Vice President (Further Education)
Main Priorities Progress (what have you achieved since the last NEC)Real Education Change(Organisation Priority sharedwith Toni Pearce, RachelWenstone and Colum McGuire)Visited UCAS with Toni Pearce to discuss extended application system. Good opportunity totest where UCAS sit on the issue. Toni Pearce leading on next steps.Fighting regressivequalifications and curriculumpolicyLaunched a survey asking the membership what their thoughts are on GCSE and A-Levelreforms. We have used this data to inform some of our consultation responses we havemade to the Department for Education and will continue to do so. Dom Anderson lead onmost of the A-Level results day media coverage, and highlighted our concerns about thereforms on national television. We have also ensured that our concerns about the reformsfrom a liberation perspective have also been highlighted to the government and the media.#keepFEteachersqualified Launched a campaign at Lead and Change 2 to retain the statutory requirement of teachers in FE institutions to hold a recognised teaching qualification. This involved a blog,a survey, lobby your MP online tool and work with the Institute for Learning. Blog waspublished in an IfL thought pamphlet on the issue alongside articles leading sectorindividuals. More action will be taken soon including open letters to ministers andchallenging the process in which the decision was made.
Other achievements of my Zone
Achievement Progress (what have you achieved since the last NEC)16-19 Qualifications Policy andResearch Officer appointedWe now have capacity within the zone to produce research and create detailed policy on16-19 qualifications. This is important due to the government’s reform taking place in thisarea.
Key Performance Indicators
Event/Meeting Outcomes and/or actions taken or agreed onRelease of 5 “voices” policyposition papersWe started to compile 5 policy position papers. We are aiming to release these by the endof the year at the very latestPublication of 2 pieces of research – one on GCSEs, oneon work experienceThe new 16-19 Qualifications Policy and Research officer has now been appointed and willbegin these research projects soon. Some surveying on GCSE reform has already takenplace.3 x meetings of studentcommission on IAGThe IAG student commission will be set up this year and we have already secured somesector bodies who are willing to give evidence.Learner Voice QualityFramework (LVQF) websitelaunchedNot yet started.
Attendance at events/meetings and actions taken or agreed
Event/Meeting Outcomes and/or actions taken or agreed on26
July 2013: FELeadershipPolitical Lead at FE Leadership. Training residential for this year’s cohort of FE officers,around 80 officers trained.2
July: Students’ Unions2013Attended as NEC. NUS flagship event.9
July: Meeting with UCU Discussion about FE funding mechanisms and impending changes to the system.9
July: Attended FE Guildsteering groupSecured a learner representative for the board of the Education and Training Foundation(formerly the FE Guild).10
July: Skills Funding AgencyBoard (BIS)Discussed the scrapping of “low-value” qualifications and secured NUS input into a reviewof the National Careers Service.