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WMCOP Bulletin October 2012

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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.

This month there are a number of important reports and consultations. Firstly LSIS has published a Proposal Document for the new qualifications for teachers and trainers. This recommends moving to a Level 3 Award, a Level 4 Certificate and a level 5 Diploma replacing the current PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS. The consultation is online and open for comment until 26 November. The final Lingfield report has also been published recommending an FE Guild and suggesting the role for different segments of the FE sector. A report by Ofsted into How Colleges Improve has also been published this month setting out key findings for a successful college. There is also a speech by Vince Cable on his industrial strategy and Alan Milburn's report on advancing social mobility in HE. A lot to read and absorb!

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.

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News from the Profession


Discussion documents



BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)


Lingfield Report 'Professionalism in Further Education': The final report of the Independent Review Panel led by Lord Lingfield was published in October 2012. The report defines 5 main segments of FE as: remedial FE; community FE; Vocational FE; Academic FE; HE in FE. It suggests that vocational learning should have primacy, community provision has an important subsidiary role. HE and FE /HE provision should be unified, while remedial provision and presumably academic provision should be left to schools. The setting up of an FE Guild for the sector with an FE Covenant and linked to Chartered Status for providers and and co-ordinating qualifications in the sector was recommended together with a system of verified self-assessment for high-performing providers. It also suggested that teachers of English and Maths have a specialist qualification. The Report can be read at:

Alan Milburn’s report “University Challenge: How HE can advance social mobility”: This report recommends that the higher education sector, through its various representative bodies, should set out publicly a clear ambition – in the form of statistical targets – for the progress it will make over the next five years on both widening participation and fair access. Read it at:

Vince Cable Industrial Strategy Speech: Vince Cable outlines his plans for British industry in a speech to business leaders and committed to a long term, strategic partnership between Government and industry. The speech outlines his vision for: a business bank; sector strategies; world class skills; commercialisation of research and procurement. It can be read at: A new document giving the sector areas on which the Government will focus can be found at:

Increase in Apprenticeships: New statistics published today show a continued increase in the number of people taking up apprenticeships. The provisional data shows that for the full 2011/12 academic year (August 2011 to July 2012) 502,500 people started an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship starts rose from 457,200 in 2010/11, at all levels, with particularly strong growth at advanced and higher levels. The full statistics can be found at:

National Minimum Wage Rise: From 1 October 2012 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rose in accordance with the recommendations set out by the Low Pay Commission in its 2012 report as follows: The adult rate will increase by 11 pence to £6.19 an hour; The rate for 18-20 year olds will remain at £4.98 an hour; The rate for 16-17 year olds will remain at £3.68 an hour; The rate for apprentices will increase by 5 pence to £2.65 an hour and the accommodation offset will increase by 9 pence to £4.82 per day. Further details at:

Website for University Applications: Comparison website Unistats will provide students applying to university with the information they need to help them decide what and where to study. The site uses the Key Information Statistics and can be found at:

Young Entrepreneus Business Start Up Loan Scheme: Start-Up Loans will provide budding entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-24 with a range of support, including access to a business mentor and capital, in the region of £2,500, to help get their business idea moving. This scheme is now operational and further details can be found at:

New Director General of Knowledge and Innovation at BIS: Professor Sir John O’Reilly from Cranfield has been appointed to this post which leads the department’s relationships with the higher education sector. It also fosters links between the UK’s university, science and research base and industry to support economic growth, both through the development of a skilled workforce and through the transfer of new technologies and innovation. Details at:

Highest Student Satisfaction Rates: Students are more satisfied with their experience at UK universities or colleges than at any time in the eight years of the National Student Survey (NSS), with 85 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course in this year's survey. The statistics can be found at:

Next Steps in risk-based Quality Assurance: Hefce have published the outcomes of its consultation on the future direction of quality assurance in higher education. This can be found at:,75785,en.html

POLAR3: Young participation rates in Higher Education: This Report outlines the latest version of the participation of local areas (POLAR) measure, which classifies small areas from across the UK according to their rates of participation by young people in higher education. Further details at:

Checking Student's Qualifications: A new website The Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) can be used to check that a UK higher education provider existed and was approved by the UK Government at any given date going back to 1990. Every UK university and college is listed in the database to provide a check on degree awarding status. It can be found at:


DfE (Department for Education)


School Direct Teacher Training: School Direct gives schools the opportunity to recruit and train their own staff, who will go on to teach in their school, or another school in their partnership. Over 2000 lead schools representing around a third of schools in England have applied to run the School Direct programme. Further details at:

Tougher tests for Trainee School Teachers: Prospective teachers will have to sit new tougher tests in English, mathematics and reasoning before they can start training. The changes which have been recommended by an independent review group of leading head teachers and education experts, would see calculators banned from the new mathematics tests and pass marks in English and mathematics raised. Details at:

Rise in EBacc Numbers: In 2010 under a quarter (22 per cent) of GCSE pupils were entered for the EBacc, but a survey of more than 600 teachers in state-maintained mainstream secondary schools by Ipsos Mori for the DfE shows that almost half (49 per cent) of Year 9 pupils have chosen to study the set of key subjects from this September. Further details at:



The' Ensuring quality in apprenticeships' report: This Report looks at apprenticeships in more detail and assesses the quality of subcontractors providing services for colleges and training providers. It notes that money spent on Management fees is cutting the quality of Apprenticeships and can be read at: The response from the Skills Funding Agency can be found at:


How Colleges Improve: This Report was commissioned by LSIS and Ofsted to highlight how colleges can build on best practice and ensure the education and training they are providing is at least good or outstanding. Successful colleges shared the same characteristics centred on strong governance and management as well as a clear vision and direction. The determination and drive of senior leadership teams in making sure their visions, values and culture were embedded in the ethos of their colleges, were evident in those that were outstanding or improving quickly. The Report can be read at:


LSIS (The Learning and Skills Improvement Service)


FE Teacher and Trainer Qualifications Review: LSIS have published a Proposal Document 'Further Education and Skills in England: New Qualifications for Teachers and Trainers Proposal Document' which sets out the framework for the new teaching qualifications. Proposals include replacing the existing PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS programmes with a level 3 award in education and training, a level 4 certificate in education and training and a level 5 diploma in education and training. A level 7 diploma has also been suggested. It also proposes the development of specialist qualifications at level 5 for teachers of literacy and numeracy; and integrated qualifications at level 5 for teachers of English, maths, ESOL and for teaching disabled learners. The proposal also suggests reviewing the professional standards for teachers with new qualifications being delivered from September 2015. A consultation is open online until 26 November. The Proposal Document and details can be found at:

Lingfield Review: LSIS welcomes the final Lingfield Report and the proposed FE Guild. The full response can be found at:



Policy Watch: Published by The Pearson Centre, it comments on the latest initiatives and can be read at: Topics this month include:
Professionalism in FE
Milburn Social Mobility Report
National Numeracy Challenge
Bacc to Tomlinson and several other newsletters on the Bacc
Party Conference top 10
Building up to the Richard Review

Sector News: WMCETT's Sector News gives weekly updates on education and can be found at: