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WMCETT Bulletin October 2010

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

The Bulletin is a combination of events from September and October as the academic year started quietly and has gained pace from mid September to the October Spending Review.

UKCES have published 'Ambition 2020: World Class Skills and Jobs for the UK: The 2010 Edition' together with The Value of Skills: An Evidence Review and the full report on 'The National Employer Skills Survey for England 2009: Main Report'.  This group will provide our discussion document for August.

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




The Effect of the Government Spending Review on Further and Higher Education:  The BIS website gives a breakdown of the effect of the Spending Review on Higher and Further education with these areas accounting for 65% of BIS savings.  The Browne report will be implemented in the HE sector - see below.  The FE sector budget will be reduced by 25% although there will be funding for basic skills, adult and community learning including Adult Apprenticeships.  Read it at:

HEFCE response to the Spending Review can be viewed at:

'Securing a Sustainable Future for Higher Education in England: An Independent Review of Higher Education & Student Finance in England' The Browne Report is a review on the future of fees policy and financial support for full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students.  It has formed the basis of the Government's policy on funding both Higher and Further education.  Read the full report at: or the executive summary at:

In a statement to the House of Commons on October 12, Business Secretary Vince Cable said that the Government endorsed the key points from Lord Browne’s report.  Read his response at:

David Willetts speech: HEFCE Annual Conference on 21 October sets out the Government's response to the Browne Report.  It gives more details on the timing of a White Paper; the areas where it expects cuts; how it will broaden access, especially looking at new models for degrees; quality assurance bodies and funding for science and research.  Read it at:

Skills Minister calls for new Arts and Crafts movement:  John Hayes set out a new vision for craft and vocational skills as he spoke of the re-emergence of the Guilds and announced an ambition to create a new and prestigious award for Craft.  Read it at:

White Paper on local growth:  BIS published its White Paper on local growth on 29 October 2010 which includes proposals for twenty-four local enterprise partnerships were set up for local business and civic leaders working together to drive sustainable economic growth and create new jobs in their communities.  The Regional Growth Fund is also now open for business.  Read a summary and download the White Paper at:

New Appointments to HEFCE, SLC (students loans company), OFFA (Office for Fair Access):
Tim Melville-Ross is reappointed as Chair of the Board of HEFCE for a further three years from 1 January 2011; the new SLC non-executive chair is Ed Smith, who will take up his appointment from 1 November 2010.  Ed was also reappointed as Deputy Chair of the Board of HEFCE from June this year for a further twelve months and Sir Martin Harris is reappointed as Director of OFFA for a further 12 months effective from 16 October 2010.  See the details at: 

BIS Partner Bodies Streamed:  Most of the bodies concerned with education are mentioned above with the future of UKCES under consideration.  A list of those affected can be read at:

HEFCE Funding for Foundation Degree Forward to end:  After seven years at the heart of employer engagement in higher education  HEFCE will cease mainstream funding for Foundation Degree Forward (fdf) by July 2011, although transitional funding will be available until October 2011.  Further details at:

'Student perspectives on technology - demand, perceptions and training needs'
28 October 2010.  A report by HEFCE explores the expectations and demand for online provision from future students, and what training they might need in order to use it effectively. Read it at:

'The impact of higher education finance on university participation in the UK' 11 October 2010 by Lorraine Dearden, Emla Fitzsimons and Gill Wyness estimates the separate impacts of upfront fees, grants and mantenance loans on UK higher education participation.  Read it at:

'Assessing the impact of the new student support arrangements (NSSA) on higher education institutions' 11 October 2010 explores case studies of the impact of the policies, planning and behaviours of universities prior to and 3 years after their implementation at: 

'The impact of the 2006-07 HE finance reforms on HE participation' 11 October 2010 by Claire Crawford and Lorraine Dearden examines the effects of the reforms introduced by the Higher Education Act 2006 and 2007 on participation.  Read it at:

Lsis (learning and skills improvement service)

LSIS Policy Update 12 covers the main points of the Spending Review and the responses from the Sector at: 

LSIS Policy Update 11: 24 September - 7 October. 
Main points of interest are:
John Hayes on the Government's commitment to apprenticeships
The postponement of the UCAS tariff for apprenticeships
The new BBC learning strategy
A Report by Universities UK 'The supply of part-time higher education in the UK' See 


Learning Delivery Qualifications:  The 9 November is the last chance to comment on the revised teaching qualifications at:


What does the Spending Review mean for FE and Skills: Tony Fazaeli sets out the IfL interpretation the Government Spending Review to further education at: and call for an independent inquiry into world-class teaching and training in further education and skills at:

Anne Schofield is the Institute for Learning's Regional Adviser for the West Midlands:  Anne can offer free support around gaining Associate/Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (A/QTLS); CPD and using Reflect.  For further details please contact Anne on


The report, ‘Learning from the best: examples of best practice from providers of apprenticeships in underperforming vocational areas’ shows that more apprentices are completing their training programmes, and finishing them more quickly, when they have been carefully screened and tested for selection and given taster courses at school.  See:

A report by Ofsted entitled 'Good practice in involving employers in work-related education and training' 5 October 2010 sets out to determine the benefits of employers’ involvement in government-funded work-related education and training, to identify the features of good practice and the ways in which the provision could be further improved.  Read it at:

 Policy WatCH

 Pearson Research Institute publish Policy Watch.  It contains commentary and opinion on Government initiatives and can be found at:  Information can be received via email and this month the following have been received:
What we learned about education from the Party conferences
HE fees, quangos and efficiency
The Implications of the Spending Review

news, conferences, research 

 Sector News:  For news from the educational press click here

 New Online Education Research Journal:   Run by Durham University, anyone can publish immediately with reviews by readers.  For details click on Online Educational Research Journal - The Evolution of t he eJournal.   URL

NIACE Conference:  Now is the time to ginger up your friends and colleagues to apply for the 24th November conference. The closing date is looming. Click here Travelling together: Evidence for practice in the Learning and Skills Sector | NIACE. The conference is filling up nicely (it’s much cheaper than last year) but places are limited due to the smaller size of the venue.