DIPLOMA GATEWAY 4: APPLICATION TEMPLATE
You need to complete the Consortium Statement, Vision Statement and Support Information once for the whole consortium. Diploma Line Specific Evidence (Sections 1.1 – 3.3) must be completed for each line of learning you are applying for ie if you are applying for Business, Administration and Finance and Humanities, you will need to provide two separate sets of evidence. You must state clearly in the first box which line of learning the evidence relates to.
You should read the Gateway 4 Guidance (including the relevant Diploma-line specific Core Advice) before completing this form. The guidance is available at www.dcsf.gov.uk/14-19
The deadline for submission of completed applications is 5pm on 25 NOVEMBER 2009. Late applications will not be accepted.
Name of consortium
Unique ID number
Which diploma lines have the consortium already been approved to Please state the lines and provide the delivery start date. deliver?
What, if any, changes have you made since your previous Gateway application:
Changes to NAME of the consortium; or merger with one or more consortia Please give the PREVIOUS NAME and ID number and the NEW
If the consortium has merged with one or more consortia, please
provide PREVIOUS NAMES and ID numbers and the NEW
Changes to the EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS involved in the consortium (describe, and say whether the changes have been approved by
the LA, or state NONE) Please note that consortia that are already approved to deliver one or more
Diploma lines will need to seek approval for changes. Please see Gateway
4 Guidance under Consortium Arrangements.
Please use this section to make any important points which you feel are not brought out in answering the specific questions below. You should
in particular take the opportunity to say how your proposal fits into a vision of opportunity for all 14-19 year olds in the area, how it is rooted in a
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consortium view of the needs of the community and the economy, and any special features which show the strength of the consortium's shared determination to succeed.
In the case of a merger with other consortia, please use this section to provide information on the rationale and benefits of the new
Consortium vision statement (max. 400 words):
Support is available to consortia to help plan for, and deliver, the Diploma Entitlement. Please tell us what support is most effective, whether you have any support needs currently which are not being met, and what support would be most useful in helping you prepare for the entitlement so that we can target support in the most effective way.
Consortium response (max. 400 words):
Local Authority Endorsement
For completion by the LA
I confirm that the Local Authority / LA 14-19 Partnership endorse this application
LA / LA 14-19 Partnership Name………………...............
Checklist: Evidence is attached for each of the following Diploma lines:
Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 CBE C&M Eng IT SHD BAF ELB H&B Hos MPD PS RB SAL T&T Hum L&IC Sci
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DIPLOMA LINE-SPECIFIC EVIDENCE
DIPLOMA LINE: …………………………………………………………………………… please insert name of Diploma Line
1 DIPLOMA COMPONENTS
1.1 Understanding the specific needs and breadth of the Diploma line and how the delivery model will address this including the
allocation of programme delivery roles to the various partner institutions within an integrated Programme In answer to this question, you need to:
? Show which institutions are responsible for the delivery of the elements of the programme.
? Describe how the elements will be integrated in the learners’ experience including how you will integrate and contextualise functional skills
in Diploma principal learning. Make particular mention of any unifying elements of the programme, such as the use of work-related
projects. Relevant links between departments within individual institutions should also be made.
? Show how you will support delivery of the new Diploma and how your current approach will need to change or develop to take account of
new or different features of the Diploma, including in respect of principal, generic and additional/specialist learning. ? Identify gaps in current provision and describe how you plan to fill them.
? Make clear how you will ensure that the Diploma is administered efficiently and effectively right across the consortium, with appropriate
curriculum planning to ensure programmes of high quality study are agreed up front for every learner. ? Demonstrate how assessment will be quality assured and, where you are offering more than one Diploma line, how assessment will be
consistent across the piece. Include details of how you will ensure secure learner information exchange across your delivery network. ? Make clear the consortium’s plans for making this Diploma available to young people from all institutions in the area of the consortium,
including how all young people will access provision which may only be available through a limited number of institutions in an area. ? Describe any features of your proposal which you think are particularly strong or innovative in terms of content or approaches to teaching
The use of diagrams may be helpful to show partner roles.
NB An optional delivery model template is accessible at www.dcsf.gov.uk/14-19
Consortium statement: Max 600 words
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Assessment 1.3 Rating: G / GA / AR / R 1.4 Ensuring that staff have the specific knowledge and training required to deliver this specific diploma line You need to show how the outcome of your audit of staff skills has been taken into account specifically in the planning for this Diploma line.
You need to provide information on:
? What staff skills and qualifications will be needed to deliver the full range of the Diploma line and in what numbers. Your estimates need to
take account of the effect of progression on demand for learning resources and support. You also need to take account of the need for
Diploma teachers to be able to contextualise functional skills learning in Diploma principal learning.
