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Introduction

This qualification is aimed at experienced Democratic Services Officers who possess an indepth knowledge of the main democratic functions, but wish to expand that knowledge and

understanding and also undertake a substantive piece of work in a specialist area.

The awarding body for this qualification is ProQual Awarding Body and the regulatory body

is the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). The specification for

this qualification has been approved by the Welsh Government for use by centres in Wales

and by the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) for use by

centres in Northern Ireland.

This qualification has been accredited onto the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Qualification Profile

Qualification title ProQual Level 6 Diploma in Local Democracy

Ofqual qualification number 600/2640/6

Level Level 6

Total qualification time 410 hours

Guided learning hours 215

Assessment

Pass or fail

Internally assessed by centre staff

External quality assurance by ProQual External Verifiers

Qualification start date 01/08/11

Qualification end date

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Centres should carry out an initial assessment of candidate skills and knowledge to identify

any gaps and help plan the assessment.

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Qualification Structure

Candidates must complete ALL of the Mandatory units, plus a minimum of ONE Optional

unit.

Mandatory Units – complete ALL units

Unit Reference

Number Unit Title Unit

Level

J/503/3262 Structure and functions of local government 4

R/503/3815 The law and practice of decision making 4

L/503/3263 Understand your own local working environment 4

D/503/3896 Applying legislation in a local democracy 5

J/503/3892 Research planning 6

M/503/3837 Reflective learning and evaluation 5

Optional Units – complete a minimum of ONE unit

Unit Reference

Number Unit Title Unit

Level

T/503/3869 Governance arrangements 6

K/503/3870 Overview and scrutiny 6

M/503/3871 Regulatory framework 6

T/503/3872 Ethical framework 6

J/503/3875 Member development 6

H/503/3883 Member support 6

F/503/3888 Civic support 6

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Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved to offer this qualification. If your centre is not approved please

complete and submit form ProQual Additional Qualification Approval Application.

Staff

Staff delivering this qualification must be appropriately qualified and/or occupationally

competent.

Assessors/Internal Quality Assurance

For each competence-based unit centres must be able to provide at least one assessor and

one internal quality assurance verifier who are suitably qualified for the specific

occupational area. Assessors and internal quality assurance verifiers for competence-based

units or qualifications will normally need to hold appropriate assessor or verifier

qualifications, such as:

  • Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
  • Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
  • Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices
  • Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and

Practices

Support for Candidates and Centres

Materials produced by centres to support candidates should:

  • enable them to track their achievements as they progress through the learning

outcomes and assessment criteria;

  • provide information on where ProQual’s policies and procedures can be viewed;
  • provide a means of enabling Internal and External Quality Assurance staff to

authenticate evidence.

Assessment

Assessment is the process of measuring a candidate’s skill, knowledge and understanding

against the standards set in the qualification.

This qualification must be assessed in line with Justice Sector Assessment Strategy. It is

internally assessed by an appropriately experienced and qualified assessor.

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Each candidate is required to produce a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their

achievement of all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each unit.

Learning outcomes set out what a candidate is expected to know, understand or be able to

do.

Assessment criteria specify the standard a candidate must meet to show the learning

outcome has been achieved.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria are included in this document from page 8

onwards.

Evidence can include:

  • observation report by assessor
  • assignments/projects/reports
  • professional discussion
  • witness testimony
  • candidate product
  • worksheets
  • record of oral and written questioning
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

Internal Quality Assurance

An internal verifier confirms that assessment decisions made in centres are made by

competent and qualified assessors, that they are the result of sound and fair assessment

practice and that they are recorded accurately and appropriately.

Adjustments to Assessment

Adjustments to standard assessment arrangements are made on the individual needs of

candidates. ProQual’s Reasonable Adjustments Policy and Special Consideration Policy sets

out the steps to follow when implementing reasonable adjustments and special

considerations and the service that ProQual provides for some of these arrangements.

Centres should contact ProQual for further information or queries about the contents of the

policy.

