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Focus on the Focus Group

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#StudyGood is guided by the Study Programme Focus Group, which met for the second time to review progress on the 29th of January 2020.

The group exists to provide a forum for sector colleagues to share practice in the design and delivery of study programmes; it’s also an important chance to work together in a solution focused way.

StudyGood focus group

New chair, Ashley Austin, summarised the terms of reference for the focus group, before introducing some fascinating presentations. In particular, the subject of character education provoked an interesting debate, following a presentation by Matias Shortcook from Plymouth College of Arts. Developing learner resilience is something everyone cares about, so hearing how The Character Project supports British Values, Prevent, Employability, Studentship and International Thinking was itself thought provoking.

Each time the Focus Group meets, it assesses evidence of good practice from the #StudyGood programme, building up a bank of impact stories on a collaborative padlet. Special mentions this time went to – amongst others – community projects, the showcasing of student work, some excellent student voice contributions, and a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the Study Programme.

Once again we’d like to extend a huge thanks to all Focus Group participants for contributing so generously to our learning and evaluation. 

The next of these national networking opportunities will be on the 30th of April at Hammersmith & Fulham College (part of West London College), Gliddon Road, London W14 9BL. Why not come along? Bookings will open soon. Please see here to find out more. 

Report by #StudyGood Project Delivery Manager Punam Khosla

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