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CEL and NCSL offer development support for 14-19 consortia
The Centre for Excellence in Leadership ( CEL ) and the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) have designed a range of programmes aimed at supporting the 145 groups of schools, colleges and training providers chosen to deliver the new Diplomas for 14 to 19-year-olds from September 2008.
CEL and NCSL are two of the eight partners commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills to provide workforce development to those consortia selected through its Gateway process. The programmes include:
Di Barnes, operational director at NCSL, said: "With a shared duty to ensure that all 14 to 19-year-olds have access to 14 Diplomas by 2013 and access to the first five by September 2008, leaders across the education sector are recognising the need to collaborate and learn.
"There will be high expectations associated with the delivery of these reforms, and we have tailored our joint offering so that leaders can select the support of most value to their context - whether that be through taking up coaching opportunities, accessing our virtual learning environment, undertaking a leadership exchange visit, or by taking part in one or other of the elements."
CEL programme director Claire Weiss said: "The 14-19 reforms are ambitious and exciting and will radically alter the schools sector and further education system in the coming years.
"The challenges and opportunities for leaders and managers will be significant, and we have developed a package of tailored support to meet their individual and consortium needs, based on an enormous amount of consultation and dialogue with sector leaders. We are delighted to be working with NCSL to deliver an innovative and responsive programme of support."
Education and Skills Secretary Alan Johnson and Schools Minister Jim Knight announced last week that up to 40,000 places on the first ever Diplomas will be available for young people from September 2008. Courses in five areas, from engineering to creative and media, will be offered by partnerships of schools, colleges and training organisations.
Secretary of state for education and skills Alan Johnson said: "Diplomas will be an attractive and flexible option for young people. They are just one part of our plans to encourage more young people to stay in education and training.
"With fewer low-skilled jobs, we need more high-skilled young people. Diplomas will provide the missing link - creating the mix of vocational and academic education which we've lacked for so long. Their introduction is one of the most radical educational developments taking place anywhere in the world and we are putting funding, energy and commitment into making them a reality."
Richard Lambert, CBI Director-General, said: "We welcome the launch of these new Diplomas. Employers hope they will inspire students to develop the specialised skills companies want as well as the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to succeed in work and life.
"Diplomas should offer a high quality route attractive to all young people. Good careers advice and guidance is also vital to ensure students are fully aware of all the options open to them and of the potential to progress."
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