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The learning and skills concord

The learning and skills sector will invite government to sign up to a concord which describes our vision of how we will create public value for individuals, communities and the economy, and the policies thatwill support that vision. We have a vision of a learning and skills sector which:

* Strives to ensure that all students succeed through organisations that are well-led and in which an excellent service is given by professional, qualified, and valued staff

* Works with communities to help students to learn and acquire qualifications which reduce disadvantage and strengthen those communities

* Works closely with employers and employees to provide the nation's workforce with the knowledge and skills required by a world-class, prosperous economy

* Delivers a broad programme of education to young people, shaped to their individual aspirations and abilities

* Provides a full range of education opportunities for adult learners to flourish and to reach their personal goals

* Works to promote learning with those people who are underrepresented in lifelong learning - the elderly, the disabled, some ethnic minorities, women from disadvantaged social backgrounds

* Works with government to develop a universal learning entitlement, initially to a level two qualification, and by 2010 to a level three one The learning and skills sector will work with government to develop the policies necessary to realise our vision. These will:

* Ensure staff and management are given the resources, autonomy and authority, to be exercised in accord with public policy

* Develop a learner-friendly, rational and coherent lifelong learning curriculum framework with a credible and transparent credit system, and underpinned by fair, individual-focused guidance

* Create excellent national vocational qualifications, with the flexibility to respond to local employment and economic conditions

* Ensure sufficient resources to sustain a sector workforce which is professional, well qualified, up to date and well paid

* Minimise excessive bureaucracy, the multiplicity of targets, micro-management, and the clutter of short term initiatives

* Establish inspection and other monitoring arrangements which achieve an agreed, appropriate balance between accountability and scrutiny

* Represent success in this and other sectors through indicators which measure learners' progress

* Fund a staged programme to establish a universal entitlement to a level three qualification

This concord is a draft document. All individuals and institutions in the sector are invited to contribute their ideas and views to the final document. These might include:

* Suggesting additional content

* Contesting the content

* Ideas for better wording

* Views on a different structure

When we have a final document we will be inviting all institutions in the learning and skills sector to sign up to the concord initiative. All supporters' names will appear in the final document.

Contact: nadinecartner@acm.uk.com

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