Headlines: May 23rd, 2002

After bringing sweeping changes through the schools system, the
Department for Education and Skills is looking to bring the same demands
of performance improvement to further education (FE).

A new Director of Teaching and Learning is to be appointed to head a new
standards unit for FE. The director will work closely with Ministers and
the Learning and Skills Council to transform standards in post-16
learning by identifying and developing successful and innovative methods
of teaching and learning. The director will be supported by a team of
30, including staff seconded from the post-16 sector itself.

The unit will develop new teaching strategies for particular curriculum
areas and ensure teachers and lecturers are trained in their use.

It’s a similar model to what has happened in schools and which Ministers
are satisfied has been demonstrated to show improvement. The director
will be paid up to 85,000 pounds a year.