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Wed, 18 Dec 2019
OTLA English is phase 6 of the ETF’s Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment programme which aims to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the FE and training sector and support increased professionalism for practitioners in the sector.
Mon, 16 Dec 2019
Research by the Sutton Trust shows that the GCSE reforms of 2015 have had very little effect on attainment rates, and that the introduction of harder exams and the new grading system has led to a slightly bigger attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged learners.
Thu, 12 Dec 2019
The Education and Training Foundation is supporting teachers to get ready for the development of embedded English, maths and digital (EMD) skills in T Levels. Claire Collins, Director of ccConsultancy, writes on what embedding EMD looks like in practice.
Tue, 10 Dec 2019
A review of this sector event dedicated to adult literacy, numeracy and English language policy, practice and research held on the 4th of December 2019 at Westminster Kingsway College, London and organised by Learning and Work Institute, UCL Institute of Education, UCU, RaPAL and NATECLA.
Tue, 10 Dec 2019
This newly published report from National Numeracy and TP ICAP reveals that millions of adults lack basic numeracy skills, leaving them unprepared for the workplace and everyday life, and calls for a major new ‘Fresh Start for Adult Numeracy’ initiative.
Thu, 05 Dec 2019
One in four students in OECD countries are unable to complete even the most basic reading tasks, meaning they are likely to struggle to find their way through life in an increasingly digital world. This is one of the findings of the latest PISA global education test, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.
Thu, 05 Dec 2019
A new report shows that the gap in the percentage of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged 16 year olds achieving a grade 4 or above in English and maths is much wider than previously estimated.
Wed, 04 Dec 2019
An updated round up of the education and training policies proposed by the major political parties, and an overview of manifestos from other education players.
Mon, 11 Nov 2019
Details of how an additional £155 million will be allocated next year have now been published, with £35m being ringfenced for GCSE maths and English resits.
Tue, 05 Nov 2019
A survey by Jisc shows that most FE Teachers feel they don't have enough opportunities to develop their digital skills, and less than 15 per cent say they have time and support to innovate using digital technologies.
Wed, 30 Oct 2019
Professor Alison Wolf, whose 2011 vocational education report led to the current GCSE maths and English resits policy, suggests that there is great demand from adults looking to improve their maths, but that a different curriculum is needed for post-16 learners.
Tue, 29 Oct 2019
A report on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision published by the Commons Education Committee brings to light government failings to implement reforms in the 2014 Children and Families Act across colleges and schools.
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.
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