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WMCOP Bulletin January 2011

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 Welcome to the December/January edition of our Community of Practitioners' Bulletin - your link to what's happening in Teacher Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector.  We wish you a very happy and successful, if belated, New Year.

It's been a busy start to the year with the draft revised framework for professional teaching qualifications published by LLUK, the new apprenticeship framework published by BIS and the new National Curriculum review.

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


LLUK (lifelong learning uk)


Review of Qualifications for Learning Professions:  LLUK is reviewing the qualifications for Teacher Educators in the lifelong learning sector.  The first phase is complete and the report on the changes required can be viewed at:   

Review of Qualifications for Learning Professions Phase 2:  The revised draft proposals for the new qualifications including PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS and how existing qualifications might link into the new framework including the Assessor and Verifier Awards are now published.  There are workshops around the country you can attend or you can contribute online.  For full details go to:

Using Technology for Learning:  Practical advice and the results of an investigation into how technology is changing teaching and learning can be found at:

Twelve steps to tackling discrimination:  The Forum has identified twelve steps outlining the aspects of tackling discrimination and promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff and students in post-school education at:

Relicencing:  BIS have announced that LLUK will not be relicensed as a Sector Skills Council (SSC) in its own right following a licensing review by UKCES.  They will continue until March 2011 and discussions are ongoing on future arrangements from 1 April 2011.


Bis (department for business, innovation & skills)

Apprenticeships and skills

Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England:  The new framework for apprenticeships sets out the minimum requirements to be included in a recognised English framework for Intermediate, Advanced and Higher apprenticeships.  This includes qualifications related to the sector, functional skills, employee Rights and Responsibilities, Personal Learning and Thinking skills, On and off the job training and guided learning hours.  It can be read at:

John Hayes delivers new quality guarentee for Apprenticeships:  Launching the new framework, John Hayes guaranteed the quality of the Government's new Apprenticeship programme to deliver training that directly meets the needs of employers and learners.  Read it at:

Geoff Russell of the Skills Funding Agency speaking at the CBI/EDI Executive lunch on the contribution of employers to the skills of the nation.  Read it at:

Skills Conditionality consultation:  Skills conditionality involves Jobcentre Plus referring claimants to a skills training provider, further education college or Next Step adviser with potential benefit sanctions for non-participation. The training will include vocational, basic skills, employability training as well as support with softer skills such as motivation and confidence building.  Read it at:  See also article:
Skills are the answer to unemployment trap: John Hayes & Chris Grayling (DWP) on the new reforms  to free Jobcentre Plus and training providers from unnecessary bureaucracy and centralisation.  Read it at:

e-ILP: See how e-ILP works and how it improves engagement with learners, in this new short video from LSN (Learning and Skills Network) at

Higher Education

Customer First Programme: Delivery of Student Finance: The Report by the Public Accounts Committee on grants and loads to HE students in England can be read at:

Graduate Contributions 2012/13:  Comments from Vince Cable and David Willetts following the successful vote in the House of Commons on changes to graduate contributions for 2012/13 can be read at: 

New Degree-level BTEC:  David Willetts comments on a new BTEC degree to deliver advanced skills for economic growth by Pearson “In the forthcoming higher education White Paper, we want to make it easier to award new high-quality and affordable degrees like BTECs".  Read the article at:

Part-time HE Study:  'The Futuretrack: Part-time Students from an Employer Perspective' research showed that 40 per cent of part time students reported that their employers paid all of their course fees and 8 per cent received partial fee support.  The Government will give extra support to part-time students in higher education by bringing in changes to student finance arrangements from 2012/13. These will ensure that eligible part time students studying over 25 per cent intensity will be able to apply for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition.

David Willetts comments on:  The High Fliers annual report on the graduate recruitment market in 2011 at: and the end of year statistics for university acceptances in 2010 published by UCAS at:

Department for Education


EMA: MPs voted to end the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for 16-18 year old students in education or training.  Read the article at:  Comments from The Department can be read at:

Every Child Matters (ECM) Website:  Relevant content from the ECM website is to be moved to the 'children and young people' section of the DfE site at

New National Curriculum:  Michael Gove has launched a review of the National Curriculum.  The review will start from 20 January 2011 and run in two phases with recommendations from phase 1, including draft programmes of study, provided to ministers for consideration by autumn 2011, and there will be a public consultation on the draft programmes of study in early 2012.  Full details can be found at:

Sixth-form Colleges in England:  Lord Hill announced a £90 million package of funding for sixth form colleges with details at:

 lsis (Learning and skills improvement service)


Excellence Gateway: The 300th case study of good e-practice has been published on the Gateway.  Read the article at:

Teaching and Learning fairs:  LSIS have held four fairs which have proved to be a great success.  Read the article at:

Policy Updates:  There have been 2 Policy Updates since the last Bulletin:
Policy Update 16: 17 December to 13 January at:
Policy Update 15: 2-16 December at:

IfL (Institute for learning) 


CPD: The IfL's second review of CPD in the further education and skills sector shows that most members are carrying out double the minimum number of hours of CPD required.  Read the article at:

Employment of FE lecturers as school teachers: The recent Westminster Hall debate on employment of FE lecturers as school teachers demonstrates increasing recognition of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and IfL has worked hard to ensure QTLS is recognised as equal to QTS in schools. Read the debate at:

Teachers and trainers received awards at the House of Commons:  More than 100 memberes of the IfL received their Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or Associate Teacher Learning and Skills (ATLS) awards at the House of Commons on Thursday 9 December 2010.

Using Technology with Race Online 2012:  Race Online is hoping to sign up Digital Champions to help colleagues use technology.  The site also has hints and tips.  Have a look at:

Qcda (qualifications and curriculum development agency)


Functional Skills:  Ofqual has now accredited over 140 new functional skills qualifications in English, mathematics and ICT.  See

Foundation Learning Catalogue: The interim criteria for section 96 approvals mean most new qualifications will be approved for post-16 use but, for the most part, only new qualifications at Entry level (and not Level 1+) will be approved for use pre-16. See

Spring Training for new Exam Officers:  Details at:

 Policy watch

 Pearson Research Institute publish Policy Watch.  It contains commentary and opinion on Government initiatives and can be found at:  The latest articles are:

National Curriculum Review 2011 (22.1.11)
The English Bacc (21.1.11)
Schools League Tables 2010 (14.1.11)
New Year Forecasts 2011 (7.1.11)
Funding Arrangements for 2011 (20.12.10) Schools, colleges and universities
Pearson to offer degrees in partnership with FE (14.12.10)

sector news

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