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WMCOP Bulletin April and May 2011

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Welcome to this combined April and May edition of our Community of Practitioners' Bulletin - your link to what's happening in Teacher Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

It was fairly quiet in April which is why we haven't sent out a Bulletin. This month there has been a number of items on the 14-19 agenda and also a report on Offender learning. The main areas on the 14-19s are the Coalition Government's Report on Supporting Youth Employment which follows the Government response to the Wolf Report and the CBI/EDI Education and Skills Survey. We also celebrate Adult Learners Week.

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.

See below for:

News from the Profession


Discussion documents


News from the profession

 Department for business, innovation and skills


Review of Offender Learning: A new report entitled 'Making Prisons Work: Skills for Rehabilitation' has been published by the Ministry of Justice which is in response to a review of offender learning. The report outlines plans to break the cycle of reoffending by developing a stronger link between learning in prisons and the vocational and employability skills demanded by employers. Read the report at:
Read John Hayes' speech at

Adult Learners Week: John Hayes' speech to Niace on adult and community learning can be read at:

Measuring the Economic Impact of Further Education: A study commissioned by BIS shows that FE participants generate an additional £75 billion for the economy over their lifetimes with Apprenticeships generating around £40 for each pound of Government investment. Read it at:

University Funding:
A new website 'Make your Future Happen' has been launched by the Government to give advice to students on funding for higher education at:
See also Vince Cable's speech to HEFCE on funding at:

New Guide for universities to manage Intellectual Property: The Intellectual Property Office have developed a new strategy guide 'Intellectual Asset Management for Universities' to help universities manage their intellectual assets. It can be found at:

 Vince Cable's Speech to British Chambers of Commerce 7 April: This is about reducing bureaucracy for business but, as the right to training and flexible working impinge on the lifelong learning sector, details at:


Department for education


Government response to the Wolf Report: The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Wolf Report and has now to put these into practice. The 3 main themes they will deliver on are: ensuring that all young people study and achieve in English and Maths and reforming GCSE to reflect this; reforming performance tables; and simplifying Apprenticeships. The Government response can be read at:
Michael Gove's speech on the response is at:

CBI/EDI Education & Skills Survey 2011: Shows that employers are concerned with the basic level of literacy and numeracy of school and college leavers. Read the report at:
The Government response can be read at:

Supporting Youth Employment: HM Government has published a report on the Coalition's approach to youth employment. It gives 'five core areas where the Government is planning to work with businesses, the voluntary sector, local authorities and communities in order to help support young people: promoting skills; encouraging more work experience, Apprenticeship and internship opportunities; supporting the most vulnerable; providing the right financial and non-financial incentives; and restoring growth'. It can be read at:


Professional organisations


LSIS: It's all about managers this month.....

Leading the way: LSIS has announced that the first 4 modules are available in their redesigned leadership development framework.

Cut costs and generate income: workshop for managers and governers. Details at:


Welcomes the Government's response to the Wolf Report: Read it at:


Reports and news


Leading Learning in Further Education: A report by CfBT and the 157 Group to identify the main things that leaders in FE do which impact on the quality of learning. Read it at:

'The New GCE A Level Examinations': Ofqual report on their monitoring of the new A level qualifications in 2010 and finds them 'appropriately demanding'. Read the report at:

'Colleges at the core of the entrepreneurial economy': Enterprise UK examines enterprise education and finds colleges well placed to deliver. Read it at:

Policy Watch

Pearson Research Institute publish Policy Watch which can be found at: The latest articles are:

Govt Response to Wolf May 2011
Policy Tracker for April 2011
School Funding April 2011
HE Policy Picture April 2011

Sector News: A weekly update from the educational press here