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WMCETT Bulletin November 2010

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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.

It's been a busy month with the Skills Strategy 'Skills for Sustainable Growth' published by BIS, Reform of Higher Education and Student Finance also published by BIS and 'The Importance of Teaching' the Education White Paper, published by the Department for Education.  BIS has also published its Business Plan for 2011-2015 and a monthly update on progress and Ofsted has published it's Annual Report 2009-2010. 

We'd welcome your views and any recommendations you have on articles, books or useful websites you've discovered so email us at: and share your ideas.

See below for:

News from the Profession


Discussion documents


News from the profession

bis (business, innovation and skills)


Further Education

Vince Cable in a speech to the Association of Colleges Conference, Birmingham on 16 November 2010 set out the Government's vision for reform of the further education and skills system.  Read his speech at:

'Skills for Sustainable Growth'  This Government Strategy document was launched by Vince Cable and John Hayes at the AOC Conference and it sets out the vision for reform of the FE and skills system.  Key aspects are: the role of apprenticeships including those for adults; replacing Train to Gain with training support for SMEs; funding and a fee loan scheme for FE.  The full report can be read at: and links to the executive summary and equality impact summary are at:

'Investment for Sustainable Growth' sets out the funding methodology for the reform of the FE and skills system and can be read at:

The consultation process and responses to the Skills for Sustainable Growth Strategy can be found at:

John Hayes speech to the Association of Colleges Conference can be read at:

Geoff Russell of the Skills Funding Agency spoke about his vision and funding for FE at the AOC Conference at: 

BIS Business Plan 2011-2015 was published on 8 November.  It sets out the Government's priorities, actions and milestones and incorporates the existing draft structural reform plan published in July 2010.  Read it at:  The October monthly business plan update is at:

All-Age Careers Service:  John Hayes set out his vision for the first all-age careers service in England at the Institute of Careers Guidland annual conference in Belfast on 4 November 2010.  Both young people aged 13-19 and adults will be able to access new careers guidance arrangements from September 2011 and the service will build on Next Step and Connexions.  Read his speech at:   

Employment rates and earnings for people taking vocational courses:  Statistics looking at employment rates and earnings for people taking vocational courses has found school leavers who achieve a BTEC First as well as 5 good GCSEs earn 6% more on average over their lifetime.  Read the report at: and comments from HEFCE at:

'Next generation of leaders: motivations and leadership in the FE sector':  LSN, in partnership with the Woman's Leadership Network, has today published this report which looks at what motivates and deters people from applying for senior jobs in FE.  Read it at:

'Using the Head and Heart at work: a business case for soft skills' A report by CIPD demonstrates the business case for putting soft skills at the heart of an organisation's learning and talent development agenda.  Read it at:

FE and Skills Newsletter is back!  Issue 34 of 18 November can be found at:
Key contents are:
Cable and Hayes launch Skills Strategy and Investment Strategy
Hayes outlines crucial role of colleges
Becta launches ICT Services Framework for schools and FE
UK Squad for Worldskills 2011 announced
Get involved in Apprenticeship Week 7-11 February 2011
John Hayes calls for a new arts and crafts movement
Online basics for adults

Higher Education

Reform of Higher Education and Student Finance:  The Government's plans for the reform of higher education and student finance is at: and a Statement by David Willetts at the Houses of Parliament on 3 November 2010 is at:

A Podcast by Nick Clegg on Student Funding can be heard at: 

Aim Higher:  The Aim Higher programme will end in July 2011, David Willetts announced 25 November 2010 - see article at:

The UCAS Provisional End of Cycle Report 2009/2010 can be found online at and David Willetts comments are at:

HEFCE has welcomed an evaluation of Lifelong Learning Networks (LLNs) which shows the programme has achieved well against its objectives, and has improved progression opportunities for learners on vocational programmes into and through higher education. See article at:

HEFCE is hosting an event on 2 December 2010 in Birmingham to draw out emerging lessons from the higher education sector's recent work to support employer workforce development.  See details at:

Department for Education

 'The Importance of Teaching' the Schools White Paper published by the Department for Education on 24 November.  Page 47 looks at the way A levels and GCSEs are being revised and the assessment of punctuation, grammar and spelling within qualifications and page 48 looks at vocational qualifications including the Wolf review and apprenticeships.  The full report can be read at:


 New Chief Executive:  Rob Wye will replace Dr David Collins in the new year as LSIS Chief Executive.  Rob Wye, currently director of strategy and implementation at the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA).  See

Research Conference:
“The new world we're in: implications for research and practitioner enquiry in the learning and skills sector.”
Park Plaza Victoria London – Tuesday 1st March 2011.  See:

Funding Opportunities can be found at:
Of particular interest this month might be:
Developing Social Enterprise Ambassadors – West Midlands pilot Closing date for applications: 3 December 2010 5:00pm
LSIS is offering grants of up to £5000 to learning and skills providers in the West Midlands to work closely with Social Enterprise West Midlands with a view to identifying and developing a Social Enterprise Ambassador in their own organisation.
Improving Teaching and Learning fund and Improving Teaching and Learning through technology fund - Closing date for applications: 6 December 2010 12:00pm
Take part in a CPD or action research project targeted at whole organisation approaches to teaching and learning improvement, using LSIS teaching and Learning change agents (Subject Learning Coaches, Professional Development Advisers or E-Guides). Collaborative bids welcomed.
Policy Updates:  There are 3 Policy Updates since the last Bulletin:
Policy Update 12: 9-22 October at:
Policy Update 13: 22 October-14 November at:


Review of Learning and Development apprenticeship framework:  LLUK are currently seeking feedback on the proposed development of an apprenticeship framework for Learning and Development in England.  For further details and draft proposal see:


Share your view on initial teacher education:  The Institute for Learning (IfL) has been invited to give evidence to a parliamentary hearing hosted by the all-parliamentary Skills Forum, chaired by Baroness Margaret Sharp and would welcome your views on the arrangements for initial teacher training.  Details at:
Professionalism is key to Skills Strategy:  IfL has welcomed John Hayes' speech at the AOC Conference in which he said that he believed in the 'professionalism of the sector'.  Read the article at:
IfL Response to Wolf review of 14-19 Vocational Education: IfL members have identified 4 priority areas they would like the Wolf review to address.  These are: parity of esteem; vocational pedagogy; progression and public and policymaker perception.  Read their response at:
IfL Vision for self-funding:  including the decision to apply for charity status and the hope of achieving professional status.  Read it at:


Ofsted Annual Report:  The Annual Report 2009-2010 is now published and the full report together with highlights from each of the areas can be accessed at:    The section on Initial Teacher Training is at: and the main findings are:
(a) There was more outstanding initial teacher education delivered by higher education-led partnerships than by school-centred initial teacher training partnerships and employment-based routes.
(b) Trainee teachers preparing to teach in primary and secondary schools receive better training than those training to teach in the further education sector.
(c) Trainee teachers need higher quality practical experience of teaching phonics and early literacy skills during their training to increase their expertise.
Ofsted News:  The October edition can be read at:

Policy watch 

Pearson Research Institute publish Policy Watch.  It contains commentary and opinion on Government initiatives and can be found at:  Unfortunately the website is not updated very often and I recommend getting Policy Watch on email which this month has included:
Policy Watch on the Skills Strategy and education plans
The Department's new Business Plans
Going for Growth 2010
Keeping track of what happened in the world of education October 2010

sector news

 For a weekly news update from the educational press click here.