Results Enquiries and Appeals

All enquiries relating to assessment or other decisions should be dealt with by centres, with

reference to ProQual’s Enquiries and Appeals Procedures.

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Certification

Candidates who achieve the requirements for qualifications will be awarded:

  • A certificate listing all units achieved, and
  • A certificate giving the full qualification title –

ProQual Level 6 Diploma in Local Democracy

Claiming certificates

Centres may claim certificates for candidates who have been registered with ProQual and

who have successfully achieved the requirements for a qualification. All certificates will be

issued to the centre for successful candidates.

Unit certificates

If a candidate does not achieve all of the units required for a qualification, the centre may

claim a unit certificate for the candidate which will list all of the units achieved.

Replacement certificates

If a replacement certificate is required a request must be made to ProQual in writing.

Replacement certificates are labelled as such and are only provided when the claim has

been authenticated. Refer to the Fee Schedule for details of charges for replacement

certificates.

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Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Unit J/503/3262: Structure and Functions of Local Government

Candidates must demonstrate the required level of knowledge and understanding in

relation to the structure and functions of local and central government. This includes

identifying links between the tiers, the different types of national governments within the

UK and explaining the functions which are undertaken.

Learning Outcomes – the learner will Assessment Criteria

  1. Understand the structure of local and

central government

1.1 Describe the key functions of central

government

1.2 Evaluate the different forms of national

government in the UK

1.3 Describe the relationship between

national and local government in a

country in the UK

1.4 Explain the importance of local

government in a country in the UK

1.5 Describe the sources of funding for local

government

  1. Understand the functions of local

government

2.1 Identify the different types and tiers of

authorities in local government in each

country in the UK

2.2 Explain the differences and assess the

benefits of the functions carried out by

the different types and tiers of

authorities in local government

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Learning Outcomes – the learner will Assessment Criteria

2.3 Explain situations where local authorities

enter into joint arrangements to

discharge their functions and assess the

benefits of this to the authorities taking

part

Assessment

Candidates are required to undertake appropriate research to enable the completion of an

assignment on the module followed by a professional discussion.

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Unit R/503/3815: The Law and Practice of Decision Making

Candidates must demonstrate the required level of knowledge and understanding in

relation to key pieces of legislation which establish the decision making framework of the

  1. This will include a focus on the development and operation of local government law,

including the impact of case and common law. Candidates will have to explain the impact of

key principles on local government decision making.

Learning Outcomes – the learner will Assessment Criteria

  1. Understand the key pieces of legislation

that establish the decision making

framework in the UK

1.1 Identify the key pieces of legislation

which control local government decision

making

1.2 Analyse the development of local

government law and its impact on

decision making today

  1. Understand the key principles of decision

making law and practice

2.1 Explain the importance and assess the

influence of case and common law on

decision making in local government

2.2 Explain the purpose and evaluate the use

of:

  • well being powers
  • natural justice
  • the Wednesbury principle
  • ultra vires

with regard to decision making in local

government

Assessment

Candidates will be required to undertake appropriate research to enable the completion of

an assignment on the module followed by a professional discussion.

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Unit L/503/3263:

Understand your own local working environment

Candidates must demonstrate knowledge relating to the key features of the local working

environment including functions undertaken, the organisational priorities and key local

partners. This will include a focus on the governance arrangements, including election

arrangements for all tiers of representatives linked to the local area.

Learning Outcomes – the learner will Assessment Criteria

  1. Understand the key features of your local

working environment

1.1 In relation to the local government

administrative area in which your

organisation operates, describe the

following key features :

  • geographical
  • environmental
  • economic
  • social
  • political

1.2 Identify the responsibilities and

functions of the public organisation in

which you work

1.3 Describe the aims, objectives and

priorities of the public sector

organisation in which you work and

assess how these impact upon work

within the area of Democracy Support

1.4 Identify the key bodies with whom the

organisation you work for, has

partnership arrangements with

  1. Understand the governance and

representational arrangements in operation

within your local working environment

2.1 Describe the key features of your

organisation’s decision making process

2.2 Describe the election cycles in operation

and their frequency for elected

representatives in your area

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Learning Outcomes – the learner will Assessment Criteria

2.3 Assess the impact over recent years local

political groups have played in governing

your local working environment

2.4 Identify the members of parliament

(both national and European) for your

area and explain their relationship with

the organisation you work for

Assessment

Candidates are required to undertake appropriate research to enable the completion of an

assignment on the module followed by a professional discussion.

