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WMCOP Bulletin September 2009

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Welcome to the September edition of our Community of Practitioners' Bulletin - your link to what's happening in Teacher Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector.  We hope you had a good summer break and are looking forward to the new academic year.

There has been a lot going on during the summer especially with the Common Inspection Framework - see the Ofsted section of News from the Profession.  Your comments would be welcome on all the issues raised in the Bulletin and the Events.

We'd like to hear 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


Latest Discussion Document

Swap Shop

Out and About


News from the Profession: 

Introducing BIS
In a speech at Birkbeck College in July Peter Mandelson set out his thinking on higher education see:  This was followed in August by a letter from Keven Brennan on FE initiatives including working with the community, capital projects and Train to Gain which can be read at:

Jobs of the Future
A new report by the Government which outlines where, as a result of expected growth and emerging global trends, new jobs could be created in the UK economy of the future.  See

A new Advisory Panel on New Industry, New Jobs, Universities and Skills has been set up - see for details.

Framework for Excellence (FfE)
Publication of the 08/09 headline outcomes of performance by FE providers, by LSC 'FfE: Unified Post 16 Performance Assessment policy document' and dates for implementation 09/10 can be found at:  See also LSIS Policy Update no 21 at

The Skills Funding Agency and RDAs
Following on from the New Industry, New Jobs report, it is suggested that RDAs take over responsibility from the Skills Funding Agency and are the single body with responsibility for producing the regional skills strategy.  See letter at  See also LSIS Policy Update no 22 at

Implementing the New Approach to ESOL
Report published on 'Implementing the New Approach to ESOL' which sets out the experiences and early lessons learnt from the 31 ESOL ‘new approach’ pathfinder areas at

October - Festival of Learning
Informal adult learning is being promoted by BIS in October with a national Festival of Learning to support the Government's Learning Revolution White Paper.  BIS is funding a promotional programme on their website which is at

National Enterprise Academy launches first qualifications in enterprise and entreprenureship - see

16-18 and post 19 funding transfer bulletins
There is information on this at:

14-19 Case Study Library
A new website has been developed giving good practice across the 14-19 Reform Programme at:

Data Security Advice
Becta has published Good Practice Guidance on securing sensitive data held on learners.  See:

New Guidance 'Multi-agency guidelines: Handling Cases of Forced Marriage'
These guidelines have been produced to complement statutory guidance by the FMU at:

Youth Commission report on young people's views on government plans to raise the participation age to 18 is at

The July FE and Skills e-newsletter had 2 articles relevant to apprenticeships.  The first that 100,000 additional Train to Gain places will be available and the second that £11 million Government funding will be open to employers training young people.

LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service)
A User Guide to Self-Assessment and Improvement Planning
This is a practical guide for providers and gives policy (including changes to inspection) useful tools, links to information and examples of good practice.  See

Launch of New National Improvement Strategy
for the Learning and Skills Sector which gives a set of 6 core principles for self-improvement

LSIS Strategic Ambitions sets out their strategy for 2009-10 to 2011-12 and how they will contribute to achieving the core principles of the National Improvement Strategy.  Find it at

LSIS news from Policy Update 22 at covers the following:
Unemployment rises: reports by the DWP and DCFS on youth unemployment and Government initiatives
Swelling student numbers strain college resources:  Concerns around funding for FE college places by ASCL in spite of extra Government funding
College leavers find courses relevant to jobs:  An LSC survey found 64% of students found their courses relevant to finding a job, also covers the effect of attending college on job seeking.
New Paper published on Improving Public Sector Leadership:  Paper entitled 'Whole Systems Go!: Improving leadership across the whole public service system'.  The paper can be found at:
14-19: Record passes at A level and GCSE and Mixed Picture on Diplomas found by Ofsted
HE: Demand for university places exceeds supply by 136,000 after clearing
 LLUK (Lifelong Learning UK) and SVUK (Standards Verification UK)
Reviews of the National Standards for Learning and Development.  Draft Standards and information can be found at:

The Guide to Working in Further Education, visit has been produced as part of the Pass on Your Skills programme, for which over 5000 people have already applied to take part from areas including construction, health and social care, hair and beauty, engineering and manufacturing. 

The LLUK e-bulletin can be accessed via:
Institute for Learning (IfL)
WMCETT Regional IfL Connector Anne Schofield has a webpage for advice and support at: 

General Professional Recognition Learning and Skills (GPRLS) B4 now has a deadline of 1 December 2009.  If your organisation would be interested in hosting REfLECT and Professional Development workshops there is more information at:

Research and Development Funding:  There is £130,000 for research funding in collaboration with LSIS for action research projects which will enhance performance.  For more details see,000-for-practitioner-research

IFL would welcome your comments on:
Single Equality Strategy at:
Annual Members Survey at:


Handbook for the Inspection of Further Education and Skills:  The handbook covers inspections from September 2009. It includes reference to the new common inspection framework 2009 with new guidance on, for example, the inspection of safeguarding and equality and diversity.  See it at:

Common Inspection Framework:  Guidance on the preparation for and conduct of inspections and how it will be used by Inspectors at:
The Common Inspection Framework is at:

Implementation of 14-19 Reforms, including the Introduction of Diplomas:  Report available at
See also article in Talisman at

Talisman:  The latest edition of Talisman can be found at:  The following might be of interest:
Inspection: article on the new Framework and arrangements
Sustainability awards: Feature on Warwickshire and Leicester Colleges
Apprenticeships: Article on the National Apprenticeship Service

Edexcel Policy Watch
Articles from Policy Watch

Schools White Paper: 
comments on the latest Schools White paper at
3 Developments in 14-19 and Adult Skills: (12 August): Positioning of SFA; 'mapping the terrain' and 'Backing Young Britain'
A Level Results: comments at
Jobs of the Future: comments on the Government report at 

Edexcel Policy Watch is online at 

TSNLA - Third Sector News
Third Sector Skills - Real Help Now:  Comprehensive list of the help available to employers and learners in the Third Sector at

Sector News

For the latest from the Educational papers each week see WMCETT Sector News



UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has published the following:

Annual Report: Gives an overview of the initiatives which UKCES is involved with and their 5-year strategic plan at
Talentmap - Making Skills Simpler: Advice for employers in a single, comprehensive framework of education, skills and employment at

Women and Work:  As the Women and Work Sector Pathways initiative announces a further five million pounds of funding to help women in male dominated employment sectors, the research also reveals that two-thirds of women work in just 12 occupational areas – mainly cleaning, catering, clerical, retail and caring  - whilst two-thirds of men work in 26 occupational areas.

UKCES Intelligence Newsletter is at

LSIS Brief Guides:  LSIS publish Brief Guides on key policy topics for the further education and skills sector and a list of these, together with links, is available at:

LSIS Newsletter - Teaching and Learning Programme, Issue 6 Summer 2009 is available at 

Learning and Skills Research Network September e-Newsletter has articles on latest research reports from LSIS, conferences and research funding available.  LSRN newsletters are at:

OUT AND ABOUT Conferences and Events

Mental Health Awareness in an Education Setting CPD module for practitioners across sectors has been developed by Wmcett.  For more information see

Subject Learning Coach events
Manager's Engagement Events.  Half day events are being held on 19 October at Burleigh Court, Loughborough.
Subject Coaching Neworks.  Full day coaching network on 1 December at the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwick.
Advanced Learning Coach Training dates.  New dates for the ALC 2-day residential on 19/20 October at Burleigh Court, Loughborough or 13/14 January at St John's Court Solihull.
To book any of the above events

Reviews: Books, journals, websites etc

Gold Dust 2.  There are lots of really good resources and a new website which is much easier to use - do have a look on

Action Research projects by West Midland Colleges as part of the Teacher Educator Initiative have now been published on our website on:

We would welcome your thoughts and comments at