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What does Level 2 post-16 look like? - Friday 1 July 2016

8.30 am - 12.15 pm, Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

With changes to the choices at KS4 and the introduction of Progress 8 the Level 2 offer post-16 is likely to change to give the young people an opportunity to develop the skills and competencies provided by vocational and technical programmes and qualifications. This half-day session explored the content and thinking behind establishing a one-year programme for the Sixth Form in schools.

The content of the session will focus on:

  • Understanding the critical success factors that provide a meaningful and relevant 16-19 Study Programme for young people working at L2 post-16
  • Sharing of curriculum models that have been tried and tested and that are under-development for 2016 and 2017
  • Information about the Ofsted framework and how to maximise the funding
  • Choosing the right qualifications and non-qualification activities that enable progression

Co-ordinated by:

Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager with presentations from:

Kay Leach and Suki Gill, Herts for Learning

Who provided an overview of Ofsted expectations and EFA funding rules.

No presentation available for Ofsted expectations.

Maximising the Funding - Suki Gill

Faye Nearney, Curriculum Deputy, Priory School, Hitchin

Who provided an overview of the plans that The Priory School have Level 2 provision next year.

Level 2 post 16 The Priory School

Jackie Johnson, Head of Sixth, Barnwell School and Jane Davis, Education Consultant

Who provided an overview of the post 16 Level 2 offer at Barnwell School.

Developing a Bespoke Level 2 Provision 2016 – Barnwell School

Allan Rutter, HIT Training

Who provided information about HIT Training and the services they can provide to schools as well as a new Partnership arrangement for curriculum support at St Mary’s School.

Information about the St Marys model and HIT can be found below:

Post16 Level 2 HIT PLP - June16

An example Agreement can be found here:

HIT School Partnership Project Agreement + PP Contract - June 2016

Bulmershe School

Although not presenting we have also included a brief overview of post 16 Level 2 provision at Bulmershe School in Reading.

Bulmershe School, Reading L2


Technical and professional education pre- and post-16 - Monday 20th June

8.30 am - 12.15 pm, Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

This is the third in a series of half-day training sessions co-ordinated by Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager to inform and support schools to understand the DfE changes to vocational education both pre- and post-16 and the introduction of technical and professional education post-16 that enable progression into HE, apprenticeships, self-employment and jobs with training.

The session provided delegates with:

  • An awarding body’s perspective on how a ‘vocational’ curriculum can be built from KS4 to KS5 illustrated by emerging curriculum models and a Project Approach to delivery backed by employers
  • An overview of the Cambridge Nationals (KS4) and Cambridge Technicals (KS5)
  • An example of how to build professional learning placements into the post-16 programmes of study with a focus on developing skills and competencies valued by employers
  • An understanding of self-employment and freelancing for all post-16 students; introducing the new ‘Tomorrow’s Entrepreneur’ resources developed by Wenta, Hertfordshire’s largest social enterprise

The session included input from:

Clare Hickey, Regional Account Manager, OCR and also Alison Pearce and Adrian Murray who are OCR Sector Specialists for Health & Social Care and Business respectively.

Please find their presentations below:

New Ways of looking at Learning
OCR Cambridge Nationals
Project Delivery Approach

Simon Tilbury, Assistant Headteacher and Martin Cartwright, Progression Manager, St. Mary’s CE High School, Cheshunt

Please find the presentation below:

St Mary's County Presentation

Sharon Gaffney, Education and Training Manager, Wenta Social Enterprise

Please find the presentation below:

Tomorrows Entrepreneur - Sharon Gaffney

Responsibility for Curriculum work beyond August 2016 will be held by Suki Gill, 16-19 Curriculum and Funding Adviser, Herts for Learning who can be contacted on or 07774 191484.

Foundation Learning Network: Understanding the work of independent training providers - Thursday, 9th June

1.00pm – 4.30pm, Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage and Nova Training, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage

The third half-day event co-ordinated by Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager, 14-19 Education and Skills Strategy Team focused on the work of training providers offering 16-19 Programmes of Study for young people who need a mix of vocational training, functional skills and personal and social development.

This was an opportunity to:

  • Understand how a training provider operates including recruitment processes, programme offer and assessment of learning, learner experiences and support into positive destinations
  • Compare and contrast to post-16 provision in schools and FE colleges
  • Meet some of the training providers offering Foundation Learning programmes post-16
  • Consider how you might work in partnership with a training provider to enhance a one-year post-16 programme that leads to jobs with training or an apprenticeship
  • Hear about the successful transitions learners have made from school into post-16 training opportunities

The session included input from ‘Foundation Learning’ post-16 independent training providers:

Mark Pike, CEO, Develop

Please see presentation below:

Beverley Jones-Leka, Programme Manager, First Rung

Please follow the links below for further information about First Rung:

