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WMCOP Bulletin June 2018

Welcome to the June 2018 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 launched a Strategic College Improvement Fund to link colleges in need of improvement with successful leaders. Initiatives trying to attract industry experts into training, especially in engineering and computing, through the Taking Teaching Further project and more adult learners into the construction industry through the Construction Skills Fund have been launched and applications for Centres of Excellence in Maths are open. It has also published a guide on school workforce apprenticeships.

In HE Sam Gyimah will host a summit on student mental health where he will announce a University Mental Health Charter. Student choice and value for money are also current, with the Teaching Excellence Framework tested on students, first major analysis of the Longitudinal Education Outcomes – or LEO – data for people five years after graduation and a competition launched for tech companies and coders to develop new digital tools to help students pick the university course that is best for them.

At Ofsted Amanda Spielman gave speeches focussing on the three strands which Ofsted are concentrating on. These are: research, responsible inspection and curriculum. Ofqual has now confirmed accreditation of all GCSEs and A levels for teaching from 2018. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published ther process for assessing apprentices and there is information about transferring funds to other organisations in the apprenticeship service.

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News from the Profession


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Government News

Department for Education

£5million to attract over 100 industry experts into teaching: The Taking Teaching Further programme will pay for up to 150 professionals from sectors such as engineering and computing to retrain as further education teachers. This expertise will be an important part of the roll out of the first gold standard T Level qualifications. Further details at:

£22m fund launched to boost construction skills: 20 on-site hubs to train more people to help deliver 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. The Construction Skills Fund is an 18 month scheme, particularly aimed at adult learners, which will bring training to construction sites. Further details can be found at:

Strategic College Improvement Fund: The Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF) provides grants to colleges that need to improve the quality of their provision of education and training. It draws on the expertise of England’s best FE professionals to help colleges better meet learners’ needs. Further details at:

Digital and science engineering to be taught at new college: New University Technical College to create 750 new school places in Doncaster to meet local demand for world-class engineering and design skills. Doncaster University Technical College will train up to 750 13 to 19-year-olds in the latest rail engineering techniques, as well as coding and 3-D design skills when it opens its doors in September 2020, helping to meet the needs of the local economy. Further details at:

Basic maths Centres for Excellence: application: Information for institutions wishing to apply to the Centres for Excellence programme to improve basic maths for post-16 learners. The programme will provide grant funding to build teaching capacity and spread best practice on what works to improve basic maths for learners over the age of 16 with low prior attainment. This will be through trialling pedagogical approaches and sharing this expertise across the post-16 sector. Further details at:

Improving further education workforce data: call for evidence: Consultation closes on 20 July 2018. The DfE is seeking the views of the further education (FE) sector and its main stakeholders on: what workforce data is currently collected; what data might be needed and how the sector thinks this could be achieved. Further details at:

Key stage 4 qualifications, discount codes and point scores: Approved key stage 4 qualifications, discount codes and point scores for reporting in the 2014 to 2020 school and college performance tables have been published at:

16 to 18 qualifications, discount codes and point scores: Approved 16 to 18 qualifications and discount codes for reporting in the school and college performance tables have been published at:

Greater flexibility for apprenticeship levy as transfers extended: Employers given green light to transfer up to 10% of levy funds to multiple businesses helping to boost numbers across the country. Further details at:

Institute for Apprenticeships: strategic guidance 2018 to 2019: Guidance from the government on how the Institute for Apprenticeships should carry out its functions for the 2018 to 2019 financial year has been published at:

A guide to apprenticeships for the school workforce: A guide which explains the benefits of apprenticeships for the workforce, and how the apprenticeship levy and public sector target apply to schools, has been published at:

Apprenticeship and levy statistics: June 2018: Statistics covering latest monthly apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments, and apprenticeship levy information have been published at:

National Leaders of Governance for further education: guidance: Guidance on the role of National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) in supporting college improvement. It includes information on how the new further education programme will operate and who’s eligible to apply. Further details at:

Members announced for new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: The panel members, along with the chair Edward Timpson, will review the most serious child safeguarding cases to share lessons and improve practice. Further details at:

Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying: Qualitative research to understand anti-bullying practices schools have found effective. These include approaches to tackling bullying generally as well as more specific types of bullying. Further details at:

FE Commissioner-led structure and prospects appraisals (SPA): Guidance for further education (FE) colleges considering a commissioner-led SPA to assess restructuring options and help their college maintain financial sustainability has been published at:

Insolvency regime for further education and sixth-form colleges: The DfE has responded to the consultation on the insolvency regime. It sets out proposals for how colleges in or at risk of insolvency will be dealt with in practice. It also outlines plans to further improve monitoring and support available to colleges in financial difficulty. Further details can be found at:

University Mental Health Charter: Sam Gyimah will host a summit on student mental health where he will announce: a University Mental Health Charter to see the development of new standards to promote student and staff mental health and wellbeing; The set-up of a Department for Education-led working group into the transition students face when going to university and exploring whether an opt-in requirement for universities could be considered, so they could have permission to share information on student mental health with parents or a trusted person. Further details at:

Teaching Excellence Framework and informing student choice: The report tests 3 subject classification systems with applicants to higher education (HE) and explores applicant and student views on the relative importance of teaching quality and student outcome factors, for choice of HE provider and for quality of student experience. It can be read at:

Delivering value for money in the age of the student: Sam Gyimah's speech at the HEPI conference discusses the value of universities in educating young people to achieve their potential, not just a career. It discusses the launch of the first major analysis of the Longitudinal Education Outcomes – or LEO – data for people five years after graduation. He launched the Higher Education Open Data Competition, up to five contracts of £25,000 each for the development of innovative and accessible digital tools to make use of public data on student outcomes. He also talks about the role of universities in developing new and creative ways to deliver degree programmes. His speech can be read at:

