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Implementing Inclusiveness : Realising Potential - Newsletter 3

DescriptionThis provides an update of activity in response to the Beattie Committee report (published 1999).
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    Implementing Inclusiveness : Realising Potential

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    Implementing Inclusiveness

    Welcome to the third edition of the Beattie Newsletter. There has been some delay in preparing this issue but regular quarterly issues will follow.

    Beattie National Action Group

    The National Action Group (NAG) met for the sixth time on 28 February 2002. Ed Weeple, Head of the Lifelong Learning Group in the Scottish Executive's Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department, assumed his role as the new Chair of the Group. He stressed that although there was no longer a Ministerial presence on the NAG, this did not mean a diminution in importance or impetus. Scottish Executive officials would continue to advise the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on progress and issues arising.

    The following priorities for action were agreed:

    • Strategic overview of Inclusiveness projects
    • Improving transitions: Assessment, Educational Psychological Services, Mentoring
    • Promoting Access to Further Education
    • Promoting employability and employment

    A further meeting was held on 21 May 2002. Various matters were discussed, including:

    • Feedback from Inclusiveness Project visits
    • Post-school psychological services
    • Social inclusion and the Further Education sector
    • Careers Scotland

    The next meeting of the NAG is scheduled for 18 September 2002.

    For further information contact:
    Melanie Weldon
    on 0141 242 0147

    Inclusiveness Projects

    Careers Scotland Inclusion Development Executive John Dalziel brings up-to-date news on the Projects.

    Since 1 April 2002 the newly formed Careers Scotland has been responsible for co-ordinating and managing the Inclusiveness Projects. Careers Scotland has brought together the former Careers Service Companies, Education Business Partnerships, Adult Guidance Networks and Local Learning Partnerships.

    One of Careers Scotland's aims is to bring coherence to a wide range of inclusiveness initiatives designed to combat exclusion. Also, part of its Business Plan is to integrate the Inclusiveness Projects into mainstream Careers Scotland work over their lifetime.

    The Scottish Executive has set strategic targets for Careers Scotland within the framework of Smart, Successful Scotland, the National Priorities for Education, the Social Justice Strategy and against the backdrop of the Programme for Government.

    The performance targets are:

    • Increase by 6,300 the number of young people with additional support needs continuing in post-compulsory education or full/part-time training
    • 85% of school leavers will understand the world of work, their place in it, and have a positive approach thereto
    • Increase the number of disadvantaged adults (19+), actively engaged in learning and training by a minimum of 35,000
    • Reduce by 25% (equivalent to 6,000) the number of young people for whom being NEET (not in education, employment or training) is a negative experience

    The Inclusiveness Projects will play a crucial role helping Careers Scotland meet these targets.

    Project News

    • Eleven Inclusiveness Projects are now operational within the Scottish Enterprise area. The twelfth, Dumfries and Galloway, will be operational by August
    • In HIE a Pan-Highlands and Islands Project embracing all-age guidance and inclusiveness is also underway
    • A series of visits to the Projects by members of the Beattie Implementation Team, the NAG and (in the Scottish Enterprise area) by Julie-Anne Jamieson, Careers Scotland Development Manager for Inclusion and Employability, is underway
    • The Projects have to date recruited some 140 key workers drawn from a range of disciplines including careers guidance, health, social work, voluntary work, etc.
    • Statistics gathered from the Projects show that over 5,000 young people were supported by them to the end of March 2002
    • The Fife Involve Project is running a summer programme of activities including video production, art and craft, mountain-biking, horse-riding and rock-climbing
    • Spotlights on individual Projects will begin in the October edition of the Newsletter

    For further information contact:

    John Dalziel on 01475 721271 or
    email: john.dalziel@careers-scotland.org.uk

    Monitoring and Evaluation

    National Evaluation Research Programme

    The Scottish Executive has contracted with economic development consultants, SQW Ltd, and NFO System 3, a social research company, to undertake a national evaluation of Inclusiveness and All Age Guidance projects. Pilot research is about to get underway in Glasgow, Fife and Dingwall. This will involve asking young people their views on the support they have been given from their key worker and will complement the data being collected by Careers Scotland's Performance Management Framework. More extensive evaluation will take place over the next 18 months-2 years.

    Performance Management Framework (PMF)

    The Scottish Executive commissioned consultants Inspire Scotland to prepare a 'Toolkit' to support the Inclusiveness Project Coordinators and staff and to gather evidence on their work. The PMF will provide quantitative and qualitative information on the performance of Projects. Careers Scotland has issued advice on how to take forward Inspire Scotland's work by ensuring every project staff member is clear about their role and responsibility for performance. The PMF will enable Careers Scotland to report on Project performance in a number of ways. Based on outputs and outcomes for clients rather than anecdotal evidence it will:

    • promote more effective Project management; and
    • promote ongoing improvement and development.

    Framework for Identification of Learning and Support Needs

    A framework for assessment is currently being drawn up by Julie-Anne Jamieson at Careers Scotland.
    The following documents are useful in assessment and identifying learning and support needs.

    Educational Psychological Services for 16-24 Year Olds

    The Beattie Committee recognised that there was a major gap in Post-School Psychological Services for young people aged over 19, that is, beyond the statutory age limit. Since then the steering group for the Scottish Executive Review of Educational Psychological Services, chaired by Eleanor Currie, reported in February 2002. It identified the need to address serious under-capacity in the sector as a whole.

    The three Beattie National Development Officers appointed late last year have been working on a service specification that should be ready for publication by March 2004. They are now busy consulting key stakeholders (FE colleges, training providers, and the Inclusiveness Projects) on what a post-school service should look like.

