We welcome you back to the September 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 and wish you a successful and satisfying new academic year.
This month's Bulletin covers: Matthew Hancock's speech to Ofsted on 3 key areas for FE: advice for learners; implementation of new minimum standards and tougher intervention using Ofsted grading to determine access to funding. There is news on bursaries for initial teacher training for maths and English teaching and CPD modules to upskill maths/numeracy teachers to teach the GCSE curriculum.
The Industrial Strategy has been updated and there is more funding for Employer Ownership Pilots. Careers are also in the forefront this month and consultations on Accountability for providers of 15-19 provision giving performance measures and tables; Apprentice Funding reform and the role of the Industry Training Boards are open.
Over the summer news that young people who failed to attain a GCSE grade C in English and Maths will have to continue to study these and the framework for Traineeships were announced.
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BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)
Speech by Matthew Hancock to Ofsted: This speech sets out the BIS vision for further education and skills training. He sets out 3 areas: giving learners advice focusing more on progression and value added and on where a course gets you instead of completion rates; implementation of new minimum standards will force providers to drive up the quality of their classroom provision, workplace provision and apprenticeships; tougher intervention by increasingly using Ofsted grading to determine access to funding. His speech can be read at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/ofsted-conference-2013
Bursaries of up to £20,000 offered to teach maths, English or Special Educational Needs (SEN): Bursaries for those teaching maths of up to £20000 and for English and SEN of up to £9000 might be available. Contact your Initial Teacher Training centre for further information.
WMCETT Hub for Maths CPD: WMCETT is working with The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) to offer the NCETM Post-16 GCSE Mathematics CPD Enhancement Programme. This is a modular programme for functional maths/numeracy teachers who need upskilling to teach the GCSE curriculum. For details of this and the English and Sen modules please contact Steve Pardoe at S.D.Pardoe@warwick.ac.uk.
European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds for 2014 to 2020: The ESI Funds are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and these are being renegotiated. The funds will be brought together into a single ‘EU Structural Investment (ESI) Funds Growth Programme’ with the funds allocated via the LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships). Priority areas are: innovation and research and development, SME support, low carbon, skills, employment and social inclusion. More details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/making-european-funding-work-better-for-the-uk-economy
Consultation on Apprentice Funding Reform: BIS invites views on ways of delivering apprentice funding and has put forward 3 suggested models: Direct Payment Model: funds go direct to business; PAYE model: funds go to business via PAYE; Provider Payment Model: funds to provider on receipt of business funding. The Consultation closes on 1 October. To respond see: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/apprenticeship-funding-reform-in-england
Consultation on Industry Training Boards (ITBs): BIS are currently conducting a triennial review of the Industry Training Boards (Construction Industry Training Board, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, and Film Industry Training Board) to decide whether the ITBs should continue and the future delivery options. Details of the consultation are at: https://wwwwill be extended for new starters up until the end of 2014, providing an additional 60,000 mentoring places for claimants.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-industry-training-boards-itbs
Extra financial support through Start-Up Loans and New Enterprise Allowance: The New Enterprise Allowance will be extended for new starters up until the end of 2014, providing an additional 60,000 mentoring places for claimants and there will be £34 million for Start-Up Loans that will support around 7,600 businesses. Details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/69-million-more-for-start-up-loans-and-new-enterprise-allowance
Using the Industrial Strategy to help businesses grow: An update on the Industrial Strategy by Vince Cable following the Industrial Strategy Conference can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/using-industrial-strategy-to-help-the-uk-economy-and-business-compete-and-grow/activity
Industrial Strategy: skills training: Through the Employer Ownership Pilots companies will get £238 million to design and guide vocational training. More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-in-government-funding-made-available-to-target-industrial-strategy-skills-training
Careers: inspiration vision statement: Matthew Hancock responded to a report from Ofsted which describes how employers, schools and colleges will work together to inspire young people about the world of work. His Inspiration Vision can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/238841/bis-13-1176-inspiration-vision-statement-R2.pdf.
Careers: Ofsted Report on career guidance 'Going in the Right Direction?': A survey from Ofsted on careers guidance for students in years 9 to 11 a year since schools had responsibility for this. The evaluation can be found at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/going-right-direction-careers-guidance-schools-september-2012
The 'See inside manufacturing' scheme expanded: This scheme involves businesses opening their doors to young people and teachers, allowing them a first-hand view of modern manufacturing and the careers available. SIM will be expanded from 3 to 10 sectors with 7 new industries joining automotive, aerospace, and food & drink. Details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-manufacturers-open-doors-to-young-people
DfE (Department for Education)
Accountability for providers of 16-19 Education: New tables and performance measures are being introduced for providers of 16-19 education. These have been set out in a Consultation document by the DfE and include: new minimum standards with intervention for providers who do not achieve these; data on achievements in grade C English and Maths; data on all courses from entry level to level 3 against performance measures. The Consultation is open until 20 November and can be seen at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/16-to-19-accountability-consultation
Michael Gove: The Importance of Teaching: Speech at the Policy Exchange, London to defend teaching against '4 principal attacks on the work teachers do, which I want to anatomise today'. It can be read at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/michael-gove-speaks-about-the-importance-of-teaching
New Free Schools: There are 93 new free schools opening this year bringing the total number of free schools to 174. To see the list of schools opening go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-school-year-sees-number-of-free-schools-double
Young people without good GCSEs in English and Maths must continue to study these subjects: From this term, all pupils who fail to achieve a C or better in English or maths GCSE by the time they finish secondary school must continue to study the subjects in post-16 education until they get these qualifications. Details are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-reform-will-help-hundreds-of-thousands-of-young-people-get-good-jobs
GCSE results show rise in academic subjects: The EBacc is credited with reversing the decline in languages, this year at a 5-year high; increasing the entries for history to the highest for 16 years and geography to the highest entries for 9 years. There are also an increasing number of pupils taking separate sciences. Further details are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gcse-results-show-rise-of-academic-subjects
Traineeships: Framework for Delivery: Matthew Hancock's written ministerial statement and the framework for traineeships for 16-24 year olds can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/traineeships-updated-framework-for-young-people-aged-16-to-24
Education and Training Foundation
Peter Davies new interim CEO: who was the Project Lead for the consultation and development phase of the Education and Training Foundation will return to take up the role of Interim CEO from Geoff Hall while the permanent CEO is appointed. Further details at: http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/news/100-02-09-13peterdavis.html
Organisation Chart and Job Vacancies: The ETF has published an organisation chart against which recruitment will start this September. It can be seen at: http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/organisation-chart-16-09-13/file.html. Job vacancies for these posts are open until 14 October and can be seen at: http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/job-vacancies.html
Charitable Status: The ETF has received charitable status, details at: http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/news/109-23-09-13-et-foundation-charity-status-confirmed.html
IfL (Institute for Learning)
New President announced: IfL has announced the election of Penny Petch as the new president. She will take over from the outgoing president, Beatrix Groves, at IfL’s annual general meeting on Thursday, 10 October 2013. Details at: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/newsandevents/press-releases/ifl-announces-new-president
IfL Supports Professions Week: A group of the UK’s most prominent professional bodies has announced the UK’s inaugural Professions Week.
Running from 21–27 October 2013, the week will aim to increase interest and awareness among 14 to 19 year olds in the professions. It will also support teachers and careers advisers, giving them the relevant materials to help young people make informed decisions with regards to the professions. The Professions Week has a website at: http://www.professionsweek.org/news/
IfL Updated Strategy published: IfL has updated its strategy to reflect the organisation’s return to being a fully independent, self-financed professional body for teachers and trainers in further education and skills. Details at: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/newsandevents/press-releases/ifl-publishes-updated-strategy
Review of HEFCE financial memorandum with institutions: The terms and conditions for payment of HEFCE grants to universities and colleges are to be revised. HEFCE is consulting on proposed changes until 6 December 2013. Further details at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2013/201321/#d.en.83224
Indicators for higher education in further education colleges: HEFCE’s analysis of widening participation, non-continuation and employment indicators shows that FECs continue to perform strongly in terms of widening participation. The indicators show widening participation, non-continuation and employment indicators and the report can be read at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2013/201318/#d.en.82944
Student satisfaction at a 9 year high: Students studying at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) continue to be very satisfied, with 85 per cent of respondents to this year's National Student Survey (NSS) saying they are satisfied overall with their course. Details at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2013/name,82928,en.html
Unistats website updated: Unistats is one of the most widely used higher education course comparison web-sites in the UK for prospective students, their parents and advisers. It has been updated to include more courses and details can be found at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2013/name,83281,en.html
Sector News: WMCETT's Sector News gives weekly updates on education and can be found at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/othercourses/wmcett/resources/sectornews/
Policy Watch: Published by The Pearson Centre, it comments on the latest initiatives and can be read at: thepearsonthinktank.com/category/policy-watch. Topics this month include:
Maturing MOOCs? - massive open online courses
Helping the 16-19 'inbetweeners'
The Government consults on 16-19 accountability
Ofsted casts its verdict on career guidance in schools
New implementation plans for A level and GCSE
What happened in the world of education in August 2013