Title QATRAIN 4 Students
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI -163_285
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text Qatrain4Students (Q4S) directly addresses the multiple obstacles experienced by disabled young people in VET by equipping them with resources that enable them to manage their own learning, engage in self advocacy, and make a positive contribution to the development of inclusive learning strategies, including adjustments to training provisions.
Summary Q4S (www.q4s.eu) provides support for disabled people undertaking courses in mainstream VET by helping them to identify barriers to learning and by providing them with strategies and practical resources to overcome these barriers. As a result, Q4S contributes to their integration into mainstream training and subsequently into employment, thereby improving their life chances and enhancing the available pool of skilled labour.
The Q4S project has transferred materials produced in QATRAIN2 (www.qatrain2.eu), that were developed to support teachers and trainers make their teaching more inclusive, to direct use by disabled young people in VET. These materials and the web based resource help improve their learning opportunities and, consequently, the level of qualifications they are able to achieve.
The demand for the resource emerged during the QATRAIN and QATRAIN2 projects as expressed by student members of national steering groups. It reflects the increasing numbers of disabled students entering mainstream training and also the continuing level of disadvantage that they experience. Typically, disabled students leave VET with qualifications significantly below those of their non-disabled peers. This disadvantage reflects the barriers that frequently arise in all areas of mainstream VET including access to courses and to specialist option-choices within them, challenges embedded in traditional teaching and learning practices, and difficulties inherent in examination and assessment methods.
A ‘Self Review Profiler’ (called the ‘Skills Self Check’ in the UK) has been developed by the partnership. This focuses specifically on enabling users to evaluate their own individual attributes, engage in effective personal development planning, and so make the best immediate use of the Q4S resource. This, as well as the whole web resource was fully tested and piloted in all four countries with over 250 disabled learners between January and April 2011. The Q4S web resource has been very well received by disabled students across the partnership,by teachers and trainers of VET and by those who deliver initial teacher training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).The Q4S web resource was fully launched across the partnership in June 2011.
Access for disadvantaged
Product Types website
• A needs analysis report which informed the content of the web resource and its design
• A report on a survey of VET contexts across the partnership. (http://q4s.eu/GB/index.php?p=8)
• A Report on the results of testing the web resource in the four partner countries (http://q4s.eu/GB/index.php?p=8)
• Four Project web sites in Bulgarian (http://q4s.eu/BG/index.php?p=1) , English (http://www.q4s.eu/) , Turkish (http://www.q4s.eu/TR/index.php?p=1) and Greek (http://www.q4s.eu/GR/index.php?p=1)
• Q4S web-based resource translated into in each partner language (Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish and English). Q4S web resource offers practical advice and guidance to disabled learners; it enables them to evaluate their own needs and to access information and advice about learning strategies and adjustments to teaching practice in relation to six core skills: group work, literacy, numeracy, ICT, practicals and visual skills. The website content is highly accessible and is made available in a range of formats including text, audio and video formats.
• Each website includes (only links to the UK resources are provided below):
• A browse-able resource allowing the user to search by ‘disability’, by ‘skill’ or by a combination of both (http://q4s.eu/GB/resources/)
• A User Guide (http://q4s.eu/GB/resources/guides/guide.html)
• At least ten case studies, at least one for each disability (UK =30) (http://q4s.eu/GB/resources/case_studies/case_studies_home)
• An interview with a disabled student. (http://q4s.eu/GB/resources/case_studies/case_studies_home
• Useful Links and Resources (http://q4s.eu/GB/resources/guides/useful-information.html )
• A ‘Skills Self Check’ (Self-Review Profiler) to enable disabled learners to identify their strengths and needs in relation to their development of core (functional) skills (http://q4s.eu/GB/resources/self_review/home.html)
• *A Promotional Guide for the Q4S resource I (http://q4s.eu/GB/resources/guides/promotional-guide)
• Online User groups such as Facebook and Twitter (http://q4s.eu/GB/index.php?p=19)
• 10 Challenge Guides (called ‘Disability and Skills Guides’ in the UK). These are offered as downloadable pdf or Word versions of the content of the searchable resource, supplemented with the additional information available on the site. For example: the ‘Speech Impairment and Skills Guide’ (http://q4s.eu/GB/resources/challenge_guides) includes the following:
o Why should I learn more about my disability?
o Associated strengths
o What are speech impairments?
o Learning Skills That May be Affected by Speech Impairments
o Group Work
o What is group work?
o What is involved in group work?
o How do speech impairments affect group work?
o Advice and Guidance for Group Work and Speech Impairments
o Self help
o What can my tutors do to help me?
o Literacy and Speech Impairments
o What is literacy?
o What is involved in speaking?
o What is involved in listening?
o What is involved in reading?
o What is involved in writing?
o How do speech impairments affect literacy?
o Advice and Guidance for Literacy and Speech Impairments
o Self help
o What can my tutors do to help me?
o Personal Organisation
o How to Get the Help Described in this Guide
o Speech Impairments and Assistive Technology
o Financial Support and Disability
o Telling Other People about Your Disability
o The SKILL Document – Telling People about Your disability
o Understanding the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and disclosure
o Reasons for telling people about your disability
o Reasons against telling people about your disability
o When is the best time to tell people about your disability?
o Use your control of the situation - some key points when disclosing your disability
o Questions about your disability once you are in a job or on a course
o Further information
o A Case Study
• Endorsements – a page that includes quotes from disabled students http://q4s.eu/GB/resources/guides/endorsements.html
• Advice on accessibility (http://q4s.eu/GB/index.php?p=18)
• Two electronic Newsletters were produced in 2010 and 2011 (http://q4s.eu/GB/index.php?p=9)
In addition to the website, a range of dissemination materials has been produced that includes, for example, pens, posters and bookmarks. These have been distributed widely across the four countries through attendance at events and conferences and meetings with key stakeholders.