Essay On Lifelong Learning Sector

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Lifelong learning Sector
Shirin ford 26th April 2014

The lifelong learning sector, I have read extensive papers regarding this. The learning sectors developments provided an introduction to key policies and legislation that has shaped the sector as we know it today. The following reports show the ever changing face of this sector. In 1998 the Green Paper was produced, it was the first policy paper that showed the need for educational skills from post school to post-retirement. Only one year later 1999 the White paper was produced by the Learning and skills Councils (LSCs) this was looking to provide funding for learners within this ever expanding sector. The Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) was introduced for learners 19 and over, and work based learning. Ofsted took over the functions of ALI in 2007 for the 16 to 19 sector. This gave learner more choice and introduced connexions to support the learners.
In 2001 the education' class='brand-secondary'>Further Education National Training Organisation (FENTO) put professional standards in place. Up until this point teachers had not required to have teaching qualifications. This was mainly due to staff coming from vocational backgrounds, and not academic. Although in theory this helped the learning sector in the skills market that were required to boost the economy these standards were heavily criticised by Ofsted.
In 2002 the strategy was Success For All: Reforming further Education and Training – Our vision for the Future (DfES) this was aimed at post 16 educations and training. The importance was stressed on the quality of teaching and learning, ...

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... to just 50; and
• Support to a further 32,000 UK firms to export through UK Trade and Investment
(UKTI), increasing to 50,000 by 2014-15. On the surface this seems as if the government is taking action on the current economic crisis Mr Heseltine quotes “to invite criticism is a sign of strength; to accept it is a sign of confidence” which in my own opinion sounds feasible, but is it?? As you can see since 1998 when surprisingly the first mention of any professional qualification was even considered, throughout the policies have been virtually the same, just approached in a different manner and re phrased by each government that has come to power. As with any new government, have to be seen to be making a difference, but in this case as with so many others this report is looking to return to policies that were not successful first time round.

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