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Celebrating inspiring educators - Derwen College

Posted by Lauren Hancox on July 17, 2017

Derwen College is a very special place. When we visited, we came away feeling proud to work in a sector that does such incredible things every single day. The college works with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities; providing inspirational learning, development and care which aims to transform lives.

Based in Gobowen, a village in Shropshire, England; Derwen College is a residential specialist college, with students attending from across the UK. It's one of the select few Ofsted 'Outstanding' colleges in the UK, an accolade they've achieved for three consecutive inspections.

On the day we visited, the sun shined in all its glory and the drive across the country near Shropshire was idyllic, with nothing on the roads. We walked on to campus and instantly got the feeling that everyone knew each other and was supportive of one another. It seemed every member of staff had a good understanding of every student and could raise praise or concern for them individually. It felt like everyone was a family. The teams were so welcoming and allowed us to explore the place in an open environment and students freely approached and chatted with us. You could just sense the college had such a handle on their learner base that there were no unknowns. As we ambled around, it was also clear how ambitious and courageous the staff were and how keen they were to find continuous improvements in everything they do.

As we continued to walk around the modern space, with its unique architecture that was landscaped and decorated with bright fauna; we got to look at the friendly learning spaces that mixed tradition with a built-for-purpose structure. Everything at Derwen College has been designed around the learners’ needs, providing them with live educational spaces and real 'working' environments such as a farm, farm shop and garden centre; providing the learners with agricultural, retail and business skills. The students even create the produce sold in the retail spaces...we were certainly very tempted by their home-made jams complete with their own creative labels for the jam jars!

In their restaurant, staffed by the students, all hospitality for our meeting was second to none. In the commercial centre, we observed students receiving the help they needed to build confidence in getting a job after college. Progress is measured continuously and the centre has created its own community - by understanding each member of staff and learner. At Derwen, every student is different with different learning requirements and needs. Every ILP has to be absolutely spot on to an appropriate level. They set goals and progression paths for every single one of their students and set achievable and challenging goals that will empower their confidence to step forward into the real world and lead independent, happy lives.

We're proud to be helping Derwen College to empower their learners to reach their full potential. We provide them with a student management system, ebs, and a self-assessment and quality improvement planning tool, Actionplan+ which provide staff at the college with the much-needed information about their students.

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Topics: Further Education

Education evolution not revolution

Posted by Nathaniel Harvatt on July 12, 2017

Tribal's Product Marketing Manager, Nathaniel Harvatt takes a look at the evolution of music vs education over the years - and the similarities and differences between the two.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Schools & Early Years

A Hung Parliament, what does it mean for education?

Posted by Nathaniel Harvatt on June 9, 2017

It is a result that many hadn’t expected, certainly when the general election campaigns began in May, that we would be waking up to a hung parliament.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Schools & Early Years

The top five things to look for in a Student Management System

Posted by Tribal Group on June 2, 2017

A leading student management system will help you manage the entire student journey from enquiry and recruitment through to graduation and alumni. It should also have a high-level of flexibility and configurability to accommodate the unique requirements of different training and local regulatory requirements.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education

Election 2017 - education policies at a glance

Posted by Nathaniel Harvatt on May 25, 2017

With the general election not far away what are the three main political parties saying about education?  We have compiled all the key points and main pledges so you can see at a glance what each party are promising.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Schools & Early Years

Administrators, what can you do with a minute?

Posted by Lauren Hancox on May 22, 2017

Managing time (or simply the notion of not having enough of it), seems to be a daily challenge for all learning providers. We asked providers from the further and higher education space as well as the work-based learning sector; to tell us their common day to day headaches; and we weren’t surprised to read that 25% of the post 16 sector find ‘lack of time’; the squeeze on people and the need to do more with less, a constant pressure.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Schools & Early Years

Taking Support to the Next Level – Great Yarmouth College

Posted by Richard Sharp on May 16, 2017

Working with the ebs support team every day, I get to see first-hand how committed they are to delivering an excellent customer experience. Their enthusiasm and passion, in which they champion the customer and try to resolve issues as quickly as possible, means that they are always aiming to exceed expectations and ensure that our customers are happy with their outcomes.

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Topics: Further Education

How can your FE college avoid weak financial management?

Posted by Nick Pidgeon on May 10, 2017

With calls from Further Education (FE) leaders for more transparency in the recently reported Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) grading of financial and overall health, and strong sentiments from Peter Lauener’s call for colleges to engage in more effective self-assessment, the need for colleges to incorporate self-assessment into their organisational DNA now seems key to their financial resilience.

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Topics: Further Education

Apprenticeship quality – a race to the bottom or an opportunity to stand tall?

Posted by Mat Kirby on March 28, 2017

The recent FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Conference brought together leaders from government, sector associations, colleges, training providers and employers, all hoping to shed more light on the changing landscape and establish how apprenticeship delivery will continue to change people's lives.

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Topics: Further Education

Transforming lives in Adult and Community Learning

Posted by Tribal Group on March 21, 2017

Many of those working in Adult and Community Skills delivery unsurprisingly are committed to transforming lives through education. Often those that engage with the services of adult education have previously fallen through the educational net, so access to, and good experience of education is a key challenge in the sector, and one that is being increasingly met through the use of data.

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Topics: Further Education