1 Policy Contribution – We are proactive in ensuring we are able to contribute to new policy initiatives and have had some success in the last few years in helping to protect funding for ACL through our submissions to the Treasury Spending Review and Autumn budgets, shaping the new national retraining scheme, contributing to the review of Post 18 Education and ensuring lifelong learning is on government and regional skills agendas.
2 Representation – A core purpose of the HOLEX Network is to make representation to national and now regional government, and to the agencies that manage the funding, qualification and inspection landscape. HOLEX is a recognised part of the Government’s consultation machinery and is a partner to many of the devolved administrations. There are HOLEX members on all relevant national groups convened by DfE and ESFA. HOLEX also has regular “keep in touch” meetings with Ministers, senior civil servants, and with Ofsted. HOLEX is one of the “founders” of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and nominates a senior leader from HOLEX onto the ETF Board.
3 Policy interpretation, analysis and advice – As well as contributing to emerging new policy, HOLEX generates in depth analysis of current government announcements and initiatives, maps out the impact on providers, and offers helpful practical advice on implementation.
4 Newsletters and Round Ups – We provide monthly policy round ups which bring together the month’s policy announcements in one place. These round ups also offer members helpful hints on what they need to do next and give members an idea of what action they need to take. We also provide summaries of national initiatives and other hot topics.
5 Case Work – The HOLEX Director of Policy advises on individual service or centre issues and will take these up with funding bodies and/or DfE if necessary on behalf of the provider.
6 Network Development Events – Members are entitled to three network events each year where they can share good practice and hear directly from national experts on where government policy is going. Recent events have covered Ofsted, Ministers’ policy announcements and changes to funding. Two events each year are held in London and the Summer event was held in Birmingham to widen accessibility.
7 Facilitating Peer Support – HOLEX members support each other through network groups and e-groups. This means pressing issues can be resolved quickly. HOLEX members are always happy to share best practice and/or knowledge with other members. This is often done online through the HOLEX Exchange.
8 Involvement in/benefit of externally funded development activity – Where the focus of activity aligns with member support needs, HOLEX bids for and manages directly selected development projects. HOLEX also works with ETF, AoC, AELP and L&W on sector wide development projects to ensure members’ interests are catered for – last year these included the National Leaders of Governance, Future Apprenticeships, Teach Too, End Point Assessment, Prevent and OTLA.
9 Post Box – Sharing – We provide a service to members and other organisations (such as ETF) who need to let HOLEX members know of new initiatives, job vacancies and training opportunities.
10 Additional benefits – Membership of HOLEX counts as membership of a professional body and can lead to discounts from other professional bodies and/or agencies, for example, we have negotiated discounts with LSECT (including money off their events) and discounts on FE Week subscriptions and advertising. Details of discounts will be shared via the HOLEX Policy Update e-group and will also be uploaded to the JISCMail shared file space. Your HOLEX membership number will be included on your annual renewal email, but please contact us if you need this and can’t find it. Note that your membership number generally won’t be needed to access discounts, but may be required if you are citing us a professional body of which you are a member.
New to 2018/19 is the pilot of a bursary that HOLEX members will be able to apply for. The bursary will aim to fill gaps where support is currently unavailable. More details including application criteria will be released in the new academic year, but support may be available to help improve governance and/or quality procedures or for mentoring new Heads of Service.