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Pocket Watch – 5 education ‘bites’ from each Party Conference

Party Conferences

To download the PDF please click here 2013/67 Introduction The annual Conference jamboree has ended for another year and the respective Parties have headed off to Westminster to pick up the cudgels there. Attention is now firmly focused on the future and in particular the 2015 election rather than the past and the post 2010…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in July 2013

To download the PDF please click here 2013/7 Main talking points MPs may have headed off for the summer but they’ve left us plenty to think about. For schools, this includes updates on the National Curriculum and performance tables both published during July, for FE apprenticeship funding and Tech Level quals stand out while for…

Pocket Watch – Getting ahead with a Tech Bacc

Social-Mobility

To download the PDF please click here 2013/30 Introduction This week’s announcement that the Government intends to introduce a Tech Bacc performance measure for 16-19 year olds from September 2014 ensures that virtually all of the recommendations set out in the 2011 Wolf Report have now been acted on in some way. The Tech Bacc…

Pocket Watch – The FE Guild moves ever nearer

HE

To download the PDF please click here 2013/31 Introduction Conceived by John Hayes, blessed by Lord Lingfield and moulded into shape by a number of lead partners in the sector, the FE Guild moved a significant step nearer recently with the launch of an Implementation Plan covering the next few months. Things have moved pretty…

Pocket Watch – The changing face of FE

University Campus

To download the PDF please click here 2013/29 Introduction There’s a lot on FE plates at present, you only have to look at the latest funding letter to the Skills Funding Agency issued a couple of weeks ago to see that. Traineeships, loans, local skills arrangements, quality standards and review, integration of the National Apprenticeship…

Pocket Watch – Consultation closes on National Curriculum

CPD

To download the PDF please click here 2013/28 Introduction Debate about the National Curriculum has been fierce ever since it was first introduced as part of the ‘Great Reform Bill’ in the third Thatcher Government and by some strange quirk of fate both came together again this week. As Lord Baker reminded us in the…

Pocket Watch – Implementing Heseltine

Annual report

To download the PDF please click here 2013/27 Introduction Next week the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Network holds its Annual Conference and significantly one its keynote speakers will be Michael Heseltine. Ever since the Chancellor admitted last December that he was minded to accept many of Lord Heseltine’s recommendations for decentralising economic and skills planning…

Pocket Watch – Consulting times

Three teenagers (aged 12-15) using computers in classroom

To download the PDF please click here 2013/26 Introduction Some important consultations are due to complete in the next few weeks. The one on reforms to much of the National Curriculum closes next week and then in quick succession we have consultations on secondary school accountability, vocational qualifications for 16-19 year olds and apprenticeship reform,…

Pocket Watch: What makes for excellent vocational teaching and learning?

College lecture

To download the PDF please click here 2013/25 Introduction Last week the independent Commission which has spent much of the last year investigating good practice in adult vocational teaching and learning, issued its concluding Report. A further Report will follow, showcasing some of the rich material from the array of evidence submitted but for the…

Policy Watch – Held to account: making sense of the latest accountability announcements

Performance

To download the PDF please click here 2013/18 Introduction Last week’s flurry of announcements on various performance measures followed the launch of a consultation on secondary school accountability last month and precipitates further consultations on primary and post-16 accountability later this year. ‘Raising the quality bar,’ as the FE Minister put it is clearly a…