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WMCOP Bulletin February 2010

 

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

There are a number of interesting reports in this Bulletin on vocational education and we draw your attention to 'Teacher Training in Vocational Education' from the Skills Commission, chaired by Mike Tomlinson which is our discussion document this month as it covers some of the key questions around professionalisation - see details below. 

There are two further Reports from the Skills Commission which complement the above report:  the first on 'Progression through Apprenticeships' and the second 'Inspiration and Aspiration' on information, advice and guidance.

We'd like to hear your views and any recommendations you have on articles, books or useful websites you've discovered so email us at wmcop@warwick.ac.uk and share your ideas.

See below for:

News from the Profession

Papers/Articles

Latest Discussion Document

Swap Shop

Reviews

News from the Profession: 

   BIS

A Report by the Skills Commission, chaired by Sir Mike Tomlinson entitled 'Teacher Training in Vocational Education' has been published.  This is the result of a six month enquiry into teacher training in vocational education and is a really interesting report.  It recommends: professional convergence between academic and vocational teacher training with a unified teacher training system and a 'universal teaching status';  Subject Mentors should have Government funding and training; CPD opportunities follow the IfL model for both schools and FE; Careers CE/IAG needs reforming for vocational education; Employers and the third sector provide teacher work placements; Vocational Pedagogy research should become a priority for the sector; HE in FE provision need to ensure the teachers are trained and regulated appropriately.  The report can be read at: http://pc.ajive.co.uk/fckimages/skills_report.PDF.  This will also be our Discussion document for the month.

New Quality Assurance System - FE Colleges is being launched in April by BIS and DCSF.  It will draw together all the work that goes into ensuring learners and employers receive quality experiences from post-16 learning providers.  See http://www.dius.gov.uk/further_education for a document on what the QA system is, how the individual aspects support QA and how they will be brought together into a single system.

Fee Grant arrangement for DTLLS and SfL for in-service and part time trainees has been announced which supports individual fee costs.  However to fund it FE bursaries in shortage subject have been reduced and the Golden Hello scheme will end at the end of July 2010.  See article on 'Important Changes to FE Recruitment and Retention' in the BIS Newsletter at: http://www.dius.gov.uk/news_and_speeches/fe_newsletter

The final Skills Commission report on apprenticeships 'Progression through Apprenticeships' has been published.  It has published recommendations on Entry to Apprenticeships; Progression from other learning pathways; Progression to Advanced Apprenticeships and Progression to other advanced FE and HE and includes a recommendation that all ITT and CPD for teachers includes information about apprenticeships.  Read the Report at: http://pc.ajive.co.uk/fckimages/Skills%20Commission%20-%20Progression%20through%20apprenticeships(1).pdf

Skills Commission Report 'Inspiration and Aspiration' recommends new approaches to IAG (information, advice and guidance) including promoting improved online provision; review of training and CPD for careers advisors; a re-think on all-age IAG as a preferred approach to IAG.  Read the report on http://pc.ajive.co.uk/fckimages/Inspriration%20and%20Aspiration.pdf

BIS have also published online resources to support learners and carers following a project on 'Enhancing Informal Adult Learning for Older People in Care Settings'.  The Guidance for Learning Providers can be downloaded at: http://shop.niace.org.uk/catalogsearch/advanced/result/?name=Enhancing+Informal+Adult

LSC: Funding Allocations for 2010-11 Guidance Notes provides information on the Skills Funding Agency's funding allocations process.  Read it at: http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/funding-policy/allocations/index.htm

QCF Advice on the new vocational qualifications is now online for learning providers at http://qfr.lsc.gov.uk/; for employers at http://businesslink.gov.uk/vocationalqualifications  and for learners at http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/vocational-qualifications

How FE works with Businesses.  The Further Education Reputation Strategy Group has put together a supplement in the Guardian to show the important contribution FE is making to the country’s economic growth download it at http://www.feworks.org/news/working-together-guardian-supplement

