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WMCOP Bulletin September 2015

Welcome to the September 2015 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.

There is a lot going on again this month: the first post-16 education and training institution area reviews have been announced, including Birmingham; Further Education ITT bursaries for this year announced; timelines for further education colleges, both mandatory and useful give information to help FE plan for the year ahead; new apprenticeships in the transport sector; information on funding for HE this year has been published;

On the qualification side: The Core Maths qualification, for those who have GCSE Maths, is now available; A new GCSE and A level subject content Consultation has been launched; Ofsted has launched a number of revised Inspection handbooks and leaflets, including FE and Skills Inspection Handbook and leaflet and a leaflet on 'short' inspections. An Inspecting Teacher Training leaflet has been published and also leaflets on guidance for inspectors and Being Inspected as a provider of ITT. There are also leaflets for those training people in custody and residential FE provision. Ofqual have published the new Regulated Qualification Framework which supersedes the Qualifications Credit Framework, they have also published a series of 'postcards' showing the current reforms. The Skills Funding Agency have published revised lists of apprenticeship Standards, both available and in preparation.

Publications: Factsheets covering different aspects of the Enterprise Bill, including apprenticeships; a series of documents relating to apprenticeship reform published; revised guidance on the Prevent Duty and online Prevent modules from the ETF. The Prevent Duty in HE is also under consultation.

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News from the Profession


Discussion documents


Government News

(Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Reviewing post-16 education and training institutions: list of area reviews: As mentioned in the July Bulletin, the Government is facilitating a restructuring of the further education sector through a series of area based reviews of provision. The first area review will focus on Birmingham and Solihull, Greater Manchester and Sheffield City Region. The review is designed achieve a transition towards fewer, larger, more specialised providers, with more collaboration across institution types. This statement sets out the scope of 6 of the first wave reviews. The Birmingham FE colleges are: Birmingham Metropolitan College; Bournville College; Solihull College; South and City College Birmingham and the Sixth form colleges are: Cadbury Sixth Form College; Joseph Chamberlain College and The Sixth Form College Solihull. Their first meeting of the local steering group was Friday 18 September and the Chair of the local steering group is Dr David Collins, FE Commissioner. For further details see: Documents, Information and reports on the programme of area reviews of the post-16 education and training sector are at:

Further education initial teacher training bursary: academic year 2015 to 2016: A form and guidance for claiming further education initial teacher training bursaries has been published. The guide includes: training bursary rates; qualifying subjects and associated degree classifications. It can be read at:

Progression of further education students to higher education: A research study into the progression to higher education of students from all the further education colleges and sixth form colleges in England tracked firstly cohorts of Level 3 students and secondly those who progressed to higher education. Key facts are that: there was an 8% growth in numbers of Level 3 achievers between 2007-08 and 2011-12; of these 82% were from FE Colleges and 18% from Sixth Form Colleges; the Sixth Form College cohort were studying predominantly A level whereas the FE College cohort were studying a whole range of Level 3 courses. Research on the numbers progressing and progression rates shows 795,470 FE College and Sixth Form College students progressed to higher education between 2007-08 and 2011-12 with the 2010-11 cohort the highest rate at 37% in 2011-12, the year before higher fees were introduced. However, when tracked over 5 years, 48% of the 2007-08 cohort progressed to higher education. HE in FE: 20% of the 2011-12 cohort that progressed into higher education in 2012-13 progressed to HE in FE Colleges. Further details and statistics can be read at:

Protecting the term 'apprenticeship': Following a Consultation, the Government will include a clause in the Enterprise Bill to protect the term ‘apprenticeship’ from misuse by unauthorised training providers. The measure will create an offence for a person, in the course of business, to provide or offer a course or training as an apprenticeship if it is not a statutory apprenticeship. A document giving an assessment of the impact that the measures for protecting the term ‘apprenticeship’ in the Enterprise Bill will have on business, can be read at:

Enterprise Bill Factsheets: A series of Factsheets and Impact Assessments relating to the Enterprise Bill can be found at: They include:
Enterprise Bill: summary factsheet
Small Business Commissioner: Enterprise Bill factsheet
Better regulation and the business impact target: Enterprise Bill factsheet
Better regulations and reporting duty: Enterprise Bill factsheet
Public sector apprenticeship targets: Enterprise Bill factsheet
Make apprentice a protected term: Enterprise Bill factsheet
Business rates and a new appeals system: Enterprise Bill factsheet
Business rates and Valuation Office Agency data sharing: Enterprise Bill factsheet
Industrial Development Act: Enterprise Bill factsheet
Public sector exit pay: Enterprise Bill factsheet

