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Tricky RSHE topics – finding a developmental approach is key

Consent, LGBT+, pornography and FGM – these are aspects of Relationships and Sex Education that we are frequently asked about in Sex Education Forum (SEF) training sessions, and the question is generally the same. How can we teach it appropriately?


All about apprenticeships - End-point assessment | NCFE

All about apprenticeships Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes which are built around a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance for learners to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst developing new skil…


No young person is left behind

Now is the time to ensure that no young person is left behind Approaching the new school year should be an encouraging time. It’s an opportunity to make a fresh start and put action to your plans made during a reflective summer. This year, schools m…


English and maths for all?

English and maths for all? The Functional Skills reform is under a year away from completion, with the new Functional Skills qualifications going live from September 2019. The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) created a report ‘Making maths an…


Speed read: Top 5 takeaways from “Taking decisive action on youth employment”

Here are the top 5 takeaways to help you quickly understand why we are launching our ‘go the distance’ initiative, what impact it will have, and how you can get involved.


We’re #AllFiredUp for National Apprenticeship Week!

Organised by the government, National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 February) is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England.


Shaping the future with funding

Shaping the future with funding The plan for T levels is to shape the future of education and our economy, the government has stated that their hope for T Levels is that they will be world-class, much like their ‘traditional’ counterparts, A Levels.…


Education and Childcare - Technical Education | NCFE

As the leading sector specialists we are delighted to be developing the technical qualification for the education and childcare T Level. This landmark technical qualification will be launched in September 2020 making it one of the first T Levels to …


Peer Tutor offers an education lifeline with 121 tuition

Peer Tutor, an innovative peer-to-peer learning app, is providing crucial support and helping students to catch up on missed learning. We hear from Sacha who explains how Peer Tutor has helped her daughter Lucy rebuild her knowledge and confidence.


NCFE apprenticeships – let’s get to work

The Department for Education (DfE) has halted turning off apprenticeship frameworks, saying that they won’t withdraw any further frameworks until 2020. This is welcome news from the DfE, after months of concern that reforms around content, procuremen…


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A look behind the scenes of NCFE

A look behind the scenes of NCFE So much goes on behind the scenes at NCFE and we thought you’d like to meet some of the amazing people that work here. Steven, Senior Software Developer in our IT Department, discusses his journey to NCFE and what dr…


The Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference – key takeaways

The Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference – key takeaways We recently attended the Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference on 19 and 20 November, at the ICC, Birmingham. We were registration sponsor for the conference and exhibite…


First-of-its-kind business travel qualification takes flight

First-of-its-kind business travel qualification takes flight School leavers or college students seeking a career in business travel can now take advantage of a brand new technical qualification from NCFE. The educational services provider and awardi…


Promoting and advancing awareness of hate crime in FE

Promoting and advancing awareness of hate crime in FE At NCFE, we are committed to our core purpose to promote and advance learning to ensure that learners of all ages, races, religions and from all socioeconomic backgrounds can progress in their l…


College learner uses CACHE to progress to university

17-year-old Emma Noble, a student from Ullswater Community College, was nominated in our 2020 Aspiration Awards for her motivation and effort during her studies and has since progressed to Higher Education.


Schools and Sixth Forms

Engaging vocational alternatives to GCSEs and A Levels with clear progression to higher education and other training options, are vital for your school. In learning, one size doesn’t fit all and it’s important to create an environment in which every…


Bid support: staying competitive and innovative in the sector, post Covid-19

Bid support: staying competitive and innovative in the sector, post Covid-19 The Covid-19 pandemic and its resulting impact on businesses has sent shockwaves through each industry, prompting organisations to revisit their priorities and methods of w…


Mental Health Support - COVID-19 Resources & Support | NCFE

Mental Health support We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic brings a huge range of challenges when it comes to mental health and general wellbeing. From feelings of loneliness and isolation, to the huge amounts of uncertainty and change – as we p…


A recruiters guide to CV writing

A recruiters guide to CV writing Joshua Dixon is the Founder and CEO of The YourCode Group, which specialises in recruitment and talent acquisition for businesses operating across the globe. In the latest instalment of his ‘Work Skills’ blog series,…


