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WMCOP Bulletin June 2011

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

A clearer idea of the vision the Government has of the role of further education is emerging with John Hayes' speech at Warwickshire College and the LSIS report 'The further education and skills sector in 2020: a social productivity approach' although how this will be financed and managed has not yet emerged.

Good news on the improved Professional fees from IfL with fees covering a longer period of 2 years and reduced fees for those on low pay.

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


BIS Department for Business, Innovation and skills 


Government exceeds apprenticeship ambition: The Government's ambition to deliver 50,000 additional apprenticeships has been substantially exceeded official statistics show at:

 John Hayes' speech at Warwickshire College on 15 June set out the Government's vision for FE. Read it at: ttp://

BIS Structural Reform Plan Update May 2011: This is the monthly update from BIS against their Business Plan with actions and completions against targets. Details at:

Growth Review: BIS launches the next stage of the Growth Review focussing on skills, the rural economy and medium sized businesses to restore the economy's health. Read it at:

Department for education


16-19 Bursary Scheme: The Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) has started notifying schools and colleges of the allocations they will receive under the £180 million 16-19 bursary scheme. Details at: and The Bursary Guide from YPLA at:

Teaching Agency to be operational from April 2012: The Teaching Agency is the new executive agency responsible for the supply of high quality teachers and training and for teacher regulation. Details at: See also the Responsibilities of the Teaching Agency at: 

New Chair of Ofqual: Amanda Spielman becomes the new Chair of Ofqual and Chief Regulator of Qualifications and Examinations. Further details at:

Government reports


Access to Work Related Training: A BIS report into whether enhanced joint working (EJW), which set out to identify claimants’ skills needs through enhanced screening processes raised people’s skills in order to move them into employment. This report will inform the design of the newJobcentre Plus offer. Read it at:

Prior Achievement of Adult Learners: Provider level research 2010: Details the findings of a BIS project to compare individual learner record date for adult learners undertaking level 2 and level 3 courses in late 2008. Read it at:

Ofsted Report 'Economics, business and Enterprise Education': This report into vocational courses in economics, business and enterprise education in schools and colleges can be read at:

Provision of information about higher education: outcomes of consultation and next steps: A HEFCE Report on the information that universities and colleges will provide for students from September 2012 on the new Key Information Set (KIS) to help them choose what and where to study. Further details at:

Higher Education Innovation Funding: Gives £600 million for 2011-12 to 2014-15 for universities to help the economy into growth. Read the HEFCE report at:

Regulating Financial sustainability in higher education: Report by Public Audit Committee on regulating university funding can be read at:

Advanced Practitioners and Coaches - can the FE sector afford them?: LSN looks at whether the FE sector can afford to develop Advanced practitioners and coaches at:

LSIS (Learning and skills improvement service)


A Report 'The further education and skills sector in 2020: a social productivity approach' published on 15 June argues that colleges should move beyond a ‘delivery of qualifications’ role and place greater emphasis on a wider role, including becoming local business hubs and encouraging lifelong learning. It is interesting reading at:

New Qualifications and Skills Team: LSIS has taken over responsibility for a number of qualifications previously managed by LLUK, including the Qualifications for Learning Professionals and the Learning and Development qualifications. Details from:

Scenario Planning: Plan your ideas with 'The Ideas Bank': LSIS have developed an online tool which combines sector-wide ideas and analysis in real time to help organisations plan for the future. More information at:

IfL (Institute for learning)


 IfL has reduced fees for the next two-year period up to 31 March 2013: The revised fees are mean £68 gives extended membership from 18 months to two years, there’s an option of paying annualised fees of £38, and a new reduced fee for those earning below £16,000 a year. See

 News from the sector


Policy Watch: Pearson Research Institute publish Policy Watch which can be found at: The latest articles are:

Policy Tracker for May 2011
What do the latest Department Business Plans tell about the world of education

Sector News: A weekly update from the educational press here