Welcome to the November edition of our Community of Practitioners' Bulletin - your link to what's happening in Teacher Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
A lot has been happening this month as the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has published a new National Skills Strategy, a Framework for Universities and a Digital Economy Bill. The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 has received Royal Assent and there is more information on Vocational Qualifications and the QCF.
There is a lot of choice as a document for discussion this month but we suggest the new Application Guide from LLUK 'Using Technology to Support Learning for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector'. This document links the use of technology to the domains in the ITT qualifications and your comments would be welcome on their ideas.
We'd like to hear your views and any recommendations you have on articles, books or useful websites you've discovered so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your ideas.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has published a new National Skills Strategy, a Framework for Universities and a Digital Economy Bill. The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 has received Royal Assent and there is more information on Vocational Qualifications and the QCF.
Government White Paper 'Skills for Growth:The National Skills Strategy'
On Wednesday 11 November the Government published 'Skills for Growth: a national strategy for economic growth and individual prosperity'. It marks a radical shift in some of the priorities of our skills system including: Creating a modern technician class through more advanced apprenticeships; Investing in identified sectors; the creation of individual skills accounts and giving better information about courses; The introduction of light touch monitoring arrangements for best providers and Simplifying the number of agencies. The Strategy has been published together with an Analytical paper which gives the rationale to the White Paper and a Skills Investment Strategy which sets out the funding.
'Skills for Growth:The National Skills Strategy' The full report can be read at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/publications/Skills-Strategy.pdf and the Executive Summary is at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/publications/Skills-Strategy-Summary.pdf
The 'Skills for Growth: The National Skills Strategy Analytical paper' gives the rationale behind the Skills strategy. It's a clear and useful document which can be read at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/publications/Skills-Strategy-Analytical-Paper.pdf
The 'Skills Investment Strategy 2010-11' sets out how Government investment for 2010-11 will support further education and skills training for post 19 learners. Read it at: http://www.dius.gov.uk/further_education/funding_and_investment/~/media/publications/S/Skills-Investment-Strategy
The Government's Framework for universities 'Higher Ambitions:The future of universities in a knowledge economy' has been published. It sets out the strategies for universities in encouraging economic growth developing - links to reports and videos are on http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/higher-ambitions. The Executive Summary is at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/publications/Higher-Ambitions-Summary.pdf and the full report is at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/publications/Higher-Ambitions.pdf
The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill was passed in November. Its purpose is to transfer responsibility for 14-18 funding to local authorities and establish a new Young People’s Learning Agency to support this. The Bill makes provision about apprenticeships, including the issuing of frameworks and certificates; introduces a right for people to apply for time to train; and endeavours to ensure that information is shared across the various bodies involved in providing post 16 education. Details are given on a Press Release at: http://nds.coi.gov.uk/clientmicrosite/content/Detail.aspx?ReleaseID=408558&NewsAreaID=2&ClientID=431 or read the Act at http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2008-09/apprenticeshipsskillschildrenandlearning.html
The Digital Economy Bill has also been published. Probably the key area of interest to Teacher Educators is the Copyright Strategy which is at: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/c-strategy-digitalage.pdf and a factsheet on copyright is at: http://interactive.bis.gov.uk/digitalbritain/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Factsheet-Copyright.pdf. However to read the Digital Britain final report on which the Bill is based go to: http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/digitalbritain-finalreport-jun09.pdf. Factsheets on all areas of the Bill are at: http://interactive.bis.gov.uk/digitalbritain/digital-economy-bill/factsheets/
Update on the Qualifications and Credit Framework:Vocational Qualifications. A leaflet about how the vocational qualifications system is changing for Providers is at: http://www.dius.gov.uk/skills/vq_reform/vq_reform_explained/~/media/publications/V/VQ-Providers. Leaflets for learners and employers: http://www.dius.gov.uk/skills/vq_reform/vq_reform_explained/leaflets
The BIS Newsletter is online at http://bis.createsend.com/t/ViewEmail/r/3F388CE3D0F99B47/C67FD2F38AC4859C/
LSIS (Learning and Skills improvement service)
Guide to LSIS services 2009-10: A summary: This is a really useful and comprehensive listing of all the LSIS support and services for staff at all levels in the learning and skills sector. Read it at: http://www.centreforexcellence.org.uk/UsersDoc/LSIS168-SummaryGuide-2009-10.pdf. There are also guides for workbased providers and leaders and managers and governance. See all the guides at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/News/ReadNews/09-10-23/New_guides_to_LSIS_services_2009-10_published.aspx?ReturnURL=%2fLSISHome.aspx
New Safe Colleges guidance website launched - with guidance for keeping learners safe at college. For details see: http://www.lsis.org.uk/News/ReadNews/09-10-28/New_Safe_Colleges_guidance_website_launched.aspx and the website is at: http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/safecolleges
Flexibility and Innovation Fund. There are a diverse collection of projects that aim to secure significant improvements in sector practice or performance. See the projects at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/News/ReadNews/09-11-20/First_2_500_000_invested_by_LSIS_in_learning_and_skills_sector_to_support_innovation.aspx. The next round of bids will be in February and June.
LSIS and AoC Review of Governance and Strategic Leadership in English Further Education: This report looks at generic issues of Governance in the further education sector including colleges, workbased training and adult and community learning. Read the executive summary at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/Libraries/Documents/GovernanceReview_Summary.sflb and the full report is at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/Libraries/Governance/LSIS202ReviewOfGovernance.sflb
LSIS Policy Update 27 see http://www.lsis.org.uk/PolicyServices/PolicyUpdates.aspx includes articles on:
The BIS National Skills Strategy
The Observer article alleging cuts in training budgets
Ofsted review of Train to Gain
BIS Higher Education strategy
LLUK (Lifelong Learning UK) and SVUK (Standards Verification UK)
Institute for Learning (IfL)
IfL have published an Impact review of their work from 2008-9 'Making a Difference for Teachers and Trainers' which can be seen at http://www.ifl.ac.uk/about-ifl/200809-ifl-impact-review
A new video by IfL and UKCES illustrates the value of teachers and trainers to individuals, the industry and the economy, based on the Ambition 2020: World Class Skills and Jobs for the UK report. View the film at: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/newsandevents/webcasts/ukces
IfL comments on the publication of the Skills for Growth white paper at: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/newsandevents/latest/teachers-and-trainers-crucial-to-skills-for-growth-strategy
The IfL has published its second annual membership survey report. Read it at: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/newsandevents/press-releases/ifl-publishes-report-of-2009-membership-survey
WMCETT Regional IfL Connector Anne Schofield has a webpage for advice and support at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/wmcett/about/IfLadviser
General Professional Recognition Learning and Skills (GPRLS) B4 now has a deadline of 1 December 2009.
The Ofsted Annual Report 2008-09 has been published. See the main summary at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Annual-Report-2008-09/Main-summary. The Learning and skills summary gives an overview of college and workplace provider inspections at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Annual-Report-2008-09/Learning-and-skills-summary and the Teaching and Learning summary gives an overview of the key characteristics of good learning at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Annual-Report-2008-09/Teaching-and-learning-summary
Ofsted have produced a survey report which evaluates the impact of provision funded by Train to Gain on the skills and qualifications held by adult employees in England 'The Impact of Train to Gain on Skills in Employment' Read it at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Thematic-reports/The-impact-of-Train-to-Gain-on-skills-in-employment/(language)/eng-GB
Talisman: The latest edition of Talisman can be found at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Newsletters/Back-Issues/talisman/talisman-79.
Edexcel Policy Watch
LSIS Brief Guides:
LSIS publish Brief Guides on key policy topics for the further education and skills sector and a list of these, together with links, is available at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/PolicyServices/BriefGuides.aspx
OUT AND ABOUT Conferences and Events
Subject Learning Coach events:
SLC Training in the West Midlands in conjunction with WMCETT and EMCETT will be held in January 2010. To register for this event see below.
Subject Coaching Neworks
. Full day coaching network on 1 December at the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwick.
To book any of the above events http://www.subjectlearningcoach.net/events.aspx
Reviews: Books, journals, websites etc