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Welcome to the November 2016 edition of our Community of Practitioner's Bulletin - your link to what's been happening in Teacher Education in the lifelong learning education sector in the last month.

This month the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement set out the priorities for the Government with investment in construction, transport, digital industries, research and innovation meaning a rise in employment in these sectors. He also raised the minimum and living wage. There was support for devolution with money for the Local Enterprise Councils and, locally, the West Midlands Combined Authority and West Midlands Engine strategy who will determine the needs for employment, training and skills in this area in the future. Theresa May's speech to the CBI sets out the Government's vision and industrial strategy.

The Technical and Further Education Bill has been published, together with a factsheet. This builds on the Sainsbury Report and the post-16 skills plan for technical and vocational education. Degree Apprenticeships have received additional funding and there is a research report into supporting entry and level 1 students in post-16 education.

In HE, the Higher Education Research Bill and quality assurance are the top stories with consultations on maintenance and post-doctoral loans.

We'd welcome your views and any recommendations you have on articles, books or useful websites you've discovered so email us at: and share your ideas.

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Wed 30 November 2016, 18:58

SFA Response to FELTAG Report (JISC offer)

This document provides the clarification we have been seeking from the SFA on the definition of the 10% wholly online component referenced in the FELTAG report.(JISC)

Thu 30 October 2014, 14:55 | Tags: JISC, technology

FREE Jisc Webinar - Internet Safety, 5th November 2014

This one hour webinar will feature good practice case studies from three further education and specialist colleges that demonstrate how they have improved the safety of learners online.

Wed 29 October 2014, 12:33 | Tags: JISC, online safety, sharing, technology

SEN - Sharing Good Practice, Excellence Gateway

The Education and Training Foundation are wanting to gather resources for the launch of the new 'Excellence Gateway' (which could be renamed). These will be used on what the Foundation calls an 'exhibition site'. The resources are to be those gathered by practitioners for use by other practitioners. The attached form should be used to accompany the resources to explain the 'how', although in some cases it may be obvious. Useful websites can also be included and will be acknowledged appropriately.

Wed 23 April 2014, 12:36 | Tags: ETF, Excellence Gateway, SEN, technology

SEN Sharing Good Practice Event

SEN Good Practice Regional Network

Do you deliver SEN programmes in the FE sector?

Do you want to contribute to a national dialogue about good practice in SEN being set up by the Education and Training Foundation?

Tue 11 February 2014, 10:57 | Tags: CETT, ETF, SEN, event, network, sharing

FREE Accessibility Tools Loan Scheme

The accessibility kits are available for West Midlands based learning providers to loan for up to 4 weeks, from RSC JISC West Midlands. These are intended for practitioners to become familiar with technologies that may be useful for learners with learning difficulties. to see what is in the kits, take a look at this Pinterest board. For more information or to book the Accessibility Kits please contact Alison Wootton at 

Tue 14 January 2014, 12:48 | Tags: JISC, accessibility, learning difficulties, technology, tools

JISC Technology Funding

Innovation through technology funding call

Jisc is starting a new million pound funding programme to improve the learner experience and increase the capability and capacity of the workforce across further education and skills providers. Money will be awarded to projects which encourage, support and promote innovation within the sector.

For more information, see the link below

Thu 07 November 2013, 15:51 | Tags: JISC, technology

SEN Volunteering Opportunities: Mayday Trust

Wed 23 October 2013, 11:09 | Tags: LDD, SEN, Volunteering

Bursary news update

Wed 23 October 2013, 11:05