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WMCOP Bulletin June 2016

Welcome to the June 2016 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.

The big news this month is the EU Referendum and how the changes in Government will affect education and although we will not know the answer to this until at least September, there are positioning statements from BIS, Jo Johnson and Nicky Morgan. In the meantime work continues: there are changes to the Apprenticeship approval process; AELP commissioned to run next phase of the Future Apprenticeship programme; a new Chair appointed for the Midlands Engine and a New Schools Commissioner appointed for the West Midlands.

The ETF has launched a new SIR Data Insights system which gives instant data analysis; there is updated accreditation of qualifications for teaching in both 2016 and 2017 and in HE, the Higher Education and Research Bill still dominates the news.

There are consultations on the draft literacy and numeracy standards from the ETF; reasonable qualification adjustments for disabled students from Ofqual; widening participation in HE from Hefce and developing an insolvency regime for FE from BIS.

A number of statistical reports have been published including: FE workforce data analysis, showing a 3% decline in the college sector; an analysis of FE learners on benefits; mature students' progression into postgraduate study; KS4 school and college performance tables;

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See below for:

News from the Profession


Discussion documents


Government News

(Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Apprenticeship standards: changes to the process for approvals: There is now a monthly deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest and comments are invited from all interested parties via an online survey. Further details at:

Protecting learners from radicalisation: the prevent duty: This document sets out how BIS Prevent advisers will monitor compliance with the Prevent Duty in non-publicly funded and unregulated further education providers. Further details at:

Consultation: Developing an insolvency regime for the further education and sixth-form sector: Closes 5 August 2016. This consultation seeks comments on the proposals to introduce proposals for FE and sixth-form colleges which become insolvent include a Special Administration Regime. Further details can be found at:

Involving business post Referendum: Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Trade and Investment Minister Lord Price have been meeting with businesses to discuss their ideas and ways of working "with all of our international partners to set out the options for UK trade policy going forward”. Further details at:

Leading the world in the new age of global science: Jo Johnson's speech on the impact of the referendum for science and innovation in the UK. He discusses collaboration, funding for students including loans for Masters and Doctorates, the need to implement the proposals in the White Paper and Bill, and deliver on our manifesto commitment to implement the Nurse Review to enable a strategic, multi-disciplinary approach to science. Further details at:

Chair of the Midlands Engine: Sir John Peace, Chair of Burberry's has been appointed to be the new Chair of the Midlands Engine. The Midlands Engine has been working with businesses, universities, colleges and the public sector to deliver its ambition to create 300,000 new jobs and generate an additional £34 billion by 2030. Further details at:

Calculating the minimum wage: Guidance on calculating the minimum wage, to help employers meet national minimum wage legislation has been published at:

The student journey – from teenage to middle-age: Jo Johnson discusses the HE White Paper and Bill, new universities and flexible degrees and the Nurse Review at:

Higher Education and Research Bill: A series of publications and documents related to the Higher Education and Research Bill can be found at:

Further education for benefit claimants: 2014 to 2015: Analyses training for learners on benefits in England using government data for the 2014 to 2015 academic year has been published at:

Student loans in England: financial year 2015 to 2016: Statistics on the status of student loans borrowers and the change in debt in the financial year have been published at:

Mature students: understanding progression to postgraduate study: Evidence on UK-based mature students' progression into full-time and part-time postgraduate study has been published at:

Postgraduate study decisions: learning from Futuretrack: Analysis and outcomes of students who planned to start postgraduate study has been published at: Analysis and outcomes of students who planned to start postgraduate study.