We also heard from David Bucknall, Operations Director and Matthew Harvey, Stevenage Centre Manager, of Nova Training and visited their new premises on Bessemer Drive, Stevenage

Information about their programmes is available below:

More detailed information on NOVA Foundation Learning Study Programmes can be found here in the Entry Level and Level 1 Provision in Practice:

More detailed information on NOVA Apprenticeships can be found here:

YC Hertfordshire CPD events for Schools and Colleges

A great selection of free employer visits have been organised during the Spring and Summer Terms of 2016 for school and college staff. The visits will provide valuable insights into careers opportunities and the labour market. For further information about this initiative please have a look at the flyer:

CPD School Flyer - YC Hertfordshire

A list of employers being visited can be found here:

CPD Employer list - YC Hertfordshire

Foundation Learning Network Thursday 17th March 2016

1.30pm to 4.30pm, Laurel Room, Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

The second half-day Foundation Learning event focused on the challenges and solutions in providing a relevant and meaningful curriculum at KS4 for learners who are working at L1 and below.

This was an opportunity for delegates to:

  • Consider how to build a bank of quality provision and resources
  • Find out about qualifications that can demonstrate progress, success and achievement
  • Think about how you might plan for progression and develop a curriculum that leads to a variety of post-16 opportunities
  • Explore the importance of incorporating extended work experience into the programme of learning
  • Share case studies of L1 learners making successful transitions from school into post-16 opportunities

The session included input from:

The Reform of Vocational Qualifications 14-19 and the Introduction of Technical and Professional Education Post-16 - Friday 11th March 2016

8.30-12.00, Ash Room, Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

The DfE is replacing the term ‘vocational’ with ‘technical and professional education’. How much do you know about the changes and how they might impact on your 14-19 curriculum and students studying at L2 and L3?

The session included:

  • An update on the government’s plans on the reform of qualifications at KS4 and post-16
  • Changes to vocational education and what impact this has on the progression of young people post-16
  • Introducing ‘gold-standard’ and relevant qualifications that assess applied knowledge and practical skills
  • The development of technical and professional education that leads to the world of work and progression
  • The partnership with employers to provide employees of the future; how teachers, apprentices and employers have responded
  • The pathway to apprenticeships; presenting a clear route towards technical competence

With presentations from:

Peter McMeekin, Director R&D IT, Glaxo SmithKline

An Employers Perspective

Jim Dobson, Director, Regulatory Stakeholder Relations, and Cheryl Woods, Portfolio Suite Manager, Work-based learning and Apprenticeships, Pearsons

Reforming Qualifications

Cheryl Woods wasn’t able to attend, however Jim Dobson covered here slides.

The following Pearson documents also cover the subject of reform:

Giovanna Newbery, Head of 6th Form Curriculum, Thomas Alleyne School.

Anna Morrison , Manager, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Provider Network.

Effective Commissioning and Quality Assurance of Independent Alternative Provision - Friday 26th February 2016

8.30-12.00, Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

With an imperative to secure quality learning and training provision for all learners at KS4, the aim of this half-day session was to share models of best practice in the commissioning and quality assurance of independent alternative provision in order to meet Ofsted requirements.

The workshop covered:

  • An overview of independent alternative provision in Hertfordshire – the past, the present and the future.
  • How to build the infrastructure and commissioning process at a local level
  • Identifying the roles and responsibilities of the schools, education support centres, providers and parents in building provision that meets the needs of the young people
  • Strategies for identifying the young people who will benefit from alternative pathways
  • The process of reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the provision taking into account feedback from Ofsted
  • Sourcing the right provider at the right time

With presentations from:

Mary Hurlstone14-19 Progression Manager, 14-19 Education and Skills Strategy Team, Hertfordshire County Council

Introduction and context – please see presentation below:

Sara Laliss, Headteacher, Dacorum Education Support Centre

Ofsted and Alternative Provision – please see presentation below:

Scott McGregor, Vice Principal Teaching and Learning The Bedford Academy

Sharing Best Practice – part 1. Please see presentation below:

Supporting documentation for this presentation below:

Steve McShannon, Assistant Headteacher and John Howe, Leader in Learning, Chessbrook ESC

Sharing Best Practice – part 2. Please see presentation below:

Ruth Browne, Head of Commissioning and School Support, Tri-borough AP Multi Academy Trust

Sharing Best Practice – part 3. Please see presentation below:

Supporting documentation for this presentation below:


Relaunching Foundation Learning Tuesday 8th December 2015

A half-day event co-ordinated by Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager, 14-19 Education and Skills Strategy Team focusing on the challenges and solutions in providing a relevant and meaningful curriculum at KS4 for learners who are working at L1 and below

This first event was attended by 27 delegates representing different learning and training settings working across Hertfordshire. Presentations from Kay Leach, School Effectiveness Adviser with Herts for Learning, Terry Porter, Portfolio Manager for Entry Level and Level I qualifications with Pearsons, and Lars Burkhardt, Head of Alternative Provision, Hertswood School provided a mix of updates on government and Ofsted policy, new developments on skills based qualifications and best practice in managing alternative provision in a mainstream school.

Comments from this half-day session included:

‘Great to meet and talk to colleagues across the area. Felt inspired.’ (John Howe, Chessbrook ESC)
‘An interesting and informative afternoon. Great to hear what others are doing.’ (Karen Cox, Haydon Training)
‘Useful clarification from an Ofsted perspective on level 1 and progress 8.’ (Hannah Cozens, Assistant Headteacher, Barnwell School)
‘To understand the footprint that is established in Hertfordshire’s Education sector, you need to be part of this forum!!’ (Trevor Blackman, Ape Media)

An overwhelming number of those attending the network rated it as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ and wanted it to run again in the Spring and Summer terms. Topics that will be covered at future events will include: Extended Work Experience, Post-16 opportunities for entry level and Level 1 learners, and a local college’s perspective on provision and progression as well as input from other awarding bodies on their EL/L1 offer.

The dates for your diary are:

Spring Term: Thursday 17th March, 1.00-4.30 pm, Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Summer Term: Tuesday 5th July, 1.00-4.30 pm, Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Further details will available early in 2016.


Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager, Education and Skills Strategy Team, Hertfordshire County Council

Introduction – please see presentation below:

And also, Tried and tested tactics – see presentation below:

Kay Leach, School Effectiveness Adviser, Herts for Learning

Ofsted requirements – please see presentation below:

Terry Porter, Portfolio Manager for Entry Level and Level 1 qualifications, Pearsons

New developments on Pearson Entry level and Level 1 qualifications – please see presentation below:

Lars Burkhardt, Head of Alternative Provision, Hertswood Academy

Strategies to engage the learners – please see presentation below:

14-19 Briefing for Senior Leaders in Schools ’14-19; Changing Education Policies’ Thursday 12th November, 8.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

This half-day session included an opportunity to consider:

  • How Professor Wolf’s 27 recommendations are being implemented
  • The Government’s vision for 14-19 education options and how this impact on your work
  • What changes to academic and vocational qualifications, accountability, structural reform and funding mean for the future
  • What skill sets and knowledge are needed by young people and how we can deliver these
  • How working co-operatively and building on joint provider planning can make a difference to progression and the opportunities post-16

The target audience: Headteachers, Curriculum Leaders, Heads of Sixth Form and those involved in providing IAG to post-16 students. 

100% of them delegates found the briefing useful for their work.

Comments included:

  • ‘Very good speakers’
  • ‘Overall a very good event’
  • ‘Extremely helpful update. Great use of the time.’
  • ‘Excellent’
  • ‘Brilliantly useful’
  • ‘Very useful event. A lot of food for thought’
  • ‘The event was useful for bringing information on reform and policy into one place and providing the opportunity to ask questions.’

Speakers on the day were:

Tony Gallagher, HMI, FE and Skills, Eastern Region

Tony focused on the critical success factors , characteristics and validity of post 16 destinations in an attempt to unravel the complex web of relationships and post 16 opportunities.

Linda Rose, Inspections and Accountability Team, DFE

Linda covered the most up-to-date government messages related to vocational education.

Steve Besley, Head of Education Policy, Pearsons

Steve presented the latest changes on government strategy and policies and what these could mean for senior leaders in schools.

In addition, the following was referred to during the Briefing:

Nick Boles speech on technical and professional developments.

Teachmeet - free teacher opportunities to visit apprenticeship employers

Designing a Post-16 Technical and Vocational Curriculum Wednesday 14 October 2015 – 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon The Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

A half-day session in partnership with Pearsons which included:

  • The changing face of vocational, skills-based learning and the introduction of a technical and professional curriculum at KS5
  • Government policy and the implications for curriculum design and delivery
  • Ofsted and the preparation for employment
  • Flexibility in the 16-19 Study Programme; meeting the needs of the learners and the local labour market

The target audience: Curriculum Leaders, Heads of Sixth Form, Senior Leaders and those involved in providing IAG to post-16 students.

The Powerpoint presentations for this workshop are available here:

Mary Hurlstone, 14-19 Progression Manager, 14-19 Education and Skills Strategy Team, Hertfordshire County Council

Cheryl Wood, Portfolio Suite Manager – Apprenticeships, Pearson

Mike Whittingham, Deputy Headteacher, Haywood 6th Form Academy

Please note the links in the Powerpoint presentation do not work, however the following documents are available here:

Haywood Academy 7 Week Programme

Haywood Academy Guide for employers

Haywood Academy Work based Learning curriculum

For other link information and to find out more about the Haywood Academy model please contact Mike Whittingham direct on, or 01782 853535

Barbara Rumble, Employment and Progression Manager, YC Hertfordshire