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The agenda for the WTPN Autumn Quarterly which is being held again at Engineers House Clifton is jus

We are fortunate to be joined by industry expert Hilary Read delivering her views and ideas on teaching and learning with the new reforms and Apprenticeship Standards. The ESFA will be with us to deliver the latest updates on funding and more and a myth busting Q&A from an ever changing industry. WTPN member FE Associates are back presenting on teaching and Quality across the industry (not just Apprenticeships) and we are taking a look at the new West of England Combined Authority Strategy paper with a crucial discussion to follow... If you haven't already, please book your place ASAP here as they are going fast, it will be good for all to catch up, share views, network and hear of industry

'Meet The Provider' invites have gone out to School CEIAG's

Learner leaders, Heads and Dept Heads as well as many other advsiers and influencers of young people post 16, the booking form is here which you can return to me if you havent already, again places are going fast please book on ASAP to secure your place...

West of England Combined Authority Strategy

As you are all aware the WECA is being formed as we speak, a new regional Mayor and officers have been appointed and a strategy for the region is being formed. As a Network we have been asked (along with Business Groups, Universities, FE, Schools, and other regional bodies) to present a collective Provider response to the WECA's proposed regional strategy and long term investment plans. This is a unique opportunity to give our views on a crucially important exercise. Investment decisions being planned now, will be based on what our region needs and could ultimately affect your future business plans and growth. At our regional meeting Henry Lawes (newly transferred to WECA) will help frame

Learner Data Returns and Data Sharing Agreement - Important return of data sharing agreement require

In order for Local Authorities (LAs) to meet their statutory duties around tracking young peoples’ ‘participation in learning’, Local Authorities need access to timely and reliable data. They need to know where and how their resident: 16 and 17year olds (Academic Age 16/17) Vulnerable 18 year olds (Academic Age 18 – ‘vulnerable groups’ defined locally by individual Local Authorities) 18 – 25 year olds with an EHCP are participating. Mechanisms must be in place to support young people if they leave their place of education or employment early and become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Currently each LA obtains information from the providers (schools, colleges, training provi

Leadership and Management Training……….something different, simple and transformative!

I have been contacted by Lynne Philp who many of you will remember (she led the Network for a number of years). She has asked me to let you know about her latest transformative courses... There’s probably no better time than now for people working in the training and education sector to learn the art of “independent thinking”. This is a concept based on the principle that “everything we do or decide, depends on the quality of the thinking we do first”. It follows, that if we improve the quality of our thinking and the thinking of the people we interact with, then decisions, actions and results will naturally improve, sometimes dramatically. Given the challenges facing the sector, t

Future Apprenticeship Toolkit Updated

The DfE/ETF Future Apprenticeships Toolkit has just been updated to include the latest policy, practice and tools. The toolkit is a comprehensive and practical guide covering all providers need to deliver high quality apprenticeship standards. It shares transition models and effective practice from organisations who have been quick to adopt the new standards, building on work with hundreds of apprenticeship colleagues across the sector. It highlights actions that leaders, managers and practitioners will need to consider, and equips you with tools to starting putting these into practice

Proud to Care South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire have joined authorities across the South West in supporting a new campaign that raises the profile of care, and the positive role of care workers, in a drive to inspire more people to consider a rewarding career in care. The campaign focuses on the positive role of care workers, and is designed to support care providers across the region, as they can experience difficulties in recruiting. This can in turn affect the availability of care to people who could be living independently at home, or in care homes. 16 local authorities across the South West, and Health Education England, are supporting the campaign, establishing for the first time a regional approach to raising

ESFA Update Issue 369

Latest from the ESFA including: 1. Extension of deadlines for non-levy procurement; 2.Adult education budget funding and performance management rules 2017 to 2018: webinars

Government Outlines Single AO Plan For Prisons

The Ministry of Justice intends to appoint single awarding organisations for seven areas of study, it has announced on the government tendering website. Click here for more. Also a reminder that a notice has been issued by the Ministry of Justice for potential providers of prison education. The prison service is keen to work more with local colleges and providers to achieve greater alignment to the existing landscape and job opportunities

ESFA Inform August Issue

Latest issue of the ESFA's monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.

Poll Shows 8% Of Students Told Of Apprenticeships

Less than 1 in 12 students (8 per cent) aged 15 to 18 in school or college in 2016/2017 are being advised to seek a work-based apprenticeship afterwards, according to new YouGov survey findings commissioned by the ECA, the Joint Industry Board and JTL. Click here for more

CITB Research: The Provider View Of Post-16 Education

WTPN member CITB is carrying out research to understand how Further Education providers adapt to government policy changes, engage with employers and try to meet the needs of their local economy. Results will help CITB to gather evidence around post-16 education which it will present to Government to improve provision for Construction related learning. More information including to how to respond is here

Free English & Maths Text Books From Jisc

Post-16 education providers and students alike can now benefit from an expanded collection of free digital text books aimed at those retaking English language and maths GCSEs. Another 15 ebooks have been added to the initial 23 titles that went live in September 2016. Click here for more

ESFA Consultation On How Employers Use Levy Funds

From April 2018, the ESFA plan to allow levy paying employers to transfer up to 10% of their levy credits to other employers or Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATAs) using the apprenticeship service. The ESFA is looking to get feedback from a wide range of groups to understand what they would need from a transfer’s service, and to help them design the required functionality. A short survey is available here and is currently due to close on Friday 18th August.

Two Reports On Digital Skills

The Government has published two reports on digital skills the first looking at the growing demand for digital skills and approaches to improve their supply, the second looking at rising demand for digital skills in the UK and how the further education sector can adapt to address it.

New Cyber Security Programme For 14-18 Year Old

The government has a new website for students, teachers and industry. The aim is to encourage the best and brightest young minds to take the opportunity to learn cutting-edge cyber security skills alongside their studies through a nationwide network of extracurricular clubs, activities and a new online game. This may be of interest to learners working with providers.

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