Consultation: Apprenticeships levy: employer owned apprenticeships training: Comments are invited on a proposal to introduce an apprenticeship levy. The levy will enable employers to choose and pay for apprenticeship training. It closes on 2 October 2015 and further details are at:

Building apprenticeships in transport sector at heart of government infrastructure investment plans: The Government announced it wants to create 30,000 apprenticeships in road and rail industry in this Parliament and appointed Crossrail chair Terry Morgan CBE to deliver its transport and infrastructure skills strategy. Further details at:

Progression of apprentices to higher education: second cohort: A research study into the progression to higher education of advanced level apprenticeships in England showed: The number of advanced level apprentices progressing on to Higher Apprenticeships increased with a progression rate for the 2010-11 cohort at 2.6%, slightly higher than the 2.3% rate for 2008-09 apprentices with the majority on an Accountancy framework and the North West having the highest progression rates at around 3.4%. London had the lowest at around 1.5%. The Report can be read at:

Apprenticeship changes: A series of documents relating to apprenticeship reform, including guidance for employers carrying out the new changes (trailblazers) can be found at:

Universities Minister demands better value for money for students: Jo Johnson outlines government plans to give students better value for money from their degrees. The government’s green paper, which will be published in the Autumn will include measures to: incentivise and reward higher quality teaching through the ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’; use data from UCAS to better understand how students’ background, prior attainment and course choices impact on access to higher education and deregulate the system to improve competition and give students more choice. Her speech can be read at:

Financial support for full-time students of higher education in 2016 to 2017: Information about tuition fees and loans available to students going to university or college in 2016 to 2017 can be found at:

Higher education: market entry guidance: Guidance documents on degree awarding powers, university title, designation for HEFCE funding and further education to higher education transfers have been published at:

Business Secretary calls on universities to tackle violence against women on campus: Universities UK has been asked to set up and lead a taskforce to help reduce violence against women and girls on university campuses. The taskforce will work with the higher education sector, to develop a code of practice to bring about cultural change, leverage existing complaints mechanisms more effectively and improve engagement with Crime Prevention Officers. Further details at:

UK-China education partnership: Jo Johnson and China’s Minister of Education Yuan Guiren have signed a ‘UK-China Strategic Framework in Education’ in which both countries formalised their commitment to expanding collaboration across higher, vocational and school education, and to work closely together in the 6 key areas of higher education, vocational education, schools, language, sports, and mobility. Further information at:

UK ranked as world-leader in innovation: The UK has been ranked as the second most innovative country in the world in the the Global Innovation Index (GII). The GII highlights the key role innovation plays as a driver of economic growth and prosperity. The UK has risen from tenth on the GII in 2011 to second in both 2014 and 2015. More details at:

Statistics for September 2015
24+ advanced learning loans application information: September 2015 can be found at:

Further education and skills: statistical first release: Final further education and skills data for 2013 to 2014 and provisional further education and skills data for the first three quarters of the 2014 to 2015 academic year can be found at:

Participation rates in higher education: This series brings together all documents relating to participation rates in higher education at:

(Department for Education)

Timeline for further education colleges: mandatory: Information to help further education colleges plan for the academic year ahead can be read at:

Timeline for further education colleges: useful: Useful information to help further education colleges plan for the academic year showing dates for curriculum and qualification changes. It can be seen at:

GCSE and A level subject content consultation: 'A' Level Accounting, Ancient History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Electronics, Film, Law, Media Studies and Statistics have revised subject content. The content of GCSE Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Electronics, Film Studies, Media Studies and Statistics has also been revised. The consultation closes on 5 November and details can be found at:

Core Maths Qualification: The new Core Maths qualification is available this year for students who achieve a C or above in their GCSE. Core maths is the equivalent size and has the same UCAS points as an AS level and will further pupils’ maths skills while teaching them how to apply existing knowledge to real life issues. Further details of this and the revised GCSE Maths and English qualifications at:

Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty: Revised guidance has been published at:

Connecting employers to schools, and young people to careers: A speech by Sam Gyimah on the importance of businesses getting involved in school careers services, at the launch of the Enterprise Adviser programme. The Careers and Enterprise Company's remit is spreading what works to all schools and colleges, filling gaps and making it easier for schools, employers, and careers and enterprise providers to connect. His speech is at:

Impact of smartphones on behaviour in lessons to be reviewed: Nick Gibb has announced that the investigation by Tom Bennett into how to train teachers to tackle poor pupil behaviour, will be expanded to cover wider issues such as the use of mobile phones and other devices in schools. Further details at:

School Teachers' professional development standard: call for evidence: A Consultation by The Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group is developing a standard for school teachers’ professional development. It closes on 16 October and can be seen at:

Hundreds of schools sign up for first ever national safety tool: A new online service, called Parent Info, will give parents information to help them with issues from spotting the warning signs of self-harm, to having a healthy body image and managing money in a digital world. Schools sign up for this tool which parents then access. Further details at:

Professional Bodies


The Education and Training Foundation

Free Prevent Training Modules: The ETF launched a new website earlier this year, to help the FE sector comply with the new statutory Prevent duty. The ETF has now launched further support for the sector. Hosted on Foundation Online Learning (FOL) it aims to give those completing the modules an up to date understanding of how the Prevent duty applies in an FE and training context and their responsibilities relating to it. The Modules can be found at:

Resources for FE Teachers - English Pipeline: The ETF has launched the English Pipeline which is a suite of training and resources to support teachers and trainers to develop teaching approaches in English. The resources address the challenges faced by practitioners from a variety of routes into the profession, facing different audiences and working in different settings. They can be accessed at:

Resources and training for FE Teachers - Maths Pipeline II: Following on from the highly-successful Maths Enhancement Programme the ETF has launched Maths Pipeline II, which supports participants through a differentiated programme of workforce development backed up and enhanced by the use of existing and newly developed resources. This includes courses in mathematical resilience organised and run by WMCETT. There is more information about a whole suite of coureses here:

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS): QTLS is a professional status that you can gain by successfully completing professional formation, conferred by the Education and Training Foundation. The Spring window for applications is now open and closes on 30 October. Further details on QTLS at:


Further education and skills inspection handbook from September 2015: Guidance for inspecting further education and skills provision under the common inspection framework from September 2015 can be found at:

Inspecting initial teacher education: leaflet for providers: This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during an inspection of an initial teacher education partnership. It can be found at:

Inspecting further education and skills: leaflet for providers: This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during an inspection of a further education and skills provider. It can be found at:

Short inspections of further education and skills: leaflet for providers: This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during a short inspection of a further education and skills provider. It can be found at:

Inspecting initial teacher education: guidance for inspectors: The statutory basis and framework for initial teacher education (ITE) Ofsted inspections in England from September 2015 has been published at:

Being inspected as a provider of initial teacher education: Inspection of an initial teacher education (ITE) partnership gives an independent evaluation of its effectiveness and how it should improve at:

Inspecting learning and skills training for people in custody: Handbook for providers and Ofsted inspectors on inspecting learning and skills training and work activities for young adults and adults in custody can be found at:

Inspecting residential provision in further education colleges: framework: Framework for the Ofsted's inspections of residential provision in further education colleges in England can be found at:

Ofsted’s inspection workforce from September 2015: This document aims to answer some of the common questions about the changes made to Ofsted's inspection workforce arrangements from September. It can be found at:

Initial teacher education: inspection statistics September 2014 to August 2015: Official statistics covering outcomes from initial teacher education inspections between September 2014 and August 2015 can be found at:

Further education and skills inspection and outcome data: 16 September 2015: Provisional data used to inform Ofsted's appearance at the Education Select Committee on 16 September 2015 and data up to 30 June 2015, can be found at:


Ofqual to introduce new Regulated Qualifications Framework: The new Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) replaces the QCF on 1 October 2015.
A 'postcard' giving a simple idea of the RQF can be found at:
Full details of the consultation outcome can be found at:
Details of Qualification and component levels are at:
Details of Total Qualification Time criteria are at:

Criteria for determining whether a qualification is relevant for the purposes of the Education and Skills Act 2008: Rules for awarding organisations to use when deciding whether young people could take a qualification for education or training purposes have been published at:

Your qualification, our regulation: GCSE, AS and A level reforms: A series of 'postcards' outlining the work Ofqual is doing, with an emphasis on current reforms to qualifications in England can be found at:

Skills Funding Agency (SFA)

Apprenticeship standards ready for delivery: An updated list of all the apprenticeship standards approved by the SFA that are ready for employers and training organisations to use has been published at:

Apprenticeship standards in development: An updated list of all occupations approved by the SFA to develop an apprenticeship standard has been published at:

Register of apprentice assessment organisations: An updated list of organisations approved as end point apprentice assessors has been published at:

Traineeships: young people: Information to help you decide whether you might be suitable, and advice on how to get onto a traineeship has been published at:

(Higher Education Funding Council for England)

Prevent’ duty: consultation on proposed monitoring approach for higher education providers: HEFCE is consulting on its proposed approach to monitoring compliance with the new ‘Prevent’ duty in the higher education sector in England. Further details at:,105455,en.html

Student satisfaction remains high at UK universities and colleges: The satisfaction rate for students studying at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) remains high with 86 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course in this year's National Student Survey (NSS). Further details at:,104948,en.html

Helpful steps to postgraduate taught courses: ‘Steps to Postgraduate Study’ is a new website providing information for students who are making decisions about postgraduate taught (PGT) study. The website is at: