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FERL Conference, 25 November 2003 The work of the Standards Unit Wilf Hudson SW Regional Development Director. THE VISION. Transformation of the post-16 sector choice access and achievement reputation & quality of provision meeting employer & community needs.

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FERL Conference,

25 November 2003

The work of the Standards Unit

Wilf Hudson

SW Regional Development Director


The vision
THE VISION

  • Transformation of the post-16 sector

  • choice

  • access and achievement

  • reputation & quality of provision

  • meeting employer & community needs

Critical to the Government’s overall aims for social justice and economic success


The Route

Underpinned by substantial investment


The standards unit s role

to transform this transaction

The Standards Unit’s role

Teacher/trainer

Learner

  • Focusing on:

  • putting teaching, training and learning at the heart of what we do

  • developing leaders, teachers, trainers and support staff of the future


Current performance in the sector
Current Performance in the Sector

  • College Success rates for all qualifications have increased from 55% in 99/00 to 59% in 2000/01; and

  • Figures for 2001/02 show that success rates have risen a further 6 percentage points to 65%


Current performance in the sector1
Current Performance in the Sector

  • Around 14% of colleges inspected in 2001/02 were found to be inadequate – this is down to 10% in 2002/03

  • Two-thirds of teaching observations are graded good or outstanding




Vision & Values Areas of Learning 2002-03 -Teaching, Training & Learning

  • Transforming teaching, training & learning and promoting excellence across the learning & skills sector

  • Prioritising and recognising fully the needs of under-represented learners and staff

  • Building on known best practice and respecting front-line expertise


Implementing the Vision - Areas of Learning 2002-03Teaching, Training & Learning

  • Committed to promoting excellence in teaching, training & learning

  • Identifying baselines on qualifications and curriculum/occupational areas and setting challenging targets

  • Identifying good practice and developing materials to address key weaknesses


Implementing the Vision - Areas of Learning 2002-03Teaching, Training & Learning

  • Actions & products will embrace innovation, including e-learning, and must be effective

  • Wider exploitation of Ufi/learndirect and Curriculum Online to accelerate transformation

  • Continuous focus on robust assessment of impact and evaluation


Work underway Theme 2: Areas of Learning 2002-03Teaching, Training & Learning

  • Trials in business, construction, E2E, science

  • Launch of national pilots

  • Expert subject groups with LSC and QCA

  • College On-line under development


Work underway Theme 2: Areas of Learning 2002-03Teaching, Training & Learning

  • Teaching & Learning Principles

  • Test beds to accelerate progress and learn lessons

  • Regional Support Networks


Teaching learning priority curriculum areas
Teaching & Learning Priority Curriculum Areas Areas of Learning 2002-03

  • Phase 1 - January 2003 onwards

  • Business

  • Construction

  • Entry to Employment (E2E)

  • Science

  • Phase 2 - September 2003 onwards

  • Health & Social Care

  • ICT

  • Land-based occupations

  • Maths


Why these curriculum areas
Why these curriculum areas? Areas of Learning 2002-03

  • Low success rates, e.g. 2001-02 Business FE provision 60%, WBL provision 38%

  • Poor curriculum/occupational inspection grades

  • Poor teaching/training observation grades

  • Small proportion of good or outstanding provision, e.g. 2002-03 Business FE provision 45%, WBL provision 11%


Phase 1 curriculum areas work underway
Phase 1 Curriculum Areas - work underway Areas of Learning 2002-03

  • Each curriculum area has developed materials

  • and approaches:-

  • Business

  • Differentiation: a range of materials to support

  • differentiated teaching and training, focusing

  • on Marketing and Customer Service

  • Construction

  • Health & Safety: a range of materials to

  • support the teaching of this often dull topic


Phase 1 curriculum areas work underway cont
Phase 1 Curriculum Areas - work underway (cont) Areas of Learning 2002-03

  • E2E

  • Initial assessment: supporting materials to

  • aid effective initial assessment on entry

  • Science

  • ‘Hotspots’: a range of support materials to

  • help teachers teach difficult aspects of

  • Science


Teaching learning the picture in business studies phase 1
Teaching & Learning - the picture in Business Studies - Phase 1

Differentiation in Teaching & Learning

  • Trial phase

    • focus on teaching Marketing and Customer Service

    • materials developed for three areas of provision: NVQ 2 & 3; GCE AS/A2/AVCE (& Nat Dip); HNC/D

    • CD-ROM with video clips, lesson plans, lesson materials and guidance notes

    • focus on process and practices

    • CPD support materials

    • trialled during May - July in 6 centres


Teaching learning in business studies phase 1
Teaching & Learning in Business Studies - Phase 1 Phase 1

Differentiation in Teaching & Learning

  • Pilot phase

    • October 2003 - June 2004

    • 35 centres across 9 GO regions covering SSF/SFC/GFE/Specialist colleges/WBL/ACL

    • to use trial materials, further develop and extend across a range of provision

    • monitoring and support visits by SU team

    • impact and effectiveness of materials and approaches used to be evaluated

    • refined and extended materials to be launched nationally, summer 2004


Communications Phase 1

Strategy being jointly developed with LSC

Various launches and regional events

Newsletters, web sites, consultation events, advisory & focus groups…

Regional networks & workshops to support sector involvement and delivery of the strategy


Issues
ISSUES Phase 1

  • Are standards improving fast enough?

  • How can we close the gap between the weakest and the best more quickly?

  • What more can the DfES and LSC do to support?

  • What more can colleges do to share expertise?


We can t do this by ourselves
We can’t do this by ourselves Phase 1

Wider DfES colleagues and policy

Partners, eg LSC, SSDA, QCA, LSDA, RDAs

Providers

Tapping into core funding

Learners


Staying in touch
Staying In Touch Phase 1

  • Mailbox:[email protected]

  • Telephone: 0114 259 1118

  • Fax: 0114 259 4228

  • www.successforall.gov.uk

  • www.nln.ac.uk


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