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WMCETT Bulletin July 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 edition of our Community of Practitioner's Bulletin - your link to what's been happening in Teacher Education in the lifelong learning education sector in the last month.

This month, the DfE has confirmed its ministerial appointments with Anne Milton as Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills. Justine Greening has been given a speech on her vision to deliver world-class technical education based on the new T level qualifications in partnership with business and funding for work placements. She has also set out her plans for greater social mobility using Opportunity Areas and the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC).

There are a number of interesting reports out this month:
The Taylor Report on good working practices sets out 7 'good practice' principles;
A report on apprenticeship pay looks at pay and the National Minimum Wage;
Post-16 occupational standards in international education systems looks at what makes a 'good' occupational standard;
Post 16 effective practice below level 2 looks at innovative course structure;
Special educational needs looks at the effectiveness of current SEN support methods and how learners are identified

We have included a look at FE Week this month. The articles give an FE perspective on some of the Government headlines in the Bulletin. It describes itself as 'a lively read, offering a mixture of news, exclusives, expert comment, features, technical information and coffee break snippets. We have looked at some of the main topics and hope you find this an interesting addition.

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.

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News from the Profession


Discussion documents


Government News

Department for Education

Department for Education ministerial portfolios announced: Anne Milton has been confirmed as the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and Minister for Women. Jo Johnson will continue as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation covering both the DfE and the BEIS. Nick Gibb will continue as Minister of State for School Standards, and has also been appointed Minister for Equalities. Robert Goodwill has been appointed Minister of State for Children and Families and Lord Nash will continue as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System. The announcement is at:

Justine Greening: Britain needs a skills revolution: The Education Minister sets out her vision to deliver world-class technical education based on the new T level qualifications in partnership with business. She also announced: £50 million investment from April 2018 to fund high quality work placements; £15m to contribute to improvements in further education so we have the colleges and teachers we need to deliver the new T levels; Plans to bolster the role of the current Further Education Commissioner - Richard Atkins - who will take on responsibility for Further Education Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges and plans for a DfE summit with businesses in the autumn to start developing the T level curriculum. Further details at:
Justine Greening: Speech at the Business and Education Summit: Her full speech can be read at:

Justine Greening: we should not accept Britain as it has been: Justine Greening sets out her vision for social mobility and how it can be achieved at:

Education Secretary unveils schemes to tackle social mobility: The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) is collaborating with 40 national and local ‘cornerstone’ employers to prepare pupils for the world of work at more than 260 secondary schools and colleges in the Opportunity Areas. Further details at:

Specification of apprenticeship standards for England (SASE): July update reflects the revised English and Maths requirements. Further details at:

Ambition for vast majority of students to study core academic GCSEs: Nick Gibb sets targets for year 10 students to study full suite of EBacc GCSEs by 2022. Further details at:

HE: Chief Executive of new Office for Students announced: The DfE has announced the appointment of Nicola Dandridge as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS will be the regulator for the Higher Education sector and will be innovative in its approach to student participation, success and employability. Once fully operational in April 2018, the OfS will replace HEFCE and the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Further details at:

£30 million boost to projects supporting vulnerable young people: Funding for 24 projects, as part of the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme.Projects to support vulnerable young people has been announced. Further details at:

Preventing bullying: Updated guidance has been published at:

DfE Government Major Projects Portfolio data, 2017: Information on how the DfE is performing against targets for apprenticeships and schools can be found at:

FE Choices learner satisfaction survey 2016 to 2017: The survey captures learners’ experiences of their college or training organisation at:

Further education and skills: July 2017: Statistics about learner participation, outcomes and highest qualification held in further education and skills, reported for July 2017 can be found at:

Apprenticeship funding: how it will work: July update: Guidance on how government will fund apprenticeship training in England from May 2017, and what these changes will mean for employers can be found at:

FE data library: vocational qualifications: July update: The National Vocational Qualifications included in these tables cover all those accredited by Ofqual and can be found at:

Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2015 to 2016: July update: Revised statistics on the achievements of young people at the end of key stage 4 in England, including attainment by pupil characteristics can be found at:

Higher education: destinations of leavers from APs 2015 to 2016: Destinations of undergraduates with qualifications from alternative providers (APs) of higher education in the 2015 to 2016 academic year have been published at:

