This Working Group is organised by Specialist Evidence, Evaluation and Research (SEER) by Applied Inspiration and supported by Arts University, Bournemouth, University of Leeds and Buckinghamshire New University.
The Working Group focuses on sharing ideas and existing practice around work supporting pathways into and through HE for BTEC learners and learners following associated vocational qualification programmes – CACHE Diplomas, Cambridge Tech and T levels. As well as research being undertaken in this space, and hope that this will lead to a more joined up approach across the sector.
For more information about this Working Group, please click here for the groups Terms of Reference. (Updated in December 2021)
Please join us and help to build this network. If you have any queries about this working group contact NEON@londonhigher.ac.uk.
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Attendance at Working Group meetings is free to NEON members. Non-members are welcome to attend but there is a fee of £80 per meeting.
Presentation by Debbie Smith and Gemma Mcdonald: https://www.educationopportunities.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Neon-Level-2-presentation.pdf
Dr Debra Myhill, University of Exeter
‘This presentation will outline the remit of the Transforming Transitions project, exploring the transition from post-16 education to university, with a particular focus on students with BTEC qualifications. It will then outline the findings from the project, illustrating the range of challenges and barriers faced at university for students with ‘non-standard’ backgrounds. It will show the complexity of the relationships between prior qualification and background, and make recommendations for the sector’.
Drawing lessons from current research
Alexander Blower, PhD candidate in education and inequality, University of Wolverhampton
‘Drawing on data from his doctoral research, Alex will examine the social conditions in which a white working-class male student negotiates his expectations for the future in education and work. Focusing on the case of a single participant whose intention was to attend a local college, the presentation will examine the complex, historically embedded nature of educational decision making, and its influence on which educational trajectories are deemed to be possible.’
PPT NERUPI Evaluation Framework (28 January 2019)
Meeting minutes (28 January 2019)
Ucas PPT: The current picture: applications from BTEC students
(19 September 2018)
Case Study by Hayley Dalton, Head of Vocational Design, Pearson Education
(19 September 2018)
Meeting Minutes (19 September 2019)
Guidance for each subject of the reformed RQF BTEC Nationals.
University of Manchester – EPQ resources recommended for writing extended reports.
Learning Scientists – recommend for their evidence based approach.
The Day is a good source of current material and questions for discussion. Recommended for practising synoptic papers that require reading for information and critical analysis.
Network of science teachers interested in cognitive science and how to improve revision/learning.