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Task 1

In session 5, you were introduced to some changes from the perspective of a mainstream FE college delivering LD provision and services, via the guest speaker.

Task 1 will enable you to discover more about the history of LD provision, to frame in context the changes that are taking place today, both nationally and more locally.

Part 1

Read the presentation (Powerpoint Presentation), which provides a useful summary of the legislative chronology of special education in the UK. This only provides a brief 'sketch', and highlights some pertinent points from each policy or Act so use this as a starting point. There are some useful links on the last slides.

As you complete your further reading, consider the following:

  1. What, in your opionion, are the main drivers for change?
  2. Do you think governments have been proactive, or reactive to changing LD policy?
  3. Historically, how 'inclusive', do you think, these changes have been?

Create a blog entry which only you and your tutor can view. Tag this blog: task1part1 with the title: Session 5 Legislation

Part 2

Watch the video clip below of the Principal and Vice-principal from Hereward College (Specialist FE), discussing recent changes to policy and funding.

As you watch the video, be critical, and consider the implications from a range of perspectives: local community, organisation, managers, teachers, support staff, students, parents/carers and other agencies

  1. How does the national policy shape the local provision?
  2. What are the benefits of these changes?
  3. What are the challenges of these changes?

Problems viewing the video? Try this link or try download

Create a blog entry which only you and your tutor can view. Tag this blog: task1part2 with the title: Session 5 Current changes

Part 3

In preparation for your short presentation in the next taught session, you need to now find a relevant policy or regulation related to working with disabled learners within your context, and prepare a brief summary. You should set the policy in context, and outline its origins and how it has developed over time. You should provide at least one example of how it impacts on you, your learners, teachers, staff, curriculum offer, organisation, and inclusive opportunities more locally (where applicable). You should provide links to your source material and any further reading.

You will have five minutes to present key information, with five minutes for any questions and answers.

Bring along your material to the next session. The summary material should be on one side of A4 paper maximum. You do not need any powerpoints or additional visual aids, as the presentation is about sharing the key findings of your chosen piece of reading. You might want to share your presentation topic on the forum here, because if you see that someone else is covering you, you may want to move on and look at something else instead!

If you are struggling for ideas, look at the ideas in the pink box below. Links to reading for all of these examples are here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/currentstudents/courseresources/itt/dtll/dislearn/res/rdg/

TWO YEAR DET TRAINEES example

Example 1 (appropriate for a two year DET trainee)

My organisation has recently updated or made changes to a policy (e.g. Data protection; safeguarding; use of social media; equal opportunities; inclusion; functional skills; working with carers; risk assessments) which I want to explore further, to see how this impacts on me and my practice, and the possible challenges and benefits to my students, other staff, and the organisation. For the presentation, it would be appropriate to look at the changed policy in the context of the national piece of legislation or policy (where applicable).

ONE YEAR TDL TRAINEES examples

Other examples more appropriate for one year trainees

Example 1

My organisation is interested in traineeships for LD learners, and will introduce new frameworks are part of the new curriculum in September. For my assignment 1, I want to explore the benefits and challenges of these traineeships on the learners, my own practice and planning to work with employers, curriculum offer (what will I now have to teach), employers, community. One of the possible policies/legislation that I could look at in the presentation might include one from the list below:

  • Traineeships for LD (up to 25)
  • Skills and Inclusion (Wolf report update)
  • English and maths reforms (BIS)

I will need to look at all of these for the assignment, but I only need present only one in the presentations, as someone else may be looking at a different one

Example 2

My organisation will be offering the new English and maths qualifications (revised GCSEs) from 2015. For my assignment 1, I want to explore the benefits and challenges of these changes to the curriculum, and the impact that they will have on me and my teaching, my learners, assessment, results for organisation, employers and progression beyond. One of the possible policies/legislation that I could look at in the presentation might include one from the list below:

  • English and maths reforms (BIS)
  • English and maths curricula
  • English and maths assessment
  • Professional standards for teachers

I will need to look at all of these for the assignment, but I only need present only one in the presentations, as someone else may be looking at a different one

Example 3

My organisation has just developed a code of practice for teachers in relation to conduct, practice, use of social media, and professional development. For my assignment 1, I want to explore the impact that this will have on me, my students, the classroom and what I teach, behaviour management, other staff, wider community etc. One of the possible policies/legislation that I could look at in the presentation might include one from the list below:

  • New professional standards for teachers
  • Ofsted new Initial Teacher Training (ITT) inspection framework
  • IfL Code of practice

I will need to look at all of these for the assignment, but I only need present only one in the presentations, as someone else may be looking at a different one