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ERIC Number: EJ899932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Thinking Big, Aiming High
Berkeley, Viv
Adults Learning, v21 n5 p26-27 Jan 2010
What do teachers, providers and policymakers need to do in order to support disabled learners to "think big and aim high"? That was the question put to delegates at NIACE's annual disability conference. Some clear themes emerged, with delegates raising concerns about funding, teacher training, partnership-working and employment for disabled people. These are all issues which deserve the attention of a wider audience. With providers likely to be obliged to do as much or more with less for some time to come, it is vital that they work with their strategic partners, with the support of government, to deliver a service which allows disabled learners not merely to get by at the fringes of society, but to be all they can be. Providers, working with disabled learners at all levels, need to work in partnership and link up with key organisations and stakeholders both nationally and regionally. It is no longer good enough to prepare learners for jobs they never get. Providers need to work with supported employment agencies to develop their thinking and move forward. Having expectations and aspirations for the learners is a vital component in supporting them to think big and aim high. Providers, government, local and national organisations need to work in partnership, both at strategic and operational level. The work needs to be underpinned by flexible funding streams which allow well-qualified, knowledgeable teachers and learning support staff to "think big" with their learners--whilst all the time remembering that creativity will be key because there is no extra money in the pot.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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