Welcome to Vesa

Based in Leicester, but working across the region, the VESA team has a strong track record in managing and Co-ordinating a wide range of activities to support 13-19 education, with a particular focus on vocational education, and work-related learning for young people of all ability levels.

With the Combination of extensive experience and hard-earned reputation for delivering high quality services, we have gained the trust of the organisations that we work with. In particular, we have specific expertise in supporting school personnel who are working with learners at level 1 and below.

Underpinning everything we do is a commitment to excellence in 13-19 curriculum and staff development. We believe that high quality and broad curriculum experiences are the key to enhancing student attainment, achievement and progression through the 13-19 phase and beyond.

As well as our collaborative partnership work, we are also able to offer bespoke and tailored support for individual schools and colleges. These inputs reflect the priorities identified by schools and colleges and primarily revolve around aspects of 13-19 curriculum development.

Since the summer of 2017, the School Development Support Agency (SDSA) has hosted the work of VESA; this alignment provides a platform for the ongoing development of a relevant high-quality offer for schools and brings together a wide range of expertise and knowledge from across the whole education sector.

How we operate

VESA works with schools, colleges, learning providers and other partner organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and in the wider East Midlands region. We act as an anchor point for the implementation of local, regional and national projects and developments with a 13-19 curriculum focus.

An important part of what we do is building strong and effective partnerships as well as encouraging collaboration amongst learning organisations across all sectors. We are able to harness the contributions of key local partners, bringing together schools, FE sector colleges and other organisations involved in education and training.

As well as the collaborative partnership work, we also offer bespoke and tailored in-house support for individual schools and colleges. These inputs reflect the priorities identified by staff in schools and colleges and generally revolve around aspects of 13-19 curriculum development and staff support.

How you can benefit from working with us

  • Share idea, practice, expertise, experience and resources
  • Provide improved access to a better range of opportunities and experiences for your students
  • Take advantage of an effective means of linking with other organisations, especially across phases or sectors (e.g. schools, FE, HE, work-based learning, the Third Sector)
  • Be assured by honest brokerage and independent advice
  • Benefit from economies of scale and cost-effective use of resources

VESA Vocational Provision

The Future Pathways vocational programme is a well-established vocational programme offering opportunities for Leicester City and County secondary students to taste a wide range of work-related subjects and study towards nationally recognised qualifications. The Leicester City Education Improvement Partnership (EIP) endorses and supports this provision.

The programme aims to meet the needs of all students, and particularly those who have a strong interest, aptitude or simply wish to explore vocational and practical based subjects that will complement their GCSE studies.

Our delivery partners, Colleges and Training Providers, offer specialist facilities and expertise that enables students to achieve nationally recognised qualifications that provide clear progression pathways onto post 16 study.

VESA acts as the broker between schools and vocational education providers by commissioning provision, ensuring financial viability through appropriate group sizes and negotiating group delivery costs, monitoring the quality of provision and ensuring all providers have the required policies and safeguarding procedures in place. We work with providers to advise and ensure the most appropriate qualifications are delivered, give support where required and liaise on their behalf with schools. The brokerage service aims to ensure that all courses delivered across our providers is subject to the same rigorous monitoring procedures. Therefore, offering schools assurances that students studying off-site through VESA learn in a safe and educationally stimulating environment.

AIM AWARDS Provider Alliance

The AIM Awards/VESA Provider Alliance is made up of a number of schools, special schools and individual providers operating together and sharing resources and good practice around the qualifications offered through AIM Awards.

VESA has operated this this flourishing network of schools and colleges for over 8 years, and through it we provide a range of services to support the Alliance schools/providers, including:

  • Direct claims process, including external verification and certification (via AIM Awards)
  • Termly standardisation and network meetings
  • Internal verification service
  • Curriculum development and delivery and assessment support
  • Flexible membership and fee structure to suit individual centre circumstances and needs (Standard and Enhanced membership)

The advantages to centres:
Effectively, a ‘one stop shop’ for centres delivering AIM Awards qualifications

  • No requirement for centres to gain individual centre recognition, with associated costs.
  • Cost effective and ‘tailored’ fee structure
  • Access to highly experienced VESA staff, providing guidance support, and guidance in planning, delivery and assessment processes
  • Access to a flexible internal verification service, if required (included in the enhanced membership offer)
  • Access to tailored cpd, if required (at additional cost)
  • Peer group support
  • Access to a local and flexible external verification service

Collaborative Learning Manager CLM managed by VESA in Leicester City and Leicestershire

VESA also manages the city and countywide Collaborative Learning Manager system (CLM) which aligns closely to the vocational offer.

Collaborative Learning Manager (CLM) delivers a fast and intuitive web interface that links home schools with alternative or off-site providers. CLM is a cost effective, easy to use and time-efficient system to improve learner safety measures and course outcomes:

Point One

Online recording of student attendance, with absences being instantly available to schools and the partnership administrators.

Point Two

Monitoring of student progress towards qualifications being delivered outside of the school premises. Off-site tutors and school staff can effectively communicate on individual student progression.

Point Three

Measuring the overall quality and effectiveness of the delivery programme.