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Course Design Blueprint

Community and Representative Groups

Those representing particular communities or minority groups can provide rich information that can inform course and curriculum design to ensure all students are able to engage, learn and flourish to their benefit. Similarly, other representative groups can be valuable to students as they seek to understand and gain a foothold on their intended career path.

The following non-exhaustive list of types of representative or communuity groups may support course teams in identfying those groups that might be helpful or supportive to their work to develop and deliver their curriculum

  • local and county council bodies
  • Unions and employee representative bodies
  • Community based support organisations (such as the Samaritans and Citizens Advice)
  • Representative bodies such as Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE),
  • Religious groups
  • Voluntary organisations (such as those supporting young people (ie. Guiding and Scouting) and older people (Age concern), or having other foci (such as Fairtrade)).
  • Educational bodies and partners
  • National and local charitable organisations (such as the National trust, local wildlife conservation organisations, and hospices).

Possible Involvement

There is no specific expectations for involvement of community and representative groups in curriculum development and delivery, but there will be instances where a lack of consultation with particular local or national bodies are likely to be a cause of detriment to both the quality of the course, and good involvement might be an effective means of both promoting the course to applicants within the local or national arena, and providing valuable links and resources for students and their learning.