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WMCOP Bulletin June 2014

Welcome to the June/July 2014 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 sees an absolute blitz of new things for FE including: Publication of the FE Workforce Strategy; English and Maths provision in post-16 education and golden Hellos for new maths graduates; Apprenticeship Trailblazers - phase 3; Apprenticeship speech to AELP on new funding via employer and the Government response to the Feltag Report on technology.

There is a revised ITE Inspection Framework; Process to tackle underperformance in FE; Expansion of FE Loan system - consultation; International Education Strategy and news that IfL will be transferring to Education and Training Foundation.

The vocational pathways are now becoming clearer with the publication of an Educational Options map of education pathways 14-18; new Technical Awards for 14-16 year olds and Technical Guidance for 16-19 qualifications.

A lot to read and absorb over the summer!

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)

English and Maths provision in post-16 Education: In a written statement to Parliament, Matthew Hancock set out the Government's plans to increase the uptake of GCSEs in English and Maths. From August 2014 students who have not achieved an A-C GCSE must continue to work towards this qualification or a 'stepping stone' qualification, as a condition of funding. The new reformed GCSEs will be introduced into FE in phases between 2015 and 2020 and from 2015-16 the only English and Maths qualifications for adults will be functional skills or GCSE. His speech can be read at:

Further Education Workforce Strategy: The FE Workforce Strategy sets out the Government's overarching objective for the FE workforce is to 'improve the capability and capacity of the leaders, teachers/trainers and support staff and the esteem in which they are held. This will improve the quality of teaching, the impact on learning and the relevance of learning to jobs and employers'. The Strategy sets out four priority areas with their objectives and measures of success, these are: Improve quantity, quality and professionalism of teachers and trainers, concentrating on English, Maths and SEN; responsive to employer need; Improve the quality of leadership including system leadership; effective use of technology in teaching and learning. It also sets out future actions and can be read at:

Process to tackle underperformance in FE: The Government Report 'Intervention in Further Education: The Strengthened Intervention Process' sets out the role and purpose of the FE Commissioner and FE Advisers and how the intervention process is operating in practice. The Report can be read at:

Golden Hellos for new graduate Maths FE teachers: As part of the FE Workforce Strategy, the Government is offering 'golden hellos' to graduates who want to teach maths in FE. The scheme is available to newly qualified mathematics teachers, who take up their first teaching post between April 2014 and September 2015. Further details at:

Apprenticeship Trailblazers: The first set of employer-designed apprenticeships is designed and will be delivered in 2014-15 which include: energy & utilities, digital industries, financial services, life sciences and industrial sciences. These can be found at: A second range is being developed and there is a call to employers interested in phase 3 at:

Apprenticeship speech to AELP: In his speech to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), Matthew Hancock talked about their role in apprenticeships, the third trailblazer apprenticeships and that from September 2017 all apprenticeships should be on the new employer standards. He also said that funding would go to the employer, not the provider, in a simplified co-funding system between Government and employer which will be capped but have incentive payments for completion, small businesses and for 16-18 year old apprentices. His speech can be read at:

Government response to the FELTAG Report: The Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) Report was published in March and the Government has published its response, basically endorsing the recommendations. These include: upgrading the broadband connections for colleges; in 2015-16 the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) will introduce an on-line funding rate and Ofsted Inspectors will get training to recognise good online practice; a drive towards e-assessment and online delivery; support for CPD for practitioners through Jisc and the Education and Training Foundation (ETF); for 'digital capacity' to become part of providers' strategic plans. The response can be read at:

International Education Strategy: In his speech to the Association of Colleges (AoC), Matthew Hancock looks at the achievements and continuing challenges for FE and UKTI Education. His speech can be read at:

Expansion of FE Loan System: Consultation on expanding and simplifying the loan system is open until 21 August. The consultation invites views on: simplifying the administrative rules of the Advanced Learning Loans system; a Sharia-compliant finance product for further education learners; the transfer of Higher National Certificates and Diplomas from within the scope of HE funding to Advanced Learning Loans; whether maintenance loans should continue to be provided for Higher Nationals and equivalent courses, if transferred to the further education funding system. Details of the Consultation can be found at:

Consultation on Traineeships Funding: A consultation is open until 14 August that proposes funding training providers for traineeships on the basis of trainees’ progression to apprenticeships, jobs or further learning. Details can be found at:

Funding for developing skills in the creative Industries: £16 million of match funding will support new skills initiatives within the creative industries in a new Employer Ownership of Skills partnership (EOP). Further details at: See also the Government's new UKTI Creative Industries International Strategy at:

The Technology Strategy Board Delivery Plan: The 2014-15 Delivery Plan for the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has been published, setting out the priorities for innovation. This includes the energy, healthcare, high value manufacturing, transport and digital technology sectors. For further details see:

Increase in Benefit claimants in training: The number of people claiming benefits who undertook training in 2013 rose by over 39% from those training in 2012 according to recently published further education statistics. More details at:

DfE (Department for Education)

Technical Awards: The Government has published the technical guidance for the new Technical Awards, vocational qualifications for 14-16 year olds to study alongside GCSEs. The technical guidance can be found at:

Educational Options and 16-18 Technical Guidance: A map of the educational options for 14-18 year olds and technical guidance for all 16-19 qualifications can be found at:

Increase in young people taking apprenticeships: The ‘Participation in education and training by local authority’ statistics for March 2014 show an increase of 15% in the number of 16 and 17 year olds undertaking apprenticeships from those in March 2013. Details at:

Maths post 16: Elizabeth Truss speaks at the Core Maths support programme launch on the Government's vision for post-16 maths. She mentions maths hubs, schools using the Asian Mastery programme (see also; reforming maths A level, core maths and how the International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies, can be the core. Her speech can be read at:

Vocational Education: Matthew Hancock's speech to the Sunday Times Festival of Education about vocational education and the Government's vision at:

Professional Bodies


Revised Teacher Training Inspection Framework: A revised ITE Inspection Framework is now in operation and there will be a new two-stage inspection process: Inspectors will check on the quality of training and the trainees’ teaching in the summer term and this will be followed by a second stage in the autumn term when Ofsted inspectors will see new teachers implement what they have learned in the classroom. The Ofsted ITE Handbook is at:

Ofsted brings all inspections in-house: From September 2015 Ofsted will no longer contract out the Inspection process to other providers which will improve quality control. More details at:

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

FE Workforce Strategy: The ETF supports the FE Workforce Strategy and encourages the sector to take advantage of the recruitment incentives onoffer. Their response can be found at: and details of the incentives are at:

Institute for Learning board suggests transfer to the ETF: The non-executive board of the Institute for Learning (IfL) has announced its recommendation that IfL should close and that its legacy and assets should be passed to the Education and Training Foundation through a deed of gift. Subject to the proposals being ratified on 17 July, IfL will begin the process of closing its operations and working with the Foundation to transfer key functions by autumn 2014. More details at:

Taking Feltag Forward: The ETF is working on strategies to develop the expertise of staff across the sector and will be announcing details of a 'major learning technologies support programme' in July. Their response to the Feltag report is at:

Call for Champions: The ETF would like help to recruit highly able and committed graduates, particularly in Maths, English and SEND, to come and teach in our sector. If you are interested see:

Foundation Online Learning: The ETF has recently launched Foundation Online Learning; an online learning portal for leaders, teachers and trainers in the education and skills sector which can be found at:

Exhibition Site for SEND: As part of the Excellence Gateway redevelopment, ETF have developed an Exhibition Site for SEND resources which can be found at:


Sector News

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

Policy Watch

Policy Watch: Published by The Pearson Centre, it comments on the latest initiatives and can be read at: Topics this month include:
Keeping Track of what happened in the world of education in June 2014
Post-16 faces a blitz of developments
Commissioning election policy ideas
All about technology
In praise of voc skills
Completing the GCSE/A level reform programme
Apprenticeship latest
Intervening in FE