Undergraduate degrees: relative labour market returns: Analysis of the relative economic value of different degrees, as measured by graduates’ earnings and employment rates has been published at:

Universities Minister launches open data competition: Sam Gyimah has launched a £125,000 competition for tech companies and coders to develop new digital tools to help students pick the university course that is best for them. Further details at:

Northern Powerhouse Minister calls for ‘Ivy League of the North’ to rival the best universities in the world: Jake Berry speaks at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Higher Education summit. The ‘N8’ research-intensive universities are Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. The summit met to discuss the challenges and opportunities of automation in the workplace and how Northern universities can work more closely on solving the grand challenges of our time. Further details at:

Science Minister Sam Gyimah speaks on the importance of international collaboration to research excellence: Minister Sam Gyimah delivered a speech on the ‘importance of international collaboration to research excellence’ at a reception in Brussels. His speech can be read at:

Student loans in England: 2017 to 2018: Figures on student loans, repayments and outstanding debt in the 2017 to 2018 financial year have been published at:

Department for Education non-executive appointments: Information about non-executive appointments to the Department for Education’s public bodies has been published at:

Professional News

Education and Training Foundation

 10 practitioner-led projects investigate outstanding teaching, learning and assessment of apprenticeship standards: Ten collaborative projects have now been commissioned to investigate the fundamental shift in teaching, learning and assessment of new apprenticeship standards. The themes and further details can be found at:

Technical Teaching Fellowship (TTF) programme: The ETF and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 have launched the Technical Teaching Fellowship (TTF) programme. They are looking to award fellowships to outstanding practitioners who are recognised for their high impact teaching practice and delivering effective outcomes for learners of higher levels of STEM study and employment. Further details at:

CFO leadership programme: ICAEW has been commissioned for the second year to deliver the ETF’s Further Education (FE) CFO programme. Further details can be found at:

Taking Teaching Further programme: Application guidance details of the new two-year Taking Teaching Further programme has been published. This programme aims to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge into teaching. Further details can be found at:

Inaugural SET conference 2018: Pride in Professionalism: The Society for Education and Training (SET) has opened bookings for its first national conference in Birmingham on 7 November. Further details at:

New research finds resilient and reliable IT infrastructure remains key to the future of EdTech in FE colleges: A report by Sero Consulting for the ETF entitled "Barriers and enablers to the embedding of learning technologies in the delivery of learning, teaching and assessment in the further education sector" has been published. It establishes that the key to fuller implementation of digital technology in Further Education still lies in ensuring the fundamentals, such as a reliable IT infrastructure and appropriate classroom design, are in place, alongside a clear, digital strategy at the institutional level. Further details at:


Amanda Spielman's speech at the Wellington Festival of Education: Amanda's speech focussed on the three strands which Ofsted are concentrating on. These are: research, responsible inspection and curriculum. Research: over the next 2 years there are 6 areas identified including: teacher wellbeing and workload; improving basic skills and knowledge in further education and how we develop curriculum knowledge in initial teacher education. Responsible inspection: the rationale for grading, education quality and data and behaviour in schools are all covered. Curriculum: a discussion of the schools curriculum and inspection. Amanda also discussed Ofsted's approach to areas of disadvantage. The speech can be read at:

Inspecting initial teacher education: leaflet for providers: This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during an inspection of an initial teacher training partnership. Further information at:

Amanda Spielman at the Bryanston Education Summit: Ofsted's Chief Inspector discusses the future of school inspections, how we use data and ongoing work on a new education inspection framework. Her speech can be read at:


Accreditation of GCSEs and A levels for teaching from 2018: A table showing the status of subjects being accredited for teaching from September 2018. All subjects at both GCSE and A level have now been accredited. The full list can be found at:

Entries for GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2018 exam series: The number of provisional entries by age group and subject for GCSEs, Level 1/ Level 2, AS and A levels in England for the summer 2018 exam series has been published and can be found at:

Education and Skills Funding Agency

How apprentices in England are assessed: Find out the process for assessing apprentices doing apprenticeships in England, which differ depending on what type of apprenticeship they've completed. Further details can be found at:

Apprenticeships: resources for teachers and advisers: Resources to help teachers and careers advisers offer information, advice and guidance to young people, about apprenticeships. Further details at:

Transferring unused apprenticeship funds to other employers: Information about transferring funds to other organisations in the apprenticeship service has been published at:

Higher and degree apprenticeship vacancies: A higher and degree apprenticeship listing for vacancies starting in 2018 has been published at:

All change: where next for apprenticeships;;: A member of the Young Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network, Dexter Hutchings, has his article featured in the Learning and Work Institute debate. Further details 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:
Post-18 education review panel will try to fix HE and FE funding imbalance at:
Damian Hinds defends T-levels timetable to Education Committee at and Top mandarin admits to contingency concerns over T-levels at:
Ofsted: New apprenticeship provider monitoring visits a ‘concern’ at:
Milton offers no concessions on employer fees at AELP conference at:
AELP presents its new code of governance at:
FE commissioner reflects on six months of change at:


West Midlands Professional Exchange 2018: The 2018 Professional Exchange will give participating organisations and their staff an outstanding opportunity to learn from and with other organisations through a programme of joint practice development; by implementing current research findings and methodologies; by taking supported risks in trying out new techniques, and by sharing existing effective practice, including from other regions and sectors.

Four initial meetings of Subject Groups in the areas of maths, English, SEND and IT have now taken place, and more Subject and Thematic groups have been set up as a result of these. There is still time to become involved in this round of meetings, if you move fast - for more information see:

or contact WMCETT Project Manager Julie Chamberlain at