Welcome to the September 2014 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.

This month sees the introduction of more new apprenticeship standards, the revised content of further GCSEs and A levels, the opening of new University Technical Colleges and Studio schools and the opening of a new FE college in Essex. There are initiatives to encourage graduates into Maths teaching and an Enhanced English Programme for teaching English Language GCSE.

A number of reports have been published: BIS report on adult FE outcome success measures; Ofsted have published reports on teaching, learning and assessment in FE and the early implementation of 16-19 study programmes; the Education and Training Foundation have published data on the FE sector workforce and the Skills Funding Agency on learners, learning programmes and learner achievement.

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News from the Profession


Discussion documents



BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Initiative for training new maths teachers: A payment of £20,00 to help colleges and providers with the training of graduate maths teachers who are completing their teaching qualifications while working in the classroom is the latest initiative to increase the number of GCSE maths teachers. Details of the scheme can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-funding-in-service-maths-teacher-training-in-fe

'Get In. Go Far' Campaign: The latest apprenticeship campaign launched by the Government calling on young people to choose an apprenticeship. This coincides with the introduction of 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors including engineering, hospitality and the legal profession. Further details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/get-in-and-go-far-with-new-apprenticeships. The Apprenticeship Standards are at: http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/standards

Report: Adult FE:Outcome based success measures: Experimental Data 2010/11: The first set of experimental data on outcome based success measures at provider level has been published. The data focuses on the destination and progression of adults who undertook further education in 2010 to 2011 and heralds a move away from measuring success in adult education by completion and achievement rates alone. The Report can be read at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/342727/bis-14-1004-adult-further-education-outcome-based-success-measures-experimental-data-v15.pdf

A consultation on learner outcome data: A consultation sets out proposals for developing and using a new set of outcome based measures of performance for publicly funded post-19 education and skills, following the publication of 'Experimental Data 2010/11' (above). Details of the Consultation are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/adult-further-education-how-do-we-measure-success

First new FE College opens in Essex: A new FE college, Prospects College of Advanced Technology, has opened in Basildon to offer 'high-level specialist vocational provision with employer ownership at the core'. Further details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-new-further-education-college-for-20-years-opens-in-essex

Women and diversity in engineering and science: Their are a number of initiatives to increase inclusivity in engineering and science including the 'Your Life' programme, Royal Academy of Engineering and Campaign for Science and Engineering. There is also a poster of women engineers. Details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/breaking-down-the-barriers-to-exciting-new-careers

Higher Education: Strength in Diversity: A speech by Greg Clark, the new Minister for Higher Education, gives a Government positioning statement on HE at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/higher-education-strength-in-diversity

Dfe (Department for Education)

Carter review of Initial Teacher Training: This call for evidence on the effectiveness of ITT in schools closes on 22 September 2014. For details see:https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/initial-teacher-training-review

Reformed GCSE and A level content consultation: The consultation on the content for more GCSEs and A levels to be taught in 2016, ends on 19 September. To see the revised content go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/gcse-and-a-level-reform

New University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools: Proposals for 7 new university technical colleges (UTCs) and 4 new studio schools have been announced. All UTCs are sponsored by universities alongside employers and more than 50 different universities are now involved in sponsoring the 17 UTCs open and 40 now in development. For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-technical-schools-provide-job-boost-for-young-people

Increase in Science and Maths A Levels: Since 2010 the number of students taking A level maths and science has increased and there is a marked increase in the number of women studying these subjects. Further information at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rising-numbers-of-students-turning-to-maths-and-science

Change in early entry for GCSEs: The number of early entries for GCSEs has dropped by around 40% and resulted in a 10% increase in the number of passes in A*-C grades. Further details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/higher-standards-as-thousands-more-take-gcses-at-the-right-time

Fall in the number of NEETs: The number of young people not in employment, education or training has fallen to the lowest level for 9 years. Details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/number-of-young-people-who-are-neet-at-9-year-low




Report on Teaching, Learning and Assessment in FE: Ofsted have published a report 'Teaching, learning and assessment in further education and skills - what works and why' which shows the importance of good teaching in the FE sector. It summarises the most significant features of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in the FE sector and the factors that contribute to these and identifies several areas where more improvement is needed. The Report can be read at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/teaching-learning-and-assessment-further-education-and-skills-what-works-and-why

Ofsted FE and Skills Annual Lecture: Securing a better future for all at 16 and beyond: Too many young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or their whereabouts are unknown, despite efforts to tackle the problem, Ofsted’s Director for FE and Skills, Lorna Fitzjohn, has said. Figures show that nearly 1.18 million young people aged 16 to 24 are NEETs and the number of young people whose whereabouts are completely unknown is increasing. Further details at:


Transforming 16 to 19 education and training: the early implementation of 16 to 19 study programmes: The study programmes were established last September as a means of tailoring education provision and career advice to each young person in order to improve their ability to achieve their career aspirations. The survey finds that, one year on from its launch, the progress in implementing the scheme has been slow and weak. Further information at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/transforming-16-19-education-and-training-early-implementation-of-16-19-study-programmes

New Ofsted Chair: David Hoare has been appointed the new Chair of Ofsted replacing Baroness Sally Morgan. Further details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-ofsted-chair-announced

Education and Training Foundation

New Workforce Data Reports published: Data on people working in the FE sector including average salary, age and working patterns. The data shows trends and patterns within the sector workforce and common themes, such as where the most hard to fill vacancies are, the most common pattern of work, average salary, and percentage of qualified staff, which can inform decision making, strategic activity and future planning. Further details at: http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/news/new-data-reveals-characteristics-education-workforce/. The reports used for the data are at: http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/supporting/research/fe-workforce-data-reports/

Premium Graduate Scheme: The first cohorts under this initiative have been recruited by the 3 college consortia who were chosen to run the scheme and the number of applicants have exceeded the number of places available. Further details are at: http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/news/numbers-put-teacher-recruitment-scheme-map/

The English Enhancement Programme: This programme aims to train 1,400 English teachers in the FE sector to teach English Language GCSE and courses will start in October. They will be subsidised, as with the recent Maths Enhancement programme. There will be a website available from 22 September with information which can be found at: http://enhanceenglishprogramme.co.uk/

Learning Futures: Projects are sought for this programme to support teachers, trainers, leaders and governors to inspire learning through the use of technology. The Closing date is 26 September 2014. More details at: www.lfutures.co.uk

SFA (Skills Funding Agency)

Qualifications: simplified funding rates 2014-2015: The 2014 to 2015 simplified funding rates catalogue lists all provision which the Skills Funding Agency has approved for public funding in 2014 to 2015 and their funding rates. Information regarding availability of qualifications for 24+ advanced learning loans is included in this document. It can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/qualifications-simplified-funding-rates-2014-to-2015

Information on learners, learning programmes and learner achievement: This act as a ‘one stop shop’ for data and information on learners, learning programmes and learner achievement and the information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-further-education-and-skills

Traineeships: A list of eligible providers of traineeships for 2014-15 can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traineeships-eligible-providers


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

Policy Watch: Published by The Pearson Centre, it comments on the latest initiatives. The website has recently changed and is now at: http://uk.pearson.com/home/policy-watch.html. Topics this month include:
Pearson at the Party conferences
Policy Eye - week ending 12 September 2014
Pocket Watch - the Lib Dems set out their 2015 education proposals
Pocket Watch - How are we doing? Education at a glance 2014
Pocket Watch - Pulling together for young people
Policy Eye - week ending 5 September 2014
Policy Watch - Labour looks to reshape HE
Keeping Track of what happened in the world of education in August 2014