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Tue, 08 Oct 2019
The latest update from the Department for Education on the development and launch of T Levels from 2020, and information on CPD to help you support the development of maths, English and digital skills in different learning contexts.
Mon, 07 Oct 2019
The new Essential Digital Skills entitlement will enable adults aged 19+ with no or low digital skills to undertake ‘essential digital skills’ qualifications free of charge from 2020. The Education and Training Foundation has been commissioned by the Department for Education to develop a significant CPD programme to support teachers and trainers in delivering the new entitlement, recognising that elements of the new provision will be very different to the current basic ICT skills curriculum.
Wed, 18 Sep 2019
Replacing English Language GCSE with a ‘Passport in English’ qualification to be taken by students at any age when they are ready between 15-19 is a proposal of an independent commission set up by the Association of School and College Leaders.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019
The number of adults taking part in learning and training has fallen to a record low according to a new survey, raising concerns that the UK is set to fall behind other countries in skills after Brexit.
Tue, 10 Sep 2019
Bestselling author Jojo Moyes has called on the government and the publishing industry to do more about the UK’s “shameful” adult literacy record.
Wed, 04 Sep 2019
From September 2019, inspectors will continue to make judgements about mathematics and English within the context of the new framework, and particularly in relation to the quality of education, considering the intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum.
Mon, 02 Sep 2019
Providers of 16-19 education will receive £400 million additional funding in 2020/2021, including £35m for targeted interventions to support GCSE maths and English resit learners. The advanced maths premium will be funded with an extra £10m, and there will be an additional £10m for ESOL provision to fund the second wave of the integration-areas programme.
Wed, 28 Aug 2019
The national retraining scheme is the government’s new programme to help adults retrain into better jobs and be ready for future changes to the economy, including those brought about by automation. Functional skills training, initially focusing on English and maths, will be a key part of the programme.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019
Official figures show that the proportion of GCSE resit students who achieved a grade 4 pass has fallen in both English and maths. However, overall results in both subjects among students of all ages improved slightly.
Mon, 22 Jul 2019
This revision year approach to GCSE Maths resits aims to support students to improve their attainment. It consists of both a set lesson structure and lesson content, and three short initial diagnostic tests of nine underpinning mathematical skills.
Mon, 22 Jul 2019
Three national Centres for Excellence in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will provide expert support for leaders, managers and practitioners who wish to put learners with SEND at the centre of their organisation as part of a Department for Education funded national programme.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019
This podcast explains more about the differences between the ICT Functional Skills and the new Digital Functional Skills qualifications.
Wed, 17 Jul 2019
Two pieces of research examining current demand for digital skills in the UK job market, and looking at the digital skills needed to succeed now and in the next 10 years.
Tue, 09 Jul 2019
touchconsulting Ltd has been contracted by the Education and Training Foundation to deliver Study Programme support to organisations across the education and training sector to enhance and develop their 16-19 Study Programme provision, leading to improved outcomes for learners.
Sun, 07 Jul 2019
This report contains research about the availability of ESOL learning courses and the progression through ESOL provision in England. It focuses on the experiences of learners, non-learners, ESOL teachers and senior leaders.
Tue, 11 Jun 2019
The Government is investing £5 million to encourage technology companies to develop cutting-edge solutions, utilising AI and automation, to improve the quality of online learning for adults.
Thu, 30 May 2019
This government review, led by Philip Augar, aims to consider the roles HE and FE should play in meeting the country’s social and economic needs, how they fit together, how they should be funded and whether they are delivering value for students and taxpayers.
Wed, 29 May 2019
The new ‘T Levels’ (Technical Levels) are two-year technical programmes that combine study and workplace experience, and provide a vocational alternative to A levels. Ten General Mathematical Competences (GMCs) have been specified to cover the mathematics required for the full range of courses.
Tue, 14 May 2019
Ofsted has published the outcome of the consultation on its new education inspection framework, which will take effect from September 2019.
New essential digital skills qualifications will be available from 2020, and digital Functional Skills qualifications from 2021. The new qualifications will be fully funded up to Level 1 for anyone over the age of 19.
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