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Unit D/503/3896

Applying legislation in a local democracy

This unit covers the knowledge and understanding in relation the application of legislation in

a democratic context. Its purpose is to understand the impact of decisions at a national level

and how these can impact on work at a lower level.

Learning outcomes – the learner

will

Assessment criteria – the learner can:

  1. Understand how the decisions of

central government can impact on

the work of the democracy support

function in local government.

1.1 explain how new governance legislation and changes to

existing legislation have affected the work of a democracy

support function.

1.2 assess the impact on a particular local authority, where

the governance arrangements have changed to a different

type.

  1. Understand how governance

requirements are reviewed and introduced

into local government.

2.1 explain how proposals for democratic change are

drafted, consulted upon and passed into legislation.

2.2 assess how consultation and collaboration has affected

the outcome of democratically related policies and

legislation.

  1. Understand how the role of

political parties and their policies

has affected the work of a

democracy support function, both

locally and nationally.

3.1 assess how national changes in political leadership

or government, have impacted on the work of a

democracy support function.

3.2 assess how changes in leadership or political

control, of a Local Authority have impacted on the work

of a democracy support function.

Assessment

This unit will be assessed by a marked assignment followed by a professional discussion.

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Unit J/503/3892

Research planning

This unit covers the understanding required to plan a programme of research,

understanding the different types of research methodology, how to evaluate research

sources and how to present research conclusions.

Learning outcomes

The learner will

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

  1. Understand how to identify an

area for research relevant to own

work area and job role.

1.1 Select an appropriate research area for investigation and

analyse the reasons for the choice.

1.2 Critically evaluate how enhanced knowledge of this area

and research undertaken could contribute to development

of own skills and organisational practices.

  1. Understand different types of research

methodology and how they area applied.

2.1 Review and critically evaluate a range of methods of

qualitative and quantitative data collection.

2.2 Identify, outline and assess different research techniques

and methodologies.

2.3 Identify and critically analyse appropriate sources,

relevant literature, legislation and comparator organisations.

2.4 Critically examine how the methods selected facilitate

own research plan

  1. Develop an appropriate and

detailed plan for the research.

3.1 Develop a detailed research proposal and timescale

for its completion.

3.2 Assess how the research proposal supports own

identified learning and development.

3.3 Formulate own learning and development needs and

objectives, to be assessed at the conclusion of the research.

  1. Understand how to evaluate and

review research sources

4.1 Select appropriate methods for research analysis.

4.2 Critically analyse the research methods chosen.

4.3 Review and evaluate the reliability and quality of sources

of evidence.

4.4 Identify any potential gaps in research to be obtained and

assess alternative research methods can be utilised.

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4.5 Explain how to evaluate research conclusions against

research proposal.

  1. understand how to present

research conclusions

5.1 Compare and contrast a range of methods for presenting

research conclusions.

5.2 Explain how to reference appropriate sources correctly in

own work.

5.3 Explain to utilise bibliography appropriately within

research.

Assessment

This unit will be assessed by a marked assignment followed by a professional discussion in

addition to evidence of competence including work products which relate to the research

assignment and supporting documents.

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Unit M/503/3837

Reflective learning and evaluation

The aim of this unit is to understand how a learner can take responsibility for own

personal and professional development and to understand the ways in which

undertaking a research study can inform a learner’s own practice.

Learning outcomes

The learner will:

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

  1. Understand how to take

responsibility for own personal and

professional development.

