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: firstname.lastname@example.org and share your ideas.
See below for:
News from the Profession
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: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/corporate/docs/b/10-1086-bis-draft-structural-reform-plan.pdf. Monthly updates are also published showing performance against targets and the July update can be read at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/corporate/docs/b/10-p104a-bis-structural-reform-plan-update-july-2010.pdf
Revised Grants for Universities and Colleges: HEFCE announced their revised grants and student number allocations at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2010/grant1011/briefing.htm
A-Levels and Advanced Diploma results: David Willetts congratulateed students on their A level results at: http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/Detail.aspx?ReleaseID=415066&NewsAreaID=2 and Schools Minister Nick Gibb congratulated 'A' 'AS' and Advanced Diploma students at: http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/wg-news-1.nsf/lfi/DNWA-88HC5W. 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: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/newsandevents/press-releases/ifl-congratulates-fe-learners-and-their-teachers-on-a-level-and-advanced-diploma-results
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: http://www.bis.gov.uk/Consultations/skills-for-sustainable-growth-consultation?cat=open.
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: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/corporate/docs/migrated-consultations/specification%20of%20apprenticeship%20standards%20for%20england%20sase.pdf 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: http://www.bis.gov.uk/Consultations/call-for-evidence-on-review-of-offender-learning?cat=open
National Citizen Service: Plans for 16 year olds to take part in National Citizen Service pilots next summer can be viewed at: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/newsroom/news_releases/2010/100722-citizenservice/national-citizen-service.aspx
Skills Funding Agency: There is now a dedicated SFA website at: http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/. A weekly update is published and Update 19 can be read at: http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/providers/allthelatest/providerupdate/update19.htm 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: http://www.bis.gov.uk/Consultations?start=1 and include:
Regional Growth Fund
Future of the right to request time to train
Phasing out the default retirement age
LSIS (LEARNING AND SKILLS IMPROVEMENT SERVICE)
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.
ALP concept paper on developing a pre-Apprenticeship programme;
LLUK and SVUK
Edexcel policy watch
ILG on Quangos: Careful with that axe. The Institute for Government urge caution over quango culling
Policy Tracker for July 2010 v2