Learning Revolution - Informal Adult Education - 2nd Edition has been published and covers:
Opening up Spaces for learning - low cost places to meet
School of Everything
Online Basics - new online site for those new to computers
Read it at: http://bis.createsend.com/t/ViewEmail/r/7222368E0E60F6C7/C67FD2F38AC4859C/

SEN Advanced Teacher Training in Schools and plan to implement Brian Lamb's recommendations announced by DCSF http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/wg-news-1.nsf/lfi/DNWA-82YLZ3

The BIS and DIUS Newsletter is online at http://www.dius.gov.uk/news_and_speeches/fe_newsletter  

   LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service)

Policy Update no 31 comments on:
BIS Quality Assurance system - see BIS above
BIS Select Committee on FE funding
The Careers ProgressionTaskforce set up to ensure high quality advice for young people
Assessment only route into schools for FE Teachers
LSC 14-19 guide to Entitlements
FE Lecturers failed to declare 2008/9 CPD to IfL
National Apprenticeship week
Increase in entry to HE for disadvantaged young people

Policy Update no 30  has the following articles which comment on Government policy (for reports see January Bulletin):
LSIS comments on the Government's 'Going for Growth: Our future our prosperity' strategy giving the key features
BIS Strategic Objectives relevant to the Learning and Skills sector
White Paper 'Building Britain's Recovery: Achieving Full Employment' and the support it sets out for young people
Strategy on Social Mobilisation comments on 'Unleashing Aspiration'
Government sets out framework for regional and local economic development comments on 'Partnership for Growth: A National framework for regional and local economic development'

LSIS Policy Updates can be found at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/PolicyServices/PolicyUpdates.aspx

    LLUK (Lifelong Learning UK) and SVUK (Standards Verification UK)

Learning and Development Standards (inc Assessor and those involved in Internal and External QA):  Following the review of the National Occupational Standards for Learning and Development, draft Units of Assessment for the QCF and CQFW have been produced for new qualifications for Assessors and those with responsibility for Internal and External Quality Assurance.  They can be read at http://www.lluk.org/learning-and-development-qualification-consultation.htm and your comments are requested by 26 February 2010.

Twitter Project:  LLUK are interested in the impact of new technologies on the nature of learning and on our learning institutions.  They have started a Twitter project and would like you to join in - see http://www.lluk.org/learning3.htm 

LLUK's brochure of services to FE is at http://89.31.209.91/llukimages/LLUK/LLUK_Overview_2009_LR.pdf 
The LLUK e-bulletin can be accessed via: http://www.lluk.org/newsletters.htm

   Institute for Learning (IfL)

Skills Commission Report 'Teacher Training in Vocational Education' report was broadly welcomed by the IfL who were pleased that FE teaching was recognised and that the IfL framework of CPD was thought to be a good model.  Whilst agreeing that QTLS should be accepted in schools they have some reservations about whether a 'universal QTS' is suitable for FE.  Read their comments at: http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/wg-news-1.nsf/lfi/DNWA-82ZEGG

In this months edition of InTuition the theme is CPD and the following are covered:
Review of member's CPD on page 4
Technology Tips on page 6, 7 and 9
Update on FE equivalence to schools page 8
Discounts on technology page 10
List of Council Members page 11
Calendar including Q/ATLS dates

Read the latest InTuition at: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/13695/2010_02_InTuition.pdf

WMCETT Regional IfL Connector Anne Schofield has a webpage for advice and support at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/wmcett/about/IfLadviser

  Ofsted

Talisman
Ofsted's newspaper for learning and skills has the following key articles this month:  It can be read at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Newsletters/Back-issues/talisman/talisman-82

An Ofsted review of the impact of Train to Gain shows that it has mixed results with good results in developing employment skills, motivation and self esteem.  However literacy and numeracy skills are not always been covered and completion on time and progression routes need improvement.  The full report can be read at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Thematic-reports/The-impact-of-Train-to-Gain-on-skills-in-employment/(language)/eng-GB

Ofsted's good practice survey report 'Support in further education colleges for learners with caring responsibilities'.  This report can be found at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Thematic-reports/Support-in-further-education-colleges-for-learners-with-caring-responsibilities/(language)/eng-GB