(Department for Education)

EU referendum result: Department for Education update: A statement from the DfE on the impact of the EU Referendum - basically no change - has been published at:

School and college performance tables documents: key stage 4: You can compare school and college performance using the 2015 school and college performance tables which are at:

Participation in education, training and employment: 2015: This statistical first release (SFR) gives information from different post-16 learning options, including: school, further education colleges, work-based learning and higher education. It also gives provisional data on the percentages of 16- to 18-year-olds in education and training, and NEETs for end 2015. The information is at:

Post-16 institutions omnibus: wave 2 survey - December 2015: Responses to questions on topics including A levels, GCSE English and maths, technical qualifications, traineeships and apprenticeships has now been published at:

New Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands: Christine Quinn, CEO of Ninestiles Academy Trust, has been appointed as the New Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands. Her role is to oversee the growth of academies in the region and monitor their performance. Further details at:

What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online: A Guidance document giving the information that all types of academies, free schools and 16 to 19 colleges should publish on their websites, has been published at:

Putting children first: our vision for children’s social care: A Policy paper which sets out the government’s reform programme for children’s social care in England over the next 5 years, has been published at:

Professional News

Education and Training Foundation

Draft revised standards for literacy and numeracy published: These first draft standards for literacy and numeracy will be available for comment from 4–25 July 2016. Following detailed consideration of the feedback from this first stage, a second draft of revised standards will then be developed and be available from 1–12 August 2016 for further consideration and feedback. Further details at: and the survey can be found at:

ETF launches new FE workforce data system: A new SIR Data Insights service will provide a free online analysis of data for all types of FE and training sector providers.. Learning providers can submit 2015/16 workforce data from 1 July to 31 August 2016. As soon as providers enter their data in the system, they will be able to access an immediate online analysis of their data. Further details at:

Workforce development to help implement apprenticeship reforms: The ETF has commissioned AELP and partners to run the next phase of the Future Apprenticeships programme. The first phase of the programme was widely taken up involving 3000 individuals from 638 organisations across the sector. Further details are at: or the Future Apprenticeships website at:

ETF publishes 2014-2015 workforce data: These latest reports describe the workforce during 2014-15 including: Workforce in FE colleges declined 3% in 2014-2015; Median pay for full-time staff across all occupational groups in colleges was £26,000-£26,999, which is £1,000 higher than in 2013-14. It remains lower than in the schools sector; 61% of private training providers reported static or declining staff numbers. The corresponding figures for Third Sector providers is 73% and Local Authorities is 80%. This implies contraction across the entire FE and training sector. Further details at:

Maths and English recruitment: ETF response: A recent study by the Association of Colleges highlights significant issues in recruiting maths and English teachers in further education. The ETF response confirming this and giving details of their support, can be found at:

Ofqual and Ofsted

Accreditation of GCSEs, AS & A levels for teaching from 2016: Monthly update for July shows that 19 of 20 GCSE subjects are fully accredited and all AS and A level subjects are fully accredited. Further details can be found at:

Accreditation of GCSEs, AS & A levels for teaching from 2017: Monthly update for July shows that there are currently 26 GCSE subjects and 21 AS and A level subjects being accredited for teaching from September 2017. Details can be found at:

Ofqual's consultation on specifications on reasonable adjustments: The Consultation closes on 1 August on proposed changes to reasonable adjustments to qualifications for disabled students. Further details at:

Perceptions of A levels and GCSEs in England: wave 14: The results of Ofqual's annual survey on perceptions of A levels, GCSEs and other qualifications show continued confidence in these examinations by headteachers, young people and parents. Details of the survey can be found at:

Decisions on Final Entries to Legacy GCSEs, AS and A Levels: Following a Consultation, Ofqual has published its decisions on re-sits for legacy examinations. Full details are at:

Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

SFA funding rules 2016 to 2017: summary of changes: Version 3: Main changes for 2016-17 from the funding year 2015 to 2016 can be found at: The July changes to funding rules for all FE qualifications can be found at:

Apprenticeship standards approved for delivery: July update: A list of all the apprenticeship standards approved by the SFA that are ready for employers and training organisations to use can be found at:

Advanced learner loans qualifications catalogue: Updated lists the qualifications available for an advanced learner loan up to 31 July 2017 can be found at:

HEFCE Consultation: Closes 22 July 2016: 'Supporting widening access and successful student outcomes, including progression to taught postgraduate study': Further details at:,108926,en.html. The Consultation is 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

Policy Watch, published by The Pearson Centre, has weekly updates on the latest educational initiatives and can be read at