Welcome to the October edition of our Community of Practitioners' Bulletin - your link to what's been happening in Teacher Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector in the last month.
The main item of interest this month is the publication by LSIS of the revised Certificate and Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS and DTLLS) Teacher Qualifications. The new structure of the qualifications and progression routes have been agreed as have the restricted optional units although some of the open units are still being developed and the completed list should be available in December.
Information and careers advice is also in the news with the launching of Lifelong Learning Accounts; a new interactive careers and learning tool and the National Careers Service revised matrix standard.
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News from the Profession
BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)
£20 million investment in Skills for Growth: The Government sets out how £11 million matched funding through the Growth and Innovation Fund will deliver skills through apprenticeships and professional standards targetting healthcare, renewable energy and nuclear manufacturing. Details at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/topstories/2011/Oct/investment-in-skills-for-growth
New Interactive careers and learning tool: A free online service 'Lifelong Learning Accounts' has been launched to provide information and advice on skills, careers and financial advice in one place. Further information is at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/topstories/2011/Oct/lifelong-learning and the accounts can be accessed at Next Step at: https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/LifeLongLearningAccount/Pages/default.aspx
Revised Matrix Standard: John Hayes sets out his vision for the National Careers Service and the rationale behind the revised professional standards which have been developed and which National Careers Service providers need to obtain by April 2012, these are linked to the Ofsted Common Inspection framework. Read the speech at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/speeches/john-hayes-matrix-standard-2011. The Matrix website is at: http://www.matrixstandard.com/ and the Standards are at: http://www.matrixstandard.com/about-the-standard/
DfE (Department for Education)
New Funding System for post-16 Education: Consultation launched by Nick Gibb which suggests funding the student rather than the qualification and all students aged 16-19 who haven't acheved a grade C in English and Maths to continue studying those subjects. Details at: http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00198873/gibb-simpler-fairer-funding-system-to-improve-post-16-education
Ofqual to fine Exam Boards over mistakes in Exam papers: This follows a range of errors by Exam Boards this year and gives Ofqual further powers. Details at: http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00198969/ofqual-to-get-new-powers-to-fine-exam-boards-over-mistakes-in-papers
QCDA: The qualifications and curriculum development Agency update of responsibilities for areas of work that have transferred can be found at: http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/wg-news-1.nsf/lfi/DNWA-8MSGK6
New online and telephone family support services: A new support service will be set up accessing 11 different community and support services to support families with advice on a different issues including relationships, benefits, exclusions and getting back to work. Further details at: http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00199500/11-million-to-fund-new-online-and-telephone-family-support-services
Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked: Practical Guidance: New guidelines can be found at: https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DFE-00084-2011.pdf
LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service)
Revised Teaching Qualifications: CTLLS and DTLLS: LSIS have now published the revised CTLLS and DTLLS with guidance on the structure of the new qualifications and progression routes. There will be some additions in December but the main structure will stay the same. The revised CTLLS can be found at: http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/media/Qualifications%20and%20Skills/CTLLS_Q_Guidance_FINAL_Web_v1.13.pdf and the revised DTLLS is at: http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/media/Qualifications%20and%20Skills/Q_Guidance_DTLLS_FINAL_Web_Sept_2011_v1.1.pdf
Driving Improvement: The LSIS offer 2011-12: LSIS guide to the services they are offering to support their Strategic Intentions Framework can be found at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/Services/Publications/Documents/LSIS%20267%20-LSIS%20Improvement%20Services%202011-2012%20Web%20Version.pdf
Shaping the Community Scorecard: Action research project Final Report: UKCES and LSIS have produced a report of an action research project carried out to explore how FE can work more effectively in different communities. Read it at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/Services/Publications/Documents/LSIS-Community-Scorecard-finalreport2011.pdf
LSIS Current Funding Opportunities can be found at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/WorkingWithLSIS/Opportunities/funding-Opportunities/Pages/default.aspx
LSIS Policy Updates: Update no 11 covering 28 September to 18 October can be found at: http://www.lsis.org.uk/Services/Policy/Policy-Updates/Documents/LSISPolicyUpdate2011-12No11.pdf
SfA (Skills Funding Agency)
Streamlined funding system for adult skills: The 2011-12 new system for funding adult skills can be found at: http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/providers/fundingdocuments/
Update: The SfA Updates are weekly and can be found at: http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/providers/allthelatest/providerupdate/
Revised Inspection Framework for residential provision in FE Colleges: A consultation on inspecting residential provision for young people under 18 years of age has been launched. Details at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/news/revised-inspection-framework-for-residential-provision-fe-colleges-ofsted-consultation-0
Improving Science in Colleges: A new report identifies the factors which have helped colleges improve the quality of their science provision. Details at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/improving-science-colleges
News from the Sector
Policy Watch is published by Pearson Publishing and gives useful summaries of the latest news in the Education sector. The link to Policy Watch can be found at: http://www.pearsoncpl.com/category/updates/. October Updates cover:
Simplifying funding systems for adult skills
Managing student numbers in HE
Sector-based work academies - what are they?
The Standards debate kicks off
The Government consults on 16-19 funding and provision
Policy Tracker September 2011
Sector News: WMCETT Sector News gives weekly news from the educational press and can be accessed from here