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1 The DART Project Rohan Slaughter 12/6/13

2 Introduction to Beaumont College Scope run Independent Specialist College (ISC) based in Lancaster 96 learners in Lancaster, two satellite provisions with ~20 learners 330 FTE staff Ofsted Outstanding LSIS Beacon Status Curriculum focussed on personal development, independence, skills for life Creative arts specialism

3 The Technology Team at Beaumont

4 History of the DART project(s) 2010/12 DART1, an LSIS funded project Beaumont College and National Star College worked with 8 colleges, in a deep support capacity Beaumont and Star are ISCs : Independent Specialist Colleges One of those DART1 colleges was Henshaws Now we are running DART2, a JISC Advance funded project: Beaumont College, National Star College, Henshaws College, Colleges Scotland, NATSPEC, JISC all working together 10 deep support colleges, 2 in Scotland 3 workshops, delivered twice, once in Birmingham, once in Stirling

5 DART2 The DART project seeks to: Improve AT practice in the sector Enable the replication of the innovative Assistive Technologist role Produce AT case studies for the sector The project is achieving this through: Deep Support for ten providers A Workshop series A Natspec sponsored research project

6 Deep Support Following an application and shortlisting process that was overseen by JISC TechDis 10 Colleges were selected Applications for the deep support element were heavily oversubscribed, with approximately three times more applications than places available This indicates that there is a large unmet need in the sector. Unsuccessful applicants received priority booking for the workshop series. After the priority booking period, places will are allocated on a first come, first served basis We plan to move to a paid consultancy basis for this support going forward, but fear that contracting budgets will limit the appeal of this

7 Deep Support Beaumont College to Support: Bridge College Myerscough College Kilmarnock College Edinburgh College National Star College to Support Derwen College Homefield College Queen Alexandra College Henshaws College to support: Landmarks College Percy Hedley College Royal College (Seashell Trust)

8 Workshops Day 1: Assessment for Assistive Technology Feb 2013 Slides from the events: Day 2: Creating the Assistive Technologist role and its integration into a College structure, April Slides from the events: Day 3: Specific Assistive Technology software training, June 2013 Slides from the events are not yet available

9 Natspec Research Project The Natspec sponsored research project (publication pending, expected shortly) was conducted via online questionnaire / telephone follow up, and sought to: Inform the content of the workshops (give the sector what it required in terms of AT related CPD) Define key themes around what is working well (or what is not working well) with respect to Assistive Technology in all types of FE College A summative DART2 project presentation will take place at the JISC RSC NW annual conference on 26 th June 2013: northwest-annual-event.aspx northwest-annual-event.aspx For more information please see

10 College structure and relationships between teams The technology strategy in a College stands or falls based on: Relationships between teams The College Structure Relationship of the IT/Technology team with: Teachers Therapists (where present) Supporting staff People in the AT role

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