Sign Language Qualifications Approved as Functional Skills Alternative

06 January 2017

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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 … Continue reading Sign Language Qualifications Approved as Functional Skills Alternative

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Take part in Institute for Apprenticeships Consultation

05 January 2017

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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 … Continue reading Take part in Institute for Apprenticeships Consultation

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Change in Post-16 English and Maths Requirements Looming?

25 November 2016

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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 … Continue reading Change in Post-16 English and Maths Requirements Looming?

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Education Secretary: English and Maths a Key Challenge in FE

25 November 2016

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The Education Secretary highlighted improving the English and maths skills of post-16 learners as a key challenge as she spoke at the AoC Conference in November. Justine Greening confirmed her commitment to raising standards across the FE sector, stating that the right balance needs to be struck on “…a system that really pushes people, so … Continue reading Education Secretary: English and Maths a Key Challenge in FE

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