    Their findings suggest that there is a widespread lack of awareness and understanding about psychological services. Consequently, it has been difficult for some agencies to say what their priorities are, but they are identifying potentially significant demand in a variety of different contexts. The next step will be to write up the outcomes from consultation. The October conference (details overleaf) will debate the priorities, look at possible service and funding models, and determine how a Post-School Psychological Service will link with other psychological services.

    Further Education Initiatives

    Resources totalling 4.5m over 3 years were allocated to take forward developments across the FE sector. Some of the money (1.137m over 2001-04) has been used to establish the BRITE (Beattie Resources for Inclusiveness in Technology and Education) Centre at Stevenson College ( www.brite.ac.uk ).

    The BRITE initiative was quick to get off the ground and is due to open officially on 24 September 2002. It is a purpose-built resource centre that will link with Regional Access Centres to provide the sector with information and expertise in enabling and assistive technologies. BRITE is also funded to enable staff to participate in training. A 'virtual staff room' has been set up to provide ongoing support to colleagues across the sector.

    Funds available for other activity total 1.3m in 2002-03 and 1.8m in 2003-04. Funding of 200k in each year will be used to develop and provide centrally determined staff training. Discussions are taking place between the Scottish Further Education Funding Council (SFEFC) and the Association of Scottish Colleges (ASC) about training and further details will be announced to colleges at a later date. To ensure college participation in Beattie implementation, each will receive a basic level of funding that will then be supplemented to reflect the scale of activity in each college.

    For further information contact:

    Anna Thomson,
    Access Policy Officer (SFEFC),
    telephone: 0131 313 6605,
    email: athomson@sfc.ac.uk

    The Foyer Federation

    The Foyer Federation has kindly submitted this article.

    'All young people need a home, support and a springboard into independent living, learning and work. Some don't get it. Foyers fill the gap.'

    (Mission statement of The Foyer Federation)

    Foyers provide local solutions to address local needs of Young People who are in need of accommodation and support services in order to progress out of social exclusion in their chosen life path. Foyers provide at a minimum, access to affordable accommodation, education, training and employment services and personal support in an holistic individually-centred package.

    As part of the process of supporting the development of Foyers in Scotland, the Foyer Federation hosted a seminar in Edinburgh, chaired by Lewis McDonald MSP, on 4 February 2002. As well as presentations from Foyer users, guest speakers included Heather Koronka, Director of Regeneration, Communities Scotland and Foyer practitioners.

    The event, sponsored by Communities Scotland and The Royal Bank of Scotland provided delegates with an introduction to the Foyer concept and how the various models can be applied to benefit young people throughout Scotland as part of the continuum of local provision.

    There is interest in Foyer development across Scotland not least because of the connection and contribution Foyers can make to Government policies and priorities of Social Inclusion, Social Justice, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship - Foyers can significantly impact on excluded Young People through effective, holistic support.

    For more information on the Foyer concept, or to discuss how it could apply to your local situation, contact Dave Simmers on 01224 647 063 or scotland@foyer.net

    The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust -

    'Helping young people in Scotland to start up and continue in business.'

    PSYBT has kindly contributed these case studies.

    The PSYBT has been able to help the following young people as a result of the grant received from the Beattie Implementation Team in 2001-02.

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    William Treeby (19), Falkirk

    William received a grant of 1,000 in March 2002. After leaving school he found it impossible to secure full-time employment. After trying and failing many times, he decided to start his own business making embossed stationery. William had no savings, no capital whatsoever to put into his business and limited experience. After approaching banks and building societies who would not give him any funding, William contacted PSYBT. Here he received extensive one-to-one counselling (ongoing), has attended start-up courses at Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust and has received bookkeeping training.

    Polonia

    Gregor Hoc (24), Edinburgh

    Gregor was awarded a loan of 3,000 and a grant of 1,000 in April 2002 to start his gardening and decorating service. He left school with no qualifications and worked in various positions, from a care assistant to a gardening assistant. After being made redundant for the fourth time, he decided to start his own business. Having sole custody of his three children, this is a huge undertaking! Things are looking promising - Polonia has only just begun trading, but Gregor has already built up a small but secure client base.

    And finally, the story of a young man who has turned his life around. . . . This young man received a grant of 1,000 in April 2002 to start his own window cleaning business. He had left school with six Standard Grades and worked as a roofer and window cleaner until 1998. Following a conviction for a criminal offence he decided that his life had to change for the better. Due to his conviction, he found it increasingly difficult to even get an interview for a job, so he decided to start his own business. He has done exactly that and although it is very early days, the signs are extremely promising.

    For further information on the PSYBT phone 0141 248 4999, email team@psybt.org.uk, or visit their website at www.psybt.org.uk

    Forthcoming Events

    Next meeting of the NAG: 18 September 2002

    Official launch of BRITE: 24 September 2002

    Conference: Developing Psychological Services To Post-School: 23 October 2002

    In future issues of Implementing Inclusiveness:

    • Spotlight on Inclusiveness Project(s)
    • Beattie and volunteering - a report
    • Special feature on supported employment

    For further information

    If you require further information about Implementing Inclusiveness, or to comment on its format and content, or if you wish to submit an article, please contact:

    Melanie Weldon, Head of Beattie Implementation Team, on 0141 242 0147 or
    Christine Greig
    on 0141 242 0148 or
    Jimmy O'Neill
    on 0141 242 0136
    or via email to beattie@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

    You can also visit our website at www.scotland.gov.uk/who/elld/beattie.asp. Important publications soon to be posted there include:

    • a report on the first Key Workers' Conference in Peebles; and
    • a report on the Transition Into Supported Employment and Education (TISEE) project.