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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.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019
Official figures show that the proportion of GCSE resit students who achieved a grade 4 pass has fallen in both English and maths. However, overall results in both subjects among students of all ages improved slightly.
Mon, 22 Jul 2019
This revision year approach to GCSE Maths resits aims to support students to improve their attainment. It consists of both a set lesson structure and lesson content, and three short initial diagnostic tests of nine underpinning mathematical skills.
Mon, 22 Jul 2019
Three national Centres for Excellence in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will provide expert support for leaders, managers and practitioners who wish to put learners with SEND at the centre of their organisation as part of a Department for Education funded national programme.
Fri, 19 Jul 2019
This podcast explains more about the differences between the ICT Functional Skills and the new Digital Functional Skills qualifications.
Wed, 17 Jul 2019
Two pieces of research examining current demand for digital skills in the UK job market, and looking at the digital skills needed to succeed now and in the next 10 years.
Tue, 09 Jul 2019
touchconsulting Ltd has been contracted by the Education and Training Foundation to deliver Study Programme support to organisations across the education and training sector to enhance and develop their 16-19 Study Programme provision, leading to improved outcomes for learners.
Sun, 07 Jul 2019
This report contains research about the availability of ESOL learning courses and the progression through ESOL provision in England. It focuses on the experiences of learners, non-learners, ESOL teachers and senior leaders.
Tue, 11 Jun 2019
The Government is investing £5 million to encourage technology companies to develop cutting-edge solutions, utilising AI and automation, to improve the quality of online learning for adults.
Thu, 30 May 2019
This government review, led by Philip Augar, aims to consider the roles HE and FE should play in meeting the country’s social and economic needs, how they fit together, how they should be funded and whether they are delivering value for students and taxpayers.
Wed, 29 May 2019
The new ‘T Levels’ (Technical Levels) are two-year technical programmes that combine study and workplace experience, and provide a vocational alternative to A levels. Ten General Mathematical Competences (GMCs) have been specified to cover the mathematics required for the full range of courses.
Tue, 14 May 2019
Ofsted has published the outcome of the consultation on its new education inspection framework, which will take effect from September 2019.
New essential digital skills qualifications will be available from 2020, and digital Functional Skills qualifications from 2021. The new qualifications will be fully funded up to Level 1 for anyone over the age of 19.
The Greater London Authority is planning to provide free English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses up to the level required for British citizenship.
NCFE and the Campaign for Learning have launched a new paper, ‘Post-16 Education and Apprenticeship Levy Funding: next steps for English devolution’ - a volume of expert pieces that consider the future of the post-16 education and training budget from a devolution perspective.
The government has named the first 12 Institutes of Technology, which it says will be unique collaborations between universities, FE colleges, and employers including Nissan, Siemens and Microsoft. They will specialise in delivering higher level technical training at level four and five in STEM subjects, including digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering.
The Government's Education Technology strategy identifies five areas of opportunity where technology can be used to bring about a step change in education, and has a delivery target date of 2021.
The Centres for Excellence in Maths programme is a national improvement project aimed at delivering a step change in maths teaching up to Level 2 in post-16 settings. This is being undertaken in a range of ways, including the establishment of 21 Centres for Excellence in Maths.
This update from Ofqual outlines how functional skills qualifications in maths and English are being reformed, and provides up-to-date information on the progress the reformed qualifications have made through the technical evaluation process.
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