Useful Links- Functional Skills

Below are some useful links to related educational and teaching orientated websites. Oxford University Press Educational publisher of textbooks, software and online resources from Primary to FE available to buy online. global.oup.com ForSkills Forskills provides a range of solutions to your Functional and Basic Skills needs. Including SkillsBuilder, SkillsAssess and SkillsTrack. www.forskills.co.uk The TES The largest network […]

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A one-year stay of execution has been granted over maths and English GCSEs for apprentices.

In a move that will be welcomed by employers, the new level 3 apprenticeship standard published yesterday makes minimum GCSE standards an exit, rather than an entry requirement. The standard will be used to design apprenticeship assessments and was the result of an employers’ group working under the Government’s ‘trailblazer’ initiative. The move follows lobbying […]

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With September seeing the introduction of the most wide-ranging reforms to support for children with SEN and disabilities for a generation, children’s minster Edward Timpson answers your questions on their implementation.

          In July, we offered CYP Now readers the chance to submit questions to children’s minister Edward Timpson on the impending introduction of the reforms to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) support. He outlines his answers on the key issues below. Read full article…

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OFSTED IS CONSIDERING MERGING INSPECTIONS FOR EARLY YEARS, SCHOOLS AND FURTHER EDUCATION COLLEGES.

        A consultation will be launched shortly on the plans with a view to merging all education inspections under a single framework from September 2015. Michael Cladingbowl, Ofsted’s national director of inspection reform, is leading the plans. Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director for schools policy, and regional director for early years, tweeted […]

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Miranda’s blog – August 2014

  Welcome to the August child care blog. Those of you working in holiday clubs this summer may be faced with children from a very broad age range. Naturally, all practitioners hope children will have a fantastic time over the summer. But while some children attend a holiday club just for fun, it’s true that […]

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August Blog

August blog time and we have reached the summer break for F1, finishing at the Hungaroring in Hungary on July 27th before recommencing at Spa in Belgium on August 24th. The battle at the front is heating up between Hamilton and Rosberg in the Mercedes cars with Hamilton having more of his share of unreliability […]

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PARENTS ON LOW-INCOMES OR WORKING ‘UNSTABLE’ HOURS ARE FORCED TO USE POORER QUALITY SETTINGS, A CHARITY WARNS.

          A new report by Citizen’s Advice reveals self-employed parents or those in jobs with ‘irregular hours’ face restrictions to securing high-quality childcare. The report, ‘ The practicalities of chidcare: an overlooked part of the puzzle ‘, is based on a survey of 400 childcare providers across the country. Survey questions were developed in response to 700 consumer enquiries about childcare […]

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The Department for Education (DfE) has published a list of English and maths qualifications that providers must choose from as a “condition of funding” for 16 to 18-year-old learners that do not already have at least grade C in English or maths.

The list of 245 eligible qualifications — part of the Study Programme implementation — includes 115 at entry level, 53 at level one, 24 at levels one and two and 53 atjust level two. Of these, 150 are for English, 89 are for maths and six are available in both subjects. In total, 17 GCSEs […]

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