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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

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


Ferl conference 25 november 2003 the work of the standards unit wilf hudson

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




Ferl conference 25 november 2003 the work of the standards unit wilf hudson

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


Ferl conference 25 november 2003 the work of the standards unit wilf hudson

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


Ferl conference 25 november 2003 the work of the standards unit wilf hudson

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


Ferl conference 25 november 2003 the work of the standards unit wilf hudson

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


Ferl conference 25 november 2003 the work of the standards unit wilf hudson

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


Ferl conference 25 november 2003 the work of the standards unit wilf hudson

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:Standards.Unit@dfes.gsi.gov.uk

  • Telephone: 0114 259 1118

  • Fax: 0114 259 4228

  • www.successforall.gov.uk

  • www.nln.ac.uk