A new leaflet has been published by unionlearn 'Understanding Apprenticeships' for those thinking of undertaking apprenticeships.  It goes through everything about apprenticeships from what they are to the benefits that can be claimed.  Read it at: http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/publications/index.cfm?frmPubID=159

National Learner Panel's views to DCSF on work related learning and employer engagement.  Their ideas include employers visiting students at their place of learning before the start of work experience and they liaise with learning providers to ensure work experience is at the right level.  They also suggested a wider variety of speakers from organisations came to talk to them ie people with disabilities, those who are in role reversal roles to traditional stereotypes - see Excellence Gateway. 

The Right to Request Time to Train - see January bulletin
Recent figures on young people not in education, employment or training
AOCs Gold Award Winners in further education
Apprenticeship Awards
Good Practice case studies

   UKCES

A UKCES publication ‘The Economic Value of Intermediate Vocational Education and Qualifications’ looks at the economic value of acquiring intermediate vocational qualifications to a particular individual and it can be read at http://www.ukces.org.uk/upload/pdf/UKCES%20Full%20Report%2011.pdf

Report on Adult Basic Skills and Workplace Learning published by ESRC researches 'Skills for Life' workplace programmes.  It looks at attitudes and progression of learners undertaking literacy and IT courses and finds that learners are motivated by new skills and employers use the programmes to improve confidence and workforce morale.  Read it at: http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/ViewOutputPage.aspx?data=lWEC7sNY9jlnfD32Q%2fmeIPy2Z95wEGwMilPOpEWE8C3bnGeIqICC6FMUuFJ4sIl3uoM0emTMrgd79Am%2fEpsm77hWk%2fyNKy33FPvwbctnah4Hh4enP4Qm6repRf9xkuv3kF6wUxvN%2foOoGKVXaXdVSA%3d%3d&xu=0&isAwardHolde

A recent paper from the ALP (Association of Learning Providers) 'Preparing Young People for the Opportunities of a Reviving Economy' suggests ways of addressing what it describes as the significant challenges currently facing the further education system when the leaving age is raised.  It suggests better IAG and a pre-apprenticeship route, closer working between providers and colleges and clearer costings for different routes to enable young people to make and informed decision about their career route.  Read it at http://www.learningproviders.org.uk/file/?id=285&type=item.

   Edexcel Policy Watch

Edexcel Policy Watch is online at http://www.edexcel.com/Policies/Pages/PolicyWatch.aspx and comments on:

Cooperatives and Mutuals - are they the new idea for public reform?
After six weeks - the Education debate
Education Outlook Feb 2010 in education
Social Mobility - can education break the glass ceiling?
Statement of Priorities for 16-19 provision 2010-11

Sector News

For the latest from the Educational papers each week see WMCETT Sector News 

Latest Discussion Document:

A Report by the Skills Commission, chaired by Sir Mike Tomlinson entitled 'Teacher Training in Vocational Education' has been published.  This is the result of a six month enquiry into teacher training in vocational education and is a really interesting report.  It recommends: professional convergence between academic and vocational teacher training with a unified teacher training system and a 'universal teaching status';  Subject Mentors should have Government funding and training; CPD opportunities follow the IfL model for both schools and FE; Careers CE/IAG needs reforming for vocational education; Employers and the third sector provide teacher work placements; Vocational Pedagogy research should become a priority for the sector; HE in FE provision need to ensure the teachers are trained and regulated appropriately.  The report can be read at: http://pc.ajive.co.uk/fckimages/skills_report.PDF.  

SWAP SHOP (Your chance to ask others in the COP for Teacher Educator resources, ideas etc for particular projects or share great finds)

Reviews: Books, journals, websites etc

Excellence Gateway: Lifelong Learning UK has produced a series of guides to help those working in the sector to apply the use of technology in their professional practice. See 'Using Technology to support learning for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector' at http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=267435 

Podcasting
This e-book looks at how to record, edit and publish a podcast and the implications of using podcasts for teaching and learning.  Try it at http://www.rsc-northwest.ac.uk/content/view/329/217/