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 firstname.lastname@example.org and share your ideas.
See below for:
News from the Profession
Latest Discussion Document
Out and About
News from the Profession:
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 http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/self-assessment-guide
Launch of New National Improvement Strategy
for the Learning and Skills Sector which gives a set of 6 core principles for self-improvement http://www.lsis.org.uk/Libraries/Documents/NewNIS.sflb
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 http://www.lsis.org.uk/Libraries/Documents/StrategicAmbitions.sflb
LSIS news from Policy Update 22
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: http://www.lluk.org/3655.htm
The Guide to Working in Further Education
, visit www.passonyourskills.com
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: http://www.lluk.org/emailsig/bulletin/may09.htm
Institute for Learning (IfL)
Edexcel Policy Watch
TSNLA - Third 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:
: Gives an overview of the initiatives which UKCES is involved with and their 5-year strategic plan at http://www.ukces.org.uk/annual-report-2008-2009
Talentmap - Making Skills Simpler
: Advice for employers in a single, comprehensive framework of education, skills and employment at http://www.ukces.org.uk/news/talentmap-making-skills-simpler
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 http://www.ukces.org.uk/news/newsletters/intelligence-issue-14/
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: http://www.lsis.org.uk/PolicyServices/BriefGuides.aspx
LSIS Newsletter - Teaching and Learning Programme, Issue 6 Summer 2009 is available at http://www.subjectlearningcoach.net/Content/documents/LSIS%20Newsletter%20FINAL.pdf
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: http://www.lsrn.org.uk/post/lsrn-newsletter-june-2009
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 http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/wmcett/pas/skills/events
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 http://www.subjectlearningcoach.net/events.aspx
Reviews: Books, journals, websites etc