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Projects

We secure funding from Government agencies and other organisations that wish to work with colleges and make these opportunities available to members. Our members are our number one priority, and all of our projects are designed and delivered to benefit them.

T Level Provider Readiness Programme
November 2020 – November 2022

What is it?

AoC is working in partnership with the Department for Education (DfE) to provide advice, support and guidance to 2022 and 2023 T level providers.

How will I benefit?

The introduction of T Levels has been a huge change for the sector, and we’re here to support you. All 2022 and 2023 providers will be assisted in their strategic planning for T Level provision through KITs, events, networking and the production of case studies and guidance resources.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about the T Level Provider Readiness Programme and other support for providers delivering T Levels, please visit the DfE website or contact the T Level Support team.

Centres For Excellence In Maths
February 2019 – March 2023

What is it?

Centres For Excellence In Maths is a national programme funded by the Department for Education, and led by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) with a range of delivery partners, including AoC.

How will I benefit?

Every year, thousands of students have to resit their maths GCSE or sit a functional skills paper. However, getting these young people engaged and enthused about maths is tough, and providers often need support. This programme will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver a step-change in maths education, and in turn, increase the number of young people leaving post-16 education with maths qualifications.

Where can I find out more?

For more information, please visit the Centres For Excellence In Maths page. If you are keen to join a network, or you’d like to receive regular CfEM newsletters, please email the team.

T Level Transition Programme
May 2019 – September 2022

What is it?

AoC is working in partnership with the Department for Education and T Level Transition Programme providers to explore current and innovative practice with the aim of ensuring students are T Level ready.

How will I benefit?

Not every student will be ready to start a T Level aged 16, but with support, they may be able to start the programme a year later. The T Level Transition Programme consists of five core components: diagnostic and guidance period, English and maths, work experience and preparation, introductory technical skills and pastoral support and personal development.

As a practitioner or provider, you will have the opportunity to network with other further education professionals, develop your teaching and learning practice, and share your expertise with others.

Where can I find out more?

The framework for delivery sets out information for post-16 T Level providers about the T Level Transition Programme. For more information, please contact the Transition team.

Industry Placement Provider Support Programme
January 2021 – November 2022

What is it?

AoC are working in partnership with the Department for Education to provide tailored support to T Level providers specifically around the planning, sourcing and delivery of Industry Placements.

How will I benefit?

We know that sourcing industry placements for students on the T Level programme can be challenging, and this programme supports you through a range of events and networks. We are also producing case studies and guidance resources to support providers.

Where can I find out more?

For more information, please visit the DfE website or contact the Industry Placement support team.

Pears #Iwill Youth Social Action Apprenticeship Project
March 2021 - March 2023

What is it?

In partnership with AoC, the Pears #iWill Fund is investing in five Youth Social Action (YSA) apprentices to work across 20 colleges nationally to raise awareness of social action, and empower students to take action and address local issues.

How will I benefit?

The five apprentices are employed and study in the host college. Their role is to coordinate and manage Youth Social Action activities at the host college and three other colleges.

The apprentices raise awareness of Youth Social Action, and empower students to take action and address local issues, as well as creating opportunities to undertake meaningful work experience around social action.

A report detailing the project's activity from October to December 2021 is now available and when published, case studies will capture effective methods of engaging students in social action.

Where can I find out more?

The apprentice training is provided by UCAN. For more information, please contact Alyson Hastie.

T Level Professional Development Offer
September 2021 – July 2022

What is it?

AoC is working in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to deliver aspects of the T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer on behalf of the Department for Education.

How will I benefit?

As with any new qualification, T Levels require practitioners to develop their professional skills. The TLPD offer will equip you with the subject knowledge and confidence needed to teach this course from the moment learners walk into your classroom or workshop.

Where can I find out more?

Providers and staff who have already started and plan to deliver T Levels are eligible. For more information, please visit the ETF website or contact the TLPD team.

Enrichment Research Project
March 2020 – August 2024

What is it?

The move from demand-led funding to programmes of study in 2007 resulted in a reduction of funding for enrichment activities across the Further Education sector. With funding from NCFE, AoC is working in partnership with the University of Derby, who will deliver a robust piece of research on the impact of enrichment in Further Education.

How will I benefit?

When published, the research will capture the impact of funding cuts and identify the most effective models of enrichment for practitioners and providers to implement. These, in turn, will amplify provision for students.

Where can I find out more?

You can find more information here.

Greater Manchester Mental Health Project: Phase Three
September 2020 – September 2022

What is it?

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care partnership has invested in test and learn projects as well as capacity building projects which will impact colleges and students and the further education sector for years to come.

How will I benefit?

We are now building on this work and delivering another programme to encourage more colleges to take innovative approaches and build links between the wider programme of work underway with schools and colleges across Greater Manchester.

Promoting Adult Learning In Networks (PRALINE)
January 2021 – January 2024

What is it?

This project aims to strengthen the existing EUproVET network, which is a representational platform for European VET and adult education providers’ associations at national or regional level. AoC is a supporting partner, contributing to the project through engagement and collaboration.

How will I benefit?

The project will support the development of innovative and sustainable initiatives within adult learning providers, which in turn, could transform your teaching and develop your expertise.

The project will also focus on quality assurance within organisations and provision, and offer professional training to the sector as well as models of management and resources. We are working to ensure there are “possibilities for adults to access high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of gender and their personal and family circumstances".

At AoC, we will inform the project by identifying best practice and sharing the expertise in supporting international networks and forums.

Where can I find out more?

You can find more information here.

Exchanges of Practice in Education for Climate Targets (EXPECT)
October 2020 - September 2022

What is it?

This project is all about sharing the good practice which exists in education around reaching climate targets. The aim is for providers to learn from each other, and to report on the lessons learned. AoC is a supporting partner.

How will I benefit?

We’ve all got our part to play in building a sustainable future, but as a provider, the journey to becoming a net-zero college can be daunting. This project will produce a portfolio of good practice in education for climate targets, as well as a toolbox to help providers and practitioners equip current and future professionals with the innovative knowledge and skills that are needed to realise the ambitions of the climate agreements.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about the EXPECT project, click here.

Gatsby Industry Placements
October 2021 – September 2022

What is it?

AoC and The Gatsby Foundation are working in partnership with colleges to overcome identified challenges around student perceptions of the sector and digital industry placements.

The project will seek to create a change in mindset among T Level students on digital placements and improve their understanding of labour market information, particularly in the digital sector and in roles outside of the digital sector.

How will I benefit?

Students will be asked to design and produce a high-quality digital resource of their own choice to promote digital career opportunities in non-digital companies. The resources will inspire peer-to-peer promotion of digital roles and improve student understanding of the value of roles across a broad range of sectors.

Where can I find out more?

For more information please visit the Gatsby website.

The 5Rs – A Revision Year Approach to GCSE Maths Resits
January 2022 – July 2024

What is it?
The 5Rs is a research project funded by the Education Endowment Foundation to explore whether the 5Rs approach has an impact on the attainment of students resitting their GCSEs.

It focuses on the 40 most common topics in GCSE exams as well as common exam pitfalls, and provides teaching resources to assist in the teaching of these topics.

An evaluation report, which was produced in July 2021, is now available. You can access it here.

How can I benefit?
This project will boost your teaching practice through specialised training and resources, including a scheme of work, lesson plans and diagnostic tests. You’ll also have a catch-up session each term, and access to a range of teaching and learning materials to support you and your students.

Where can I find out more?
For more information, please visit the EEF website or contact the 5Rs team.

Leadership of LSIPs: Colleges leading the way with new local ecosystems
November 2021 – June 2022

What is it?
AoC and the Gatsby Foundation are working with trailblazer colleges who have been successful in Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) and Strategic Development Fund Pilots (SDFs) to share good practice and lessons learnt.

How will I benefit?
Following a series of roundtables with current LSIP providers, we have produced a series of video case studies to help future LSIP providers, as well as a series of webinars.

The next webinar in the series will take place on 13 June 2022, 3:30 – 4:30pm, on Zoom. For chairs, governors, chief executives and other senior leaders, this webinar will be a conversation between AoC’s Chief Executive David Hughes, and Paul Kett, Director General, Higher and Further Education Group, DfE, on key themes emerging from the pilots, approaches for the future and key priorities for the future.
Register to attend here

Where can I find out more?
For more information, please visit the Gatsby website or contact the team.

Research Further
September 2021 – December 2024

What is it?
In partnership with NCFE, AoC has created a research unit to support, drive and encourage high-quality FE-centred research which will influence policy, implementation and practice.

How will I benefit?
Between 2022 and 2024, FE practitioners will be commissioned to undertake sponsored research. Their research will be disseminated through the production of a webinar series showcasing new knowledge on pedagogy or policy and through think-pieces, reports, articles, and blogs.

Where can I find out more?
For more information, please visit the Research Further page on the AoC website.

OfS Higher Education Social Prescribing (HESP)
August 2021 – March 2023

What is it?
AoC, in partnership with the Office for Students (OfS) and 10 further education colleges from the North West, will develop and implement a highly innovative social prescribing approach to improve mental health outcomes for higher education students.

How will I benefit?
Students’ mental health and wellbeing continues to be a concern in all areas of education. This project will support the mental health and wellbeing of higher education students in the North-West and wider sector, and share good practice.

At the end of the project, case studies, a webinar and evidence showing improved outcomes in higher education students’ mental health support will be produced.

Where can I find out more?
For more information, please visit the OfS website.

T Levels: Football’s Future Workforce
January 2022 - December 2022

What is it?

AoC and The Football Association (The FA) will bring together key stakeholders from T Level providers and football employers to form local area partnerships to establish and support industry placement opportunities for current and future T Levels. These partnerships will be established to agree joint agendas that aim to collectively meet workforce and skills needs through the promotion of industry placements.


How will I benefit?

The working groups meet workforce and skills needs through the promotion of industry placements and provide opportunities for young people who may not have considered a career in the football sector.

Providers can get involved in the local area partnerships to establish relationships with football employers, as well as be part of the formation of memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the employers.

Where can I find out more?

Good practice will be shared with the sector when the project ends in December 2022.

SW Health Education England
February 2022 - March 2023

What is it?

AoC have been commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) to manage the development and implementation of a south west careers web portal. The portal will be used for widening participation activities.

How will I benefit?

Health and Social Care is a vital industry for our country, and this project will encourage your students’ to potentially explore the many career paths within the sector. Crucially, the portal will also increase participation from under-represented groups in healthcare education.

HEE are also delivering a widening participation product tool aimed at improving and increasing reporting and data collection. A HEE Project Manager will work with providers to consider where data is not collected and will put systems in place to collect it.

Where can I find out more?

Further information will be available in June 2022.