1.1 Describe how to identify own development needs and

learning objectives.

1.2 Explain the different types of development opportunities

which could be used to meet identified needs.

1.3 Explain how these can be recorded and monitored

effectively.

  1. Understand the ways in which

undertaking a research study can inform

own practice.

2.1 Identify a completed research study undertaken by self.

2.2 Reflect critically on own learning and development

against pre identified research plan needs and objectives.

2.3 Critically evaluate the benefits of undertaking the

research study to self and the organisation.

2.4 Describe how to share identified findings and good

practice both within the organisation and in the external

environment.

  1. Identify potential areas for future

study.

3.1 Reflect and critically evaluate research findings to

identify areas of further development.

3.2 Analyse how these areas of further development

can be researched in the sector.

Assessment

A written reflective evaluation report.

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Unit T/503/3869

Governance arrangements

The learner will have the chance to explore the operation of the organisation’s leadership

arrangements under an executive arrangements or committee based administration. The

dissertation project would look at and assess the Strong Leader option, the Elected Mayor

model and the Committee based system.

Learning outcomes

The learner will

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

1 Understand the key features

of the options for executive

arrangements which operate in

local government.

1.1 Explain the origins of executive governance and the

sources of legislation that underpin the arrangements.

1.2 Identify the different options for executive

governance, giving examples as to where these operate.

1.3 Analyse the local choice functions and how these are

determined and implemented by local authorities.

  1. Understand the nature of the

Leader and Cabinet model of

Governance, in local

government.

2.1 Critically analyse the legislative requirements and

conditions that this model operates under.

2.2 Explain the procedures to be followed when

introducing and operating this model of governance.

2.3 Analyse the implications for local authorities in

implementing this model

  1. Understand the nature of the

Elected Mayor Model of

Governance, in local

government.

3.1 Explain the legislative requirements and conditions

that the Elected Mayor model operates under.

3.2 Explain the procedures to be followed when

introducing and operating this model of governance.

3.3 Analyse the impact for the electorate in

implementing this model of governance.

  1. Understand the nature of the

Committee based system of

governance, in local

government.

4.1 Explain the legislative requirements and conditions

that the committee based system of governance

operates under.

4.2 Explain the procedures to be followed when

introducing and operating this model of governance.

4.3 Analyse the impact of operating this system on the

decision making structure of a local authority.

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  1. Understand how Executive

and Committee based forms of

Governance operate in the

different countries in the UK.

5.1 Explain how the models of governance operate in

the different countries in the UK

5.2 Critically analyse the effect of the legislation

governing these arrangements

  1. Understand the differences

between different models of

Governance, in local

government.

6.1 Critically evaluate two different models of local

authority Governance, in operation in the UK.

6.2 Analyse the outcomes from that evaluation to

determine the appropriateness of the model for the

local authorities evaluated.

  1. Understand how Governance

in local government operates in

other parts of the world.

7.1 Identify a form of governance from a country outside

the UK.

7.2 Explain how that country’s model of governance

operates.

7.3 Critically evaluate that country’s model of

governance with a form of governance in operation in a

country in the UK.

Assessment

Written dissertation and professional discussion.

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Unit K/503/3870

Overview and scrutiny

The learner will need to challenge the various aspects of scrutiny and its place in public

life. It leads the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the political context of

overview and scrutiny and undertake a critical evaluation of that area. The learner will

then be asked to evaluate the differences between scrutiny at a local level and at a

national level.

Learning outcomes

The learner will

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

1 Understand the key features

and functions of Overview and

Scrutiny in the public sector.

1.1 Explain the origins of Overview and Scrutiny and the

sources of legislation that underpin and empower Overview

and Scrutiny in the public sector.

1.2 Identify and assess the different functions of Overview and

Scrutiny.

1.3 Critically analyse the structural differences and

effectiveness of Overview and Scrutiny in different tiered

Authorities in local government.

