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Sian Farquharson
 
Siân has worked in Post 16 education for over 20 years and most recently been a Senior Leader in a very successful FE College delivering full time Post 16 provision, A ‘levels, vocational and Apprenticeships. She has worked in both England and Wales with the majority of time spent in Wales. During her time in Wales from 2006 – 2012 she was Head of Work Based Learning at Coleg Llandrillo during which time the area gained ESTYN Grades One across the board.
 
Previously in private industry Siân started teaching in Post 16 in early 1990’s delivering A level, vocational and Management provision. From here she  moved into delivering vocational work based learning before moving into team leading and management roles. She has a wide range of partnership working experience both inter departmental but more specifically external partnership working. This includes managing large bids and projects within education. She has worked closely with schools in pre and post 16 partnerships within her local area and has developed many additional pathways for progression in Post 16 provision. More recently in Salford, she work closely with local Head Teachers to develop flexible and responsive pre-16 pathways including programmes for NEETS. She is very familiar with Post 16 Quality imperatives and is ESTYN Peer Inspection trained undertaking several Post 16 inspections in Wales over the last 6 years. 
 
Siân has managed large teams of staff delivering a wide range of programmes and provision, embedding robust performance management systems and encouraging an environment of creativity for improvement. In all management roles, quality and performance has continuously improved.
 
She has constantly developed curriculum in response to learner’s needs and constant detailed analysis of LMI to increase employment opportunities for young people. This has included many employer programme partnerships moving young people into employment and Apprenticeships as well as the expansion of Higher Apprenticeship programmes. Other programme include the creation of a Careers Academy programme for 16 – 18 year olds in Accounting and Financial services and establishing an Employer Strategic Board giving all pupils access to Business Mentors and Internships in large corporate business in the locality.
 
Working in EAS 14 – 19 team, Siân will have a specific focus on Post 16 Challenge and Support.

 
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