tool, checklists with quality indicators to improve the quality and delivery of work experience alongside the development of maths and English skills, and a checklist for use by managers and staff as guidance to ensure consideration has been given to the factors that determine a successful study programme.

Analysing provision to improve learner progress (SWOT analysis)

Preparation to support improved learner progress in work placement

Monitoring staff engagement

Resources include:

  • an infographic to prompt and create open and frank discussion about increasing levels of staff engagement in study programmes
  • an activity based resource to help promote reflection and review the effectiveness of communication and strategies that record and improve learner progress
  • a resource that aims to promote reflection by the provider and the practitioner to create more effective management skills.

Levels of staff engagement

Decision Tree – monitoring learner progress

Opening doors to progress

Assessing my study programme

The aim of this presentation is to emphasise the importance of the study programme as a whole entity.

Progress – whole organisation approach

Creating a successful work placement

Work experience continues to be a challenge for some providers, from the organisation of placements for learners, through to the monitoring and evaluation of the learning taking place. The Sainsbury Review and Skills Plan outline the importance of industry based experiences for learners, and make substantial work placements an integral part of the planned technical routes. The effective delivery of these will be a challenge to the Further education (FE) and training sector, and preparation for these is needed, these resources aim to:

  • Enable providers to effectively support learners to make appropriate choices (e.g. work placements and career destinations).
  • Support robust evaluation of work placement learning and identify next steps to aid progress.

Creating a work placement logbook to support learner progress

Thinking outside the box

Employability targets

Collecting and using employer feedback