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1 e-sy.info The South Yorkshire e-Learning Programme Steve Farnsworth Deputy Director of Education – Sheffield David Brooks e-sy.info Programme Director – RM plc

2 Contents The Objective 1 context Key programme features Why e-learning? Why schools? E-learning and state policies The Big Challenges Public Private Partnership

3 The Objective 1 Context Economic step change Cultural transformation

4 The South Yorkshire Objective 1 Programme e-sy.info is one of the largest projects in the South Yorkshire Objective 1 programme Delivered by an extensive public private partnership Covering the four Local Education Authorities Engaging the life long learning spectrum from the age of 10 (Year 6) Requiring a unique approach in spending European structural funds on schools

5 Objective 1 Priorities P1 – High Growth Industry P2 – SMEs P3 – Learning & Skills P4 – Community P5 – Infrastructure P6 – Investment And … the cross-cutting inclusion themes

6 The Objective 1 vision SATS & Exams EXPLOITING INNOVATION Delivery Partnerships Teachers & Trainers Mentors & Parents Curriculum & Courses Learning Foundations Technology Services LEARNING OUTCOMES Progression to Higher Levels Key & Basic Skills Vocational Curriculum Sector Specific Skills ECONOMIC GROWTH Jobs Adaptive Skills CULTURAL CHANGE Aspiration Inclusion Employability Flexible Learning Step change from a vicious spiral to a virtuous circle Growth of Companies G D P

7 Key programme features Not kit alone ~ skills, tools and a new way of teaching and learning Focus on school age learners ~ the next generation workforce Link schools with businesses ~ especially through our High Growth Clusters in manufacturing & digital Include the hard to reach –Excluded pupils (e.g. GCSE English Online) –Minority communities through the Portal –Small enterprises through the POD programme Sub-regional implementation

8 Why e-Learning? An engaging curriculum, anytime- anywhere Teachers in learning communities A regional Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Raised attainment A developed workforce Higher value jobs

9 Why start in schools? the ICT platform is already there ICT as a key skill at 16 changing attitudes of young adults to learning has to achieved there common ICT tools, such as the VLE, are a vital aid to transition at KS2/3 and from school to further education ICT is fundamental to more and more jobs accreditation is moving on-line skills previously gained in the workforce are now vital to the school experience

10 The double helix metaphor Early Years Family Learning Primary Secondary Tertiary & work- based learning

11 The double helix metaphor Early Years Family Learning Primary Secondary Tertiary & work- based learning Lifelong learning; homes and communities

12 The double helix metaphor Early Years Family Learning Primary Secondary Tertiary & work- based learning Lifelong learning; homes and communities

13 The double helix metaphor Early Years Family Learning Primary Secondary Tertiary & work- based learning Lifelong learning; homes and communities VLE e-tools & e-skills

14 E-learning and state policies DfES ~ Towards a Unified e-Learning Strategy reform Regionally: Learning for Life: –New vocational pathways –skills/work-based learning focus –Specialist networks (via VLE) –KS3 (11-14) strategy –leadership development –E-learning e-learning buildings - BSF

15 Gathering Evidence The four local authorities (LEAs) have validated and refined this view of e-learning & ICT skills Qualitative evaluation & action research based on the e-sy.info pilot (2001-2) Quantitative feedback on ICT performance from formal inspections (2002) Summer 2005 will see the first chance to validate the approach in terms of large regional cohorts

16 A Critical Success Factor for Growth: Creating the digital labour pool The e-sy.info programme is focused on: Creating a world class learning region Ensuring the workforce is digitally literate Key transitions in lifelong learning, especially 10 though 19 Embedding ICT in KS3/4 (11-16) and vocational curriculum Employability in the knowledge economy Creating the learning habit in SMEs Widening participation through e-learning

17 Scalability & Sustainability Cascade training – building local capacity and sustainability –Skills Academy structure; E-tutor & E-mentor skills Building a brand that is widely known and valued for combining: –must-belong learning communities –unparalleled learning resources and connectivity –a wide range of public information and useful services Engaging long term support mechanisms through the e-sy.info Portal & the VLE –Parents –Libraries & Community Centres –Employers

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19 The Big Challenges Mitigating the risks Capitalising on opportunity

20 High Impact Low Impact Narrow Reach Wide Reach e-sy.info Mainstream policy Isolated initiatives Control Transformation Risk Survival Transformation - The Risk & The Reward

21 The big challenges Entering new territory Scalability of both technical and organisational solutions Sustainability of the human effort and the investment Breaking the e-learning mould in terms of location, audience and mode Operating a contractual vehicle that combines value, performance and innovation

22 Public Private Partnership Validating strategy Assuring dynamism

23 Public Private Partnership: The Contracted Consortium The consortium includes RM - UKs largest educational ICT supplier Tribal Technology Services - VLE specialists BTL / Virtual College – leaders in vocational on-line learning and e- assessment Sheffield Hallam University - Renowned ICT training provider and School of Education Sheffield College – National award winner in e-learning design and delivery

24 Engaging enterprise in the widest sense Cluster leaders –Advanced Manufacturing – the Engineering Employers Federation –Creative & Digital - Digital South Yorkshire National & international forces –Boeing, Corus, Microsoft Community enterprises through the Objective 1 community action plans

25 Public Stakeholders The extent of the partnership and the delivery approach widens the circle of influence yet focuses the mission. It involves: The four Local Authorities Head teachers & principals The Learning & Skills Council (LSC) Objective 1 Directorate

26 Partnership Benefits Validating strategy and assuring dynamism through Breadth of experience Variety of perspectives Cultural challenges to the status quo Mutual contractual obligations Transparent benchmarking

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