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WMCOP Bulletin April/May 2015

Welcome to the April/May 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.

Following the dissolution of Parliament for the General Election, there wasn't a Bulletin in April. With Parliament sitting and a Queen's Speech with little mention of education (at least for the time being!) this month work continues on familiar themes. There is Guidance from the Government on maths enhancement for pre-ITE programmes; GCSE and A level guidance on the reformed subjects to be taught from this September and a new digital service for finding apprenticeships.

A SEND Code of Practice, Reports on GCSE Maths, A Level take-up by gender, summer 2015 exam entries and data on the FE workforce are all published. Lists of recognised UK Degree providers, providers of apprenticeships and providers of traineeships have all been updated, as have many of the Government's Policies. Statistics for NEETS, FE Choices, 24+ Advanced Learning Loans have also been published.

WMCETT have some interesting events in June and ongoing workshops and there are some free resources listed from AELP.

We'd welcome 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


Discussion documents


Government News


(Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme guide: academic year 2015 to 2016: This guide explains what the mathematics subject knowledge enhancement programme guide for pre-initial teacher training programmes is, who can benefit from it, and how it will be provided. Details at:

Recognised UK Degrees: BIS has published guidance on recognised UK degrees with links to lists of UK Recognised providers, Listed Bodies and recognised awards, together with definitions of their roles. Details at:

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) Statistics: Figures released on 21 May show the highest ever recorded proportion of 16 to17 year olds, more than 9 in 10, are now participating in education or training. This trend continues for 19 to 24 year olds who are NEET with the lowest comparable rate in 10 years. Further details at:

Further Education Statistics: Statistics for May 2015 have been published at: These include:
24+ Advanced Learning Loans: Information on applications for 24+ advanced learning loans received by the Student Loans Company for the August 2014 to March 2015 academic year. Information is included on application processing, course type, and applicant demographics. Details can be found at:
Stistical First Release: Final further education and skills data for 2013 to 2014 and provisional further education and skills data for the first two quarters of the 2014 to 2015 academic year at:

SFA: national success rates tables 2013 to 2014: Apprenticeship and education and training national success rates tables with supporting guidance have been published at:

FE Commissioner's Office Costs: The annual cost of the Further Education (FE) Commissioner’s office has been published at:

Government policy updates: Following the general election, the Government has published updates and confirmed its policies for 2010-2015 on:
Local enterprise partnerships and enterprise zones at:
Further Education and Training: funding, teacher training and apprenticeships at:
Higher Education Participation: and access to Higher Education at:

(Department for Education)

SEND Code of Practice: Updated guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014 has been published at:

Free Schools: Nicky Morgan affirms the government pledge to open 500 new free schools this parliament as the latest round of applications opens. Further details of applications and a report on the effects of free schools at:

Academy Trusts:
Open Academies and academy projects:
Information on all academies open in England, and those in the process of becoming academies can be found at:
Notices of Poor Performance
: A spreadsheet list of academy trusts in receipt of pre-warning and warning letters has been published and can be found at:

Government policy updates: Following the general election, the Government has published updates and confirmed its policies for 2010-2015 on:
Inspections of schools, colleges and children's services at:
Young People: Improving the quality of education and opportunities for young people at:
Special Educational Needs and Disability at:
School and College qualifications and curriculum at:

Professional Bodies


The Education and Training Foundation

Data on FE Workforce 2013-2014: The Education and Training Foundation has published its annual dataset showing there was a consistent finding across colleges, work based and adult and community teaching providers that teaching staff are increasing as a proportion of the total sector workforce in 2013-14. Details of the reports can be found at:

David Hughes has resigned from the Board of the Education and Training Foundation, having completed his handover to the successor Chair, Paul Mullins. Further details at:

Ofsted and Ofqual

GCSEs (9:1): requirements and Guidance: Ofqual has published a collection which sets out rules, regulations and associated guidance for GCSEs graded 9 to 1. Details can be found at:

Get the Facts: GCSE and A Level Reform: GCSEs, AS and A levels are being reformed. The first reformed subjects will be available to teach from September 2015. These documents summarise the main changes being made and can be found at:

Summer 2015 Exam entries: Ofqual has published the number of entries by age group and subject for GCSEs, level 1 / 2 certificates, AS and A levels in England for the summer 2015 exam series at

Ofqual's GCSE maths research report: Ofqual published a research report into the expected difficulty of exam boards’ sample exam papers and their approach to the assessment of mathematical problem solving. They have also published expected actions from the exam boards. Both papers can be found at:

Ofqal Corporate Plan 2015-2018: Ofqual has published their comprehensive programme of work, comprising three goals and eight objectives, to fulfil our statutory duties over the period 2015 to 18. It can be read at:

A level subject take up: Numbers and proportions of girls and boys studying A level subjects in England in 2013-14 have been published by Ofsted. The tables include the number of girls and boys studying AS level subjects and the percentage who move from AS to A2 in each subject. The report can be read at:

(Skills Funding Agency)

Find an Apprenticeship/Traineeship: The SFA has launched a new digital service that allows candidates to search, register and apply for apprenticeships and traineeships in England. It will replace the old Apprenticeship vacancies (Av) system by the end of June. Candidates who have not already done so will need to register to use the new service. The new website is:

FE Choices - May 2015: The May 2015 release of employer satisfaction open data contains 2013/14 survey data. This information is based on the following performance indicators: success rates; learner destinations; learner satisfaction and employer satisfaction. This data and previous reports can be found at:

SFA Workshops on Digital Skills qualifications: The SFA are holding workshops in June which will form part of a review of publicly-funded digital skills qualifications. Further details can be found at:

SFA funding allocations to training providers: 2014 to 2015: Updated: Funding values for colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers with a contract for 2014 to 2015 can be found at:

Register of Training Organisations: Updated: The SFA register of organisations that are eligible to be invited to tender for providing education and skills training services, can be found at:

Traineeships: eligible providers: Updated: A list of eligible providers for the traineeship programme in 2014 to 2015 can be found at:


Report and Interactive Map of SMEs: An interactive map and a report from the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) that informs the mapping, are intended to help universities and colleges in identifying opportunities to collaborate with more SMEs. Further details can be found at:



WMCETT's Sector News gives weekly updates on education and can be found at:

NCETM Free Maths Workshops: The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) series of free one-day workshops for maths for vocational teachers, tutors and trainers are continuing during the summer term. Details at:

Warwick Lifelong Learning Annual Conference 2015: The Warwick Lifelong Learning Annual Conference with the theme: Dimensions of Lifelong Learning: Past, Present and Future will take place on Tuesday 30 June 2015 in Scarman Conference Centre at the University of Warwick. This conference takes place against the background of celebrating thirty years of provision of adult education and lifelong learning at the University of Warwick and reflects on the history, theory, practice and policy of adult education in all its diverse settings in the UK, Europe and internationally as well as thinking about the present and looking to the future. Further details at:

Maths & English Fest: WMCETT will be hosting a one-day Maths & English Fest! at Warwick University on Monday 29th June. WMCETT are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to run a workshop at the event, showcasing effective or innovative practice.

AELP : A suite of over 170 professional development resources for Apprenticeships and over 180 resources for Traineeships are available to download, tailor and use for your own purposes, including guides, apps, tool-kits, and staff training materials. These can be found at:

Policy Watch

Policy Watch: Published by The Pearson Centre, it comments on the latest initiatives and can be read at Topics this month include: Weekly Policy Eye reports and 'Carry on Minister'.