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Linking London Lifelong Learning Network – A
Framework? Sue Betts Director
The London Challenge
London requires graduates with level 4 qualifications
Andreas Schleicher’s OECD annual report states we
are �tumbling’ down the graduation rate tables –
stalling at 39%
His report also highlights some 30% of HE starters
failing to complete
We have now been overtaken by Slovakia, Ireland
and Portugal in the number of school leavers we send
to university
Linking London Update and the Challenge
We are now a partnership of 35
We are currently funded until July 2010
We are now talking to partners about 2010 – 11
The funding body HEFCE have agreed to role forward
unspent budget (2010 – 11) with some co-funding
from partners
After that the partnership – Linking London - is on its
Linking London – what have we learnt so
far – the sum is >
Funding is critical – clear mission or business
plan – partner �buy in’
Good partnership working takes time
Work on communication is vital
Resources – external to each partner have
had an impact over and above their cost
The project has to change and evolve
The central team has to add value
Linking London – what have we done well
Publishing �The Progression Report 2006 – 09’
Helped develop new courses (25) with HE for areas of
employment where there were gaps - Local Councils,
Youth work, Health Service etc
Ensured a more consistent response to vocational
learners – almost 50 Progression Agreements signed
Commissioned research on employer needs
Worked with a variety of stakeholder bodies
Lobbied on behalf of partners about issues
Supported staff working in new areas e.g. Diplomas,
Widening Participation Strategic Assessments etc
Linking London – what have we done well?
We have brokered partnerships, supported
partners with ASNs (ВЈ1.3m)and development
funds (£750K) to fill gaps in provision – case
studies allow us to share good practice
We have brokered the engagement of
partners with stakeholders – SSCs, the LSEB,
fdf, unionlearn, UCAS, LSC etc
We have publicised work through our
publications and the website
Linking London Lifelong Learning Network
– what still needs to be done
A framework implies something far more predictable
and static than our partnership or the policy agenda at
the present time
Sophistication around the educational offer, especially
for part-time vocational learners
Transparency is a big issue around admissions, APL,
credit etc and greater flexibility for learners where
Partnership working in the future requires building on
the trust and commitment of the partners
Linking London - the challenge
However a period of nil growth is not helpful in
collaborative planning
Issues in London – unique – half of HE provision in
the country is in the capital
Partners are very diverse and not �equal’
Quality not quantity seems to be the emerging mantra
As the central team we have to �add value’ to the
Linking London – the challenge
In the short, medium and long term
Responsibility to HEFCE until 2010 – Was the
proposition sound? Were the tools appropriate?
35 different partner agendas?
Independent broker, advocate and lobbyist – �with no
axe to grind’ – UCAS pilot
Support for new work – Economic Challenge
Investment Fund – Queen Mary and Westminster
European engagement and future funding
Linking London – what we do know
We have staff with a range of appropriate skills
The partners value what we do
We answer to a Board made up of all partners
Birkbeck, University of London, our host are
prepared to house us in the future as their
contribution in kind
HEFCE is supportive – as long as the partners
are on board
Linking London – the future
We have two further years to develop the proposition
2009 – 11
We are getting better at telling people what we do –
the Link
Over the next two years we could help to establish a
firm foundation for future HE/ FE strategy work in
London – seamless progression across all levels
A range of issues could be addressed collectively - we
know as an LLN partnership we are stronger
Thank you for listening
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