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WMCOP Bulletin March 2018

Welcome to the March 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.

Within the FE sector this month, it's more about consolidation with a call for evidence for the Review of Post 18 education, more guidance on what T levels are and how they will work, a new GCSE factsheet and a Policy Paper on alternative provision. The revised content for Functional Skills has been published, there are two research reports on learning, the Government has announced a major programme to tackle inequalities in youth unemployment and, at the Association of Colleges Governance Conference, Anne Milton set out her vision for good college governance.

March saw another Apprenticeship Week, a new benefits realisation strategy and a statutory notice to the Institute for Apprenticeships setting out guidance relating to apprenticeships at level 6 and above.

In higher education Sam Gyimah welcomed the establishment of the new Office for Students and introduced the OfS new regulatory framework and a consultation has opened on the subject level Teaching Excellence Framework. Guidance on transferring from the FE to the HE sector has also been published.

On the professional side, Amanda Spielman of Ofsted has given a speech discussing teacher workload and the new framework development, Sally Collier of Ofqual has set out the qualification framework and Gerry Berragan talks about the first 10 months of the Institute for Apprenticeships.

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News from the Profession


Discussion documents


Government News

Government announces major programme to tackle inequalities in youth unemployment: Theresa May announces £90 million programme to help tackle inequalities in youth unemployment highlighted by the Race Disparity Audit’s website. The PM also announced the Race Disparity Audit Advisory Group, chaired by Simon Woolley. The Advisory Group will challenge, steer and support government departments to develop interventions to tackle disparities found in the Audit. Further details at:

Department for Education

Review of Post-18 Education and Funding: call for evidence: Closes 2 May 2018. The independent review panel, led by Philip Augar, will provide input to the review on issues including: how to support young people in making effective choices between academic, technical and vocational routes after 18; how to promote a more dynamic market in education and training provision; how to ensure the post-18 education system is accessible to all; how best to support education outcomes that deliver the skills the UK needs; and how the post-18 education system can best deliver value for money for graduates and the taxpayer. . The panel will publish their report at an interim stage, before the Government concludes the overall review in early 2019. Further details can be found at:

Introduction of T levels: information for education providers: T levels are due to be introduced from the academic year 2020 to 2021. Find out what they are and what they mean for you as an education provider. This document offers details on: what the programmes are intended to achieve; how and when they will be introduced; what the programmes will cover; how qualifications will be awarded and how education providers can get involved in delivery. This Policy Paper can be read at:

Maths and English functional skills: revised subject content: Government response to the consultation, including a summary of responses received and details of next steps has been published at:
Functional skills subject content: English: Functional skills English subject content at entry levels, level 1 and level 2 can be found at:
Functional skills subject content: mathematics: Functional skills mathematics subject content at entry levels, level 1 and level 2 can be found at:

Improving engagement and attainment in maths and English courses: Research summary of 23 behavioural science interventions which aimed to improve participation and completion of maths and English courses. The report can be read at:

Blended and face-to-face adult learning: research report: A report on the relative effectiveness of face-to-face compared to blended learning for adult English and maths learning has been published at:

GCSE new grading scale: factsheets: Information about the new GCSE grades for parents, employers and further and higher education providers has been published at:

Association of Colleges Governance Summit: Anne Milton delivers governance speech to members of the Association of Colleges discussing the role of governors and how they can influence and support change in colleges. She talks about ensuring that FE providers have the right resources to deliver the reforms needed and looking in detail at how far current funding and regulatory frameworks support the delivery of high quality provision and also crucially promote social mobility. She also discusses the Industry Experts Programme, to attract more industry specialists into FE teaching and programmes for governors. Her speech can be read at:

Apprenticeship reform programme: benefits realisation strategy: This strategy sets out the Government's aims for apprenticeship reform and summarises how this will benefit employers and apprentices, including outlining a range of high-level indicators of success for the programme. Further details at:

