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Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning:  Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning Make your views known 19th January 2006 Mr Jim O’Rourke:  Mr Jim O’Rourke Dyfi Valley Pathfinder Facilitator What we want to achieve tonight::  What we want to achieve tonight: To provide you with a clear understanding of the Pathfinder and the Options available To give you an initial opportunity to feedback your views, questions and concerns Agenda:  Agenda Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning:  Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning Make your views known Sheila Drury Executive Chairman, ELWa Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning:  Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning Make your views known Robin Beckmann Director ELWa Mid Wales Slide7:  Limited learning choices Small number of learners therefore provider sustainability difficulties Considerable travel to alternative provision Some learners travel far to access their desired learning Challenges of providing learning bilingually; Very small sixth form Providers compete in some subjects The Dyfi Valley – microcosm of challenges in rural Wales: Slide8:  The changing face of education in Wales All 14-19 year olds to be offered: A wider choice of learning – academic, vocational, informal and non-formal; More support – a learning coach, personal support as well as impartial careers advice and guidance More use of the baccalaureate – an overarching qualification Is the Dyfi Valley learning system able to meet this challenge? Slide9:  Examples of other options considered… Do nothing – managed decline Various collaborative arrangements Change primary catchment areas Change linguistic nature of YBD Join Meirionnydd tertiary system/Aberystwyth catchment area Slide10:  Doing nothing is not an option for young people About 40% of 6th formers go to other schools; Local 6th form class sizes too small to be ‘acceptable learning experience’; YBD sixth form is the most expensive per capita across Wales and receives a significant subsidy; Deliverability of 14 – 19 agenda in area questionable. Slide11:  Uncoordinated adult community learning leading to wasteful duplication Courses frequently cancelled due to insufficient numbers Inefficient use of resources – large number of learning venues – 25 venues, 12 in Machynlleth town itself Providers operating with little, if any, financial margins – does not promote sustainability or security Doing nothing is not an option for Adults Slide12:  Latent demand for learning – 74% of learners and 63% of non-learners interviewed said they would like to participate in a course in the future Barriers to learning include time, lack of knowledge of what’s available, travel issues, costs and lack of accessibility Less people in the area have qualifications than generally across Wales Opportunities to develop the education provided Slide13:  Option 3: Coordinated learning and community support in the Dyfi Valley Integrate all secondary school, adult learning and wider community services under one consortium i.e. all learning from post-11 onwards An element of co-location of services at one venue will be needed, whilst other services will remain at current locations but operate with greater coordination Slide14:  Option 2: A coordinated post-16 learning and skills centre Close the sixth form at Ysgol Bro Ddyfi Develop a learning and skills centre in the Dyfi Valley to provide all post-16 learning, including A levels, adult learning and business-orientated training Centre would incorporate other facilities such as library and ICT centre Slide15:  Option 1: A local adult learning centre and out of area sixth form Close the sixth form at Ysgol Bro Ddyfi Facilitate young people to access sixth form provision at neighbouring providers Adult learning to be coordinated in one venue in Machynlleth Next steps:  Next steps 12th December 2005 – 13th February 2006: FORMAL CONSULTATION Discussions with Powys County Council March 2006: ELWa National Council makes recommendations for implementation Discussions with Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning, if required. Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning:  Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning Make your views known Robin Beckmann Director ELWa Mid Wales Bob Mitchell:  Bob Mitchell Beauchamp College Slide19:  Ysgol y Preseli A Community School Slide20:  Background Established in 1958 1974-ROSLA-Community Education Wing Community Education Officer appointed Facilities-1974 :  Facilities-1974 Community Education Wing Lounge/Coffee Bar Classrooms Hall Gymnasium Primary School Playing Fields Slide22:  Facilities-2006 Ysgol y Preseli - Classrooms, Gymnasium, Kitchen/Dining Area, Hall, Playing Fields. School/Community Library Language Centre Preseli Community Learning Centre ICT&E-Learning Centre Theatre/Cinema Slide23:  Organisations/services sited on campus Learning Pembrokeshire Menter Iaith Sir Benfro Urdd County Development Officer Careers Officer Arts Development Officer Health Centre Police Station Fire Station First Response Slide24:  Groups / societies that meet on campus Crymych & District Choir Crymych Community Council Crymych/Ploveilh Twinning Committee Welsh League of Youth – Adran Welsh League of Youth - Aelwyd Brownies,Guides & Rainbows Duke of Edinburgh Award Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin Cylch Ti a Fi Cwmni Theatr Bro Preseli Merched y Wawr Fforddolion Dyfed Poetry Workshop Bois y Frenni Pembs Beekeepers Association Crymych Local Amenieties Movement Clebran – community newspaper Slide25:  Adult education Certificated Courses Leisure Courses Courses include –Information Technology, Art&Craft, Health&Leisure, Languages, Welsh for Adults, GCSE/A Levels, Music,Dance&Drama, History & Politics, Business Seminars&Clinics, Basic Skills, Workshops. Increased emphasis on certificated courses Many parents attend courses to learn Welsh Parents are then able to assist their children with their education Slide26:  Twilight courses for Preseli pupils offering certification Administered by Community Education GCSE Information Technology Key Skills in IT Slide27:  Youth work Aelwyd Crymych: weekly programme competing in Urdd National Eisteddfod exchange visits to Brittany, Catalonia & Italy international tours involving concerts & television appearances – Canada (2), Patagonia/Argentina, and Brittany three way exchange international summer workcamps based on environmental issues – based in Crymych, Barcelona & Brittany Slide28:  Youth work Arts Development Officer: drama courses leading to theatrical productions courses for primary and secondary pupils workshops for Welsh & Drama Depts e.g. scripting for television after school film/video club – use of camera, sound and other technical aspects pupils able to use after school work for their GCSE Drama portfolios community theatre productions Cwmni Theatr Bro Preseli Slide29:  Curriculum links Links with local sports clubs – Crymych Rugby Club, Cricket Club, Hockey Club and Netball Club; Newport Golf Club Using members of the community to enrich certain aspects of the school curriculum e.g. – Welsh, History, Geography, Art, Technology Cardigan Rotary Club provide mock interviews for Year 13 pupils Local employers provide work experience for Years 10 & 12 Easter Revision Course for Year 11 pupils The Family of Schools concept Slide30:  Benefits to the school Making the campus user friendly to parents and other adults Additional educational visits Courses provided for certain curriculum areas – Welsh, Drama & IT Community Learning programme of regular cultural activities in addition to annual Preseli Festival enrich the learning in certain subject areas – Welsh, Drama, Art and Music Conversion of school hall into Theatre/Cinema with programme of dramas provided by touring companies Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning:  Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: A new approach to learning Make your views known Dyfi Valley Pathfinder::  Dyfi Valley Pathfinder: Any questions or comments? Slide33:  Please send your responses to: www.elwa.org.uk/pathfinders Robin Beckmann, ELWa, Ladywell House Newtown Powys SY16 1JB or by filling in the forms in your packs Your feedback

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