Providing a solution for alternative education provision

ASDAN has recently been working closely with schools, academies and colleges that provide their own alternative education provision, looking at a package of solutions for young people who are disengaged with traditional education. The options include a series of nationally accredited curriculum programmes, leading to qualifications that develop skills for education and the workplace.

The CoPE and AoPE qualifications are focused on helping young people to develop skills in personal effectiveness. Research carried out by the University of the West of England suggests that these qualifications motivate and engage young people who are put off by traditional learning, which then also boosts their success at GCSE.

Our programmes carry their own nationally recognised certification and can be used as the curriculum for AoPE or as half of the curriculum for CoPE. Short Courses support alternative learning around a specific topic – for example, you may want your young people to study more academic subjects like History or Maths. Alternatively, you could choose subjects such as Sports and Fitness or Careers and Experiencing Work to develop learners’ skills in an area of interest or towards managing their career.

One final product that is of interest to our alternative education centres is Workskills Online. This e-learning platform is made up of a series of assessments aimed at improving young people’s confidence in literacy and numeracy, as well as for sitting future examinations. Assessments can be chosen by tutors and accessed by learners at Level 1 or Level 2.

I hope I have given you food for thought. If I can be of any further assistance then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us on info@asdan.org.uk. In order to access our full range of qualifications and programmes your centre will need to register with ASDAN.

Author: Gareth Lewis, Former ASDAN National Development Co-ordinator

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