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Book now: https://refugee_mental_health.eventbrite.co.uk to join 'Refugee wellbeing and mental health' on Friday 1 July 2016, from 12.30-1.30pm 

Participating in learning can support refugees' successful integration, but not if...

Image of the publicity flyer for Leading beyond the organisation course on 16.3.16This one-day course, developed in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), is designed specifically for senior...

AoC has today announced a new cohort of the popular Senior Leadership and Management Development Training Programme, starting in November 2015. See flyer attached below. 

The Education and Training Foundation will fund 10 bursary places for delegates from the Further Education and Skills sector, including third sector organisations, ITPs, adult community learning providers, specialist providers etc. In order to be considered for the bursary, applicants...

I am researching teacher attitudes to leadership in further education and what behaviours can positively support wellbeing.  If you work as a part-time teacher/assessor and deliver learning off-site (eg. in a community venue or the workplace) anywhere in the North West region of England you are invited to get involved.  The information sheet below gives you more information about the funder, the Further Education Trust for Leadership, and how to contact me for more details.

Nuffield Health are sponsoring a Head of Wellbeing pilot for a secondary school.  The discussion paper proposing the pilot (published October 2014) identifies the planned impact of the role on the school community: www.nuffieldhealth.com/school-wellbeing.

The European Association for the Education of Adults is offering a range of funding and training opportunities in its current newsletter including several related to equalities or health and wellbeing: 

http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b04b374858f0d7baa6c0a5b21&id=258c6f1d4f&e=...

Dear colleague,

NIACE would like to invite you to take part in research to identify and disseminate effective practice in developing the role of volunteers and volunteering in local Community Learning partnerships.

Have you developed new and successful approaches to integrating volunteers and volunteering into the work of your Community Learning partnership? This might include initiatives such as developing Community Learning Champions, building partnerships with voluntary...

Do bring this opportunity to the attention of your governors or trustees.  The national  Healthy FE and Skills programme has been commissioned to develop a pilot workshop which will help participants reflect and learn more about making their workplace a supportive and productive environment in which employees and learners can flourish and achieve their full potential.  We are looking, in the first...

Over the last year, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has subsidised a range of Leadership, Management and Governance programmes across the Sector.  With the development of a new commissioning framework for Excellence in LLeadership, Management and Governance now underway, ETF would like to hear what you think, including about how its funding shoudl be used, to help shape how ...

Two key events in March 2015:

Access to Work: Disability scheme 'not reaching people'

As reported on the BBC website: "substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, MPs have said.

The government's Access to Work programme suffers from a lack of funding and publicity, the Work and Pensions Select Committee report found."

Further information can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

Image showing the front cover of the sample month diary for January 2015 Following the huge success of the ...

Impact of changes to Learning Support in the post-19 sector

Dear Colleagues

NIACE has been commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to research the impact of Learning Support changes which were introduced in the academic year 2013/14.

This survey is for practitioners in the post-19 sector in England. It aims to find out what impact, both positive and negative, the change to...

You are invited to the  BIS seminar: 'What is it about learning that improves health and wellbeing?

It's on Friday 5 December 2014 from 10.30am to 4pm at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills Conference Centre. Fnd out more about the event, the projects and speakers we have got lined up for you on the ...

Dear Colleagues

Yesterday the OED (Outreach, Empowerment, and Diversity) Network launched new tools to help overcome barriers to learning.

Alistair Lockhart-Smith, NIACE Project Officer, said:

"NIACE’s involvement in this work has led to the development of policy recommendations aimed at policy-makers on both a European level and a national level, as well as...

ECU is offering new grants of up to £30K for FE providers. You can find details of the new ECU-managed SFA E&D grant fund in the October 2014 edition of the  FE Providers’ Equality Network newsletter at 

BIS commissioned survey of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models and approaches

Dear colleague,

NIACE has been commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to research BYOD approaches to support learning providers in formal, non-formal and informal learning settings to effectively facilitate learners using their own devices in their learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

If you or your organisation are...

Image showing part of the infographic of the Institute for Employment Studies' evaluation of EDI rounds 2,3,and 4The Skills Funding Agency (The Agency) has published the independent evaluation by the ...

Image showing the cover of the 2014/15 staff diversity diaryThe ever-popular Staff Diversity Diary (2014/15) is a diary with a difference. It's full of equality and diversity information, tips and guidance on each page, not to mention monthly planners and summaries,...

Key points

  • Employers must avoid unlawful discrimination in any dress code policy
  • Must be non-discriminatory and apply to both men and women equally
  • Reasonable adjustments must be made for disabled people when dress codes are in place
  • Employers should tread cautiously on religious dress within their policies....

Want to promote staff wellbeing?

Interested in the new workplace wellbeing charter national award for England?

Then take a look at this exciting opportunity

We are pleased to announce ‘Workplace Wellbeing’ a free 1-day management training session funded by the Education and Training Foundation (the Foundation) on Wednesday 6th August...

The latest edition of Adults Learning, Summer 2014, Volume 25 Number 4, has been released as a digital edition and is available for you to access at www.niace.org.uk/al-digital . You can view the latest and previous editions on tablets and smartphones that don’t support Flash (the iPad and iPhone, for example).

Full details of subscription packages available...

It's nearly time for the fabulous free annual national Skills Funding Agency Equality and Diversity  grant funded projects' dissemination events.

The first event, this coming Wednesday (25 June) in Newcastle, is fully booked. There are a few spaces left for the events at:

Stratford-upon- Avon College on Wednesday 2 July 2014 - book now via Eventbrite at: http...

Led by the Third Sector Implementation Board, which was set up to provide strategic oversight and guidance for the future development of the sector’s contribution to learning and skills, the Third Sector Learning and Skills –The Way Forward on 24 June 2014, is a free seminar for senior managers,...

The National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has launched a new Employer Toolkit, which aims to support employers to develop a more inclusive Apprenticeship offer for disabled people.

The Employer Toolkit was developed through consultation with a number of employers - including Barclays Bank, Tottenham Hotspur FC, The National Theatre, Novartis PLC, Leicester City Council and Luton and Dunstable Hospital - who have hired and supported disabled apprentices. ...

Then take a look at this exciting new opportunity. We are pleased to announce ‘Health Work and Wellbeing in E&T’ (HWWB) one of 15 pilot management courses being funded by the Education and Training Foundation (the Foundation) and delivered in partnership with UCU. This short course will enable you to work with colleagues across your organisation to implement evidence-based best practice in HWWB. The result will be positive and measurable changes in workforce sickness, absence...

Community Learning outreach projects

Dear Colleagues

I have been contacted by Ilkim Erdost, principal of the Volkshochschule Ottakring, a school for adult education in the 16th district of Vienna and a member of the district council. Ilkim is looking to get in touch with outreach adult education programmes in the UK, in particular outreach community based projects in the UK which they would like to visit within the framework of the Erasmus plus Mobility programme for Adult...

The Leadership Conversation provides an exciting opportunity for providers from across the Education and Training sector to provide vital feedback on their views on leadership and how leadership skills should be developed. Critically, the outcomes from this project will inform the strategic plans of the Education and Training Foundation for supporting leadership improvement in the sector. It is essential therefore that we gather as much feedback as possible, from all...

Latest edition of the Healthy Universities newsletter (January 2014)

Includes:

  • News that the remit of the Healthy Universities Steering group has been expanded to cover the whole of the UK, and  representatives from public health bodies/agencies within...

AELP is delighted to announce the launch of the Traineeships Staff Support Programme (TSSP). Up to £715,000 of funding has been made available by the Education and Training Foundation for the design and delivery of innovative and high quality professional development support, resources and materials which can be accessed by, and will benefit, the wider education and training workforce in order to improve outcomes from traineeship...