Augment London NCFE Accreditation - Employers | NCFE

Augment London supports learners to succeed through NCFE Accreditation Services Augment London is using NCFE’s Accreditation Services to gain recognition for its Augment Learning Programme, giving it a stamp of approval from a leading national Award…


Opportunities for people and skills through the Government’s levelled up Lifetime Skills Guarantee

Opportunities for people and skills through the Government’s levelled up Lifetime Skills Guarantee The recent announcement about the extension to the furlough scheme was welcomed with open arms by business leaders. As further lockdown restrictions c…


Business and Administration Skills - Adult Learning | NCFE

Addressing the Covid 19 economic recovery As organisations make plans for their Covid 19 economic recovery, business and administration skills will play an important role, whether that is in a customer service environment, office support, or team le…


Embracing new technology in the classroom

NCFE takes a look at how you can embrace technology in the classroom and use it to help advance learning in vocational and academic subjects.


The Chartered Institute has lost its way

The Chartered Institute has lost its way It is sad but perhaps not surprising that the Chartered Institute for Further Education should appear to be in trouble as recently reported in FE Week.  Whether or not its current funding issues can be resolv…


Functional Skills workbooks live on QualHub

Functional Skills workbooks live on QualHub Learner workbooks to complement our Functional Skills classroom packs are now live on QualHub. The workbooks are available for the following levels and qualifications: NCFE Level 1 Functional Skills Quali…


Encouraging Reflective Learning in the Classroom

Reflective learning is a form of education where learners purposely and critically evaluate and analyse a learning experience, with a view to using it for self-development and/or learning.


NCFE and Learning Curve Group launch new qualification in Data Protection and Security

NCFE and Learning Curve Group launch new qualification in Data Protection and Security This month we’re celebrating 170 years of qualifications and we’re very proud to launch our latest certificate in partnership with Learning Curve Group (LCG), the…


#TechTakeover - Ryan's Story - A Journey from Apprentice to Software Developer

#TechTakeover - Ryan's Story - A Journey from Apprentice to Software Developer At NCFE, we are dedicated to ensuring that we create and foster an environment for our staff to enhance their skills and grow. We’re passionate about talent in the North …


Teacher receives nominations in prestigious awards

Julia Chaplin, a tutor at Brooklands College, received an impressive number of nominations in our 2020 Aspiration Awards in the Tutor of the Year category. The award recognises educators who have gone over and above to support their learners and rece…


Supporting learners to succeed during the pandemic

With Further Education colleges closed during lockdown and intermittently afterwards due to coronavirus cases in some classrooms, educators have needed to manage these disruptions to ensure that their learners don’t miss out on vital learning.


Development success for customer service apprentice

Development success for customer service apprentice Fiona Podolski has successfully completed her end-point assessment for the Level 2 customer service practitioner apprenticeship standard, and achieved a distinction. Fiona works at Hingham Library…


Peer-to-peer tutoring app disrupts tutoring market

Peer Tutor provides young people with around the clock access to high-quality learning resources and tailored learning support by connecting them ‘on demand’ with a DBS checked and verified peer tutor.


World Mental Health Day: Encouraging learners to practice self-compassion

Self-compassion may not typically be a term that learners are familiar with when it comes to tackling stress and anxiety, especially concerning academic performance. However, existing reports and research have started to investigate the role of self-…


Vocational Subject Areas - Schools | NCFE

Subject Areas A breadth of choice to support achievement. V Cert Technical Awards are vocational alternatives to GCSEs which hold performance points and are recognised in the Progress 8 measure. We also have a range of post-16 qualifications, many o…


VTQ learners results - COVID-19 Response | NCFE

The continuing pandemic has led to some exams and assessments being cancelled in 2021. All parts of the education system are working together to ensure that learners are still able to get their results and carry on with their lives, whether that is…


NCFE support learners progression to university

Abbey College Cambridge is using NCFE’s Accreditation Services to gain recognition and endorsement for their International Foundation Programmes (IFP).


Spending Review – what does this mean for education?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the Spending Review on 25 November 2020. A one year settlement was provided, a change from the original plan to set budgets for the next three years, in light of the uncertainty to public finances caused by Covid-19. …


Fixing the foundations

NCFE Policy Leader, Andrew Gladstone-Heighton examines skills growth and replacement in a post-Brexit economy in his newly published paper.