1.4 Compare and contrast the cultural differences in delivering

Overview and Scrutiny in different organisations within the

public sector.

  1. Understand the differences and

challenges posed by internal and

external scrutiny.

2.1 Critically analyse the difference between internal and

external scrutiny and identify the challenges this provides to

different organisations within the public sector..

2.2 Identify and evaluate the different types of external

scrutiny that exist.

  1. Understand the political context

of Overview and Scrutiny.

3.1 Analyse the impact of Overview and Scrutiny in with a

political environment

3.2 Critically analyse the relationship between overview and

scrutiny and decision making and the factors which influence

and challenge that relationship.

3.3 Explain how Overview and Scrutiny can address these

challenges.

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  1. Understand the techniques and

lines of enquiry that can be used in

undertaking Overview and Scrutiny.

4.1 Evaluate and assess the different techniques and

methodologies which Overview and Scrutiny might employ

4.2 Identify best practice in Overview and Scrutiny and

interpret how this could be used by other public sector

organisations.

  1. Understand the differences,

similarities and relative benefits

between Overview and Scrutiny at a

local and national level.

5.1 Analyse critically how Overview and Scrutiny in a local

government context differs from scrutiny in a parliamentary

context.

5.2 Critically evaluate how local government Overview and

Scrutiny delivered through an executive arrangements system

differs from scrutiny under the committee based system.

  1. Understand the benefits that

Overview and Scrutiny can provide

for the community and the public

sector.

6.1 Explain how outcomes from Overview and Scrutiny could

be measured and evaluated to assess their benefits to the

community.

6.2 Using a live example of scrutiny activity, analyse the

impact of identified outcomes on the organisation, its

partners and the community.

  1. Understand how Overview and

Scrutiny in local government

operates in other parts of the

world.

7.1 Identify a country with from outside the UK, with an

alternative form of Overview and Scrutiny.

7.2 Explain how that country’s model of overview and scrutiny

operates.

7.3 Critically evaluate that model of Overview and Scrutiny, to

identify the effectiveness of that model compared to another

model , from within a country in the UK.

Assessment

Written dissertation and professional discussion.

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Unit M/503/3871

Regulatory framework

This unit will provide learners with a critical understanding of exactly what is meant by

the Regulatory Framework and in doing so explain the various regulatory and quasi

judicial contexts of local democracy. They will then be asked to critically analyse how

this differs between local authorities of different tiers. The role of the public and other

stakeholders is also explored.

Learning outcomes

The learner will

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

  1. Understand the origins of a

democratic area of the

regulatory framework within

local government

1.1 Identify what government legislation is in place to

govern the chosen democratic area of the regulatory

framework

1.2 Explain the role of the legislation and relevant case

law on the development and implementation of

relevant policy for the chosen democratic area of the

regulatory framework in local government

1.3 Assess the methods in place to deal with

applications and appeals submitted within the chosen

democratic area of the regulatory framework

  1. Understand the quasi judicial nature

of the regulatory framework in local

government

2.1 Explain what is meant by ‘due process’ and analyse

its importance in the regulatory framework.

2.2 Analyse the procedures for reviewing and

challenging decisions made within the chosen

democratic area of the regulatory framework

2.3 Assess the impact of the key elements of ‘common

law’ on the chosen democratic area of the regulatory

framework

2.4 Critically analyse the impact of the European

Convention on Human Rights on the chosen democratic

area of the regulatory framework.

  1. Understand the implementation of

regulatory functions within the

wider political management

framework of local government

3.1 Explain the differences in exercising the

statutory functions of the chosen democratic area

with that of other local government committees.

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3.2 Analyse the procedures in place to deal with

delegated decisions within the chosen democratic area

of the regulatory framework.

3.3 Evaluate the role of the authority, members and

officers within the committee process for the chosen

democratic area within the regulatory framework

3.4 Analyse the importance of the independent and

impartial role of the Democracy Support Officer in

supporting the regulatory framework.

