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UPOSS - dissemination event

The UPOSS dissemination event held on 18 February 2014, as part of the STF network day, was a great success with over 40 STF staff attending.

UPOSS Dissemination event
UPOSS Dissemination event
UPOSS Dissemination event
UPOSS Dissemination event
UPOSS Dissemination event
UPOSS Dissemination event
UPOSS Dissemination event
UPOSS Dissemination event
UPOSS Dissemination event
UPOSS Dissemination event

Each of the three funded projects took the opportunity to update the Network about the excellent work they had been able to achieve in the transition of ALN pupils from school into Gower College Swansea. 

Everyone agreed that the outcomes for pupils with Additional Learning Needs would benefit from the closer working partnership which the projects had been able to foster. The launch of the UPOSS webpage will enable practitioners to continue to access good practice beyond the term of the projects funding. This means that ALN pupils across the City & County of Swansea will continue to benefit from the projects even though they have ended. 

Cheryl Jones, Inclusion Adviser, welcomed Network members to the event and outlined what the UPOSS projects had achieved and how they had successfully worked together to do this. The Network can now access all of this information through the website.

Project 1

Further Education Transition working- Supported transition from Pre 16 to Post 16 Educational providers into learning pathways at Gower College Swansea for learners with ALN.

Helen Lewis was the first to present to the group the outcomes of the Gower College Swansea project. The College had found the closer working relationships developed with each of the projects transition workers had enabled them to understand the needs of ALN pupils much better and as a consequence prepare for these as part of the transition process.

Presentation slides are available for you to access in the attached links to Gower College highlighted in this website. There are also some very helpful contact details to support ongoing transition for your pupils into FE provision. 
 

Project 2

Transition working

Supporting transition for Post 16 Step-Ahead pupils onto learning pathways in Gower College Swansea. 

Simon Evans was next to present to the group on the outcomes of the very successful transition work carried out with pupils from the Step Ahead Centre into Gower College Swansea. The Network was very impressed with not only the number of pupils that went to the College but also the increased percentage of pupils staying on in College. This was due to the much closer working relationships both organisations had built. Simon stressed that a dedicated transition worker in Step Ahead was a bonus but they would continue this work by building this into their day to day work with the pupils. This is something that others could start to develop in their own organisations, working in the same way and increasing the understanding of the needs of their pupils by the College. All of which is essential to for ALN pupils to progress.

The slides of the presentation are available in the links to Step Ahead highlighted in this website.

Project 3 

Supporting transition of Ysgol Penybryn and STF pupils into appropriate learning pathways with Gower College Swansea.

Finally Beverly Pearce from Ysgol Penybryn gave her presentation on the transition of pupils from Ysgol Penybryn into Gower College Swansea. Beverly highlighted many of the activities pupils had taken part in and gave a number of examples of how pupils had developed during the course of their programme in the College. Most importantly many of the skills acquired were those which enabled pupils to become more independent and as a result enjoy their Further Education experience so much more. Case studies were used to demonstrate how much pupils had enjoyed and benefited from the transition work with the College. 

All of the slides used are highlighted in the links to Ysgol Penybryn on this website. 

Cheryl then opened up the session to table discussions which resulted in a host of excellent ideas for further working within the Transition agenda for ALN pupils. These have been captured and will form part of the feedback to Welsh Government on the excellent outcomes of the project. 

The UPOSS dissemination of good practice then concluded with excellent evaluations received.

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