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WMCOP Bulletin March 2010

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

This month UKCES have published the National Strategic Skills Audit for England which gives an interesting insight into current and future skills needs; the LSC has been replaced by the SFA and YPLA; HEFCE has opened consultation to review the method of funding teaching; CWDC has launched a refreshed common core and our discussion document is a survey by Ofsted into NEETs. Quite a mix!

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News from the Profession


Latest Discussion Document

Swap Shop


NEWS FROM THE PROFESSION:BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

UKCES (UK Commission for Employment and Skills) has published the National Strategic Skills Audit for England 2010 ‘Skills for Jobs: Today and Tomorrow’. The report provides an insight into existing and future skills needs and identifies the sectors, occupations and skills on which we need to focus to meet the changing needs of the economy and labour market. It shows the extent to which current skill needs are being met and the ‘mismatch’ between the skills we need and the skills available. Read it at BIS Response to the UKCES Skills Audit welcomes the Audit as identifying the fundamental importance of increasing skill levels to future economic growth. Speaking at the launch, Peter Mandelson announced four important steps:

  1. Launch of the prospectus for the new Joint Investment Programme to support sector skills priorities. This brings together private and public investment to support training and skills development in areas key to economic recovery.

  2. Publication of a progress update on the implementation of the new adult advancement and careers service. A new careers advice service will be launched in August 2010.

  3. Support for specific skills needs of priority sectors through growing the National Skills Academies programme.

  4. Co-funding for up to 1000 apprenticeships per year in the Nuclear Energy sector and development of new higher level apprenticeship frameworks.

Read it at:

Skills Funding Agency: From 1 April 2010 the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) will be replaced by the Skills Funding Agency, for adult skills, and the Young People's Learning Agency, for under-19s. For details see:

Nearly five million people took part in a LSC funded Further Education course in 2008/09 according to BIS statistics which also show that more than 3.3 million people achieved a Further Education qualification in 2008/09. Literacy and Numeracy figures were above target. See article at:

Review of the method of funding teaching: HEFCE has published the first of two consultations that will explore the future of its teaching funding method. See further details at:

The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has launched a refresh of the common core of skills and knowledge that everyone working with children, young people and families should have. It updates the following areas: Online safeguarding; Integrated working, as well as joint working; Early intervention and prevention; Supporting the needs of teenagers and adolescents; Disability and disadvantage; Involving service users, including parents as partners; Clarifying different types of transitions; Ensuring the common core matches the needs of the whole workforce. Read it at

University participation at record high: Figures published show a 2 per cent increase in the participation rate for young people from 43 per cent in 2007/8 to 45 per cent in 2008/09. See

The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009(the Act) provides a clear definition of what it means to complete an Apprenticeship. The sections relevant to Apprenticeships will be commenced incrementally at different stages April 2010. More information to follow.

BIS has accepted the Commission’s recommendations on Apprenticeship pay meaning that from the 1October 2010 the present exemption from the NMW for apprentices will end, and all apprentices in the United Kingdom must be paid at least £2.50 an hour. This Apprenticeship NMW applies to all those apprentices who are presently exempt from the NMW, ie those aged 16-18 and those aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For further details see:

Valuing Employment Now is the ambitious cross-government strategy to radically increase the number of people with moderate and severe learning disabilities in employment by 2025. A new batch of resources is now available online including a new DVD, and tools to support people with learning disabilities. See them at 

The School of Everything, supported by Becta and BIS, is a national online resource for IAL, as envisaged in the Learning Revolution White Paper. See the website at:

Warwickshire CVYS is one of the organisations chosen to be part of anew £3.3 million investment into entry routes and development opportunities, as the latest strand of the Young People's Workforce Reform Programmeis unveiled. See

Key speeches by Peter Mandelson this month are:

‘New Wave of private investment will renew economy’marking the first year of New Industry, New Jobs, this updates progress to date and looks at the future at This article also gives a summary of new initiatives at

‘Skills to fuel growth in key new industries’ The government today launched key programmes to ensure the UK economy is supplied with the skills needed to fuel the growth of key new industries in the coming years including:

New National Skills Academies (NSA) in rail engineering; logistics, green building services; biotechnology and composites. The NSA in Power is now ready for business.

Nuclear sector funding up to 1000 apprenticeships per year as part of plans for 35,000 advanced and higher apprenticeships for 19-30 year olds

Joint Investment Programme matching private investment for training and skills employment in sectors of economic growth

The LSC approved a Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in London

New academies and investment by employers, in partnership with colleges and the education sector, will create the best training that gives people the skills they need to boost their careers and drive the economy forward’ see

‘Building Britain’s Future Foundations’ looks at Regional Renaissance and the role of the RDAs at:

Mansion House Speech on 1 March on the economy at

Train to Gain has hit the million learner mark at

Leaders of the highest performing and most quickly improving colleges in England celebrate their institutions’ achievements in Downing Street at  


Funding for 16-18 year olds: Ed Balls today announced all nine regions in England will receive increased allocations to fund 55,000 more 16 to 18 year olds in school sixth forms and colleges in the 2010/11 academic year than this.