  1. Understand the practical

operation of regulatory

framework within local

government

4.1 With regard to the chosen element of the regulatory

framework and using examples:

  • Compare and contrast different methods of

implementation across different types and tiers

of local authority

  • Assess the role of Elected Members in

representing their constituents

  • Explain the scope which exists locally for

influencing the decisions made

  • Explain how this democratic element fits within

the wider context of the regulatory framework.

  • Assess the role this element plays in helping

reach open, transparent and sound decisions.

  1. Understand how the public

and stakeholders interact with

the regulatory framework in

local government.

5.1 With regard to the chosen democratic element of

the regulatory framework and using examples:

  • Explain who the main stakeholders are, their

role and their rights.

  • Analyse the procedures and practices which are

followed in dealing with the public and

stakeholders.

  • Critically assess how decisions taken within the

regulatory framework are communicated to the

public and stakeholders.

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6 Understand how the

regulatory framework operates

in other parts of the world

6.1 With regard to the chosen democratic element of

the regulatory framework, and using examples:

  • Identify a country from outside the UK, with a

comparable regulatory process

  • Explain how that country’s model of regulatory

process operates including the role of legislation

in governing local policy, implementation and

practice

  • Critically evaluate that regulatory framework, to

identify the effectiveness over that process

compared to another process.

Assessment

Written dissertation and professional discussion.

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Unit T/503/3872

Ethical frameworks

This unit will ask the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards

required from members (both co-opted and elected) and also look at the various protocols

and codes of conduct and their significance in the public sector. A learner will have to assess

good ethical governance and the various statutory provisions and behaviours which

underpin the Framework.

Learning outcomes

The learner will

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

  1. Understand the key features

of an Ethical Framework within a

system of corporate governance.

1.1 Explain the meaning of “corporate governance” as it

applies to a local authority.

1.2 Analyse the relationship between ethical

governance and the Ethical Framework

1.3 Identify the statutory provisions, key documents and

stakeholders which provide ethical governance to local

authorities

1.4 Compare contrasting forms of ethical governance

in at least two local authorities in the UK.

  1. Understand the behaviours

necessary to underpin the

ethical framework.

2.1 Indentify the behaviours necessary to underpin the

ethical framework, both in relation to officers and

Members of the Authority.

2.2 Evaluate the support in place to encourage and

develop those behaviours.

2.3 Critically analyse any systems and sanctions in place

to challenge any inappropriate behaviours.

3.Understand the outcomes of

good ethical governance.

3.1 Assess the impact of good ethical governance on the

key features of openness, fairness, integrity,

transparency and mutual respect.

3.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship

between these key features and public confidence in

the democratic process.

  1. Understand the impact of

ethical governance.

4.1 Critically evaluate the extent to which good ethical

governance and behaviours are embedded within at

least two local authorities.

4.2 Identify and critically evaluate any poor practice

which takes place.

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  1. Understand how ethical

governance operates in other

parts of the world.

5.1 Identify a country outside the UK, with an

established ethical framework.

5.2 Explain how that country’s ethical framework shapes

ethical governance within an a localised government

5.3 critically evaluate that model of ethical governance

to identify the effectiveness of that model compared to

ethical governance, from within a country in the UK.

Assessment

Written dissertation and professional discussion.

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Unit J/503

Member development

To understand and evaluate the principles under pinning learning and development

programmes. It will examine the differing roles of elected members and their related

training needs, together with the options for delivery of them. It will also include an

analysis of the importance of evaluation techniques.

