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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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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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GCSE English and Maths Resit Numbers to Rise

By | 2017-07-25T12:05:11+00:00 2017|Categories: News, post-16|

Ofqual are expecting increased numbers of GCSE English and maths resits next year due to the reformed GCSE grading system and changes to school league tables. It is anticipated that more students will be awarded a grade 3 this year than a grade D in previous years – 23% of GCSE English entries are expected to [...]

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New Report Recommends GCSE Maths Resit Review

By | 2017-07-21T11:57:21+00:00 2017|Categories: News, post-16|

Professor Sir Adrian Smith, the author of a new government-commissioned report, has recommended that the post-16 GCSE Maths resit policy should be reviewed, with fresh consideration as to whether the qualifications and curricula are appropriate for students. The report, released on Thursday (20 July), also suggests that the DfE should remove disincentives from the 16-19 funding [...]

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16-18 Spending: What the Manifestos Say

By | 2017-06-02T11:37:05+00:00 2017|Categories: News, post-16|

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos have been released and each party has planned for extra spending for the 16-18 education sector, should they get into power. In recent times, many Further Education providers and Sixth Forms have struggled with a lack of funding, and 16-18 spending per learner is currently around 13% less than [...]

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Key Educators Call for Change in English & Maths Policy

By | 2017-03-15T11:48:52+00:00 2017|Categories: Further Education, News, post-16|

A number of prominent education professionals have called for the government’s GCSE English and Maths resit policy to be changed at a meeting hosted by the TES and UKFEchat. The group discussed the future of post-16 English and maths at length, and the overriding opinion was that although current policy regarding mandatory English and maths training [...]

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16-18 Education Faces the Largest Funding Cuts

By | 2017-03-15T11:13:53+00:00 2017|Categories: Further Education, News, post-16|

According to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, spending on education for 16-18 year olds has faced cuts too often, while most of the education sector has seen increased funding per pupil over the last 30 years. A report published in February suggests that Further Education and Sixth Forms have been “continually squeezed”, and that by 2019-2020, [...]

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Sign Language Qualifications Approved as Functional Skills ALternative

By | 2017-01-06T11:01:27+00:00 2017|Categories: Apprenticeships, News, post-16|

From April 2017, British Sign Language qualifications will be accepted as an alternative to Functional Skills English within apprenticeships. The Department for Education, who announced the change at the start of the year, hope that the policy will encourage deaf people to begin and complete apprenticeships. Skills Minister, Robert Halfon, said that the simple change will [...]

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Take part in Institute for Apprenticeships Consultation

By | 2017-01-05T10:39:38+00:00 2017|Categories: Apprenticeships, News, post-16|

The Institute for Apprenticeships consultation has launched and will be live throughout January, with the Government inviting practitioners and employers to share their views on draft strategic guidance. From April 2017, the Institute for Apprenticeships will act as an independent body, guaranteeing the integrity and quality of programmes across the UK. You can have your say [...]

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Change in Post-16 English and Maths Requirements Looming?

By | 2016-11-25T15:55:00+00:00 2016|Categories: Archive, News, post-16|

Skills Minister Robert Halfon has admitted that GCSE English and maths qualifications are not always the best option for further education students. Mr Halfon made the admission at the annual AoC conference as part of his keynote speech, explaining that a “credible, high-quality option” for learners who are unlikely to achieve in GCSE English and/or maths [...]

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