Sharing Innovative Approaches

In partnership with AELP (Association of Employment and Learning Providers), the 157 Group delivered 2 projects, funded by the Department for Education on ‘Sharing Innovative Approaches and Overcoming Barriers in Delivering 16-19 Study Programme Principles’.

Developing Learner-Driven Communications to Promote Study Programmes

This project focused on concerns over the quality of advice and guidance currently offered to young people, many of whom arrive at education and training providers with very little information or knowledge about Study Programmes, how they are structured or their benefits to learners.  A specific concern related to the information young people may or may not have been given about the requirement for them to continue to study English and/or maths if they have not yet obtained a Grade C in these subjects; and if they have received information about this, how it was been presented to them.

This project aimed to develop clear, engaging information for young people which promotes awareness of the range of post-16 options and ensures that they are fully informed about the different components of an individualised Study Programme, including the need for, and benefits of, continued English and maths for those learners without a Grade C GCSE. The project ran from October 2014 until the end of March 2015

The key output of the project was a video animation - please find the animation below followed by the best practice report on the project











Developing Learner-Driven Communications to Promote Study Programmes -  Report of Provider Practice 


Ensuring Integrated Learning Experiences Supporting Values of Citizenship

This project aimed to strengthen staff capacity to address extremism and radicalisation. Due to the timing of the project coinciding with the introduction of the new Counter Terrorism Bill and its revised Prevent duty and guidance, it was deemed useful to focus project activity on what the new duty means for education and training providers.

Significant time was spent liaising with those education and training organisations most experienced in Prevent and with Prevent HE/FE Coordinators. The end result is a Prevent toolkit in the form of a suite of case studies which match the headings outlined within the new Prevent duty and guidance. Each section has an introduction, relevant case study, links to additional resources and a checklist of key questions a training organisation should consider.

The toolkit also looks to signpost less experienced organisations towards existing resources such as innovative curriculum materials to support tutorial topics and to identify their local Prevent Engagement Officers. We hope this toolkit provides a valuable resource for education and training organisations to strengthen their work in this important area.

At the time this project ended the new Prevent duty had not yet been clarified in its final terms. For more information please visit the Education and Training Foundation’s website Prevent for FE and Training.

Please click on the hyperlink to download the Prevent Toolkit and find below a report on provider best practice.


Ensuring Integrated Learning Experiences Supporting Values of Citizenship - Report of Provider Practice