Successfully using the QCF to fund provision for students with mental health difficulties Breaking down the barriers to education, employment and training for people with mental health needs Mental health conditions and young people 1 in 4 young people between 15-24 will experience a mental disorder in any 12 month period
15 - 24 years old is the peak period for the onset of mental disorders Mental health issues are responsible for 65 - 70% of Burden of Disease for young people aged15-24 Mental and substance use disorders frequently coexist (70% of help seeking cohorts) Pathways for young people to access health resources are limited as use of standard GPs is under-represented in this age
group Although most young people experience recovery from symptoms of mental disorders, there is a significant negative impact on longer term vocational pathways and economic participation Rationale To provide access to education for young people in Portsmouth & surrounding areas who are recovering from mental health issues To ease the transition back into full-time education
To offer opportunities for meaningful employment To provide a flexible response to learner needs, including outreach To provide a safe, reassuring, non-stigmatised environment To support learners with a Core of health / relapse prevention
Unique provision OUTSIDE of LDD Keeping Well Sessions delivered by Occupational / Mental Health specialists Keeping Well plans Dedicated support time from Early Intervention staff support worker sufficient, not necessarily trained worker
Supported by work on relevant qualifications New build opportunity - dedicated learning environment / suitable facilities Curriculum 2007/2008 City and Guilds 3071 Certificate in Self-Development through Learning (Learn Power) combined with elements of Getting Connected
NOCN Units selected by student based on individual aims and outcomes Key Skills / Basic Skills Vocational Tasters (accredited) NCFE Certificate in Volunteering (L2) Fundraising and social activities
Curriculum 2008/2009 NOCN units/QCF units/ EDEXCEL Workskills Key Skills/Basic Skills/Accredited vocational tasters/team delivery NCFE Certificate in Volunteering Skills L2 Community Project Skateboard Park
Flexible programme and individual learning pathway Joint meetings to plan for transition and progression Curriculum 2009/2010 Using Award/Certificate/ structure to facilitate roll on/roll off approach ( 3 or 7 units ) and allow early accredited achievement Community Project former Headspace client art student
personal story boards display Consistency in staff / core team Role boundaries - health and education Extend length of day / progression Full time / Part time (16-25s/adults) Step Up / Step down
Curriculum 2010/2011 Move to part time provision for all students with age group extended to 25+ - flexible learner led attendance agreements and personal learning plans NOCN Level 1 Award in Skills towards Progression (early achievement) Units of Study: Induction to Study, Personal Confidence and Self Awareness(in Keeping Well), Understanding and using Number, Punctuation and Grammar
Progression to additional suitable Award or the Certificate Vocational tasters with attached qualifications post December 2010 Project yet to be decided nature of group key Support and monitoring Keeping Well sessions
Learning Support/Travel support Moodle Attendance monitoring and follow-up Measurement of therapeutic outcomes Flexibility and time outs
End of programme independent Focus Group Outcomes and Successes (1) I am a completely different person. I sit on the bus and look around, and itll be like this aint me; Suzie would never do this! and I still get shocked today. I know Im not going to take it for granted. I am just a new person. Im happier, more outgoing and Ive learned to laugh at myself now and not take life too seriously. For once, I actually want to live, and Im enjoying my life! Outcomes and Successes (2)
Analysis of student data, which shows evidence of year on year continuous improvement in this group of students retention and achievement;. To date: 39 students have completed the programme 50% progress to further education or employment 25% progress to study at a higher level C&G Certificate in Self Development - Success 2007/2008 50% success 2008/2009 75% success 2009/2010 100% success Internal Certificates part time students 2009/2010 100% success Moving On (1)
Roll on/roll off programme Work on a number of units (PSD, Literacy and Numeracy based) with particular focus on two (for early Award) Jump between Award (2 units 6 credits) to Certificate (7 units 21 credits) and Diploma (14 units 39 credits) Ensure well on way to achieving Certificate before changing qualification aim from Award to the Certificate
Due to funding and transfer implications put achievement through for Award and re-enrol onto Certificate Similar process for the Diploma Ist enrolment onto Level 1 Award in Skills Towards Enabling Progression (NOCN Step Up) Moving On (2) Funded regardless of which but obviously more funding for the highest qualification
Labour intensive process in registering onto individual units and tracking units against students Ensuring retention of all portfolios as evidence for unit completion Base room works well with PCs readily available Diploma GLH only 350 top up to 450 with Edexcel Work Skills
qualification The perfect world selecting units of the QCF rather than specific qualifications 2009/2010 first year of using these qualifications in this way NOCN not preferred Awarding Body, but largest bank of units Moving On Success Starts NOCN Award NOCN Certificate
NOCN Diploma 13 09/10 Success 100% National Average N/A 6 100% 94%
8 88% N/A Lessons Learned College focus on education / liaison with mental health staff to organise extra mental health support where required Necessity for wider partnership working / Mental Health / Housing / JCP
Acquisition of resources- impact on flexibility e.g musical instruments Consistency of staff / differing year cohorts Levels of differentiation / personalisation/ability Value of project and volunteering work
How to sustain funding? Evidence based education, quality improvement & informing policy National leadership & peer mentoring Resources (1) Resources (2) Emerging evidence based learning for mental health and wellbeing [email protected] Tel. 023 9232 8673
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