Leading on Curriculum Planning for the Adult Community Education Sector Toolkit

Setting the scene

Welcome to the Leading on Curriculum Planning Toolkit designed for busy leaders and managers in the adult community education sector to support the new flexibilities offered through the creation of the Tailored Learning funding stream.

This toolkit hosts voices from the sector in the form of video-case studies, top tips and further resources. 

In the following video, Sue Pember, Policy Director for HOLEX, explores the importance of adult education in modern life and how leaders and tutors can use the toolkit videos to develop a course from scratch. 

Voices from the sector

In the following playlist, leaders from across the Further Education (FE) and Skills sector discuss what they do to set up a new course. The first video considers this in broad terms and can be applied across any subject area. The subsequent four videos each tackle a specific curriculum area and each videos provide top tips for leaders to consider.

After watching the videos, you may wish to ask yourself:

  • What opportunities do the points in the videos raise for my learning organisation?
  • How can I cascade the content to my staff?
How to set up a new course from scratch (universal considerations)
Joanne Keatley, a part-time Ofsted Inspector and adult education leader, who has worked in local authority learning organisations in the West Midlands, describes how to set up a course from scratch and what a leader will need to consider during this process. Read our top tips for setting up a course from scratch.
Designing and delivering a tailored Digital ESOL course
Sam Pepper, Advanced Learning Practitioner – ESOL, from WM College talks to us about their highly successful ESOL IT course, highlighting the elements to consider when establishing a Digital Skills focused ESOL English language course. Read our top tips for designing and delivering a Digital ESOL course.
Designing and delivering a tailored Employability course
Hannah Kirkham, Quality Manager at Leeds City Council’s Employment and Skills introduces the subject of designing and delivering a tailored Employability course. Hannah draws on her experience of developing a holistic, collaborative employability programme that Leeds run in partnership with the NHS and other trusted partners. Read our top tips for designing and delivering an employability course.
Designing and delivering a tailored ESOL course
Tina Boon, Adult Learning Manager at Leeds Adult Community Learning, talks us through some of the key steps involved in setting up an ESOL course. She draws on her experience of the Leeds ESOL programme which provides learners with opportunities to understand and participate in their local communities and prepares them for progression into further learning, volunteering or work. Read our top tips for designing and delivering an ESOL course.

Further resources

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We hope you find this toolkit useful to support your development and practice and would appreciate your feedback to inform the continuous improvement of our offer. Please take a couple of minutes to complete a short survey to tell us about your experience.