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Milton suggests functional skills could be an alternative to GCSE resits

By | 2017-11-22T15:56:44+00:00 2017|Categories: News|

Anne Milton, Apprenticeship and Skills Minister, says the government is looking at functional skills as an alternative to English and maths GCSEs. In her speech at the Association of Colleges (AoC) Annual Conference, she says the government should play “an active role” in improving further education. “To be clear, I don’t think that government always knows [...]

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ETF launches hugely important survey

By | 2017-11-02T10:29:05+00:00 2017|Categories: News|

The ETF recently launched a first-of-its-scale survey to identify the training needs of everyone who works in the Further Education and Training sector. ETF is a sector-led government-backed national support body that works in partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC), the Holex network of adult education and training organisations and the Association of Employment and [...]

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Report Recommends Free English and Maths Courses for Adults

By | 2017-11-01T15:35:02+00:00 2017|Categories: News|

An Education Policy Institute report, produced by Pearson, recommends the government launches “a high-profile national campaign” to promote free English and maths courses for adults wanting to study up to and including GCSE level. The report was prepared under the guidance of Professor Sir Roy Anderson, alongside an independent advisory group of senior figures. Among several [...]

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Gold for UK at WorldSkills 2017

By | 2017-10-31T16:20:45+00:00 2017|Categories: News, post-16|

Known as the ‘Olympics of skills’, the WorldSkills finals are held every two years. The most talented people from over 59 different countries competed across a diverse range of abilities and skills – from beauty therapy to mechanical engineering, to earn the title ‘best in the world’ in their respective categories. Earning a place in Team [...]

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DfE Publishes Consultation on Functional Skills

By | 2017-10-10T11:04:12+00:00 2017|Categories: News|

The Department for Education wants your views on proposed subject content for reformed Functional Skills in English and mathematics. Anyone with an interest in the subject content for young people and adults is invited to give a response by the 7th November, either by email, post or using the online system. A number of key stakeholders [...]

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RoATP Accepting Applications for a Third Time

By | 2017-10-09T14:19:44+00:00 2017|Categories: News|

The register of apprenticeship training opened for a third time on Monday 25th September and will close on Friday 27th October. It is open to all organisations, including those that have not been previously successful. The register lists the organisations that are approved to deliver apprenticeship training to employers using apprenticeship services. The first time the [...]

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Ofqual-Commissioned Employer Survey Investigates Perceptions on Functional Skills

By | 2017-08-31T12:38:48+00:00 2017|Categories: News|

An Ofqual-commissioned report released last month has provided an insight into the way Functional Skills, and other qualifications, are perceived. 80% of respondents indicated that they are familiar with Functional Skills, with almost two thirds saying they have a good understanding of the qualifications. The survey, which was undertaken by Pye Tait Consulting, also shows that [...]

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GCSE Resits: Pass Rates Improve for English but not Maths

By | 2017-08-25T10:52:42+00:00 2017|Categories: Further Education, News, post-16|

Results from the final cohort of ‘legacy’ GCSE English retakes show an improvement on last year’s pass rates. 29% of learners aged 17+ achieved a grade C or above in the subject, compared to 26.9% in 2016. It was not the same story for students who retook the legacy GCSE Maths – 24.4% earned an A*-C [...]

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Introducing bksb’s Brand New Look!

By | 2017-08-15T14:39:03+00:00 2017|Categories: News|

In 1994, bksb pioneered an innovative new approach to improving the English and maths skills of learners. This process of initial assessment to ascertain an accurate level, diagnostic assessment to identify precise skill gaps, and learning resources to develop knowledge, has since become the industry standard for teaching basic skills, key skills and latterly functional skills. [...]

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bksb Shortlisted for Regional Education and Business Accolade

By | 2017-07-28T12:11:07+00:00 2017|Categories: Awards, News|

We are delighted to announce that bksb has been shortlisted for yet another accolade – the East Midlands Chamber have recognised our expertise and outstanding practice as part of their annual Business Awards. The Chamber received a record number of entries this year and stated that the standard was even higher than in previous years. Our [...]

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