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WMCOP Bulletin January 2013

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.

A Happy New Year to you all. This month's Bulletin covers the findings report of phase 2 of the consultation on the Teacher Training qualifications and the qualification guidance which LSIS are developing. The first phase of the Report from the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning has also been published and IfL have published a briefing paper on the suggested proposals for a Chartered Status Scheme for FE. Graduate apprenticeships for the professions and a new pre-work traineeships programme were also announced by the Government. Looks like an interesting spring!

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News from the Profession


Discussion documents


BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)


Traineeships programme: Matthew Hancock has announced a new Traineeships programme for those 16-24 year olds who needs skills and confidence training. The programme would include work preparation, work placement and English and Maths training and is currently under consultation. For further details see .

Graduate Apprenticeships for the Professions: Graduate and post-graduate level apprenticeships will soon be available in subjects including law, accountancy and advanced engineering. These are in development as changes to the Specification of Apprentices Standards for England (SASE) will mean that level six and seven apprenticeships are available for the first time from next year.

Start-up Loans for Young People: The Government have announced an increase in funding of £30 million and an increase in the age from 24 to 30 for start up loans. Further details at:

24+ Advanced Learning Loans: Materials on these loans has been published on the Student Loans website at:

Skills for Life Survey: The Skills for Life survey examined the maths, English and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) levels of 16-65 year olds across England. There is a regional breakdown of skills in the report which can be found at: .

HEFCE Report: A report published by HEFCE gives comprehensive information for the first time about the destinations of students studying for higher education qualifications registered at HEFCE-funded further education colleges. Further details can be found at:,76297,en.html .

HEFCE: Bright future for independent Jisc: Jisc, the body which provides innovative technology, resources, information and advice to support UK HE and FE and skills, is now registered as an independent charity following a review by HEFCE.

HEFCE: New system for alternative providers of higher education: HEFCE announce a consultation by BIS on proposals to develop a new system for alternative providers of higher education to enable students to access support from the Students Loan Company. Details at:

HEA Widening Participation Toolkit: A toolkit designed to support the effective strategy, management and delivery of outreach work to encourage progression to HE has been launched by the HEA and further details can be found at:

DfE (Department for Education)

Teaching Agency and National College merge: Michael Gove has announced that the Teaching Agency and National College for School Leadership will merge to create a single agency from end March 2013. Further details at:

Youth Contract: The Youth Contract has been extended to an additional 15,500 16-17 year olds who are NEET including:Young people who are or were in care, young people who have one GCSE at A*-C and young offenders released from custody. Further details at: .

School Teachers' Pay: Schools will from this September get more freedom over how they pay their teachers following recommendations from an independent review body which last year called on the Government to link teachers’ pay more closely to their performance. Further details at:'-pay

Rise in Teacher Training numbers: A total of 31,514 applicants have registered for fee-based teacher training courses this year, compared with 30,416 at the same time last year. Of these, 28,005 applicants have registered with GTTR for higher education-led teacher training courses.

Ofsted: Two announcements of new inspection processes have been announced by Ofsted. The first is a wave of focussed school inspections in under performing local authority areas to establish why there is differentiation between those areas and others with a similar demographic profiles. Further details of this can be found at: The second announcement is a new inspection framework for non-associated independent schools and details of this can be found at: .


FE Sector's views on Teacher Training Qualifications Released: The findings report from phase 2 has been released. Having reviewed the findings with its sector led project steering group, LSIS will now develop guidance for three generic initial teacher training qualifications, including specialist route at Level 5 for those teaching English, mathematics and disabled learners, a Level 3 Award in Education and Training, a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, and a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. The Report can be read at:

Report from The Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning: The Commission has published the first phase of its report which shows the emerging themes are: That our vocational education and training system should be characterised by learning programmes with a ‘clear line of sight to work’; Specialist vocational teachers and trainers should be at the heart of the system, trusted to develop partnerships and curricula with employers; supported as dual professionals; The skills and experience of adult learners are respected and incorporated in effective vocational teaching and learning; Industry-standard facilities and equipment are critical – particularly given the ways in which technology is transforming work; Deep knowledge must underpin higher level vocational skills and Culture and context are key, with significant implications for leaders of learning. Further comment is invited to inform the final report and framework for action in March. Further details are at:

IfL (Institute for Learning)


Chartered Status Scheme for FE: IfL have published a briefing paper on the suggested Chartered Status for FE. They also had a consultation which is now closed but the paper can be read at:

Baroness Helena Kennedy has become an IfL Patron: Further details can be found at:



Policy Watch: Published by The Pearson Centre, it comments on the latest initiatives and can be read at: . Topics this month include:
Pocket Watch - What does 2013 hold for FE?
Pocket Watch - What does 2013 hold for Schools?
Pocket Watch - What does 2013 hold for HE?
Keeping Track of what happened in education in 2012

Sector News: WMCETT's Sector News gives weekly updates on education and can be found at: