The new National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Personal Tutoring identify the skills, knowledge and understanding needed by those who work in the sector.
The standards can be used as a benchmark for effective tutoring practice and as a tool to review policy and procedures for recruiting, training and supporting personal tutors in order to improve the quality of provision and enhance learners’ experience and outcomes.
See LSIS sheet attached or look at the NOS website for the full standards.
The government’s new skills strategy, ‘Rigour and Responsiveness in Skills‘ sets out how government is reforming the skills system to help people compete in the global race. It provides and update to ‘New Challenges, New Chances’ (December 2011) and summarises the government’s approach in four main areas of delivery: raising standards; reforming apprenticeships, creating traineeships; and meaningful qualifications.
- Mulberry UTC in Tower hamlets, London, specialising in healthcare and medical science
- Tottenham UTC, specialising in science, sport and health
- London Design and Engineering UTC, in Newham
- Medway UTC in Chatham, Kent, specialising in engineering and construction
- Cleantech UTC in Newhaven, East Sussex, specialising in environmental and marine engineering
- Watford UTC in Hertfordshire, specialising in computer science, hospitality and tourism
- Science UTC, in Oxfordshire, specialising in research, engineering and computing
- South Devon UTC, specialising in engineering and science
- South Wiltshire UTC, in Salisbury, specialising in science and engineering for defence industries
- Burton and South Derbyshire UTC, specialising in biomedical science and engineering
- Health Futures UTC , in Sandwell, West Midlands, specialising in healthcare and health science
- Derby manufacturing UTC, specialising in engineering and manufacturing
- North East Greater Manchester UTC, specialising in sustainable engineering and construction
More details BBC and BIS
New NRDC research
NRDC reading for pleasure doc_4716 Mar13
Published 14 March 2013 – the consultation is now open.
Full document bis-13-577-the-future-of-apprenticeships-in-england-next-steps-from-the-richard-review
Ofsted – Support and challenge for further education and skills providers that require improvement to become good or outstanding
Support and challenge for FE & skills providers Jan13
Michael Gove has written to Ofqual to set out the policy of reforms (see the attached letter and Ofqual’s response).
You may also note with interest: “Given the potential risks of reforming the qualifications market at the same time as fundamentally changing qualifications, we will not move to having a single awarding organisation offering each subject suite at this time.”
Let us know what you use. Here is a list of some useful materials.
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The recommendation put forward by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) aims to deliver quality practice on contracting skills training to major providers.
It is a concept that is jointly developed by the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the AELP under a sector-led approach.
COMMON ACCORD – FINAL CommonAccord AELP release 31jan13 final
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