bksb Selected as Education Resources Awards 2015 Finalist

16 February 2015

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For the second time this academic year, bksb has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious industry accolade. The Education Resources Awards (ERAs), held annually, celebrate outstanding suppliers and individuals from the UK’s education sector, and our market-leading solution for Functional Skills and GCSE English and Maths has made the grade in the ‘Whole Curriculum Resource (including ICT)’ category.

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Time of Transition Reflected in Ofsted Ratings

03 February 2015

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The percentage of providers given grade three or four ratings by Ofsted this academic year has increased, as has the percentage rated Outstanding. As reported by FE Week, 66% of organisations in the FE and Skills sector have been rated ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’, whereas this figure stood at 36% in 2013/14. Four organisations have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ this academic year, while three providers have lost their outstanding status.

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Ofqual set to Improve Functional Skills’ Quality and Assessment

02 February 2015

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Ofqual has announced plans to improve the quality of Functional Skills qualifications in order to meet employers’ needs more effectively. Following a recent review, Ofqual released a report last week setting out improvements that awarding organisations are currently making to Functional Skills qualifications. The changes outlined will ensure that the qualifications are high-quality and that standards are consistent.

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