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Crawford Knott
Crawford Knott
Guest blogger - Managing Director at Hawk Training

Apprenticeships Reforms


John Dabell
John Dabell
Independent Reviewer

Study Hut - Resources for Maths and English

A review from Johan Dabell

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

NCFE qualification helps Derwentside College put mental health first

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 was bigger than ever, a great sign of the changing attitudes to mental health and a step towards a healthier future free of stigma and judgement towards mental health issues.

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

Changes to apprenticeship funding bands

From the 1 August this year, we’ll have an amended apprenticeship funding regime for new starts on apprenticeship frameworks and standards.

Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

T Levels are go

The much-awaited T Level consultation response arrived over the late May bank holiday weekend and, after months of silence on the issue, we now have a clearer idea of the policy and how and when it will be implemented.

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

Devolution

NCFE Policy Leader, Andrew Gladstone-Heighton, breaks down recent announcements and events regarding Technical Education in the north and south of the country.

Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

The desire to succeed

It’s been an extremely busy couple of weeks for the NCFE Schools team culminating in us successfully resubmitting our combined Level 1 /2 Tech Awards to the DfE for consideration of inclusion into the 2020 Performance Tables.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Highly Commended: Joe Armstrong – V Cert Aspiration Awards

We’re delighted to announce that Joe Armstrong, a learner at North Chadderton School, has been highly commended in our V Cert Aspiration Awards.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Highly Commended: Nicholas Earl-Phillipps – V Cert Aspiration Awards

We’re delighted to announce that Nicholas Earl-Phillipps, a learner at Bitterne Park School has been highly commended in our V Cert Aspiration Awards.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Farnborough Academy case study – V Cert Aspiration Awards

We’re delighted to announce that Farnborough Academy in Nottingham have been highly commended as part of our V Cert Aspiration Awards.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

V Cert Aspiration Awards – Pupil of the Year announced

2018 marked our first V Cert Aspiration Awards, recognising achievements by pupils with big aspirations. The scheme was launched to recognise learners who are using V Certs to help them reach their goals and make positive improvements to their life.

Mick Fletcher
Mick Fletcher
FE Policy Analyst

Are T Levels trained on the wrong target?

A great deal of attention has rightly been focussed on the long-awaited government response to the T Level consultation issued in November 2017. Much less notice has been taken of another document, also published by DfE in May and snappily titled ‘Post-16 education: highest level of achievement by age 25 (England)’.

Josh Dixon
Josh Dixon
Managing Director, YourCode Recruitment Group

A million pieces to a million pounds

4 years ago, I left my second high school with no qualifications, a lack of direction and no ambition. Fast track 4 years later to May 2018, I’m now the Founding Investor and Director of Weeduu.co and YourCode Recruitment Group. The last few years have been interesting for me, and now understanding the various routes within education and how some students in the mainstream system can be neglected, I realise how lucky I was to not get caught up in the net.

Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

Selecting the evidence

Rob Halfon is a busy man. It’s been less than a year since his nomination and election as Chair of the Education Select Committee, and during this time year he’s launched 12 separate inquiries into various aspects of the Department for Education’s workload.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Adult Education Budget (AEB)

At NCFE, we believe that lifelong learning is hugely important and we encourage our customers to make the most of their adult education budget (AEB) funding. There was a £63m underspend in the AEB in the last academic year and we’d like to see this reduce considerably this year.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Do Applied Generals prepare learners for the workplace better than A Levels?

The recent publication of the results of Ofqual’s annual survey, ‘Perceptions of qualifications in England: wave 16’, has found that Applied Generals are thought to better prepare learners for the workplace when compared to GCSE and A-Level qualifications.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

A perfect fit – case study with River Tees Multi Academy Trust PRU

Tom Rhatigan discusses his experience of delivering V Certs, including the Level 1 and Level 2 certificates in Health and Fitness, and how the qualification has allowed his pupils to find their strengths and excel.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

NCFE joins the Joint Council for Qualifications

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve joined the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), a membership body which comprises the eight, now nine, largest providers of qualifications in the UK.

Louise Geddis-Regan
Louise Geddis-Regan
Innovation Marketing Officer

Mental Health Awareness Week: Supporting students manage their mental wellbeing and exam work load

In the run up to Mental Health Awareness Week we have been running our 12 Days of Exam Wellbeing campaign to encourage students, parents and teachers to prioritise mental wellbeing during exam periods.

Nick Linford
Nick Linford
Writing exclusively For NCFE

Recent history should be a warning against changing the apprenticeship levy

The ongoing slump in apprenticeship starts since the apprenticeship levy was introduced has emboldened the lobbyists, and those with vested interests.

Joe Hindmoor
Joe Hindmoor
Guest Blogger

My week of work experience at NCFE

Last week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do some work experience at NCFE. I’m currently studying A-Level Sociology, Politics and BTEC Applied Law at Durham Sixth Form Centre. I spent two and a half days with the Policy team followed by two and a half days with the Marketing team. I really enjoyed my time with the teams and feel that I learned a lot about the type of work that is done in these areas.

Louise Geddis-Regan
Louise Geddis-Regan
Innovation Marketing Officer

Stress Awareness Month

With Stress Awareness Month now underway, the NCFE Innovation team have been reflecting on the complex relationship between stress and technology. Undeniably, our hyper-connectivity with technology often fuels stress and is a regular culprit in the media for our struggle to relieve stress. However, we’ve been reviewing how we can harness the power of technology to help prevent and better manage our stress levels.

Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

Focus on schools funding

Following the publication of the Education and Policy Institute’s report on schools funding, it was reassuring that this report, once again, allowed this issue to become a focus of the media.

Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

Rules out… for Easter

Having eagerly awaited the latest version of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) Funding rules, we were delighted to see them published before the Easter break.

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