Colleges are prominent within local communities and offer young people valuable and popular post-16 learning choices. The Scottish Funding Council has committed to supporting More Choices, More Chances and 16+ Learning Choices: colleges, therefore, have a key role in supporting implementation and ongoing delivery. In doing so, they will wish to ensure their offering fully embraces the Senior Phase entitlements.
Responsibilities for colleges include:
- Working with local partnerships to ensure the supply of core-funded provision (in relation to type, level and timetabling) matches demand from young people, including those who are attending college for part of their S5/S6 school curriculum, and those who are progressing to college for post-16 learning;
- Ensuring courses, programmes and qualifications delivered through school-college partnerships articulate with relevant post-16 learning choices;
- Ensuring learning opportunities are available on a flexible entry basis;
- Collaborating with local partners to find suitable provision for young people yet to receive an appropriate offer of learning.
Supporting young people
- Ensuring that college staff understand the principles and purpose of 16+ Learning Choices and communicate its relevance to young people and their parents and carers, where appropriate;
- Ensuring young people's support needs are met in order to improve retention and progression;
- Ensuring college provision is uploaded to the nLOD and subsequently reflected in the e-Prospectus.
- Informing SDS within 5 working days of offers they make to young people and ensuring that up-todate details of current offers are available (eg start dates). Information should also be given to SDS of those young people who have applied for but not secured a place so that further support and opportunities can be provided;
- Analysing young people's experience and outcomes from courses and programmes delivered through school-college partnerships to inform progress to post-16 options;
- Informing SDS - within 5 working days - of young people who do not take up places, do not sustain them, or who complete a course or programme while still within the Senior Phase;
- Working with SDS to review/renew DAAs at agreed intervals; and ensuring relevant staff are familiar with the scope of the Agreements.