Research report: Post-16 institutions omnibus: wave 3 survey: This research aimed to gain a better understanding of post-16 institutions’ views about the changes to existing and new qualifications. This includes existing qualifications such as A levels and new qualifications such as the new technical and applied qualifications. It also aims to explore how they are preparing learners for adult life. It can be found at:

Research report: Post-16: effective curriculum practice below level 2: This report contains findings from a study investigating: the content and structure of study programmes at level 1 and below and innovations in curriculum, structure, course planning and content that most effectively support students’ progression. It can be read at:

Research report: Post-16 occupational standards in international education systems: The project gathered evidence from countries with high-performing technical education systems, on what makes a ‘good’ occupational standard. It can be read at:

Research report: Traineeships: evaluation: An analysis of what employers and trainees think of the traineeships scheme, which launched in 2013. The reports look at how effective the scheme has been at helping former trainees into apprenticeships and work at:

Research report: Special educational needs support in schools and colleges: This report looks at the effectiveness of current SEN support methods and
the way educational professionals identify and support children and young people classified as in need of SEN support. Further information at:

Research report: Evidence-informed teaching: evaluation of progress in England: This is schools-based but reports on: what we currently know about evidence-informed teaching; how schools and teachers use evidence; good practice from highly evidence-engaged schools. It can be found at:

Research report: Benefit claimants’ approaches to training opportunities: This behavioural research report looks at the influences on benefit claimants’ attitudes to work training. It can be found at:

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Taylor Report: "Good Work: the Taylor review of modern working practices": The Prime Minister’s independent reviewer on modern employment practices, Matthew Taylor, has published his 7 principles to achieve “good quality work for all”. He looks at: providing quality work, more consistent taxation, new technologies, platform based working, the law and workers' rights, strong employment relations, workplace health and the minimum wage. The report can be found at:

Additional £40 million for HEIF in support of the Industrial Strategy: The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) is to receive an additional £40 million per annum from 2017-18, to boost universities’ capacity to collaborate with businesses, commercialise their research and help to deliver the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Further information at:,114709,en.html

Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2016: A report on apprentices’ pay, earnings and whether or not they received the minimum wage has been published at:

Professional News

Education and Training Foundation

Side by Side: the learner Prevent duty online modules: Side by Side, are Prevent duty online modules for learners across the Further Education (FE) and Training sector. These are funded by the Department for Education (DfE) so can be used free of charge. They can be accessed at:

FE Week

FE Week describes itself as 'a lively read, offering a mixture of news, exclusives, expert comment, features, technical information, coffee break snippets and more. Worth a read at Articles include:

Learner Satisfaction still highest with private providers: Private training providers have maintained their near 10-point lead over colleges in the government’s annual learner satisfaction survey. There were 364,589 respondents, representing 18.2 per cent of all learners and private providers scored 90 out of 100 compared with 80.9 for general FE colleges (colleges up by 0.5 points on last year)

Ofsted budget to fall by almost £15 million: Ofsted’s inspection budget is expected to fall by nearly £15 million over the next three years, despite more than doubling the number of providers in scope for inspection. Another article explores the lack of monitoring of subcontractors by Ofsted, despite 1200 of them accessing £693 million in government funding as of January, with 161 subcontractors having a contract worth £1 million or more.

Influential review of ‘modern work’ calls for more flexible training: FE Week looks at the Matthew Taylor report (see DfE above)

Advanced learner loans: Big issues: There are three articles on advanced learner loans. The first on the rise in the number of EU students taking out these loans, despite Brexit; the second on the issues which arise when providers go bust and the third on the Labour Party pledge to scrap advanced learner loans.

ESFA reveals timescales for provider access to £50m work placement pot: FE Week looks at the implementation and timelines for work placements for T levels.

Battle to scrap the apprenticeship 20 per cent off-the-job training: FE Week puts the arguments for and against the Government requirement for apprentices to receive 20% off the job training.

Halfon elected chair of education committee: FE Week talks to Robert Halfon about his vision for the education committee. He talks about social justice, tackling barriers to achievement at all levels from nursery to FE, apprenticeships and university and addressing the productivity and skills gap


Maths and English resilience courses available for hosting now: WMCETT's contract with the ETF to run more subsidised one-day introduction to mathematical and English resilience courses around the country, and also three-day introduction to coaching skills for maths/English resilience has been extended until April 2018 and WMCETT are now inviting organisations to get in touch if they would like to host a course - for as little as FIVE of your own staff. There is more information at: