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Further Education: Religious Practice

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to improve pastoral care in the further education sector. (256834)

We are helping the Further Education system deliver a more personalised learning experience for each learner, in ways that help learners acquire the skills and ability they need to succeed and thrive—personally and economically. That includes guidance titled ‘Supporting Learners to Succeed’ which is available through the Learning and Skills Improvement Service Excellence Gateway. The guidance helps providers develop their pastoral support systems and processes to improve the emotional, social and economic well-being of all learners.

In addition, the White Paper “Further Education: Raising Skills Improving Life Chances” (March 2006) recognised that when learners participate in decisions affecting their learning they are likely to play a more active part in improving the quality of provision. All providers are expected to have in place a Learner Involvement Strategy. The pastoral support guidance includes examples of how providers can encourage and motivate learners which in turn will help providers to further develop their strategies for engaging learners.