Three events will highlight and share good practice and lessons from Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF) projects and help providers understand how community-based learning can better contribute to the delivery of local strategic priorities:

24 January 2014 in Manchester

3 February 2014 in London

7 February 2014 in Birmingham

The event will give you:

  • A better understanding of how learning in communities can contribute to social inclusion...

New British Academy collection of opinion pieces on health inequalities: "If you could do one thing..." 9 leading social scientists draw on the evidence base for their particular area of expertise, identifying one policy intervention that they think local authorities could introduce to improve the health of the local population and reduce health inequalities.

In their chapter, ‘The Scope of Adult and Further Education for Reducing Health Inequalities...

Safeguarding survey - tell us how we can support you

Closes 10pm, Friday 29 November 2013

It takes just 10 minutes. Responses will be reported anonymously; this means that it will not be possible to identify you or your organisation in our analysis. (See our NIACE...

Natspec is being funded by the Education and Training Foundation to continue its work on supporting progression on non-accredited programmes and is now looking to recruit 45 ‘sector leaders’ – practitioners with relevant expertise –to develop the work in their own organisations and regionally.The main focus is on learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, but the approach can be applied to other learners too.  

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There's still time to respond to NIACE's call for information on intensive English and Maths provision for unemployed adults. By intensive provision, we mean programmes which run for 12 or more hours per week.  Click here to...

Following our successful webinar ' Engaging Learners in Safeguarding' where we explored how we can develop our practice in collaborating and engaging learners, you may want to look at this recent example when a group of education and training organisations leading Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund (EDIF) projects and the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Post-School Education (https://sgforum.org.uk/), came together to...

Keeping learners safe only really happens when learners take responsibility for themselves. We can help learners understand how to keep safe and manage risks so join us to find out more and talk to learners and staff from South Staffordshire College about how they work together. Join the webinar tomorrow - 14th November between 1pm and 2pm. Just one click to the events team will sign you up. Look...

Our next webinar 'Engaging learners in safeguarding'  will be held on 14th November 2012 at 1.p.m. 

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibilty but getting learners involved can be challenging. Nicky Truman - Safeguarding Officer at South Staffordshire College - will be joining us with some of her learners, to explore ways we can get learners involved and hear about their concerns. If you have any questions you would like to...

What do you need now to develop better safeguarding practice?  Complete the survey to tell us.  

Following the closure of LSIS in July 2013, safeguarding is now part of the NIACE Healthy FE and Skills programme. In order to help us shape and develop this work please...

Missed the first webinar Safeguarding and Suicide? Here are three resources that will be of interest to you. Every organisation has the potential to be affected by suicide and it is important to consider how to act in such an event.

Safeguarding: A briefing paper for the Further Education and Skills sector

Responding and supporting individuals at risk of taking their own life download at: ...

EDI 4 mental health intervews and case studies from Highbury College and Heba's projects launched today at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/edi-4-mental-health-projects

Meanwhile, 40+ new Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund projects will meet today for the first time. 

Whatever you are doing to celebrate World mental health day today, we wish you every success! 

Announcing the first in our new series of safeguarding webinars for education and training providers
Date: ...

Do you remember NIACE's original safeguarding publication Safer practice, safer learning. Did you use the Quality Framework it contains to review your organisational approach to safeguarding?  

Well now, following closure of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service in July 2013, safeguarding has a new 'home' as...

Welcome to the new virtual home for the Healthy FE and Skills Programme and Safeguarding.

This new website replaces the former LSIS Healthy FE and Skills website on the Excellence Gateway. It's early days for this website, which we hope to grow with your support.

Already got healthy FE and Skills 'recognition'?

Great. Good to see you again. We've transferred all of your Healthy FE and Skills data to here. You can access it pretty much as before and everything...

NUS is partnering with Mind  for the Student Mental Health – Where Next? conference on 8 October 2013 at the Royal College of Nursing in London. 

This event will bring together student representatives, institutions and the broader education and mental health sectors to examine the standard of mental health care in UK...