Progression agreements

A key part of the National Arts Learning Network’s body of work was the development of a model FE to HE progression agreement. Designed as a framework to promote progression into HE for vocational learners in the performing and visual arts, it was developed from existing good practice in NALN institutions.

The tool provides a framework for the continued development of practice around progression agreements following NALN’s incorporation into ukadia.

The model progression agreement offers clear objectives in terms of outcomes and takes into account the wide range of practice and activity to be found in progression work across the member institutions. As such it offers flexibility in terms of how these outcomes are achieved.

You can download information about NALN’s progression agreements at the bottom of this page.

The aims of FE-HE progression agreements

Progression agreements aim to:
-increase the numbers of vocational learners progressing successfully to appropriate higher education provision locally and nationally across ukadia’s member institutions;
-support students in making informed and appropriate progression decisions;
-offer clear and accurate information around higher education finance including bursaries, grants and loans;
-improve understanding across FE and HE institutions of vocational programmes and how these link to vocational pathways;
-evaluate the effectiveness of the progression agreement to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.

NALN’s model FE to HE progression agreement and two example progression agreements can be downloaded here:

NALN Model Progression Agreement

NALN Example Progression Agreement

NALN Example Progression Agreement information for students
Targeting and monitoring

Alongside the model progression agreement, targeting and monitoring guidelines have proven useful for member institutions to track students through progression agreements onto courses, using data that is already collected by progression managers. Engaging progression managers in this process of data collection has been particularly useful in preparing staff for HEFCE’s Widening Participation Strategic Assessment, introduced in summer 2009.

Please download the sample monitoring template from the link below: