Monthly Archives: August 2016

GCSE Results 2016: Fall in Results Attributed to Resit Policy

By | 2016-08-25T15:17:32+00:00 2016|Categories: Archive, News|

The 2016 GCSE results show a fall of 2.1% in the pass rate, down to 66.9% for A*- C grades. The fall in overall results has been attributed to a policy in England to encourage more pupils to get A* - C grade GCSEs in maths and English. In 2014 the government decided that all 16 - [...]

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bksbLIVE 2 Update: A Guide to Triggers

By | 2016-08-22T11:36:21+00:00 2016|Categories: Archive, News, Product Update|

We have released an update to bksbLIVE 2 called TRIGGERS. Under Admin Settings/Admin Dashboard, you will find ‘triggers’.  A trigger is something that is applied to a group of learners and is actioned when a learner (of that group) completes a part of their course or perhaps achieves a certain level. Examples might be: When a [...]

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bksb Reaches Gold Standard Again for Work Experience

By | 2016-08-17T16:03:18+00:00 2016|Categories: Archive, Awards, News|

We are delighted to have been awarded 'Gold Standard' Work Experience accreditation from the Fair Train Organisation again for continuing our provision of high-quality work experience. Funded by UKCES, the Fair Train Work Experience Quality Standards have been developed in collaboration with a number of important education sector organisations including, the AoC, AELP and National Apprenticeship Service. [...]

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GCSE English End Tests

By | 2016-08-16T12:00:46+00:00 2016|Categories: Archive, News, Product Update|

We are pleased to announce that GCSE English End Tests will be live from Friday (19/08/2016). For anyone who has used bksb’s Skill Checks for Functional Skills, the GCSE End Tests (ETs) will look and feel very familiar. Designed to assess a student’s understanding of the information within the associated Interactive Resource, ETs exist for all [...]

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Updates to the Apprenticeship Levy and Funding

By | 2016-08-15T15:43:37+00:00 2016|Categories: Apprenticeships, Archive, News|

The government's apprenticeship reform programme aims to deliver more and better quality apprenticeships. This will boost the skills of the workforce and help to improve economic productivity whilst also meaning more young adults have the chance to pursue a successful career. These reforms include changing the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by a [...]

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Robert Halfon Responsible for Careers Guidance in Schools

By | 2016-08-15T12:03:52+00:00 2016|Categories: Archive, News|

It has been over three weeks since Robert Halfon announced that he had been given the apprenticeships and skills brief. Now the Department for Education has finally confirmed Mr Halfon's ministerial responsibilities.   The minister's responsibilities include: careers education and guidance in schools apprenticeships (including arrangements for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy) funding for post-16 provision [...]

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