17 February 2014
Being able to help students with
learning difficulties sooner and more effectively could be a key
benefit of information sharing, according to one of Scotland's
Angus Allan, depute principal of South Lanarkshire College,
explains: "At the moment, we know if students have complex learning
disabilities when they come to us from school, but we may not be
aware of other difficulties, such as mild dyslexia, until the
student gets here and self-refers for support.
"Being able to access information from Skills Development Scotland
and partners through the data sharing hub will allow us to have
information that flags young people who may require additional
support sooner. That means we can take very early action to help
the student get the most out of his or her learning journey."
Angus adds: "At the moment, we provide information on students who
enrol and leave courses, but acting on information received from
the hub is a positive next step for us. It has the potential to be
extremely effective in helping us engage with students who have
particular needs, who might otherwise be missed."
South Lanarkshire College, based in East Kilbride, has 6000
students from across the county and beyond. Its range of courses
includes specialist construction programmes, offering courses up to
Advanced Craft level across various trades.