Three teachers from Trans Adult Education College in Sweden visited the School of Care and Health at the College of North East London (CONEL) last week to get first hand experience of how education and training are carried out in their field in England.

The Swedish teachers, who work on a range of Health and Social Care Programmes for adults returning to work or further studies, spent a packed couple of days (20 and 21 April) exchanging ideas with teachers and students both in and outside the classroom.

One of the three, Camilla Tjader, was blown away by the differences between her College and CONEL, "Its huge compared to ours, and security is very thorough. But most of all, I am really impressed with how you assess student work and interview students before they come to CONEL. We dont have any external examining boards in Sweden and we dont evaluate students at all before they join."

Gulshen Raif, Head of Care and Health at CONEL, also appreciated the visit, "This was a valuable opportunity for us to share ideas and learn about the Swedish experience. It confirmed the value of our quality systems and procedures which ensure, right from the start of any programme, that checks are in place to maintain the quality of our courses - including the detailed initial assessments which make sure students are on the right course and the internal and external verification processes that check that high standards are maintained."

It is due to these high standards that the School of Care and Health at CONEL, along with its partners Barnet College and Middlesex University, was awarded prestigious COVE (Centre of Vocational Excellence) status last September in recognition of outstanding Care training.

Gulshen is now exploring the possibilities of a future collaboration between her staff and their Swedish colleagues following the success of this visit.

Notes to editors:

1) For more information on Care and Health courses at CONEL please call our course information hotline on 020 8442 3055.
2) Photograph caption: Camilla Tjader, Lis Nordquist and Gunnel Lind (left to right) observe an Access to Nursing class at CONEL.


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