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Advanced Practitioners’ views of their role

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Skills for Life Network

We surveyed APs who attended the 3-Day ‘Developing Advanced Practitioners’ CPD Programme to get feedback on their perception of the training programme. Here are some results relating their role and the cultural context in which they have been working.

role statistics

On average, about 21 APs indicated that they had performed all six functions of the role and (on average) about four had not had much chance to engage with the respective roles.  This was most pronounced for (not surprisingly) ‘new staff inductions’. 

Seven of the respondents felt they had not been able to support strategic objectives.

helped statistics

On a scale of 0 (‘Not at all’) to 5 (‘Very much’), every AP that responded to the survey believed that the programme had impacted favourably on learner outcomes. It would, of course, be good if we were able to cross-refer this to learner achievement data, at a later point.

culture statistics

When we asked APs for their perception of their organisational culture, over half of respondents felt they were working in an environment that is conducive to the AP role. 44%, however, felt that they were still working in a Deficit Model.  Given the abundance of evidence from human resources, organisational psychology and, now, educational research, we recommend that managers do not allow this counter-productive culture to take root. Interestingly, APs responses to Question 3, above, seem to indicate they were all successful in helping colleagues to improve learning outcomes, presumably, regardless of the prevailing culture. 

ICF are also undertaking an evaluation of the entire programme, and we know many of you have been interviewed and there have been some visits. Many thanks for taking the time out to engage in this process. We will share outcomes when published. 

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