Examining the impact of the latest changes to Deregulation, Qualifications, Professionalism & Inspection, on Staff, Employers, ITT Providers and Representative Organisations
For the third time in six years the FE sector faces substantial upheaval to the qualifications and the status of teaching and training staff. This one-day conference explains the latest changes to all the major components of teacher and trainer development in the FE and Skills sector.
The department for Business, Innovation and Skills is pressing for the Further Education and Skills sector to take responsibility for implementing the new teaching and training qualifications - and the job structures around them. There are strong opinions about the challenges facing the sector, which are expected to be voiced and discussed during the day.
Heralded as simplification, these imminent changes are likely to provide different and real challenges to employers when considering workforce strategy and planning. For example, the price of deregulation will be to place the onus on colleges and other providers to align their staff qualifications to the professional needs of the teaching and training programmes in the workplace. Ofsted, with its continued focus on the need to deliver outstanding teaching and consistent impact on learning, is unlikely to show leniency to those providers who fail to achieve because of inappropriate staffing.
The scene is complicated by the impending closure of LSIS, the changes to IfL, the setting up of The NEW Education and Training Foundation (formerly FE Guild) and the new format of ITE inspections by Ofsted. To this we must add the issues of funding, bursaries, FE student loans and HE loans. There is much to debate and clarify between now and September 2013!
The trade-off for a more simplified, deregulated environment will naturally create tensions between different stakeholders; stakeholders who will include: teaching staff, staff representatives; HR departments, awarding organisations, ITT providers, professional institutions and the inspectorate. Some issues, about progression into and through the new qualifications, will require understanding and guidance about RPL, APL and the acknowledgement of previous and legacy qualifications.
The conference sets out to raise these issues, stimulate debate and answer questions with the most current information available. Structural issues will be covered by morning and early afternoon conference sessions whilst more detailed examination of particular issues will be addressed in each session of one-hour break-out workshops.
This highly current and essential conference is designed to help all those involved in the management, planning, accreditation, marketing, delivery, assessment or quality assurance of existing or new qualifications for teachers and trainers in the wider FE & Skills sector and related infrastructure organisations, including Apprenticeship, Foundation Learning, ACL, Prison and offender training.
This is likely to include but not exclusively:
Attendance at this conference will provide an excellent opportunity to network with experts in the field and other professionals.
Whether through sponsorship or exhibiting, the conference offers a wide variety of opportunities for you to position your organisation, products and services in front of an exclusive target group of conference participants from the wider FE & Skills sector.
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