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WMCOP Bulletin August 2010

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Welcome to the August edition of our Community of Practitioners' Bulletin - your link to what's happening in Teacher Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

The Bulletin is not normally produced in August which is usually a quiet month, however a lot has been happening  to update you on before the Autumn Spending Review.  BIS has published its Structural Reform Plan, the revised grants for universities and colleges has been agreed, the requirements for the Apprenticeship framework have been written, a number of areas for consultation have been opened, appointments made and rumours squashed!

UKCES have published 'Ambition 2020: World Class Skills and Jobs for the UK: The 2010 Edition' together with The Value of Skills: An Evidence Review and the full report on 'The National Employer Skills Survey for England 2009: Main Report'.  This group will provide our discussion document for August.

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

bis (department for business, innovation and skills)

John Hayes appointed to joint role:  John Hayes has been appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education in addition to his current role as Minister of State at BIS.

BIS Structural reform plan:  The BIS draft structural reform plan was published in July setting out the Government's priorities and timescales.  Section 7 Support universities, science and research in building a strong, innovative economy on pages 17 and 18 and Section 8 Build an internationally competitive skills base pages 19 and 20 are particularly relevant to the FE sector.  Read it at:  Monthly updates are also published showing performance against targets and the July update can be read at:

Revised Grants for Universities and Colleges:  HEFCE announced their revised grants and student number allocations at:

A-Levels and Advanced Diploma results:  David Willetts congratulateed students on their A level results at: and Schools Minister Nick Gibb congratulated 'A' 'AS' and Advanced Diploma students at:  IfL welcomed this year's record A level results of 97.6% A to E grades and congratulated both FE learners and their teachers on A-level and Advanced Diploma results at:

Skills for sustainable growth: consultation on the future direction of skills policy.  John Hayes invites employers, individuals, colleges and training organisations to share their ideas on how they would like skills policy to be set out in the future.  The closing date for consultation is 14 October 2010.  Details at:  
Consultation on the Simplified Further Education and Skills Funding System and Methodology is also on the above link

Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE
):  Following consultation on the Apprenticeship Standards for England the Government have produced their response at: which sets out the requirements with which each Apprenticeship framework must comply.

Review of Offender Learning:  This consultation and the call for evidence will inform the Ministry of Justice's Green Paper on sentencing and rehabilitation reform.  Further details at:

National Citizen Service:  Plans for 16 year olds to take part in National Citizen Service pilots next summer can be viewed at:

Student Charter Group:  The new group developing guidance for university and higher education has started work and HEFCE has published 2 reports 'Understanding the information needs of users of public information about higher education' and 'Enhancing and Developing the National Student Survey' at  David Willetts' comments on results from the National Student Survey 2010 can be read at:

Skills Funding Agency:  There is now a dedicated SFA website at:   A weekly update is published and Update 19 can be read at: including:
Consultation on the future 'right to request time to train' policy
Guidance and information on the Qualifications and Credit Framework
Training offer for those unemployed for 6 months
Data Service to release period 12 employer responsive qualification success rate reports
Framework for Excellence update
Adult Learner Responsive year end returns  

Other Consultations:  A number of areas for consultation are live and your comments are invited at: and include:
Regional Growth Fund
Future of the right to request time to train
Phasing out the default retirement age


LSIS are not being abolished:  Article by David Collins, CEO, refuting rumours of the demise of LSIS can be read at:
E-Learning Safeguarding Resource:  This has been updated and can be accessed by registering at:
Funding Opportunities:  New funding opportunities have been published on the LSIS website at: and include details of the next round of the Flexibility and Innovation fund.  Information on LSIS Accounts which give free learning credits against LSIS programmes can be found at:
Policy Update:  LSIS Newsletter can be found at:  There have been 2 newsletters since the last Bulletin:
Policy Update no 7 key contents:
Skills for Sustainable Growth – the BIS consultation on consultation on the future direction of skills policy;
A Simplified Further Education and Skills Funding System and Methodology – the BIS consultation on sector funding;
BIS’ Structural Reform Plan;
Consultation on Regional Growth Fund;
The Academies Bill; and
HE sector opens up to private providers.
Policy Update no 8 key contents:
ALP concept paper on developing a pre-Apprenticeship programme;
Consultation on the right to request time to train;
Further academies legislation;
Hefce research on the information needs of potential students; and
Pathfinder mutuals announced including 157 group plans to set up an awarding body.


New Chair:  Pat Bacon has been appointed the new Chair of LLUK.  Details at:
NVQs in Learning and Development:  There are new assessor and assuring the quality of assessment qualifications on the QCF from September and guidance on the Standards can be accessed at:  Current NVQs in learning and development will not be available beyond March 2011 although  LLUK have opened consultations, which close on 10 September, on what qualifications would be appropriate to replace these.  Details at:
Deadline for funded GPRLS:  The deadline for applications for centrally funded GPRLS is 6 October 2010 after this it will still be available but will incur a charge.  Details at:
Sector Skills Assessment:  LLUK are undertaking the annual sector skills assessment and invite you to complete their online survey at:


IfL are not being abolished:  Statement following inaccurate press statements can be read at:
Declare your CPD:  CPD declarations need to be declared by 31 August!  You don't have to submit evidence just complete an online declaration form at:
Professional Formation:  Applications for Professional Formation are open from September until 31 October for awards for the Spring 2011 cycle.  Information on Professional Formation is at:


UKCES published 3 key reports in July and August setting out the Government's position on skills.  Together they provide a useful insight into the current and future situation of skills in this country so will be our discussion documents for this month: 
UKCES published 'Ambition 2020: World Class Skills and Jobs for the UK: The 2010 Edition' in July.  The full report, key findings or a short 2 page summary can be downloaded at:
This was followed in August by: The Value of Skills: An Evidence Review which supports the UKCES strategic priorities for 2009-14 and shows that skills are an essential part of achieving prosperity and growth.  It can be read at:
Finally the full report on 'The National Employer Skills Survey for England 2009: Main Report' was published in August following the short report previous published in March and can be read at:

Edexcel policy watch 

 Pearson Research Institute publish Policy Watch on behalf of Edexcel.  It contains commentary and opinion on Government initiatives and a summary of What's New each month.  Policy Watch can be found at: and this month covers:
ILG on Quangos: Careful with that axe. The Institute for Government urge caution over quango culling
Policy Tracker for July 2010 v2

Sector news 

 For the latest from the Educational press see