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Curriculum plans for 2012

January 4, 2012

This is a quick up-date on curriculum and provision plans for the first part of 2012. As usual comments and questions are welcome- just post them on the blog.

Firstly Nicky Read has been appointed as Curriculum Manager to work in this area. I look forward to working with her in this important area of activity. Nicky was previously a management team member in Yorkshire and Humberside region and will start her new role in the near future.

It’s been agreed that we’ll go ahead with pilot ‘lead regions’ in three curriculum areas: Health and Well-being, Community Arts and Media and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Each of the lead regions (West Midlands, South West and Southern)  has a significant volume of provision and a successful track record in that area. The idea of a pilot (that will be evaluated at the end of this academic year) is to find effective ways to share experience and practice, build and nurture practitioner networks and develop curriculum and approaches to learning. It was felt that the lead region pilot would also provide the best context to explore the idea of project/social purpose planning methodology. All three of these areas attract substantial numbers of learners and have huge potential to explore within the curriculum the contribution of adult learning to community development and social action. I’m really pleased that this pilot can now get off the ground and look forward to working on it.

In addition it was agreed to initiate (or confirm) a number of curriculum networks, again to be led by a particular region with an established expertise in that area.  Active Citizenship and Women’s Education both connect significantly with our commitment to equality and democratic citizenship and this provides a way for the experience of two regions (Yorkshire and Humber and East Midlands) to provide focus and drive to expand them. We also wanted to continue two valuable existing networks for Community Interpreting (London) and ICT (East Midlands) and to talk with the Trade Union/Workplace Learning network about how best to develop their work.

The general feeling amongst Skills for Life practitioners was that an operationally focused network (as currently exists) is essential given the particular requirements of that curriculum area. Provision of continuing support for the current network will therefore be a priority.

This is a bit ‘nuts and bolts-ish’ to ensure that people are kept in the loop. I’ll follow it up soon with a more in-depth blog that picks up on some of points in recent debates around curriculum, equality and social purpose. I’m also planning a ‘diary of a journeyman’ that gives some reflection on my WEA work.

Happy New Year to all


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One Comment
  1. Mel Evans, Functional Maths tutor permalink

    Re Community Healthcare, Tony Benbow and I ran a 12-week Introduction to Basic Science 60-hour course last term, which could equally well have been called Maintaining a Healthy Heart. It resulted not only only in Functional Maths and Numeracy achievements, but in one student enrolling on a p/t Healthcare Assistant course and another (previously a cleaner) getting a morning job as sales assistant in a pharmacy. One to repeat another year, perhaps.

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