Learning outcomes

The learner will

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

  1. Understand the principles underpinning

the development of learning and

development programmes for members

1.1 Explain the objectives of learning and development

programmes for members

1.2 Evaluate the factors of learning and development that

impact on:

  • development
  • delivery
  • assessment and accreditation

1.3 Explain the importance of member involvement when

developing learning and development programmes

1.4 Evaluate the risks that need to be managed when

developing learning and development programmes for

members

1.5 Evaluate the role and importance of each phase of the

learning and development cycle

1.6 Analyse how different phases of the learning and

development cycle are used to enhance the experiences of

members in the process of learning

  1. Understand how arrangements for

providing learning and development

for councillors have changed across

local government

2.1 Assess the extent to which changes in the role of elected

members have impacted upon councillor training and

development

2.2 Critically analyse the expectations of elected members

regarding the development required to fulfil the role of

councillor

2.3 Assess the link between councillor development and

the achievement of an authority’s strategic

objectives

  1. Understand the differing roles of

elected members and associated

training needs

3.1 Identify the roles of a councillor in the leadership,

management and scrutiny of the Council and assess

the learning and development requirements linked

to those roles

3.2 Identify the role of a councillor in representing the

Council on partnership and external bodies and

assess the learning and development requirements

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linked to those roles

3.3 Identify the community representative and

leadership roles that a councillor may have and

assess the learning and development requirements

linked to those roles

3.4 Evaluate the development of role descriptions and

their effectiveness in councillor development

3.5 Explain how legislation and case law impact on the

development of councillors in undertaking their

statutory roles

  1. Understand the importance of a

framework for providing learning and

development for councillors

4.1 Identify good practice standards and charters

which shape member development across local

government

4.2 Critically analyse the role of good practice

standards and charters and assess their relevance in

forming a framework for councillor development

4.3 Analyse the relevance of good practice standards in

providing individual member development

  1. Understand how to effectively

provide and deliver learning

opportunities for members

5.1 Assess the role of individual and collective

member learning outcomes, in determining a

member development programme.

5.2 Evaluate the development and delivery of

councillor learning programmes across local

authorities

5.3 Critically analyse how to prepare resources for the

delivery of learning and development, ensuring

legislative and organisational, health and safety,

welfare, equality and inclusion requirements are met

5.4 Compare and contrast different learning solutions to

meet the needs of individual councillors and groups

  1. Understand how to evaluate and

improve development programmes

for councillors

6.1 Explain the four stages of evaluation and identify

why each stage is important

6.2 Analyse the outcomes of evaluation to identify

improvements to training interventions and further

learning needs

6.3 evaluate potential barriers which may block

councillors’ access to effective learning

6.4 Analyse evidence of learning and development

against organisational requirements

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6.5 evaluate how learning and development activities

to support members in fulfilling their representative

roles differ between local authorities

6.6 critically assess the impact of the political and

cultural context of the learning environment on member

development

  1. Understand how the member

development operates in other parts

of the world.

7.1 Identify a country from outside the UK, with an

existing framework for member development

7.2 Explain how that framework for member

development is implemented nationally or locally

within local authorities

7.3 Critically evaluate the operation of the framework,

to identify the effectiveness of that framework when

compared to that of the UK

Assessment

Written dissertation and professional discussion.

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Unit H/503/3883

Member support

To understand and evaluate the support required by elected members in their

representative and statutory roles. This will include an evaluation of the support

requirements to ensure all individuals have equal access to elected office and will include an

assessment of the political and cultural context within which councillors work and how this

impacts on member support.

Learning outcomes

The learner will

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

  1. Understand the support

required by councillors in their

role as community

representatives

1.1 Assess the various channels through which elected

members engage with their constituents.

1.2 Assess how effective the position of a councillor is

in being a community advocate

1.3 Analyse the range of support available for

councillors in managing constituent enquiries

1.4 Assess the support requirements of councillors in

being community leaders

1.5 Explain the support provided to councillors when

representing special interest groups

  1. Understand the support required by

councillors in their role in the

leadership, management and scrutiny

of the Council

2.1 Critically analyse the legal framework and statutory

guidance within which the support for councillors

operates

2.2 Assess the level and different types of support

required by the Leader of the Council or Elected Mayor

and senior executive members

2.3 Assess the effectiveness of the support available to

leaders of opposition groups

2.4 Evaluate the support provided to councillors

appointed to external bodies and partnerships both

from within the council and the appointing body

2.5 Explain the support provided to the Civic Head of an

Authority

2.6 Analyse the support requirements of non executive

councillors appointed to positions of special

responsibility

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  1. Understand the political and

