Training for students with supported education needs

Below are a range of resources that can support the engagement of students with supported education needs in quality processes.

Our training for reps with supported education needs will continue to be available for delivery both online and in-person for 2023-24.  These sessions will be delivered by sparqs trainers, in partnership with support workers from the institution.  In-person sessions will be delivered with one support worker for every 5 delegates at a session). Ideally there should be no more than 10 participants per in-person session.  The in-person training lasts between 1-1.5 hours.  

If you would like to discuss booking training for reps with supported education needs during 2023-24, please contact us at to discuss your needs (the booking process for all CRT will be open as of mid-August 2023).

Institutions can also opt to download these materials for in-house delivery. If you deliver this Course Rep Training without our support, we can produce certificates for your participants upon receipt of your evaluation data and attendee details.  

If you have any queries, please contact Nicola Cameron, Business Manager -  

Supported Education Training materials 

These materials have recently been revised and will be uploaded in due course. In the meantime, the previous materials are available below for reference.  

If you have difficulty downloading the presentation (which may depend on the type of browser you are using) please contact us to request them by email.


Joint work with ENABLE

sparqs worked in partnership with ENABLE during the academic year 2013-14 to deliver Course Rep Training to students in supported education.

ENABLE received funding from the Scottish Funding Council to support transition into employment for students in supported education and a key part of this is enabling the development of active, participating citizens. Being an effective course rep is an excellent way of learning how to be an active citizen and contribute to the wider student experience, so fitted well within the remit of the project.

sparqs trained all the Transitions Co-ordinators in quality and learning and teaching in Scotland’s colleges as well as how to deliver the sparqs Course Rep Training for students in supported education.

This was a one year project and sparqs is exploring ways of developing this work further.  In 2015 we held a half-day workshop aimed at staff who provide CRT or support course reps in supported education, exploring how the college can get more involved in developing supported education course reps.  See the event page for further information.

Student Engagement Framework

That's Quality!

6 Jul 2023 - 8 Aug 2023

By booking this event, delegates are committing to the following three-part package:  ~ Part 1:  half-day online event…