New Trials will pave the way for raising the participation age to 17 by 2013 and 18 by 2015 across England. RPA will involve all young people staying in full-time education, work-based learning such as an Apprenticeship, or part-time education or training and several of the trial areas are in the West Midlands. See

‘Engaging young people through social media’: Toolkit published to help communicate and collaborate with young people through social media and inspiring video content. See it at:

Joint Advisory Committee for Qualifications Approval (JACQA)'s first biennial review of the qualifications offer for young people is at:

Increased transport funding is to be given to the most rural areas in England to help young people study the Diploma.See

‘Safeguarding children and young people who may be affected by gang activity’. Online guide for professionals to spot children and young people at risk of gang involvement at:

Beatbullying's CyberMentors programme given a further £1million. The service engages young people who are looking for support and advice from people their own age to cope with bullying. See:  

LSIS (Learning and skills improvement service)

The corporate plan executive summary for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) for period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2013 sets out the key aims and priority actions. Read the summary at:

LSIS Accounts: Every learning and skills provider funded through the LSC/Skills Funding Agency is now able to benefit from a new LSIS Account worth between £1,000 and £7,500 - depending on the scale of their SFA funding - which can be redeemed against LSIS events and conferences during the 2010-11 financial year.
Prices for LSIS events will be £150 for one-day conferences and £75 for half-day seminars. Details at

Policy Update no 33/32 comment on:
The UKCES Report ‘Teacher Training in Vocational Education’ (see February Bulletin)
LSC funding for colleges with financial problems
Peter Mandelson’s speech on RDAs
UKCES reviews the integration of skills and employment
Ofsted review of implementation of accreditation and CPD reforms for FE Teachers
LSC Report on needs of disadvantaged learners
National Skills Forum investigates the skills needs of excluded groups
Consultation: Advanced Diploma in Science
ALP critiques pre-employment provision for unemployed 16-17 year olds
Joint DH and DWP initiative to encourage young people into the adult social care sector
Online resources to help employers and learners explore changes to vocational qualifications

Policy Update can be found at:

LLUK(Lifelong Learning UK) and SVUK(Standards Verification UK)

Learning 3 on Twitter: The conversations on ‘ How is Technology changing the way we teach and learn’ continued with a symposium. To view videos from the symposium visit or click here to download a factsheet summarising the event.

Catalyst: Catalyst is now approaching its March 2010 end date.  As a result of the three Catalyst projects - Business Interchange, Make a Difference and Pass on Your Skills there are a range of resources are available at

FE BROWSE is a new online toolkit to help managers build a workforce development strategy for their staff signposting them to all the workforce development related material within the FE sector. It can be accessed at:

The LLUK e-bulletincan be accessed via:

 IfL(Institute for Learning)

Reminder to renew your membership by 1 April 2010: Over 80,000 IfL members have already renewed their membership. Teachers and trainers in publicly funded FE and skills provision must belong to IfL, and are required to renew by 1 April 2010.

IfL has announced the election of five member representatives and one associate member representative to its Council.

Research bursaries of £1000 are now available for IfL members who are currently teaching in the lifelong learning sector.

InTuition for this quarter (in February Bulletin) covered:
Review of member's CPD on page 4
Technology Tips on page 6, 7 and 9
Update on FE equivalence to schools page 8
Discounts on technology page 10
List of Council Members page 11
Calendar including Q/ATLS dates

Read it InTuitionat:

WMCETT Regional IfL Connector Anne Schofield has a webpage for advice and support at:


Tackling the NEET problem – how local authorities are getting young people back into education, employment and training: While the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training continues to rise, a report published by Ofsted. Reducing the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training: what works and whyshows that local authorities can make a big impact on reducing the number of young people in this category. Read it at:

Ofsted’s newspaper for learning and skills has the following key articles this month. It can be read at:

Clearing the Obstacles for Disabled Workers: Ofsted’s recent report, Improving progression to unsupported employment: A review of strategies developed by Workstep providers, looks at the ways organisations are helping disabled people find employment, or if unsupported employment isn’t possible, ways to improve and develop their potential. There is also a case study from Royal British Legion on page 4

Education can set prisoners free: But education and training for learners on short or longer custodial sentences needs a clearer, consistent strategy, according to Ofsted’s reports, Learning and skills for offenders serving short custodial sentences and Learning and skills for the longer-serving offender.
To read the full report,Learning and skills for off enders serving short custodial sentences, visit  and search for 070233
To read the full report, Learning and skills for the longer-serving off ender, visit and search for 070249.

Quick Reads celebrated its fifth anniversary in March with ten new titles. The books, by bestselling writers and celebrities, help people with reading difficulties and others who’ve lost the reading habit. The initiative has produced over one and a quarter million books since it started. Visit

The value of the EMA – page 7
The NEET report – page 8 – and a reflection on it by Chris Humphries, UKCES on page 16.  


New National Employer Skills Survey website: On the closure of the Learning and Skills Council today, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills launches a new website, which will host all of the National Employer Skills Survey reports and data from 2003 onwards at

UKCES takes over ownership of IiP: Strategic ownership of the Investors in People framework has transferred to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills from 1 April 2010.  

Edexcel Policy Watch

Edexcel Policy Watch is online at

Sector News

For the latest from the Educational papers each week see WMCETT Sector News

Latest Discussion Document

‘Reducing the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training: what works and why’. Survey by Ofsted (see above) examining the key factors that have contributed to reducing the proportion of 16-18 year old NEETS in 12 local authority areas. Read it at:

Swap shop

Your chance to ask others for resources, ideas etc.

Reviews: Books, journals, websites etc

LSN report 'Games technologies for learning: More than just toys' explores the ways in which mobile technologies can be used to enhance and support teaching and learning.  It has a number of case studies with examples of practice.

Excellence Gateway: Lifelong Learning UK has produced a series of guides to help those working in the sector to apply the use of technology in their professional practice. See 'Using Technology to support learning for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector' at