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The Presentation / Showcase – under the bonnet of end-point assessment – the Staffroom

22nd March 2018

You will have heard it before – end-point assessment, and the new assessment plans upon which they are based, represent a fundamental shift for apprenticeships. If you’ve had chance to look through some of the new assessment plans, you will see some assessment methods that are new, and others that are familiar. However, even if they…

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The first Spring Statement: no surprises sprung? – the Staffroom

13th March 2018

Today Tuesday 13 March the Chancellor Phillip Hammond will present the first Spring Statement to Parliament. While he has reserved the right to announce new measures in the Spring Statement “if the economic circumstances require it” these are not expected. If this is kept to – in this and future years – then Mr Hammond…

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The Professional Discussion – Under the bonnet of end-point assessment – the Staffroom

9th March 2018

If you are looking to deliver (or prepare your apprentices) for end-point assessments in future, you will need to get to grips with the assessment methods specified in the new assessment plans.  Some of these assessment methods are new to apprenticeships; others will need to be delivered differently. Over the coming weeks – following our…

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What next for Functional Skills? – the Staffroom

7th March 2018

The government have recently released their response to last autumn’s consultation on English and maths subject content, official guidance for developing that content at the required levels, and, wider afield, the results of a research report into how to improve participation and outcomes generally. English and mathematics Functional Skills are qualifications that offer an accessible…

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Making Mental Health a Priority By Stephen Lambert

21st February 2018

In the North of England one in four have a mental illness ranging from bipolar disorder, clinical depression to severe anxiety. In a report released last Autumn by the mental health charity MIND two out of three people have experienced a panic attack or a bout of depression in the last year. One in 10…

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Prime Minister launches major review of post-18 education – the Staffroom

20th February 2018

The Prime Minister pledges to look at ways to ensure more people have a genuine choice of high quality technical and academic options. Driving up quality, increasing choice and ensuring value for money are at the heart of a major review of post-18 education, launched by the Prime Minister recently. The UK already has a globally…

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2018 Speech on Education – Theresa May – The Staffroom

20th February 2018

Below is the text of the speech made by Theresa May, the Prime Minister, at Derby College on 19 February 2018. I took my very first steps into elected politics as a local councillor, in south London. For two years I was the chairman of the education authority in Merton. It was an experience I…

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Under the Bonnet of End-Point Assessment – The Staffroom

16th February 2018

Apprenticeship end-point assessment is happening. Every apprentice aiming for one of the new apprenticeship standards will face a formal end-point assessment at the end of their programme. The differences between the continuous assessment of a framework-based apprenticeship and the end-point assessment for a standard are clear and are starting to be understood. The rigour of…

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Teaching, Leadership and Governance in FE – the Staffroom

14th February 2018

A new research report has been recently published by the Department of Education on Teaching, leadership and governance in Further Education. In the current climate of rapid change where the Further Education (FE) Sector is undergoing significant reforms Professor David Greatbatch and Sue Tate have examined the evidence to review how the current changes are…

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Ofqual to audit awarding organisations amid concerns with provider relationships – the Staffroom

13th February 2018

Ofqual will begin auditing awarding organisations’ on the “control” they have over their individual providers, after finding evidence it has reduced in recent years. The exams watchdog wrote to AOs on Friday explaining the decision has been made due to concerns over “direct claim status” It is now asking all bodies to review their “arrangements with centres”…

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