Sustainable Development in the FE and Skills sector Debbie Watson Director of Policy & Innovation 26 th  February 2009
What do we mean by  Sustainable Development <ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of life for current and future generations </li></ul><...
LSC Strategy:  From Here to Sustainability <ul><ul><li>Our Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The learning and skills s...
LSC Strategy:  From Here to Sustainability <ul><ul><ul><li>The strategy has four themes which aim to deliver the vision: <...
What does this mean? <ul><ul><ul><li>Changing how we think and behave as an organisation so that we become an example of g...
What progress have we made? <ul><li>Conclusions of progress report published September 2008:  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Re...
Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Recognise the contribution of our mainstream work e.g. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul...
Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Significant progress has been made in some areas of the strategy e.g. </li></u...
Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Measures of progress need clarifying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>S...
Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Changing Context </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funding priorities  <...
Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Gaps in the Strategy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communications </...
Priorities to 2010 <ul><ul><ul><li>Developing further resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrating good pract...
Beyond 2010 <ul><li>Not clear yet whether there is a role for SFA or YPLA to lead on this agenda -  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul>...
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Presentation by Debbie Watson (Director of Policy & Innovation, Learning and Skills Council) for JISC RSC London's Smarter Greener Learning event held at City Hall, London, 26/02/09

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Smarter, Greener Learning: Sustainable Development In The Fe And Skills Sector

  1. 1. Sustainable Development in the FE and Skills sector Debbie Watson Director of Policy & Innovation 26 th February 2009
  2. 2. What do we mean by Sustainable Development <ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of life for current and future generations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This means meeting four goals simultaneously </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social progress that recognises the needs of everyone </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Effective protection of the environment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prudent use of natural resources </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. LSC Strategy: From Here to Sustainability <ul><ul><li>Our Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The learning and skills sector will proactively commit and contribute to sustainable development through: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>its management of resources </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the learning opportunities it delivers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>its engagement with communities and business </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. LSC Strategy: From Here to Sustainability <ul><ul><ul><li>The strategy has four themes which aim to deliver the vision: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Positioning the sector and capacity building </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings and estates </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community and business </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What does this mean? <ul><ul><ul><li>Changing how we think and behave as an organisation so that we become an example of good practice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Championing change in the FE system: working with national, regional and local partners to maximise the contribution the FE system can make to sustainable development </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What progress have we made? <ul><li>Conclusions of progress report published September 2008: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recognise the contribution of our mainstream work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Significant progress has been made in some areas but not in others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Measures of progress need clarifying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Changing context including abolition of LSC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gaps in the strategy </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Recognise the contribution of our mainstream work e.g. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PSA target for young people </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PSA target for adult basic skills </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communications about the value of learning and skills </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Significant progress has been made in some areas of the strategy e.g. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Capital </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sorted resources </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regional pilot projects </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internal LSC actions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But not in others e.g. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education for Sustainable Development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative working </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Measures of progress need clarifying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strategy does not identify clear targets </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ownership of milestones is not clear </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No systemic reporting mechanisms in place </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Changing Context </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funding priorities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Demand-led system </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Abolition of LSC and creation of SFA and YPLA </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Progress Report Conclusions <ul><ul><ul><li>Gaps in the Strategy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sector leadership </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Priorities to 2010 <ul><ul><ul><li>Developing further resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrating good practice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zero Carbon Colleges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skills for a low carbon and resource efficient economy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working across the whole FE and Skills sector </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding SD in the organisations that will succeed the LSC </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Beyond 2010 <ul><li>Not clear yet whether there is a role for SFA or YPLA to lead on this agenda - </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Role of provider organisations in the sector? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Role of Learning and Skills Improvement Service? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Role of Ofsted? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Role of DIUS? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most importantly role of individual providers : </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever does” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Margaret Mead </li></ul>
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