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister celebrates National Apprenticeship Week: To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton took part in a tour across England to meet apprentices, local businesses, schools and colleges to talk about the benefits of apprenticeships. Further details of her visit are at:

Institute for Apprenticeships: statutory notice: A letter from Anne Milton to the Institute for Apprenticeships setting out guidance relating to apprenticeships at level 6 and above, including degree apprenticeships, that the Secretary of State would like them to consider. The letter can be read at:

Minister welcomes 'accountability revolution' in higher education: Sam Gyimah hails the establishment of the new Office for Students as the biggest shake-up to higher education in a generation. At a time when the university sector is experiencing unprecedented levels of scrutiny, the Minister set out how the launch of the OfS signified “a new age – the age of the student”. He called on the sector to embrace this new era and made clear that he expects the OfS to put student interests at the centre of everything they do.

Securing student success: Regulatory framework for higher education in England: The OfS new regulatory framework – a blueprint for higher education – and the biggest regulatory change in Higher Education in over a quarter of a century has been published at

Universities to be rated by subject quality: The DfE has launched a 10-week public consultation, seeking views on the design of the new Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework – or TEF – to subject level. This will run alongside a pilot of the scheme, which has 50 universities and colleges taking part. Further details can be found at:

Transferring from the further education to the higher education sector: This guidance sets out the criteria and process for further education corporations seeking to apply to transfer to the HE sector. It updates and supersedes the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) report ‘Transfers between the further and higher education sectors’ (2001). Further details at:

Factors affecting teacher retention: qualitative investigation: Findings from qualitative interviews with former teachers to explore reasons for leaving teaching.The research consisted of qualitative interviews with former teachers to explore and improve understanding of the reasons for leaving teaching. The research also looked at what would encourage teachers to remain in or return to teaching. The report can be found at:

Teacher voice omnibus: March 2018 survey: A summary of responses to questions asked in the teacher voice omnibus survey. Data about how policies are working and what teachers think of them has been collated. Topics covered in this report include: aspiration for school leadership; flexible working patterns; teacher workload; impact of poor behaviour; mental health; assessment processes; new GCSEs and the English Baccalaureate etc. The report can be read at:

New bursary to get veterans into teaching: New government bursary of £40,000 available from September 2018 for ex-service personnel to retrain as teachers will be offered on priority undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, computing, maths or modern foreign languages. This replaces the Troops into Teaching programme. Further details at:

Creating opportunity for all: our vision for alternative provision: A Policy Paper setting out the government’s vision for alternative provision (AP) and outlining reforms to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children in AP, has been published at:

Race Disparity Audit: This report provides an overview of the main findings from the first release of data from the Race Disparity Audit. As well as a review of each topic on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website, the report presents an overview of disparities that have most impact across all aspects of people’s lives. It can be found at:

Completion and attainment ready reckoner for 16 to 18: 2017: The national average attainment for each qualification included in the completion and attainment measure has been published at:

Further education: indices of deprivation, England: 2015 to 2016: Adult further education and apprenticeship participation tables in England provide the number of further education learners and apprentices in the 2015 to 2016 academic year by: level of study and quintile of deprivation. The tables can be found at:

School and college performance tables in England: 2016 to 2017: Updated: The attainment of 16- to 18-year-old students at the end of advanced level study in England. The latest statistics can be found at:

Graduate outcomes (LEO): 2015 to 2016: Employment and earnings outcomes of higher education graduates broken down by subject studied and graduate characteristics have been published at:

Professional News

Education and Training Foundation

ETF response to AELP announcement: The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has resigned its membership of the ETF and removed two appointed trustees from the ETF board. The ET Foundation expressed its disappointment and said it would explore the reasons more fully. The statement can be read at:

Celebrating the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award 2018: The ETF presented the Higher Apprentice of the Year award at the SEMTA Skills Awards 2018. Further details at:

First practitioner-led investigation launched into the teaching, learning and assessment of apprenticeship standards: A major practitioner-led programme has been launched, investigating the fundamental shift in teaching, learning and assessment in the context of the new apprenticeship standards.