To lose one college principal may be seen as misfortune. To lose three seems like carelessness.

Somehow ‘canaries in the coalmine’ doesn’t seem the right term to use for the high achieving Principals of major colleges but there is no doubt that the departure in quick succession of the leaders of three of the largest colleges in England is a cle…


Prioritise digital literacy in school

The education committee described digital literacy in 2018 as being “crucial to the success of the fourth industrial revolution”.


Lessons learned from implementing online tuition in schools

Lessons learned from implementing online tuition in schools A pending government announcement of a year-long national tutoring programme to support disadvantaged young people as they catch up on missed learning during the coronavirus lockdown has at…


Sir Charlie and the King - Excellence in Leadership

Sir Charlie and the King - Excellence in Leadership We were delighted when our CEO David Gallagher was asked by WorldSkills UK to contribute to its collection of essays on skills excellence, with other authors consisting of education & skills lumina…


GoCalm Case Study

GoCalm Case Study With results day signalling another exam season over and a new academic year on the horizon, provision for young people’s mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges continues to be a widely debated topic. The role of GoCal…


School focus: Highcrest Academy

Neil Stocking, Vice Principle of one of our Champion Schools, Highcrest Academy, gives his thoughts on how teaching has changed over the years, the challenges he faces on a daily basis at Highcrest Academy, which many schools will relate to and the w…


Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

Once again, CACHE is getting involved in this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual campaign hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.


Subject specific information

Subject specific information Here you will find specific information on some of our most popular product areas including V Certs, T Levels and Functional Skills. V Certs This web page sets out our latest advice on: NCFE’s approach to awarding …


Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications update

Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications update We are pleased to announce that the Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications that were planned to expire in July 2020 will continue to be available for centres to deliver past this date. …


Updated Grading Calculators

Updated Grading Calculators Following centre feedback, we’ve updated the grading calculators for a range of qualifications. The level 1, level 2 and level 3 calculators below have been improved to bring them in line with our other calculators for si…


White paper Skills Plan mismatch

White paper Skills Plan mismatch The initial focus for T Levels has been as a programme for 16-18 year olds. Yet there is a larger group of young people who could benefit from T Levels – those aged 19-23. Approximately 3.2m 18-24 year olds in Englan…


End-point assessment - Apprenticeships | NCFE

EPA Plus is successfully delivering end-point assessment (EPA) across a range of subject areas, offering a transparent and flexible pricing structure and a large range of guidance materials to support training providers, employers and apprentices. W…


About NCFE - National Awarding Organisation | NCFE

NCFE is a leading provider of educational services and as a not for profit organisation we have a strong heritage in learning and have been at the forefront of technical and vocational education for over 170 years. We design, develop and certify div…


Let’s democratise access to private tutoring

Let’s democratise access to private tutoring Recently published research from The Sutton Trust has revealed that more than a quarter of secondary school pupils in England and Wales have received private tuition. Parents and learners seeking out extr…


Building a programme for your 16-19 learners | NCFE

Building a programme for your 16-19 learners Our aim is to help you engage and land learners in full-time programmes that will excite and interest them. However, we recognise that learners are not always ready to start these or may not know which ar…


Contact Business development

Contact our business development team Whether you’re already working with us, and thinking about delivering additional qualifications, or you’re completely new to NCFE and simply want to find out more about what we offer, we’re ready to support you.…


Industry 4.0 - Training Providers | NCFE

Creating factories of the future Industry 4.0 marks a huge transformation in the way we produce products, enhanced by smart systems, data and machine learning. With this in mind, employers need to ensure they have the right people, skills and proc…


Supporting the development of Health and Science, and Digital qualifications

Supporting the development of Health and Science, and Digital qualifications Building on the progress of Digital and Health and Science T Level Technical qualification developments and insight gathered from education providers and employers, we are …


Providing more diverse options for learners studying English and maths qualifications

An article by TES recently highlighted new Department for Education data which revealed that 2 in 3 students who resit their English and maths GCSEs make no progress.


