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WMCOP Bulletin May/June 2017

Welcome to the May/June 2017 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 General Election meant that there was no news from Government departments for most of May and June and therefore this Bulletin covers both months. The Government is still in an unsettled position but Justine Greening is back as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and equalities and things are moving forward. It is thought that Anne Milton will be the new Skills Minister although this has yet to be confirmed. Nick Gibb is back as Minister of State for School Standards and Jo Johnson as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

The month has started slowly with Justine Greening making a speech at the social mobility initiative, Anne Milton talking about her approach at the AELP conference and Amanda Spielman setting out Ofsted's vision for education. The DfE has published the figures on its gender pay gap, the first Government department to do so.

The Education and Training Foundation has launched Advanced Teaching Status which will, it hopes, also give Chartered Teacher Status when the National College of Teachers has launched this within schools.

A number of Guidance, Factsheets and statistics have been published this month:
Those on apprenticeships include a guidance document on meeting the off-the-job training requirement, Update on procurement for non-levy paying employers, an update to the Register of apprenticeship training agencies and a leaflet on Apprenticeships.
The list of technical and vocational qualifications to be taught from September 2017 and 2018, a new grading for GCSE factsheet and a number of performance indices have been published.
In HE The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework have been published with 59 providers rated ‘gold’, 116 rated ‘silver’ and 56 rated ‘bronze’.

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News from the Profession


Discussion documents


Government News

Department for Education

Justine Greening speaks at Social Mobility Employer Index launch: Education Secretary addresses delegates at the launch of an initiative showcasing the top 50 UK firms for social mobility. Her speech can be read at:

Anne Milton speaks to the AELP conference: Anne Milton, the new Skills Minister (awaiting confirmation) has delivered a speech to the Assocation of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) Conference setting out her vision for the role. This is an article in FE Week which can be found at:

Apprenticeships: off-the-job training: A Guidance document on how employers and training providers should meet the 20% off-the-job training requirement for apprentices, with some best practice examples, has been published. Further details at:

2019 performance tables: technical and vocational qualifications: June update: The list of technical and vocational qualifications for teaching from September 2017 and reporting in 2019 performance tables can be found at:

Initial teacher training allocations: academic year 2017 to 2018: Details of training places allocated to schools and training providers by the National College for Teaching and Leadership have been published at:

Providing supported internships for young people with an EHC plan: Guidance on how to provide supported internships for young people with special educational needs and an EHC plan has been published at:

GCSE new grading scale: factsheets: The DfE has published Factsheets showing: the new GCSE grading scale; standard and strong pass marks and what this means for students, schools, parents and employers and when the new grades will apply to different subjects at:

Performance tables: approved qualifications and discount codes: A Guidance document on approved key stage 4 and 16 to 18 qualifications and discount codes for reporting in the 2014 to 2019 school and college performance tables, has been published at:

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

Department for Education: Gender Pay Gap: The DfE is the first Department to publish its gender pay gap figures. Its mean pay gap – the difference between average salaries for men and women - is 5.3% and a median pay gap of 5.9%. This is compared to the UK’s national gender pay gap of 18.1%. It has also reported a mean bonus pay gap of only 0.8% and a 0.0% median bonus pay gap. In April, the UK became one of the first countries in the world to require mandatory gender pay gap reporting, a key part of the government’s work to eliminate the gender pay gap. Private, public and voluntary sector employers with 250 or more employees will be required to publish their gender pay gap and bonus pay gap by April 2018. Further details at:

PM: mental health training for teachers will "make a real difference to children's lives": The government has pledged that every secondary school in the country will be offered Mental Health First Aid training by 2020. The programme, delivered by the social enterprise Mental Health First Aid, will start with 1,000 staff and extend in years 2 and 3 to cover every secondary school in England. Further details at:

Teachers’ pension scheme: Documents about the teachers’ pension scheme, including the changes that came into effect in April 2015, have been published at:

Universities rated in Teaching Excellence Framework: Hefce has published the first set of ratings for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).It has revealed that the majority of UK universities are offering quality teaching to their students - 59 providers were rated ‘gold’, 116 rated ‘silver’ and 56 rated ‘bronze’. Further details at:

Participation in education, training and employment: 2016
: Updates to the national participation figures from SFR22/2016 released in June 2016 and provisional estimates for the end of 2016 have been published at:

Further education and skills: March 2017: June update: Statistics about learner participation, outcomes and highest qualification held in further education and skills, reported for March 2017, has been published at:

Statistics: initial teacher training: May update: Statistics on initial teacher training recruitment, allocations and performance data have been published at:

statistics: national achievement rates tables: 2015-2016 National achievement rates tables (formerly success rates) for apprenticeships and education and training have been published at:

Statistics: higher education graduate employment and earnings: June update: Experimental statistics on longitudinal education outcomes showing university graduate earnings and employment have been published at:

Professional News

Education and Training Foundation

ETF launches Advanced Teacher Status: The ETF will be responsible for the accreditation and management of the status through SET. The first, select cohort of up to 50 ATS candidates will be recruited during the summer to start in October 2017. The new status recognises experienced professionals who can demonstrate: mastery in teaching and/or training; an exemplary degree of subject knowledge in their area of professional expertise; and effectiveness in working collaboratively to improve teaching standards amongst their peers or within their organisation. The ETF is working in close partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching to ensure holders of ATS will be conferred Chartered Teacher Status, once the College has launched this within the schools sector. Further details at:

FE governance matchmaking service goes live: The Inspiring FE Governance website, which helps connect FE provider boards with skilled individuals interested in serving on boards, has launched. The website is at:

Annual workforce report highlights level of qualifications for Further Education teachers and trainers: The annual Workforce Data Report (2015/16)2 highlighting trends in staffing numbers, pay and demographics across all provider types in the English Further Education (FE) and Training sector has been published. Further details at:

‘Surviving or Thriving’ in apprenticeships: The free, online equality, diversity and inclusion in apprenticeships online course has already had over 600 registrations from front-line apprenticeship staff. New specialist resources on mental-health are now also available as part of this course. Further details at:


Amanda Spielman's speech at the Festival of Education: Ofsted's Chief Inspector sets out her vision for Ofsted, the curriculum and management in a speech. She discusses using Ofsted's findings to further educational research, what a broad curriculum could look like and how management affects that curriculum at:

Amanda Spielman's speech at the Sixth Form Colleges Association: Amanda Spielman talks about the new A level examinations and the challenges which face sixth form colleges at:


Accreditation of GCSEs, AS and A levels for teaching from 2017: A table showing the status of subjects being accredited for teaching from September 2017 has been published 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 has been published at:

Regulating GCSEs, AS and A levels: guide for schools and colleges: A guide for teachers on the responsibilities of exam boards and schools and colleges has been published at:

Regulation of apprenticeship end-point assessments: Information for awarding organisations choosing to submit end-point assessments for Ofqual external quality analysis has been published at:

Education and Skills Funding Agency

Qualifications: eligible for public funding: The ESFA has removed the requirement for all delivery we fund to be in the form of a qualification. We only require a qualification to be delivered where a learner is exercising their legal entitlement to a first full level 2 or level 3 and/or English and maths. The policy and process for identifying which qualifications are eligible for legal entitlements and through local flexibilities are set out in the documents published at:

Update on procurement for non-levy paying employers: Information for training providers about the procurement for apprenticeship training provision has been published at:

Register of apprenticeship training agencies: June update: Information for organisations wanting to be an approved apprenticeship training agency (ATA) and the list of approved ATAs has been published at:

A guide to apprenticeships: A guide to apprenticeships - provides information on the opportunities, progression and benefits of doing an apprenticeship with case studies from real apprentices. Further details at:

Apprenticeship funding bands: Sets out the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards. Further details at:


Research England is seeking members for its first Council: UK Research and Innovation wishes to appoint up to ten members for the first Council of Research England. Further details at:,114619,en.html

New assessment highlights excellence of teaching and learning across UK universities and colleges: The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework provide a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education. Further details at:,114556,en.html

Upcoming UK-wide survey on the delivery of funders’ open access policies: An online survey will be sent to all UK higher education institutions (HEIs) in late summer 2017.‌The survey will gather information on how the sector is meeting the open access policies of funders and the tools which are being used to do so. Further details at:,114553,en.html



Maths and English resilience courses available for hosting now: WMCETT's contract with the ETF to run more subsidised one-day introduction to mathematical and English resilience courses around the country, and also three-day introduction to coaching skills for maths/English resilience has been extended until April 2018 and WMCETT are now inviting organisations to get in touch if they would like to host a course - for as little as FIVE of your own staff. There is more information 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