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WMCOP Bulletin April 2009



Welcome to the April edition of our Community of Practitioners' Bulletin - your link to what's happening in Teacher Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

There is a lot going on at the moment with new legislation, strategies and reports and from this newsletter we'd like you to share your views on the direction that teaching and learning is moving forward. 

There are also some calls for help in Swap Shop and 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.

See below for:

News from the Profession


Latest Discussion Document

Swap Shop

Out and About


News from the Profession: 


Sir Andrew Foster's report 'A Review of the Capital Programme in Further Education' has been published.  The report reviews the overscription of the Building Colleges for the Future programme to understand how the current situation arose and lessons to be learned.  The Secretary of State has issued a statement which accepts the findings and recommendations of the report.  For the full report go to  and for a copy of John Denham's statement go to

LSIS Policy Watch Update responds to the report at

LSN's response to the report can be found at

The Learning Revolution White Paper has been published.  This is an important document as it sets out the Government's vision for informal adult learning and how they intend to do to support it.  The report can be read at

LSIS Policy Watch Update responds to the report at

Niace has responded warmly to the report and their comments can be found at

LSC announces CEO Mark Haysom has stepped down and Geoffrey Russell has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council.  For more information see the official LSC press release at  A statement by John Denham is on

Latest figures on Apprenticeships, Train to Gain and FE Colleges show significant increases in achievement.  The Data Service statistics on learner participation and achievement for post-16 education for 07/08 and updated data on 08/09 can be downloaded at

LSIS Policy Watch Update responds to the report at

Employability Skills.  The UK Literacy Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) have published a document looking at what 200+ organisations are currently doing and taking this practice into core principles which they would like to see developed and adopted.  Download the Executive Summary at or the full report at 

 The DIUS Newsletter is online at

LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service)

LSIS reviews Sir Andrew Foster's report - see DIUS above.  Worth reading their review in Policy Update as gives quick overview of the key elements at

LSIS Policy Update gives a quick look at The Learning Revolution - see DIUS above but probably worth reading the Executive Summary of the full report at as this gives a fuller picture of Government thinking.

3rd Sector - suggest you read if you haven't caught up yet!

Apprentices, Train to Gain and FE College statistics.  Good results all round with Train to Gain especially celebrated (see also DIUS above).  A synopsis at

Reskilling for recovery
DIUS has delivered its official response to a report on the Leitch agenda published by the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee  The arguments around increasing skills levels to improve national prosperity and the use of qualifications to measure skills are reported in the LSIS Policy Update at

Progression for Apprentices
A press release from John Denham responding to a report by UKCES 'Progression into Apprenticeships' pledged to improve apprentices' progression into higher education - see

Skills for Life  LSIS has launched the new Skills for Life core curriculum via the Excellence Gateway.  It is available online at

The LSIS Newsletter Policy Update can be downloaded from

The LSIS Newsletter - Teaching and Learning Programme, Issue 5 Spring 2009 is now published and gives a lot of useful information on the TLP programmes.  It is available online at

LLUK (Lifelong Learning UK) and SVUK (Standards Verification UK)

Skills for Life
LLUK welcomed the new strategy, 'Skills for Life: Changing Lives' which was published on 9 March and updates the government's existing Skills for Life strategy and sets out how it will continue to improve literacy and numeracy - see

SVUK - General Professional Recognition Learning and Skills Scheme (GPRLS) Reminder that this route to Professional Formation is available to all experienced Teacher Educators and the requirements can be found at

LLUK's response to the 2020 Children and Young People's Workforce Strategy can be found at

The LLUK e-bulletin can be accessed via:

Institute for Learning (IfL)

IfL welcomes Ofsted report on initial teacher training
Ifl's response to the publication of 'The initial training of further education teachers' by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted), published in February.  The report covers the 2004-2008 inspection cycle and Toni Fazaeli, Chief Executive of IfL said 'It is encouraging to note the improvements in many areas and the extent to which trainee teachers display good and improving levels of reflection on, and evaluation of, the impact of their teaching on learning'.  See for the original Ofsted report see

Membership Renewals 2009/2010
Annual renewal letters are going out and this gives advice on what to do when you have received your letter:

CPD Guidelines
The IfL's new CPD guidelines includes three new models to help you plan based on your needs, reflect on what you have already achieved and evaluate the development work you have done.  These are available on


Ofsted News - Adult Learning and Further Education section.  The following articles may be of interest:

New Framework for Inspections 'Ofsted Inspects'
The underpinning framework for all inspection and regulation that Ofsted inspects has been published.  It will form the basis of all new systems to ensure that all providers receive consistent and joined-up inspections.

A summary and the full report of the new Inspection Framework can be viewed at

Developing learning and Skills - feedback on Ofsted proposals to introduce new inspection frameworks and methods for colleges, work-based learning and nextstep providers from September at

Celebrating Success
These providers appear on Ofsted's annual outstanding providers list, published at the same time as their annual report

Ofsted's newspaper for learning and skills.  There are a number of interesting articles in this publication well worth having a look at.  It can be downloaded at:


JISC's Regional Support Centre - RSC WM  is hosting a free online e-learning event 'Discover-e 2009' from 19-21 May.  For more information and to register

Edexcel Policy Watch

The Skills Commission call for greater access and progression for apprenticeships.  This article discusses how the stature of apprenticeships can be improved and looks at the reports and surveys on this subject - see

Education and Public Service Reform discusses how education features in the Governments lastest reforms of public services.  It discusses the proposal to fast track 'talented career switchers and graduates moving into teaching - taking six rather than 12 months to complete' - schools related.

Interesting article on the Government approach to school accountability at

Edexcel Policy Watch is online at

Sector News

For the latest from the papers see WMCETT Sector News 


Latest Discussion Document:

Thought we'd do something a bit different this month as Shelley from NEW College sent me a link to this video clip on YouTube - thanks Shelley.

in which Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Share your thoughts by emailing us at

Your chance to ask others in the COP for Teacher Educator resources, ideas etc for particular projects or share great finds

Learning Connections Adviser post with WMCETT 
IfL and WMCETT are working collaboratively to appoint an individual who will provide advice on the workforce reforms and the role of IfL.  This post is for 70 days from appointment to 31 March 2010 and includes training. The deadline for applications is Friday 24 April.  For full details see

WMCETT would like recommendations for good videos/DVDs to use for teaching observation training.  There is a lot of stuff out there - some quite expensive, but what is good and why do you think so?  Email

Sharing Resources
I found the following on the Intute website which you might find interesting if you're working on critical thinking skills with learners.  It is a complete resource with Teacher's Guide, session outlines and discussion points using the web as a research tool.  There are two units currently available, the first focuses on checking facts and the second on gauging and analysing popular opinion on a range of controversial issues.  It is downloadable for educational use provided you cite Intute.  Enjoy it at and let us know how you used it and if it was a success

Conferences and Events

Three Counties Professional Development Partnership are holding a Showcase Event at The Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford on 7 July from 10.30 to 3.30pm.  Colleagues in the partnership colleges will be exhibiting and presenting new ideas and activities.  For more information contact

Books, journals, websites etc

Call for Reviewers:  
Phase 2 of the Gold Dust project will be launched in April, if you would like to be part of this review please contact