Apprenticeship Standards - Apprenticeships | NCFE

Apprenticeship standards Setting out what’s required Apprenticeship standards are employer-led, meaning that employers can specify exactly what's required from an apprentice in each specific role. Employer groups developing these standards are known…


Tips for teachers - managing mental health: organisation

Being organised and methodical helps you control the chaos that is an inevitable part of life and helps you to remain calm in the face of challenges.


Case Study: Celebrating ten years of success

Based in Birmingham, Open Study College is one of the leading distance learning providers in the UK, offering over 450 courses. So far over 60,000 people have improved their career prospects with an Open Study College course.


Mathematics - COVID-19 Resources and Support | NCFE

Mathematics Hopefully you have already started on a learning plan and are aware of the areas you need to build your knowledge in. We’d recommend starting on these areas first to help you gain a better understanding and build your confidence before y…


Taking care of learner well-being

Taking care of learner well-being The summer holidays may seem like a distant memory, but may I pass on my best wishes for the new school year.  It can be easy to miss newly published reports and policies during the summer and when getting stuck in …


Stress Awareness Month: recognising the signs of stress

Christine Bennett is a practicing counsellor with an MSc. in Counselling Studies and extensive experience in recognising stress and trauma. In this article, Christine looks at the physical signs of stress which may manifest in yourself or your pupils…


Apprenticeship Case Study - Employers | NCFE

First apprentices complete end-point assessment with NCFE We’re delighted to announce that our first apprentice at Architectural Façade Solutions has successfully completed their end-point assessment (EPA). The introduction of EPA is one of the bigg…


V Cert and CACHE External Assessments - COVID-19 | NCFE

V Cert and CACHE external assessment bookings  As you know, whilst January V Cert and CACHE external assessments went ahead, those for the rest of the year have now been cancelled. We now need to understand the plans for you and your learners on all…


Plan for exams - COVID-19 Response | NCFE

Plan for exams - February to August Following the Ofqual consultation outcome, it was confirmed that, with some exceptions, external assessments will no longer be made available for the rest of the 2020-21 session where a qualification can be awarde…


V Cert Subject Areas - Key Stage 4 | NCFE

V Cert Technical Awards are engaging, vocational alternatives to GCSEs, specifically designed for 14 – 16 year olds, and come in a wide range of subject areas. They are practical qualifications that relate to a specific job or sector and combine a …


Health and Social Care - COVID-19 Resources & Support | NCFE

Health and Social Care Hopefully you have already started on a learning plan and are aware of the areas you need to build your knowledge in. The resources below should help you with your learning, and can be used alongside other resources you are gi…


Remote Invigilation - Functional Skills | NCFE

Remote invigilation Remote invigilation has launched and we can’t wait to have you on board! Your learners will be able to sit their Functional Skills assessments anytime, anywhere – supporting the vital achievement and progression they need. Our re…


NCFE wins contracts to deliver further five T Levels from 2021

NCFE wins contracts to deliver further five T Levels from 2021 - Leading awarding organisation wins contract to develop T Levels for Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health, Healthcare Science and Science T Levels - NCFE is deli…


Notice to centres – qualifications eligible for Direct Claims Status from 1 August 2021

Notice to centres – qualifications eligible for Direct Claims Status from 1 August 2021 As mentioned in our previous communication on 29 January, Ofqual announced in September 2019 that all Awarding Organisations (AOs) will be required to introduce …


Health and social care student who has played vital role on Covid-19 frontline response receives national award

Health and social care student who has played vital role on Covid-19 frontline response receives national award The ‘Learner of the Year’ category in our Aspiration Awards honours learners who are developing themselves through vocational qualificat…


New fitness qualifications launched

New fitness qualifications launched NCFE has redeveloped its Level 2 Gym Instructing and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications to meet the UK’s fitness industry standards. The qualifications have now been approved by PD:Approval, the independent …


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Social Care

Social Care Practitioners working in social care play a vital role in their communities, supporting individuals to live independent lives through their dedication and care. In the UK, over 1.5 million people are employed in the social care workforce…


Christmas wishes from David Gallagher

Christmas wishes from David Gallagher 2020 vision With Christmas around the corner and 2020 quickly approaching, it’s a good time to take stock of where we are at and where we are going. I do hope you enjoyed our Christmas animation which showed how…


Update to the External Assessment Timetable and supporting documentation

Each academic session the NCFE Assessment Delivery team is responsible for producing an updated version of the External Assessment Timetable covering all NCFE CACHE qualifications, which have set dates for external assessments.


