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WMCOP Bulletin January 2012


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

This month the main points of interest are the Building Engagement, Building Futures report from BIS; the confirmation of HE funding for 2012-13; changes to GCSEs and the ICT curricula; the new Studio Schools and changes to Ofsted inspections. There are LSIS and IfL regional events being held at Warwick University - see below for details.

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See below for:

News from the Profession


Discussion documents


BIS (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills)


HE Funding 2012-13 Confirmed: A letter setting out the funding for HE for next year can be accessed at: 

Building Engagement, Building Futures: was published by BIS on 15 December and it sets out the strategy for 16-24 year old young people to gain the skills they need for an Apprenticeship or employment. This includes: raising education attainment at school; helping local partners provide support services for young people; encouraging employers to recruit young people; ensuring work pays and providing support to find it through Universal Credit, the Work Programme and Get Britain Working and the New Youth Contract. The report can be read at:

The International Perspective: On 8 December, Vince Cable gave a speech to the British Council on International Skills and expanding education into global markets - see There have been two further initiatives which build on this:

Our High Tech Future: In a speech at Policy Exchange on 4 January, David Willetts argued that that our greatest national assets - our universities, our science facilities and researchers - are the best hope for the future, creating jobs and opportunities and boosting high tech economic growth. Read his speech at:

International Gateway for UK Universities: A new gateway, HE Global, has been set up to provide a website, email and telephone helpline for UK universities looking to expand abroad through Transnational Education. Transnational education (TNE) is the delivery of UK degree programmes, modules, training and other types of education at international locations and details can be found at: 

DfE (Department for Education)


Statement on Education Funding: On 13 December the DfE published details of education funding - for details see

Changes to GCSEs: The modular approach to GCSEs will end from September 2012 with students sitting exams at the end of their course; re-sits of individual units will no longer be allowed and 5% of marks will be awarded for spelling, grammar, punctuation and specialist terminology. Details at:

Studio Schools: Michael Gove announced the opening of a further 12 Studio Schools. These are for young people from age 14 and combine paid work placements with employers involved in the school with academic and vocational qualifications. Read the article at: 

ICT Curriculum to be replaced by Computer Science: Whilst ICT will remain part of the National Curriculum until the National Curriculum review, a consultation on withdrawing the statutory programme of study from September 2012 is currently underway. Other initiatives being discussed are: funding for Teaching Schools to create networks between schools; ways the school curriculum can use technology more creatively and a focus on ITT and CPD in educational technology. The article can be read at:

School Performance: The DfE has published data on school performance for 2011. The data covers the results of more than 3,300 secondary schools’ GCSE and A Level exams and can be read at:

Ofsted scraps the 'satisfactory' judgement for school inspections: Ahead of a government summit on ‘coasting schools’ Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has confirmed his intention to scrap the ‘satisfactory’ judgment for school inspections. Read the announcement at:

LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service)


 Improvement and Development Service (IDS): The Intervention service (now called the Improvement and Development Service) will increase the support it gives to organisations. The service will now support organisations that want to improve their grades and success rates to above national benchmarks, as well as those organisations deemed to be underperforming after inspection. Further details at:

New ITE Projects: LSIS have now published their guidance documentation for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers to apply to the first phase of a development fund for the sector to explore new models of delivering Initial Teacher Education. Priority areas include English and Maths and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Details from WMCETT who will support applications and information and the application form can be found at:  Applications must be received by LSIS by 22 February 2012.

Apprenticeship Toolkit: A project by the London Vocational Peer Group and supported by LSIS has developed an apprenticeship toolkit offering information about how to progress and succeed through the apprenticeship route. Further details are at:

LSIS Policy Update: The latest Update is no 14 which can be read at: Main points for FE are:
New Challenges, New Chances, the Government's response
Building Engagement, Building Futures
UKCES report on employer ownership of skills
Young people's education and labour market choices
John Hayes announces 12 month requirement for 16-18 year old apprenticeships
BIS new enquiry into apprenticeships

IfL (Institute for Learning)


IfL Policy Briefing: The Framework for the Inspection of Initial Teacher Education 20112: This briefing gives a summary of the changes being proposed by Ofsted and can be read at:

IfL Agreement on subscriptions: Subscriptions for the next two years for IfL membership can be found at:

Initial Teacher Training: Details of grants, bursaries, the tariff database and the register of qualifications for initial teacher training are at:


Regional LSIS and IfL Events


LSIS Regional Events at Warwick University Essential Skills Centre: There are a number of Functional Skills and Skills for Life events being run by the Essential Skills Centre at Warwick for details see:

Free IfL Workshops and support: Anne Schofield, Regional IfL, is offering free workshops on A/QTLS and Reflect on 31 January and 9 February. For further details see:

News from the Sector

Policy Watch: This is published by Pearson and gives summaries of the latest news with commentaries and can be read at: Latest articles include:
The messages from this year's 'league' tables
The Royal Society report on ICT and computing in schools
Little relief on the latest unemployment figures
Six big education policy challenges for 2012
What happened in the world of education December 2011
The review of the National Curriculum
Participation strategy for 16-24 year olds
Budgets for schools and 16-19 for 2012-13

Sector News: WMCETT Sector News provides weekly updates from the educational press and can be read here