Next Steps in Implementing the Further Education Reform Programme
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has launched a new consultation setting out proposals promoting high quality teaching and learning for adults and to strengthen the skills system.
â€˜New Challenges, New Chances: Next Steps in Implementing the Further Education Reform Programmeâ€™ and its associated documents build on the strategy for Further Education and skills which was published in â€˜Skills for Sustainable Growthâ€™ and â€˜Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growthâ€™ both published in November 2010.
The consultation, which consists of one overall consultation and two more detailed consultations which focus on Informal Adult and Community Learning (IACL) and Further Education loans, covers measures to:
- Provide greater freedoms and flexibilities and further reduce the burden of bureaucracy on further education and skills providers.
- Improve the quality of teaching and learning for adults.
- Strengthen further education and skills providersâ€™ capacity to offer training at higher education level.
- Review and improve basic literacy and numeracy provision for adults.
- Refocus Government support for informal adult and community learning.
- Introduce loans from the 2013/14 academic year providing access to advanced and higher level courses.
- Develop the further education landscape and shape of the sector.
Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes, said:
â€œOur proposals describe the next steps towards a more confident, vibrant further education sector, ready to meet the challenges and seize the chances that a rebalanced, high skill economy will present. â€œ and that â€œThis Government knows that skills change lives, nourish social renewal and feed economic growth.â€
- set the IACL review in the context of the broader FE Reform Programme
- brief stakeholders on the government's vision for IACL and content of the consultation
- provide opportunities for participants to consider the future vision for IACL, debate the issues and share ideas to inform their consultation responses
- encourage participants to respond to the consultations
- introduce the online survey and other materials developed to encourage learners and would-be learners to have their say about the future of IACL
The deadline for responses to the Consultation is Friday 21st October 2011.
Date Added: August 22nd 2011