Equality and Diversity Good Practice Fund (2014/15)
Case studies and resources from the ECUdefinition/SFA Good Practice Fund (2014/15)
In August 2014, ECU won the tender to manage the Skills Funding Agency's 2014/15 Equalitydefinition and Diversity Good Practice Fund (GPF). The focus of the SFA/ECU GPF was embedding, sustaining and spreading good practice.
ECU awarded 29 grants of up to £30,000 to projects developed by ACFE providers across England to support projects that embed, sustain and spread good practice that helps learners to participate and achieve in FE, and develop the capacity of the sector to meet the public sector equality duty. For details of how ECU selected projects and managed the fund please refer to the ECU website at: http://www.ecu.ac.uk/goodpracticefund/ and the ECU's initial and final reports attached below.
Selected projects responded to key issues within the sector, and addressed the need to embed, sustain and spread good practice.
Projects demonstrated strong partnership working and set up mechanisms for good practice to be integrated into the current curriculum (for example, making changes to assessing apprenticeships within an existing quali cation model) and operational structures, such as contractual agreements with providers.
Projects demonstrated this through adopting an institution-wide approach to culture change, long-term action plans, strategic commitment at an institutional level through senior management involvement and match-funding, and mechanisms for continual appraisal of practices that are working.
Projects adopted a number of ways of ensuring that the work undertaken is shared extensively within their organisation, within the local community and the wider sector. This includes the use of virtual support networks, social media and updating existing national resources.
A summary of the projects and the resources they produced are also available at http://bit.ly/ECU_GPF_sum
Reports and outputs from the 29 projects provided to us by the Equalities Challenge Unit are available using the links below. All have been peer-reviewed by our RRCrowd. Those that meet the required accessibility and content standards have been invited to deliver an online session in February/March 2016 and to add any resources they have produced to our curated resources collection.
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From August - December 2015 we worked with the SFA and ECU to bring you the 2014/15 Good Practice Fund case studies and resources - so that you can quickly find everything in one place from all 6 years of sector equality and diversity grant funding.
"Bringing 29 projects across England together to support learners to achieve in FE The equality and diversity good practice fund was provided by the Skills Funding Agency in 2014/15 to support projects that embed, sustain and spread good practice that helps learners to participate and achieve in FE, and develop the capacity of the sector to meet the public sector equality duty."
All are peer-reviewed by our RRCrowd and those that meet the required accessibility and content standards will be invited to add any resources they have produced to our curated resources collection.