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WMCOP Bulletin October 2014

Welcome to the October 2014 edition of our Community of Practitioner's Bulletin - your link to what's been happening in Teacher Education in the lifelong learning education sector in the last month.

This month sees the graduate bursaries for maths, English and SEN being extended, a consultation by Ofsted on revising the Inspection Framework for schools, further education, skills and early learning, Birmingham chosen as the headquarters for the new HS2 college and the Skills Show funded for a further 2 years. In HE, HEFCE is seeking views on future approaches to the assessment of quality and a report shows the value of universities to city and local growth.

There are moves to simplify the National Minimum Wage, especially for apprenticeships and a report on good recruitment practice for apprenticeships. The current employment framework is also under review.

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


Government News


BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

The UK Industrial Strategy: Vince Cable's speech to the CBI sets out the Government's Industrial Strategy and the rationale for future development. It can be read at:

ITT Graduate Bursaries to continue: Nick Boles has announced the continuation of a bursary scheme to encourage more top graduates to begin a teaching career in the FE sector. The funding is specifically for teachers in maths, English and Special Educational Needs (SEN) which continues the scheme for the 2015 to 2016 academic year. Further details at:

National Minimum Wage 2015: The Government evidence to the Low Pay Commission to help decide the National Minimum Wage, including simplifying the NMW by changing the rates for apprentices. Details can be found at:

Birmingham and Doncaster chosen for high speed rail college: The Headquarters of the college will be based in Birmingham to provide specialist vocational training to the next generation of engineers working on the High Speed 2 (HS2) project creating around 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities. Further information at:

FE Commissioner Letter to Chairs of FE and Sixth Form Colleges: In his letter David Collins sets out 10 areas which make a College successful. It can be read at:

University student's competition for intellectual property ideas: the StudentshIP Enterprise Awards will provide funding for university projects that bring enterprising students, businesses, and their local community together to work on innovative projects. In-house projects or collaborations with other universities or businesses that create, manage or exploit intellectual property. Further details at:

The Skills Show to be delivered by Find a Future: The Skills Show and Skills Competitions will be delivered by Find a Future in 2015 and 2016 and funding from BIS will be routed through the Education and Training Foundation to encourage more employer involvement and sector engagement. Further details at:

Employment Review on the status of workers: The Government has launched a review of the employment status of British workers to determine how clear the current employment framework is, what the options are to extend some employment rights to more people and whether there is scope to streamline this very complex area of employment law. Further details at:

DfE (Department for Education)

State of the Nation 2014 Report: This Report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission warns that the social recovery needed to get Britain back on track to abolish child poverty has not happened. Instead it predicts 2020 is set to mark the end of the first decade since records began without a fall in absolute poverty and recommends actions. Further information is at:

Funding to prevent Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage: The Government has funded 3 groups of projects to help eradicate these practices: The Forced Marriage Unit; community champion's fund and community engagement in at risk areas. More details at:

Women in Business: A speech by Nicki Morgan on the current position of women in business and the actions needed for equality, can be read at:

Review of Professional Standards for School Teaching Assistants: A review of the Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants in Schools has been launched. More details at:

Professional Bodies


Education and Training Foundation

Recommendations to the Education Committee's Inquiry: The Foundation has made recommendations to the Education Committee's Inquiry into apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-19 year olds and also suggested that this should be viewed in the context of the wider VET system. The recommendations include: continued funding for professionalism; a period of policy and funding stability; the role of skills competitions reviewed and equality and diversity profiling. The full submission can be read at:

Leadership Register: A Leadership Register has been launched which enables leaders in the sector to connect with each other and share professional expertise through coaching, mentoring, work shadowing and learning visits. More information at:


Better Inspection for all: Ofsted has launched a consultation on a new framework for the inspection of schools, further education and skills providers and registered early years settings. It proposes: the use of trained in house inspectors and a more consistent approach; the use of a common inspection framework across all types of provider with greater emphasis on curriculum balance, safeguarding and adding some wider criteria such as the quality of assessment; the use of shorter (two inspectors over one day) and more frequent (three rather than five years) for those schools and colleges rated as ‘good' and using the proposed new common framework with non-associated independent schools. The consultation can be accessed at:


The role of universities in city and local growth: The Report of the City Growth Commission confirms the importance of universities in developing high-tech clusters, and forging close links with local venture capital and entrepreneur communities. It can be read at:

Quality Assessment in UK Higher Education: HE funding bodies in the UK are seeking views on future approaches to the assessment of quality in higher education and will then invite tenders under a joint procurement exercise. Further details at:

SFA (Skills Funding Agency)

Good Practice in Apprenticeship Recruitment: The CIPD has published a report on good practice in apprenticeship recruitment which can be read at:



Allen Crawford-Thomas at JISC sends a newsletter which has useful information with links to using technology including this month:

How to create a Moodle lesson at:
Learning Resource: 'Great Writers Inspire' at:
Five blended/flipped learning tools at:

Sector News

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

Policy Watch

Policy Watch: Published by The Pearson Centre, it comments on the latest initiatives and can be read at: Topics this month include:
Policy Eye - week ending 17 October 2014
Policy Eye - week ending 10 October 2014
Policy Watch - the changing face of Inspection and accountability
Policy Watch - 10 education themes from this year's Conferences
Policy Eye - week ending 3 October 2014
Policy Tracker - keeping track of what happened in the world of education in September 2014