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New report highlights success; concerns raised over leadership support

The quality of teaching in further education and work-based learning institutions has risen, according to a recent report released by the Adult Learning Inspectorate.

The National Teaching and Learning Change Programme (NTLCP) was launched by the Department for Education and Skills in 2003 and plans to implement a change in the administration of education in certain areas throughout the FE system.

And ALI inspectors noted that of the 25 “learning and skills” organisations examined, the report “was overwhelmingly positive”.

However, those institutions that already had in place quality improvement measures noticed a greater change. Further, a lack of leadership support hindered the development and success of the programme.

The programme was considered strong at “encouraging managers and staff to look again at their approaches to teaching and learning”.

Andrew Thomson, Chief Executive of QIA, said: “The findings of ALI’s review of the NTLCP are very encouraging and show that the programme is working and having a positive impact on teaching and learning. The review has provided us with some valuable insights into how the impact and reach of the programme could be further improved”.

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He added: “We are now looking forward to the roll out of Phase 4 of the programme later this year. This will support the quality of teaching and learning in a range of subjects, in partnership with our 14-19 Diploma support programme, and introduce a new support package for Creative Arts and Media”.

Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Bill Rammell, noted: “The ALI survey highlights many positive features of the Post-16 National Teaching and Learning Change Programme, as well as aspects for future development”.

“QIA will be using the findings to continue to build on the strengths of the programme and to use the report, alongside other evaluation, to inform its continuing development. We need strong leadership across the FE sector with top-level support for training programmes as subject learning coaches and networks are put into place”.

“This is part of the sweeping reforms this Government is implementing across the system following our White Paper last year”.

Vijay Pattni.

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