September 2014 saw the introduction of important reforms, creating a coherent system of support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across the 0-25 year age range. The reforms required significant changes to policy, procedure and practice in further education colleges in England.
On behalf of the Department for Education, AoC conducted two surveys to find out where colleges are with the reforms, produced best practice case studies and a hints and tips document, as well as running a series of free to attend regional events.
The first readiness survey was carried out in June 2014. This survey was to test the confidence levels of colleges about their readiness for the forthcoming reforms. A summary of the results is available to download, please note that the results represent the opinions of 178 colleges which is 47% of all further education colleges, and not the whole sector. Further Education readiness for Special Educational Needs reforms - Summary, June 2014 (PDF,109.1 KB).
The second survey was sent out to colleges in October 2014, a summary of the results is available to download. This results represent the opinions of 169 colleges and not the whole sector. Further Education implementation of Special Educational Needs reforms - Summary, October 2014 (PDF,140 KB)
Eight best practice case studies have been produced on a variety of topics:
- Effective implementation of Education, Health and Care plans in partnership with the local authority (PDF,150.76 KB) - Bromley College of Further and Higher Education
- Empowering the student participation in college life (PDF,155.19 KB) - Exeter College
- Working with schools towards effective transition planning into college (PDF,164.46 KB) - Gloucestershire College
- Pathways into employment (PDF,146.21 KB) - Hackney Community College
- Working with your local authority (PDF,122.29 KB) - Oaklands College
- Personalised learning programmes (PDF,146.65 KB) - Leicester College
- Pathways to employment, supported internships (PDF,157.7 KB) - Trafford College
- Transition out of college (PDF,162.83 KB) - Weston College
The regional events provided colleges with the opportunity to find out more about the reforms, how to implement them, next steps, as well as the chance to discuss the challenges and solutions with colleagues. Speakers will include DfE, Preparing for Adulthood, a local authority and more.
Presentations from the regional events:
- DfE slides (PDF,811.71 KB)
- Preparing for Adulthood presentation (PDF,1.77 MB)
- Preparing for Adulthood presentation (South West event) (PDF,2.02 MB)
- Hertfordshire County Council (PDF,861.05 KB)
- Oaklands College presentation (PDF,2.26 MB)
- Bromley College presentation (PDF,1.22 MB)
- London Borough of Bromley presentation (PDF,112.89 KB)
- London Councils presentation (PDF,414.81 KB)
- Solihull MBC presentation (PDF,576.16 KB)
- Hereward College presentation (PDF,1.27 MB)
- Hereward College video
- NATSPEC presentation (PDF,621.89 KB)
- Somerset County Council presentation (PDF,129.93 KB)
- The Manchester College presentation (PDF,1.07 MB)
- Manchester City Council presentation (PDF,753.79 KB)
- Brockenhurst College presentation (PDF,3.12 MB)
- Buckinghamshire County Council presentation (PDF,362.19 KB)
- New College Durham presentation (PDF,429.71 KB)
- Hartlepool Borough Council and North Tyneside Council presentation (PDF,182.24 KB)
- Leicester City Council presentation (PDF,442.69 KB)
- Darlington College presentation (PDF,106.15 KB)
- City of York Council presentation (PDF,3.34 MB)
- North Yorkshire County Council presentation (PDF,2.02 MB)
Please download a copy of the Implementation Pack (PDF,782.94 KB) that DfE have put together for Further Educational College, more information about the reforms and supporting documents can be found on their website.
Please download a copy of Preparing for Adulthood's Supported Internships fact sheet (PDF,288.99 KB).