Five free resources to celebrate ASDAN’s refreshed values

Five free resources to celebrate ASDAN’s refreshed values

ASDAN is, and has always been, a values-led organisation. Since 1997, when ASDAN was formally established as an education charity, our work has centred on giving all learners the opportunity and tools to discover, develop and make full use of their potential. Our values are at the heart of what we do and how we operate.

As an organisation focused on supporting the next generation, we have recognised the need to adapt and innovate to better serve learners and educators. The new era ASDAN has entered is reflected in the launch of our refreshed vision, values and educational principles.

Our values – ethical, diverse, real, collaborative and innovative – are the key beliefs and principles that people within ASDAN, our customers and our partners consider important. They define the way we work and how we set out to achieve our vision – transforming life chances through learning.

Feedback from our 2018 customer survey highlighted that our values matter to our centres and that shared values are important: “I am proud to be associated with ASDAN because of shared values – the most important being that the learners' best interests are at the core of what we do.”

To celebrate the launch of our new refreshed values, ASDAN is giving away five free teaching and learning resources. Each resource focuses on one of our values and the resources are all linked to two of our most popular courses – the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification at Levels 1 and 2 and the Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold).

You can read more about the resources below and download them for use in your lessons. We’d love to hear your thoughts on these resources, so feel free to leave a comment on this blog or tag us in your social media posts using @ASDANeducation and #ASDANvalues

Ethical

This record sheet can be used to evaluate research sources and to decide if a source is trustworthy; it is particularly useful when evaluating online sources as part of a research project. You can use this resource to prompt discussions around the ethics of fake news, media bias, fact versus opinion and advertising.

Diverse

Learners can use this resource to conduct a survey of languages spoken by students and staff at your centre. The resource includes templates for recording the results of the survey and ideas for presenting the findings as graphs and charts. This activity could prompt discussions around the diversity of your centre in relation to ethnicity.

Real 

This worksheet provides a template for learners to record information about organisations in your local community that help people (eg charities, health services, community groups). Learners should use the first sheet to record the different types of organisations, before choosing one to focus on in more detail on the second sheet. You could use this as the starting point for a fundraising or community involvement project, where learners could find a way to actively help a local community organisation.

Collaborative

Learners can use this resource to plan and carry out a team task – to entertain a group of people to tea or coffee. The first sheet can be used to plan the action steps for the task, assign responsibilities and agree deadlines. The second sheet should be used as a health check of their team, based on ground rules for teamwork agreed at the outset. This activity would be a good way to prepare learners for a more complicated group task, or as part of a Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.

Innovative

This resource asks learners to select a particular vocational sector (eg manufacturing) and a feature of that sector (eg marketing). They are then tasked with researching what this feature was like 20 years ago, what it is like now and what it might be like 20 years in the future. You can use this activity to prompt discussions around how the world has changed in the past 20 years (eg technology, social media) and what the world might look like in 20 years’ time.

Author: Jemma Davies, ASDAN Design and Creative Manager

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