Ken Dicks appointed to Barnardo's Cymru's National Advisory Board


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers congratulations to Mr. Ken Dicks, Lecturer at Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, who has been appointed to the National Advisory Board of Barnardo’s Cymru.

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Ken teaches on the Foundation Degree in Inclusive Education, BA Social Inclusion and BA Social Studies at UWTSD and his research areas of specialism include family and community engagement.

He said: “It is a privilege to be asked to use my experience of working in so many important areas to support the work of a respected and committed organisation such as Barnardo’s Cymru.

“I know that the experience will be something that will enhance my teaching and I look forward to the mutually beneficial opportunities that being a member of the National Advisory Board will provide”

Sue Ainsworth is the Director of Social Justice and Inclusion at Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education. She said: “Ken's expertise in the fields of family and community engagement is highly valued by students and colleagues in Social Justice & Inclusion. His role with Barnardos Cymru will ensure that his skills and experience benefit and support an even wider group.  We are very proud of him.”

His career has included work in further education, youth work and outreach and he has been involved in several initiatives aimed at standardising the level of engagement and outreach to young people in the South Wales Area. His work has centred on the development of support networks that enable 14-19 year olds to remain in education.

Whilst with Careers Wales Ken worked as a Youth Gateway team leader, supporting a team of Advisers working with young people who were at risk of disengaging with education or employed. As 14-19 Development Officer, he was involved with many of the developments of the Learning Pathways agenda in Wales including the development of the Learning Core and the creation of the Learning Coach qualification.  This work was developed when he worked with the Education and School Improvement Service (ESIS) as 14-19 Associate Adviser, supporting networks in Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

He has been instrumental in developing a 14-19 Network Quality Assurance Framework, and has also worked for Investors in Families as an assessor in over 100 schools. As part of the LiNKS team of the Central South Consortium, he helped develop an audit tool to assist schools in evaluating their use of the Pupil Deprivation Grant, a role which saw him seconded to Welsh Government as part of the team which created the FaCE family and community engagement toolkit for schools, a link to which can be found here.  

Foundation Degrees in Inclusive Education, BA Social Inclusion and BA Social Studies are delivered by the School of Social Inclusion, part of UWTSD’s Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education. Students engage in a range of academic studies across a number of campuses as well as within the wider community at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. An understanding of how society works and how our social structures such as the children, family, learning and community are organised are vital for any aspiring social scientist who seeks a fulfilling career that can develop both individual as well as social ambitions.

The School promotes knowledge, understanding and engagement with key significant societal issues and values both within a historical and a contemporary context.  In this way we can ensure that our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to enable them to successfully achieve as active citizens within a global and sustainable community. 

Yr Athrofa – the Institute of Education – is a coalition of international leaders of education working to transform education and transform lives in Wales.

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