? Proposals to address gaps in the skills and qualifications of the workforce through new appointments (from a range of relevant
backgrounds, including industry and/or other sectors). These proposals should be shown within a timeline that allows sufficient time for
preparation for Diploma delivery.
? The involvement of other skilled practitioners, such as technicians, employer representatives and HEI lecturers, and other relevant staff
(e.g. examinations officers).
? How you will respond to the demand for learner places if it exceeds the number expected and your arrangements for succession planning. ? Details of how staff will be kept up-to-date with developments for example through work placement programmes and mentoring, along with
plans to support on-going development of professional skills
? Any consortium-wide planning aimed at re-shaping previous approaches to teaching and learning (such as cross-institution/cross-sector
working or the use of managed learning environments and blended learning), particularly where such flexibility overcomes difficulties of
access across the consortium.
? Make reference to these issues in respect of the particular Diploma line.
Consortium statement: Max 400 words
Assessment: 1.4 Rating: G / GA / AR / R Overall 1 Diploma Components Assessment: 1 Overall Rating: G / GA / AR / R 2 FACILITIES
2.1 Ensuring access to high quality applied and practical teaching and learning, simulating conditions in the workplace where
You need to:
? Detail here the specialist facilities that are needed, in particular for applied learning, and show that they will be in place and available for
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Diploma teaching. If their availability is based upon a capital project, state whether this is essential for delivery, or desirable, and any
contingency arrangements if the capital project is not ready on time.
? Describe how the investment will be funded (e.g. BSF, local devolved funding etc), confirm LA/LSC support, and provide assurances that
the facilities will be completed on time.
? Make particular mention of any developments which use employers’ premises or which offer other opportunities for linking Diploma learning
with the world of work.
? Comment on how you will ensure that facilities are up-graded appropriately over time.
Consortium statement: max 400 words
Assessment: 2.1 Rating: G / GA / AR / R 2.2 Allocation of clear responsibility for managing specialist facilities and ensuring access for the whole consortium You should:
? Describe any arrangements for facilities provision and management which you think to be innovative in the provision of applied learning,
particularly where there is an opportunity to develop new assets.
? Where there are large numbers of learners projected it is important to demonstrate that specialist facilities can be made available to all
learners across the consortium.
? Include information on transport arrangements for learners to access facilities on the different sites.
? Outline clear arrangements for access for learners with special needs in line with existing SEN and disability legislation Consortium statement: max 400 words
Assessment 2.2 Rating: G / GA / AR / R Overall 2 Facilities Assessment: 2 Overall Rating: G / GA / AR / R 3 EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT
3.1 Engagement with industry and other sectors
? Describe any special features of employment in the locality which connect to the content of the Diploma, preferably supported by sector
skills needs analyses.
? Describe the consortium’s previous experience of engagement with the industry and other sector(s) which are relevant to this Diploma line. ? Describe any arrangements for working with other consortia, the Local Authority or local brokers (Chamber of Commerce or Education
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Business Partnership Organisations) to co-ordinate links with employers
? Mention any specific commitments for employer partnering which will enable staff to keep up-to-date with industry/other sector
Consortium statement: max 400 words
Assessment: 3.1 Rating: G / GA / AR / R 3.2 Employer involvement in planning, delivery and evaluation of the Diploma line
The Diploma programme is employer-led at national and local levels. It is therefore important that you:
? Show that employers and their representative organisations have had a substantial involvement in Diploma development and planning and
that you have reliable commitments to continue the engagement in practical delivery, including provision of learning resources, visits and
? Describe how the employers will support delivery of the content of the Diploma.
? Describe any features of your proposal which you think are particularly strong or innovative, for example in terms of how it reflects the
range of employers in the industry/other sector and in the local community.
NB A full list of employers engaged in each Diploma line is required as part of the consortium’s management information (MI) submission.
There is no need to repeat that list in the application form. You will, however, wish to illustrate your response to 3.2 by referring to some specific examples.
Consortium statement: max 400 words
Assessment: 3.2 Rating: G / GA / AR / R
3.3 Offering realistic learning environments and high quality applied learning
Showing how learning can be applied is as important as showing how it can be acquired.
? Describe the commitments which you have from local employers to offering opportunities for work-related learning linked to the Diploma
? Describe your plans for ensuring that learning can be applied in work placements and in environments which simulate the conditions of the
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? Describe teaching and learning strategies, such as the use of work-related projects, which will unify the learning gained in work placements
and that gained at school or college
? Explain how you will ensure that there is a feedback loop between classroom learning and practical application in work experience and how
employers will be helped to make a contribution to this.
Consortium statement: max 400 words
Assessment: 3.3 Rating: G / GA / AR / R Overall 3 Employer Engagement Assessment: 3 Overall Rating: G / GA / AR / R OVERALL SYNOPSIS OF DIPLOMA LINE-SPECIFIC EVIDENCE
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