cultural context within which

councillors work and the impact

on member support

3.1 Compare and contrast the support requirements for

councillors operating in both majority

administration and no overall control councils

3.2 Explain how the role of an independent councillor

differs from that of a political party councillor and

analyse how this impacts on support provided

3.3 Evaluate the organisational limitations on the level

of support for councillors working in different types and

tiers of local authority

3.4 Critically analyse the role of political assistants and

the impact they have on the role of the councillor

  1. Understand the support

requirements to ensure all

elected members have equal

access to office

4.1 Explain the role of legislation in ensuring that all

councillors can fulfil equally their role in elected office

4.2 Analyse the role of the authority in ensuring

reasonable adjustments are made to accommodate

additional support requirements

4.3 Explain the role of officers in providing guidance for

elected members with additional support

requirements

4.4 Critically evaluate areas in which support could be

further enhanced through legislation or local

implementation to widen participation in local

democracy

  1. Understand the systems in

place to support councillors in

their roles

5.1Explain the financial arrangements in place at local

authorities to support councillors in their role

5.2 Explain the legislative requirements in relation to

Members’ Allowances and assess how they impact

on support provided to councillors

5.3 Assess the support provided by employers to

councillors to enable them to fulfil their elected role

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  1. Understand how member support

operates in other parts of the

world

6.1 Identify a country from outside the UK with a

system of member support

6.2 Explain how that support is delivered to elected

representatives in a typical local authority in that

country

6.3 Critically evaluate the effectiveness of that support

when compared to that provided to councillors in a

local authority in the UK

Assessment

Written dissertation with a professional discussion.

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Unit F/503/3888

Civic support

This unit will offer the opportunity to explore the origins of the civic head and what

characteristics have been carried through to the modern society. Learners will be able to

critically assess the legal precedence of the Civic Head in varying circumstances. It will give

the learner the opportunity to compare the civic role of the Mayor, with that of an Elected

Mayor and also from a similar postholder in another Country.

Learning outcomes

The learner will

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

1 Understand the historical

context of the role of the Civic

Head.

1.1 Identify the main historical and legal changes to the

role of the civic head.

1.2 Assess the effect of legislation post 1974 on the

position of the civic head.

1.3 Critically analyse the importance of the role of the

civic head in today’s society.

  1. Understand the legal

precedence and protocol of the

civic head

2.1 Explain who can become the civic head and the

legal role and duty of that role.

2.2 Critically assess the legal precedence of the civic

head in differing circumstances.

2.3 Compare and contrast the differences

between a ceremonial civic head and an Elected

Mayor.

  1. Understand the process and

issues relating to a councillor

becoming the civic head

3.1 Critically analyse the main methods of selecting the

civic head used by a range of local authorities.

3.2 Identify and evaluate the key personal qualities and

skills that make an effective civic head.

3.3 Evaluate the different forms of inducting a Civic

Head and assess the effectiveness of induction and

training.

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  1. Understand the role of the

civic head for a Local Authority

and its communities.

4.1 Critically analyse the role of the Civic Head in

effectively supporting and promoting an Authority’s

aims, objectives, vision and values.

4.2 Evaluate the methods of measuring the

performance of the Civic Head and other Civic

Representatives.

4.3 Explain using examples how the Civic Head provides

leadership and community focus, in times of crisis or

celebration.

4.4 Critically assess the relationship between a civic

head and an elected senior decision maker of an

Authority.

  1. Understand how the civic

support function operates in

other parts of the world.

5.1 Identify a country outside of the UK, with a Civic

Head style of leadership.

5.2 Compare and contrast the role of the Civic Head in

that country, to that in a country in the UK.

5.3 Critically evaluate the support model in operation

in that country, to that in a country in the UK.

 

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