Share your ASDAN successes in our Bulletin magazine

Share your ASDAN successes in our Bulletin magazine

Our annual Bulletin magazine celebrates the transformative impact ASDAN qualifications and programmes have on many learners. With the help of our courses, practitioners across the UK and overseas have developed young people’s personal, social and work-related skills, boosting their confidence, self-esteem, engagement and motivation.

This year’s Bulletin was posted to all UK centres in May, together with the Annual Review, and an email containing links to online versions of these documents was sent to all our centres across the world.

The latest edition includes articles on:

  • Lift Off, a new programme designed to help learners make a successful transition from primary to secondary school
  • how our Science Short Course has brought the subject to life for a group of learners with language and communication difficulties
  • Lifeskills Challenge and how this e-learning platform has boosted the confidence and independence of learners
  • the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness and how this qualification was used by one school to accredit the learning gained through a jobs fair

Share your successes

We would like to invite our registered centres to promote their ASDAN successes in the next edition of the Bulletin. This could take the form of a case study on a cohort that has benefitted from a course, profiles on an individual learner who has undergone a transformation thanks to ASDAN-related activities or has moved on achieve success in work, training or education having been awarded one of our certificates.

Having an article on your organisation in our magazine is a great way to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing work you are doing with your learners. It’s also an opportunity to share best practice and top tips across our substantial network, as well an inspiring other practitioners who are facing similar challenges to you.

Please send a brief summary, no more than 100 words, on your article idea to barrymccarthy@asdan.org.uk by 31 October. We will get in touch to discuss your idea and potentially arrange a short phone interview. If we run out of space in the magazine, we can share your case studies on our website. We are also keen to hear from you if you have ideas on any other content you would like to see in the magazine.

Survey results

In order to gain some feedback on the magazine, we sent delegates at our workshops a link to a survey on the Bulletin in June and July. In addition, we placed a link to the survey on the home page of the members area on the ASDAN website. We also asked staff in ASDAN registered centres who had contributed to the magazine to give their feedback. In the first part of the survey, people were asked to rate the magazine according to four measures. Below is a summary of the results.

Feedback on the Bulletin

Comments made in the survey included:

  • it contains inspirational examples of how the courses can be run
  • it is extremely informative and understandable
  • I like how clear it is, it explains the projects and then shows the impacts, through images and comments from all involved
  • thanks for the opportunity of having an article on our school published in the Bulletin
  • keep up the good work

What we could do better

Advice people gave us on the Bulletin included:

  • have a page with a guest columnist
  • provide more information on best practice in the classroom
  • involve centres more in the production of the magazine

General comments

Other comments made on ASDAN in the survey included:

  • ASDAN is trusted and respected by all those establishments that put children first and wish to celebrate success in its many forms
  • Thank you for your dedication to young adults and those who find education a significant challenge
  • Materials, resources and advice are without equal in this sector

It has been inspiring to receive such positive feedback. We know how incredibly busy educators across our network are and we greatly appreciate people taking the time to complete the survey. Your comments and advice will inform the next edition and help us continue to improve and produce content that informs and encourages our centres.

Author: Barry McCarthy, ASDAN Communications Manager

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