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Other Providers of Learning and Support

The diverse range of provision and supports which young people can expect to receive in the Senior Phase brings a wide range of other providers and support agencies firmly into the learning framework. This includes public, private and third sector organisations delivering National Training Programmes and other flexible, innovative and personalised programmes and courses; together with needs-led support in a wide range of settings and contexts. These partners make a valuable contribution, whether they are supporting schools to enrich the school offer; as a partner in college-led provision; or leading the learning in a training centre or in the wider community. Regardless of their contribution, they should support delivery of Curriculum for Excellence.

Responsibilities for other providers and support agencies include:

  • Working with local partners to develop and deliver learning opportunities which meet demand from young people, with clear progression to further learning;
  • 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 young people's support needs are met in order to improve retention and progression;
  • Working with SDS to ensure appropriate support for young people with identified additional support needs;
  • Workings with other partners to ensure a smooth transition between episodes of learning;
  • Ensuring relevant provision is uploaded onto the nLOD, and subsequently 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);
  • 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;
  • Monitor numbers of young people applying for and not getting places on courses/programme - refer to SDS with individual-level information, including course details and reason for not securing a place;
  • Working with SDS to review/renew DAAs at agreed intervals; and ensuring relevant staff are familiar with the scope of the Agreements.

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