The newly updated Dashboard, funded by UCL in collaboration with Linking London and originally launched in Autumn 2021, provides a unique overview of educational deprivation in London. Developed by Karina Berzins and Aga Spytkowska, it brings together key metrics including POLAR 4 TUNDRA and IMD alongside Key Stage 4 & 5 attainment, ethnicity and gender across London schools and colleges. The latest version also includes the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) metric and a fully updated Further Education section of the dashboard to include achievement, completion and retention data at all levels of study. This online training session, led by Karina Berzins, is aimed at education providers, including those working in widening participation and outreach, researchers, evaluators and policy makers, as well as anyone with an interest in understanding educational disadvantage in London. The session will provide a detailed overview of the Dashboard and how to make the most of the data available and includes time for Q+A.
10, 11 and 12 October 2023: ‘Bloom: , . The conference EPALE’s annual Community Conference will be live-streamed on the EPALE website and on the EPALE social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter). The event revolves around three themes, in the context of the European Year of Skills: ‘Empower. Workforce with the right skills’ – 10 October – 09.30-11.35 Watch it live here – no registration required ‘Engage. Skills for democratic life’ – 11 October – 09.15-11.15 Watch it live here – no registration required ‘Include. Inclusive skills opportunities’ – 12 October – 09.15-11.15 Watch it live here – no registration required ► Discover the full programme and all the speakers of the conference! ► Discover all the conference national side events!
This the the fifth Open Forums event dedicated to improving the mental health support provision within the Higher Education sector. Moving from school into university or college is a for lots of young people their first major life event. This transitional period can be difficult to navigate and can evoke negative responses, particularly on their mental health and wellbeing. University centric challenges such as living away from home for the first time, academic achievement pressures, establishing new networks and financial responsibilities can make students vulnerable to psychological problems. With 100 students taking their own life every year and almost a third of students highlighting mental health concerns as a key reason for considering leaving university, there needs to be more robust and responsive support provision. This conference will bring together key stakeholders involved with student welfare and will look to establish the scale of the problem, discuss some of the causes, identify risk and seek potential solutions. The programme incorporates key presentations from speakers with both personal and professional experience, allocated time for questions and discussion, interactive engagement, and casual networking. Delegates will benefit from an agenda of relevant content, expert contributors and knowledge sharing opportunities.
The aim of this online seminar from the OU Access, Participation and Success team, is to bring experiences from across Higher and Further Education to a wide audience on how what we say and write can impact widening participation and student success. The seminar will provoke thought and discussion on the words we say and write, and how they can have a huge impact on our students, especially those already marginalised by society. Questions for consideration at the seminar will include: do we think enough about the words we choose? how do we build belonging through the language we choose? how do we make our words engaging for all? how do we identify the hurdles and ditches made of words and phrases that lay ahead of our students? how do we remove these? what is the impact of labelling? are we removing or enforcing stereotypes? are the words we choose selected to engage or to make us feel clever? how do we bring rich colours to our content but avoid painting people into corners? do metaphors, colloquialisms, and idioms open or close down content? The seminar presentations will provide insights from research, lessons learned from initiatives, policy changes and the results to share good practice. Further information and a link to register for the seminar is available here.
Matt Griffin, Programmes and Communications Officer, Causeway Education
Will Kelly, 'Opening the Doors Conference' Coordinator, University of Winchester
Catherine Fenwick, Director, Aimhigher London