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WMCOP Bulletin May 2010

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

The Election now being over we can look at the current situation and news from the different professional bodies. 

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news from the professionbis (department for Business, innovation and skills)

A change in Government has meant there is a change in the Minister of State for BIS.  Below are the new personnel now responsible for this Department:

Key Personnel

RT HON VINCE CABLE MP: SECRETARY OF STATE FOR BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS: has overall responsibility for the department strategy and all policies, overall responsibility for BIS budget, particular focus on business and banking issues, lead Cabinet Minister for reducing regulatory burdens across Government.

DAVID WILLETTS MP: MINSTER OF STATE FOR UNIVERSITIES AND SCIENCE: Attends cabinet looking across all departmental business at strategic priorities, higher education (including HEFCE and Student Loans Company), science and research (including Research Councils), life sciences, innovation, also responsible for the Technology Strategy Board, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Energy Technologies Institute, the National Measurement Office, the Design Council, the UK Accreditation Service, the British Standards Institute and Space.  See his keynote speech setting out the departmental priorities for universities at:

JOHN HAYES MP: MINISTER OF STATE FOR FURTHER EDUCATION, SKILLS AND LIFELONG LEARNING: Further education, adult skills, Skills Funding Agency, skills strategy, lifelong learning, informal adult learning, apprenticeships, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Sector Skills Councils, Workplace Training reforms, qualifications reform programme.  Read his speech at the NIACE conference setting out his agenda at:

To find out more about these ministers, including how they voted on issues, see:


BIS has to save 3.9% of its budget.  This includes £200 million from the HE budget and university places see only 10,000 extra places, £11 million from the UK vocational reform budget and refocusing the Train to Gain budget on apprenticeships and college buildings.  See for more details.  See also letter from Vince Cable and David Willetts to Vice Chancellors and College Principals at

Quangos which have already been axed are: Becta - see and QCDA.


The UKCES is highlighting a number of reports on pay and equality this month - see including:

National Minimum Wage and Young People
Pattens of Pay in the UK
Promoting flexible working to Employers
New Research on Quality Part Time Work
Good Practice in Engaging Young People in education, training and employment
Vocational Training across Europe
Factors influencing Higher Education participation for disadvantaged pupils
Trends in Employer provided training

HEFCE:  welcomes a report from Sir Martin Harris, Director of the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), to Government that seeks to establish what more can be done to widen access to highly selective universities.  See the report at:

lsis (learning and skills improvement service)

LSIS published its Corporate Plan for 2010-2013 at the end of April at which sets out their key aims and priorities during this period.  This will be supplemented by an annual operational plan.  

Nine New Regional Development Managers:  The new RDMs will work to support learning and skills providers in each English region to advise and support on quality improvement, promoting the whole menu of LSIS programmes and services.  The RDM for the West Midlands is Sue Blake and she can be contacted at: For further details see:

STAR Awards: Nominations are open for the 2010 Star Awards and close on 9 July 2010 - see

The Flexibility and Innovation Fund opens on 1 June to invite bids from learning and skills provider organisations for  innovative projects with the potential to secure significant improvements in sector practice or performance.  Bids, up to a maximum of £50,000, may be submitted by provider organisations working in collaboration with others to carry out innovative work that benefits the wider sector. This third bidding round opens on Tuesday June 1 and closes at midday on Friday 2 July. See

Policy Updates are available at:

LLUK (Lifelong learning UK)

LLUK has released additional case studies which cover the wider further education sector.  The new case studies focus on specialist colleges and the continuing professional development of teachers/tutors/trainers. A complete list of further education case studies can be found at Video case studies are available for use on your own website.

Application guide:  A Guide that defines the skills, knowledge and understanding that any teacher, tutor or trainer will need to support the development of employability skills in their learners has been developed by LLUK and is available at:

Further Education Research Reports on the following topics have been published by LLUK in 2009-2010.  They can be found at:
Staff Individualised Records (SIR)
Further Education in England Workforce Reforms awareness and implementation survey
Further Education in England Sector Skills Assessment
Impact of Standards and Qualifications on Further Education in England providers
Training Provision for Skills for Life Teachers

The LLUK Bulletin can be accessed at:

IfL (institute for learning)

The Institute for Learning (IfL) has welcomed the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.  See Tony Fazaeli's comments at:

CPD:  Forms for declaring this year's CPD will be available on the IfL website from 1 June to 31 August.

Professional Formation:  Expressions of Interest for this round of Professional Formation leading to QTLS or ATLS must be in by Monday 31 May.

The REfLECT app is here for the iPhone and iPod touch:  IfL has launched i-REfLECT, a mobile application that supports the use of REfLECT.  Details at:


Ofsted News: To read the latest edition go to  See the latest edition on:

Inside view from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector - a message from Christine Gilbert
Latest publications - recent reports from Ofsted
Breaking down barriers - how providers across all the sectors are working to give individuals equal access to learning and development
Views on whistleblowing - help us make our policy clearer
Staying safe online - teaching students to manage their own risk
Joining forces to help learning - properly trained and well-managed support staff help pupils’ learning
Tackling the NEET problem - how local authorities are getting young people back into education, employment and training
A step in the right direction - how the best training and support programmes are helping disabled people gain their place at work
Implementing workforce reforms - progress made in colleges and providers of adult, community, offender and work-based learning
A cut above the rest - outstanding apprentices at work

The latest issue of Talisman can be found at

Edexcel Policy watch

Pearson Research Institute publish Policy Watch on behalf of Edexcel.  It gives commentary and opinion on the Government initiatives and a summary of What's new each month.  It can be found at:

A summary of their latest publication on 21 May gives this view of the way the new Government might move forward for FE: 'For post-16s and FE, three points stand out. First a number of pledges under the Big Society tent including voluntary activity and in particular the National Citizen Service for 16 year olds due to be introduced from next year. Second the intention to offer more apprenticeship, college and workplace training places, no specific numbers here as in the Manifestos but a top priority all the same. And third, and perhaps most significant for the sector, the promise of greater freedom although this will probably come with subsequent strings about responsiveness and efficiency. As for HE, as intimated in the earlier working agreement, the action plan sets out the procedure for dealing with the report into HE funding when it comes out in a few months time.'

In a Hot Breakfast Briefing on 24 May Steve Besley, who edits Policy Watch, highlighted key policy commitments made by both Conversatives and Liberal Democrats on education and skills together with likely areas of both agreement and compromise.  Slides giving details can be found at:

Sector news

For the latest from the Educational papers see WMCETT Sector News

Reviews, Books, Websites, Interesting things...

The NEC (National Extension College) and LSN (Learning and Skills Network) are to merge, keeping the NEC brand and working together on distance learning.  Further details at: