Petition to Reinstate education funding to Shift Media

Petition to Reinstate education funding to Shift Media

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Jill Fearn started this petition to Sheffield

Petition to Reinstate education funding to Shift Media

In January 2019 Shift Media, a charitable non-profit organisation was notified by the Education Skills Funding Agency that funding would be terminated and that this was policy in cases of training providers with inadequate judgements.

No other provision that is like for like to SHIFT Media in Sheffield.

Young people in the North England are put at a disadvantage in relation to their peers in the south e.g. Ofsted defined similar weakness in DV8in Brighton. In this instance, ESFA did not terminate funding as per ESFA policy. Highlighting the fact that young people in Sheffield are put at a disadvantage when compared to their peers in the South.

Shift Media is still in the process of appealing the Ofsted decision.

Shift Media offers a specialist and unique provision that is learner focused using gentle teaching techniques which engages the students, a third of which have special education needs. There is no other comparable post sixteen education within Sheffield or the city region which offers this unique and specialised provision.

The impact on students with protected characteristics was not assessed and therefore the ESFA failed in its duty under the Equality Act 2010.

Ofsted “do more harm than good “and are ill equipped and inadequately trained to judge specialist provision working with students who have complex needs.

Had SHIFT Media been a limited company and not a limited company with charitable status and therefore not for profit, the organisation would not have had their contract terminated.

We the undersigned call for the immediate reinstatement of Shift Media’s funding by the ESFA as a specialist post sixteen vocational media provider. And request that Sheffield City Council take positive action to influence the ESFA to reverse their decision and reinstate funding.

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