It’s about work…
Excellent adult vocational teaching and learning
The Commission’s summary report It’s about work… Excellent adult vocational teaching and learning was launched on Monday 25 March 2013 at the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Speaking before the launch of the report, chair Frank McLoughlin said:
It has been a great privilege to be appointed chair to this independent Commission which has drawn on expertise from all the component parts of the skills system. To reflect the diverse and dynamic nature of our sector we have not taken evidence in Whitehall but have gone out to see the work in situ and to draw lessons from practice to theory. We have seen genuinely world-class provision in a whole range of settings, much of which challenged the initial assumptions of commissioners.
What we have consistently found is that the best provision is collaborative in nature, what we are calling the two-way street between providers and employers, and has a clear line of sight to work. We must ensure that our skills system produces a home-grown pipeline of skilled individuals, who can design, develop and deliver the sophisticated technology and high quality products and services which will enable the UK to compete at the highest level.
This report is not the end but the beginning of a process. It is intended as an agenda for action to raise our collective ambitions for vocational teaching and learning. I look forward to continuing to work with partners to raise the esteem of adult vocational teaching and learning - it has never been more important."
Frank McLoughlin CBE
Principal of City and Islington College and chair of the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning
A central strand of the government’s reform plan for FE and skills, New Challenges, New Chances, was the establishment of an independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning to identify and promote outstanding practice.
The independent Commission has been supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), the Institute for Learning (IfL) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
You can watch Frank McLoughlin, chair of the Commission, in conversation with David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, discussing the findings of the Commission's summary report.
Background to the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning
The creation of an independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning was announced in New Challenges, New Chances, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ reform plan for the further education and skills sector, published in December 2011.
The establishment of the Commission stems from John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning’s wish for ‘the sector itself to develop, guided by its own insights and experiences….’ over the life of this parliament. ‘We will meet our potential only when those lecturers, trainers and managers, working to deliver education and training in communities and businesses, are free to do their best.’
On 29 February 2012 Minister John Hayes announced the appointment of Frank McLoughlin CBE, principal of City and Islington College, as chair of the independent Commission. Frank McLoughlin brings over thirty years of experience to this role, having joined the further education sector as a part-time lecturer in 1980. He has been principal of City and Islington College since July 2002.
Aim of the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning
The aim of the independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning is to raise the quality, and improve the outcomes and impact, of adult vocational teaching and learning in the further education and skills sector for learners and employers. This will involve:
- articulating the features of a good or outstanding programme of vocational learning for an adult, wherever it is delivered including the workplace;
- an appraisal of the range of pedagogical approaches to adult vocational teaching and training, reflecting the diversity of adult learners’ and employers’ needs;
- investigating the role of technology in supporting good or outstanding adult vocational teaching and learning;
- creating a new national ‘movement’ to raise the quality of adult vocational teaching and learning by bringing together a wide range of stakeholders from industry, teaching training colleges, professional associations and practitioners in the further education and skills sector;
- exploring how the best colleges and providers work with employers;
- raising the status of adult vocational teaching and learning beyond the further education and skills sector;
- developing a sector owned framework to raise the quality of teaching and learning;
- reporting on findings, conclusions and recommendations in March 2013; and
- disseminating the Commission's recommendations widely.
Read the Terms of Reference of the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning.
The independent Commission was supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), the Institute for Learning (IfL) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). LSIS was providing secretariat support to the Commission.