The programme, overseen by the Strategic Development Network (SDN), will commission 10 grant-funded collaborative projects, focusing on areas of practice.

The full prospectus and grant application process will go live on Monday 2 April. Further details at:


Amanda Spielman's speech at the ASCL annual conference 2018: Amanda Spielman discusses teacher workload and the new framework development which is supported by their research programme. The programme currently includes: the curriculum survey, which is helping us to define what a good curriculum looks like, in terms of intent, and implementation and impact; international research on lesson observation and what can and cannot be gleaned from it; a review of book scrutiny practice and, again, what it can and what it cannot tell inspectors about standards in a school; broader work on the validity and reliability of our inspections and the link with educational effectiveness and finally, in response to feedback from teachers – a research programme on workload and well-being, focused on schools that manage this well. Her speech can be read at:

Ofsted safeguarding policy: Updated guidance on Ofsted’s safeguarding policy and guidance for inspectors on handling safeguarding disclosures, has been published at:

Inspecting initial teacher education: guidance for inspectors: Updated Guidance for inspecting initial teacher training under the common inspection framework from September 2015 has been published at:


Securing the Qualifications Landscape: The 3 'R's: Sally Collier's keynote speech from the 2018 Ofqual Conference discusses the qualification landscape and Ofqual's vision at:

Sir Gerry Berragan keynote speech: Ofqual Conference 2018: Sir Gerry Berragan talks about the first 10 months of the Institute for Apprenticeships at the 2018 Ofqual Conference. He discusses the government’s position and what’s going on in terms of transformation and the Institute’s place in that; a view on how it’s going from the Institute’s perspective and then a look ahead at what’s coming next. His speech can be found at:

Ofqual conference 2018: presentations: Presentations from the 2018 Ofqual conference on: Regulating across Wales, Northern Ireland and England; Ofqual's regulation of apprenticeship end-point assessments; Safeguarding the confidentiality of assessment materials and managing conflicts of interest; Regulating vocational and technical qualifications and Ensuring appropriate centre controls, have all been published at:

Annual qualifications market report: academic year 2016 to 2017: An overview of the qualifications market and a single reference point about participants in the market has been published at:

Applied Generals and Tech levels: additional guidance: Additional guidance on the interpretation of Department for Education technical guidance for performance table qualifications has been published at:

Consultation into strengthening teacher-examiner safeguards: Proposals to strengthen regulation of the use of teachers as examiners have been published at:

Vocational and other qualifications quarterly: October to December 2017: Statistics on vocational and other qualifications and main trends for quarter 4 have been published at:

Education and Skills Funding Agency

Advanced learner loans qualifications catalogue: This catalogue lists the qualifications available for an advanced learner loan at:

Advanced learner loans funding rules 2018 to 2019: Sets out the rules for provision funded by learners through advanced learner loans at

Adult education budget: funding rates and formula 2018 to 2019: Details of the funding system for the adult education budget and 16 to 18 traineeships have been published 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:
AELP dramatically ditches ETF ownership, effective immediately at
20% subcontracting cap guidance already in trouble at
IfA ‘concerns’ revealed over quality assurance conflict of interest at
First early Ofsted monitoring visit of apprenticeship newcomer warns training ‘not fit for purpose’ (Key6 Group) at
Lib Dems launch lifelong learning commission at
Levy revenue forecasts downgraded by the best part of a billion at
Government preparing new ESOL strategy at
Chancellor announces £80m to support small businesses with apprentices at
The National Retraining Scheme ‘should not be run by employers’ 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.

Although the launch has passed there is still time to get involved. If you are interested, please contact
Alternatively, you can take part in our online research by following the link to a survey to let WMCETT know what subjects you would like to see included in the Professional Exchange 2018, and they will contact you when setting up Subject Groups if your area of interest is included.

Full details can be found at: