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WMCOP Bulletin July 2010


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

There are some important speeches by Vince Cable and John Hayes on the Government's strategy and agenda for the further and higher education sector and Offender learning is also given prominance this month.

A draft guide to effective CPD for teachers, trainers and leaders entitled 'Brilliant teaching and training in FE and skills' published by LSIS and IfL is our discussion document.

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

bis (department for business, innovation and skills)

In a paper published in July 2010, Vince Cable sets out the Government strategy for sustainable growth by building up private sector confidence and opportunities.  This is to be achieved through:  'promoting the efficient operation of markets to support growth; smarter public and private investment in the economy, including creating a highly-skilled workforce; and encouraging entrepreneurialism and individual engagement in the economy to support growth'.  This sets the agenda for a cross government White Paper to be published later in the year and taken with the speech on higher education gives a clearer picture of education from this government. 

A Strategy for Sustainable Growth: This sets out the Government's strategy for sustainable growth including the BIS strategy for higher and further education and scientific research (see pages 9 and 10).  Read the paper at:

Higher Education Speech:  On 15 July Vince Cable gave a speech at South Bank University setting out his views for the university and wider HE sector and their funding.  He outlined his other aspirations for the higher education sector, including: 'Removing the “bias” of funding traditional three year degree courses over vocational education and apprenticeships; That the state does have a role in funding specific subjects – where there is evidence of large social and private return, but which are costly to teach (for example science, engineering, technology and maths); Allowing the HE market to operate more freely, by removing barriers around which institutions can and can’t receive public funds; Recognising that a growing number of students are adults and putting education in reach of an “even wider pool of potential students is good for the economy and good for social mobility”; More distance learning, with students combining work and study and more employer input in courses; and Universities forging closer links with schools in deprived areas and academies to show those from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunities available to them.  Read it at:

Review of learning for Offenders in prisons and in the community:  John Hayes speech on 20 July at HMP Wandsworth announced a wide-ranging review of learning for offenders in prisons and in the community. This will complement the Government's consultation into reforming the justice system.  Read the speech at:

AOL Providers Summer Conference: In a speech to the AOL on 14 July John Hayes sets out the Government's thinking on lifelong learning.  He discusses the relationship between the AOL and the Local Enterprise Partnerships; confirms the importance of Apprenticeships and their expansion at level 3; discusses the extension of key skills until March 2011 alongside functional skills; gives the thinking behind the Next Step service and the course and labelling system and moves into links between formal and informal learning.  A lot to read at:

Completion of Fees Review report:  John Hayes welcomed the publication of an independent report on the co-investment system in Further Education by Chris Banks which recommends that 'Government contributions to the cost of appropriate training should follow and support the choices and contributions of individuals and employers where required; Clear information should be provided about the total cost of a course and the quality of provision; Options for the individual to have access to financial support to meet the cost of their contribution to their course.'  Read the article at: and the report at:

Reports:  The following are recent publications by BIS

(Our Aim) Lifelong Learning Highlights 2009/10: A summary from the Learning Revolution White Paper at:

Against the Odds: a new study by the Audit Commission looks at the financial, personal and social cost of teenagers who are so-called NEET - Not in Education, Employment or Training.

Department for education

Structural Reform Plans: The DfE has published its key policy commitments at: 

Funding 16-19 Education:  New measures for 16-19 funding from August have been announced by the Government which include paying colleges from the YPLA fund.  Further simplification will be introduced for the next academic year.  Read it at:


Financial Memorandum: has been published setting out the funding agreement with institutions at:

National Student Survey: The 2009 National Student survey shows an increased level of satisfaction between 2006-9 at:

lsis and lluk 

Two reports and a guide on equality and diversity have been published by LSIS and LLUK have published application guides for those working with disabled learners:

A new era of opportunity: a review and analysis of age equality practise in the learning and skills sector.

Guide to Leading Inclusion:  an EDI Audit tool which supports change in equality, diversity and inclusion by LSIS, EMFEC and the YPLA.  See

Promoting Transgender Equality: The guide gives providers a greater understanding of transgender issues, and the relevant law and good practice at:

Working with Disabled Learners:  New application guides from LLUK at:

ifl (institute for learning)

Brilliant teaching and training in FE and skills: A draft guide to effective CPD for teachers, trainers and leaders published by LSIS and IfL has been sent to WMCETT and can be read as our discussion document.   This is an ongoing discussion on the IfL website and your views would be welcome at:

Supporting new teachers grants for ITT: IfL will be managing the grants to colleges on behalf of BIS for the next academic year.  See article at:

Declare your CPD:  It is a requirement to declare your CPD by 31 August 2010, you don't have to submit evidence just complete an online declaration.  Details at:


BT Quality:  LSN together with BT have launched a new e-portfolio vocational assessment tool at:


There are a number of reports from Ofsted this month on helping people into employment and on workbased learning:

Supporting young people: An evaluation of recent reforms to youth support services in 11 local areas can be read at:

Twelve outstanding providers of workbased learning:  An Ofsted report published on 14 July showcases 12 outstanding work-based learning providers that excel at providing apprenticeships, NVQs and other vocational qualifications for young people and adults.   This report presents some of the common factors that have led to high performance at:

Helping young people make the best of their talents: article links to the report 'Moving through the System - Information, Advice and Guidance which can be read at: 

Transition through detention and custody: The report evaluates the range and effectiveness of the arrangements for education and training for several categories of young people and can be read at:

Talisman: Ofsted's newspaper for learning and skills can be read at: (issue 86: July 2010).  Key articles this month:

Support for Women in the catering industry p2
Vocational qualifications are changing p3
High success rates in further education - Christine Gilbert's view p3
Strictly Come Learning - a celebration of VQ day p7
A number of articles on different apprenticeships p8-13
Caring for carers with good training p14

Ofsted News is published at: and the July edition also features the 'Transition through detention and custody report' (see above)


UKCES have published research reports this month which give useful background to the Government's thinking.  Two of the key reports are:

Applying the Learning from Customer Empowerment Models Operating in Other Industries to the Post-16 Employment and Skills Sector:  A report published in July 2010 explores how approaches used to increase empowerment among customers for services can to be applied to the Post-16 Employment and Skills Sector at:

Labour Market Information (LMI), Information Communications and Technologies (ICT) and Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) analyses the interaction, roles and potential of three topics: the use and availability of Labour Market Information; the type and extent of ICT usage in relation to careers choices; and the availability, quality and usage of careers Information, Advice and Guidance.,-information-communications-and-technologies-(ict)-and-information,-advice-and-guidance-(iag)

Intelligence:  This is the newsletter of UKCES which can be read at:  Key articles for July:

Spotlight:  Education and Training for Young Offenders
Young People in jobs without training
Measurement of skills shortage and needs
Research into the education policy making process in England
Adult participation in learning rises
Partnership approaches to 14-19 education in England
Value for money of Pathways to Work

Edexcel policy watch

Pearson Research Institute publish Policy Watch on behalf of Edexcel.  It gives commentary and opinion on the Government initiatives and a summary of What's New each month.  Policy Watch can be found at: and this month covers:

Fifty days on 2010 v2: [2010/26] How’s it looking so far? The Coalition starts to develop a new tone, approach and direction
SRPs: [2010/27] A new set of initials enters the planning cycle

Sector news 

For the latest from the Educational papers see WMCETT Sector News