Sharing Good Practice

Equality and Diversity Good Practice

“Pathways to Success: progression pathways for learners with learning difficulties or disabilities”

Petroc received one of 29 grants awarded by the Equality Challenge Unit to projects developed by further education providers across England. The equality and diversity good practice fund was provided by the Skills Funding Agency to support projects that embed, sustain and spread good practice that helps learners to participate and achieve in FE, and develop the capacity of the sector to meet the public sector equality duty.

Petroc Supported Learning curriculum staff interviewed past and current students, parents, guardians and employers about out provision for students with learning difficulties or disabilities, in particular Community Link Vocational programme, the Petroc Social Enterprise projects and Supported Internships with a view to streamlining the learner journey and improving programme content.

Projects and curriculum staff then attended the Further Education Equality Knowledge Exchange Conferences in London and Manchester. We were delighted to be able to present the results of our research as part of the discussion panel which gave us the opportunity to share the best practice and development ideas we had identified. This funding has enabled us to spend time reviewing our provision and make changes to benefit our students, as well as introducing processes to ensure on going review and sustain the outcomes into the future.

The “Pathways to Success” report is available here

Study Programme Good Practice

“Unlocking Potential: Sharing Innovative Approaches and Overcoming Barriers in Delivering 16-19 Study Programme Principles”

The introduction of Study Programmes for 16-19 year old learners in 2013 has given Further Education Colleges the freedom to design education programmes that include work experience and are tailored to our students’ individual needs and career aspirations.

Petroc secured funding from the Department for Education to evaluate our success and share best practice in the following areas:

  • Promoting supported internships for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Delivery of work experience as a core aim for Level 1 students.
  • Overcoming barriers to delivering work experience within rural areas where there may be little choice of employers and placements.

The 'Unlocking Potential' report is available here

Unlocking Potential Conference

Petroc hosted an Unlocking Potential conference on Thursday 26th March 2015 at the mid Devon campus in Tiverton.  The conference disseminated the results of DfE funded research focusing on work experience and the study programme, and also shared best practice. The conference offered a number or workshops which helped employers to learn more about unlocking the potential of a new workforce, giving them the opportunity to feed back into the programme and help shape our future workforce.

To view the conference materials please follow the links below:

  • Unlocking Potential – Sharing innovative approaches to work experience and supported internships. View slides
  • Brain in Hand – Personal technology for independent living. View slides
  • Brain in Hand Workshop. View slides
  • Riding with stabilisers – How can FE colleges help young disengaged learners to reengage? View slides
  • National Autistic Society – Strategies to support people with autism including Asperger Syndrome. View slides

Unlocking Potential Resources

If you a provider interested in developing your work experience or supported internship provision, you may find the following resources useful.

Work Experience resources:

Supported Internship resources:


If you are interested in finding out more about the evaluation please contact Jenn Fuller: