Month: February 2017

Is 14 too young to choose your educational path?

The UK government initiative to introduce University Technical Colleges, to create centres of excellence for vocational education is under scrutiny, following news that seven have recently announced their impending closure. The impetus for these colleges came from the 2004 Tomlinson review into secondary education.

Significantly, Tomlinson did not recommend separate pathways for academic and vocational education, rather the replacement of multiple exams and qualifications with a single, integrated Diploma approach, utilising an extended project as a significant component.

Crossfields Institute is working on an Erasmus+ funded project with schools in four countries to develop a Diploma that combines academic and practical learning, and requires students to complete an Independent Project and, in doing so, seeks to respond positively to the recommendations in the Tomlinson review and create an integrated approach to learning that will enable a wide variety of students to achieve their full potential.

Job Vacancy: External Quality Assurer

Applications are invited for the following vacancy, working from home, but required to attend meetings at the Stroud office of Crossfields Institute and with the ability to visit Crossfields Institute approved centres within the UK.

External Quality Assurer: we are seeking an experienced subject specialist with an understanding of awarding organisation quality assurance processes in the curriculum area of equine facilitated therapeutic approaches and mindfulness for people working with their animals.

Third Party contract, fixed package of work

Fee: variable, depending on scope of work

Based at own home

Crossfields Institute has a progressive and innovative approach to education and training, working with a number of diverse centres to develop and administer integrative qualifications in a range of sectors.

Closing date 2nd March 2017

Interview date: by arrangement

Application by CV and covering letter or email should be returned to Alison Richards alison@crossfieldsinstitute.com by the closing date 12 noon 28th February 2017. For further information please contact Alison Richards on the above email or by calling 01453 808118

Goat time out!

Varndean School in Brighton have a specialised team who have helped the school de-escalate challenging behaviour. The flock of goats initially came to the school to maintain the grass, but are now having a significant impact on behaviour and wellbeing:

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/how-pygmy-goats-have-transformed-pupil-behaviour

Crossfields Institute works with a number of affiliated organisations who already know the value of engaging with the natural world for young people, and our qualifications seek to develop healthy, integrated engagement with the world around us.