bksb Selected as Education Resources Awards 2015 Finalist

16 February 2015


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


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


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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