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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.
Crossfields Institute, Thempra Social Pedagogy, Jacaranda and the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) are delighted to announce the launch of an Ofqual regulated qualification in England in Social Pedagogy:
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy
is now open for registrations.
To find out more, please read our press release.
Find out more about qualification development.
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:
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.
Brexit has put charities under enormous pressure. Government makes noises about underwriting EU funding that represents ‘value for money’ … But whose values are our hard-won projects going to be judged against? Read the full story here.