Resources – Learning Support (FD)

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Foundation Degree Resources

Learning Support  Resources 

Foundation Degree Resources  


A general guide to Foundation Degrees can be found at

Role of Foundation Degrees in UK Education OECD THEMATIC Review of Tertiary Education: Country Report: United Kingdom, Tony Clark,  May 2006, OECD report

Towards a Strategy for Workplace Learning, Report to HEFCE by CHERI and KPMG, The Open University, May 2006

The Leitch Review of Skills, Prosperity for all in the global economy – world class skills, Dec 2006

The QAA provides a generic qualification benchmark for foundation degrees

The QAA has reviewed the provision of foundation degrees see

QAA review of foundation degrees converted from HND .

The QAA has also produced a report ‘Learning from reviews of Foundation Degrees in England carried out in 2004-05’ see

The UK National Validation Service for Foundation Degrees: Validation and Quality Assurance Service .

The Foundation degree Forward (FdF) website

The Foundation degree Forward (FdF) website provides guidance for the development of foundation degree frameworks   

Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) .

List of Sector Skills Councils (SSCs)

Sector Skills Councils

Foundation Direct: HEFCE funded Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Portsmouth,

Education Subject Centre (ESCALATE) LTSN resource database searched for foundation degree.


Learning Support Foundation Degree Resources


Foundation Degrees in Education and Training, Pat Davies, University of Sheffield,

Teaching Development Agency for Schools website: Learning Support Staff

Teaching Development Agency for Schools website: Higher level teaching assistants

TeacherNet website: Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistant Professional Standards (HLTA)

FENTO Standards for teaching and supporting learning in further education in England and Wales

Applying the Fento standards for teaching and supporting learning Fento Website:

SKILL (National Bureau for Students with Disabilities): Into Teaching, a guide for disabled people thinking about entering the teaching profession,

NADP – The National Association of Disability Practitioners: The Professional Association for Disability and Support Staff in UK Further and Higher Education

Providing Work Placements for Disabled Students – A good practice guide for further and higher education institutions, DfES:

Work experience and exchanges, Support4learning:

QAA Code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education, Section 9: Placement learning – July 2001

University of Worcester Programme Specification: Learning Support:

The Management, Role and Training of Learning Support Assistants, Dr. Peter Farrell, Dr. Maggie Balshaw and Dr. Filiz Polat Centre for Educational Needs, University of Manchester., DfES, 1999:

The Research Informed Practice Site – Learning support staff:

British Dyslexic Association – Criteria for Accredited Learning Support Assistant (ALSA). Recommendations for the Training of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs):

Toolkits for Success, managing off-campus learning for students with disabilities,

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