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General election: focus on adult education

All three major political parties have vowed to focus on adult education over recent weeks. Below is a rundown of what has been promised, and what it means for adult learning.

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/general-election-focus-on-adult-education


Bite-sized English and maths

Support progression with bite-sized interventions. Boosting learners’ confidence in English and maths can be a huge challenge. Subjects with such importance like English and maths can be a daunting prospect for learners but it’s vital that skills ar…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/english-and-maths/bite-sized-english-and-maths


Time to mature: The future of the EPAO market

Time to mature: The future of the EPAO market Andrew Gladstone-Heighton, Policy Leader When we look at the end-point assessment (EPA) market, it can seem uncertain, perhaps even chaotic. This is relatively normal for an emerging market, and best pra…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/time-to-mature-the-future-of-the-epao-market


NCFE as one of the Best Non-Profit Organisations to Work For

National awarding organisation and education and skills charity, NCFE, has been named one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Not–For–Profit Organisations to Work For.

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/education-and-skills-charity-named-one-of-the-best-not-for-profit-organisations-to-work-for


Not all heroes wear capes!

We’re celebrating National Customer Service Week and today’s theme is ‘recognition’.

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/not-all-heroes-wear-capes


Dates for your diary

There are a number of important dates to remind you of, including cut off dates for the spring assessment window, qualifications which are withdrawing early, scheduling your EQA visit and more!

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/dates-for-your-diary


Skills Forward working in collaboration with GCSEPod

Skills Forward working in collaboration with GCSEPod Skills Forward is pleased to be working with GCSEPod to give learners a fantastic and inclusive learning experience. Skills Forward is one of the UK’s leading eLearning assessment solutions for Fu…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/skills-forward-working-in-collaboration-with-gcsepod


System links and support guides

System links and support guides On this page you can find links to our EPA systems and a number of support guides to assist you in using them for EPA administration and delivery. SEPA The SEPA system is EPA Plus’ EPA registration and administration…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/end-point-assessment/coronavirus-covid-19-customer-update/system-links-and-support-guides


What does the new Budget mean for Technical Education?

The much anticipated Autumn Budget was pitched as one of the major political set pieces ahead of the government setting out its vision for a post-brexit Britain.

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/what-does-the-new-budget-mean-for-technical-education


Young carer awarded Learner of the Year

Mark Miles, a Prison Officer at HMP Nottingham and former learner at Ashfield Comprehensive School, has been awarded Learner of the Year in the NCFE Aspiration Awards, following the completion of his vocational qualification in Uniformed Services.

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/young-carer-and-hmp-nottingham-prison-officer-awarded-learner-of-the-year-by-ncfe


NCFE announces Campaign for Learning acquisition

NCFE announces Campaign for Learning acquisition In a move which will strengthen their positions as purpose-led and influential authorities in the education sector, education and skills charity, NCFE, and independent learning charity, Campaign for L…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/ncfe-announces-campaign-for-learning-acquisition


Customer Service

Exceptional Customer Service At NCFE, we’re passionate about providing exceptional customer service and exceeding your expectations. We think our approach to customer service makes us different – easy to do business with, flexible and responsive. …

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/about-ncfe/customer-service


Qualifications which can not be awarded through a Teacher Assessed Grade

Ofqual’s advice is that a Teacher Assessed Grade should not be used to award qualifications where it is not possible to award safely, reliably, and validly if the knowledge, skills, and behaviours have not been demonstrated and assessed. This inclu…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/covid-19-response-for-2020-21/qualifications-which-can-not-be-awarded-through-a-teacher-assessed-grade


How to tender for government contracts – Part 1: getting tender ready

How to tender for government contracts – Part 1: getting tender ready Steve O’Hare, Owner and Director at SCLO Consulting Due to the profound impact that Covid-19 is having on the education sector, as well as individuals, employers, communities, ind…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/how-to-tender-for-government-contracts-part-1-getting-tender-ready


Collaborative working

Collaborative Working As a registered educational charity focused on promoting and advancing learning, it’s essential that our qualifications are relevant and fit for purpose, supporting learners with the skills they need in a changing labour market…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/collaborative-working


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.

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/focus-on-schools-funding


NCFE Apprenticeship Services appoints new Managing Director

We’re delighted to welcome David Gallagher as the new Managing Director of NCFE Apprenticeship Services.

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/ncfe-apprenticeship-services-appoints-new-managing-director


Pleased to meet you

As the year moves rapidly forward, so too does life at NCFE and I’d like to begin by saying hello to each and every one of you.

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/pleased-to-meet-you


Future-proofing Apprenticeship Funding in England for the 2020s

Future Proofing Apprenticeship Funding in England for the 2020s The Brexit impasse continues. The economy is slowing. And a general election looks likely before the new year. As party conferences come to a close and manifestos are drafted, NCFE and …

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/future-proofing-apprenticeship-funding-in-england-for-the-2020s


Overview of apprenticeship funding rules 2018-19

Overview of apprenticeship funding rules 2018-19 Andrew Gladstone-Heighton, Policy Leader at NCFE, provides an overview of the apprenticeship funding rules for the 2018-19 funding year. This year, the rules have been provided in a clarification form…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/overview-of-apprenticeship-funding-rules-2018-19


Apprenticeship process

Apprenticeship process Before the EPA During your apprenticeship your training provider and employer help you to develop the knowledge skills and behaviour in accordance with the apprenticeship standard that you are enrolled to. (Take a look at th…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/end-point-assessment/all-about-apprenticeships/apprenticeship-process


#TechTakeover - A Day in the life of Shaun Forde our senior software developer

#TechTakeover - A Day in the life of Shaun Forde our senior software developer NCFE is full of talented individuals boasting a whole range of skill sets across our various teams. Whether that’s excellent customer service, solving technical problems…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/techtakeover-a-day-in-the-life-of-shaun-forde-our-senior-software-developer


Day in the life of – Apprenticeship Services

Day in the life of – Apprenticeship Services Meet Leo Webster, Sales Support Manager for Apprenticeship Services. Find out what he gets up to in a typical day. What is your role? I report into Sara Hall who is Head of Apprenticeship Services and I…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/day-in-the-life-of-apprenticeship-services


Top tips to prepare for EQA

Jayne Foster is Lead External Quality Assurer (EQA) for the CACHE brand at NCFE, managing a team of 14 EQAs across several regions.

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/top-tips-to-prepare-for-eqa


English and Maths conference 2019

English and Maths conference 2019 Firstly, I just want to thank those who attended the excellent NCFE English and Maths Conference, it’s great to see people showing their support for our much-scrutinised industry, which is helping to change the live…

https://www.ncfe.org.uk/blog/english-and-maths-conference-2019


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