Qualifications Explained - NCFE Qualifications | NCFE

Qualifications Explained Regulators NCFE offers a wide range of regulated qualifications.  Within the United Kingdom (UK) each country has its own regulator of qualifications and assessments.  Each of our qualifications is regulated by one or more…


Adapting to the new normal - supporting learners

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a great deal of disruption to learning, the impact of which will be felt long into the next academic year and possibly beyond.


Learners - Find a Centre - NCFE Qualifications | NCFE

Are you interested in studying an NCFE qualification? You can use our Find Nearest Centre feature to find out where you can study it! search for the qualification you're interested in using the search box at the top of this page type your postcode…


Improved grading calculators for V Certs

Following feedback from centres we’ve made an improvement to the grading calculators for some of our qualifications.


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NCFE appointed as EPA organisation for Virgin Trains

We’re really pleased to be working with Virgin Trains as their end-point assessment (EPA) organisation.


Tips for Teachers – Surviving your first year in the classroom

NCFE offers NQTs advice on how to survive those first few months in the classroom including fundable CPD and vocational qualifications.


Schools Curriculum - Key Stage 4 Qualifications | NCFE

Your students are unique, your curriculum should be too! When developing a Key Stage 4 curriculum for your school, it’s important to offer a range of qualifications that will engage your students by embracing their differences. NCFE can support you …


Careers Education - Employability | NCFE

Great careers education to support your students’ first steps onto the careers ladder. When your students leave your school, we know that you want to ensure that they have the knowledge and confidence to take their next steps to success. Whether the…


Tips for teachers - managing your own mental health

The effective management of stress has been high on the agenda in schools for over a decade and stress has been identified as the most common health and safety problem in the UK.


NCFE 2018 budget submission

NCFE 2018 budget submission: A five-point plan for future prosperity through skills. Our Policy team have been at the party conferences this year and have put together some requests of the treasury before the upcoming budget. We ask that the Treasur…


From real ale to music, castles and...Bob Mortimer: What our devs love about living in the North East.

From real ale to music, castles and...Bob Mortimer: What our devs love about living in the North East. The North East is arguably one of the most exciting places in the UK to be involved in the tech industry but there is a lot more to living and wor…


Once in a lifetime

Once in a lifetime We recently saw the publication of the Review of Post-18 Funding, led by Philip Augar. This was the government’s plan into how it can improve the post-18 Education system, looking at both Higher and Further education.   We’ve been…


Fair funding for 18-year olds – but only for a few: Mick Fletcher

Fair funding for 18-year olds – but only for a few: Mick Fletcher In policy terms one of the most interesting features of the recent announcement on funding for T levels was the decision that 18-year olds on these courses will be funded at the sam…


End-Point Assessment - Lessons learned

End-Point Assessment - Lessons learned Sara Hall, Head of NCFE Apprenticeship Services NCFE became an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) in 2017 and has since been approved to deliver 22 standards. End-point assessment (EPA) signifies one of t…


Wales - Qualifications in Wales (QiW) | NCFE

NCFE offers the below qualifications that are approved by QiW and carry capped points. These qualifications have no external assessment, no cut off dates for entry and no exams, making them perfect for you and your learners. NCFE CACHE Level 2 C…


Oswin Project Case Study

Oswin Project Case Study At NCFE we understand the importance of education and lifelong learning. Education in prisons is vital in providing opportunities for inmates to upskill and increase their chances of finding employment upon leaving prison. N…


No support for FE and training in Sunak’s Economic Plan

Yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined his “Winter Economic Plan” for supporting the business community through the second wave of Coronavirus.


End-point assessment News - Service Updates | NCFE

End-point assessment News   Price Changes NCFE EPA Plus is committed to continuous improvement and as a result of activity to improve our efficiency, and learning from the Covid-19 situation, we have been able to review our EPA prices.   From Monda…


English - COVID-19 Resources and Support | NCFE

English Hopefully you have already started on a learning plan and are aware of the areas you need to build your knowledge in. We’d recommend starting on these areas first to help you gain a better understanding and build your confidence before you t…


Early Years Education and Childcare

Early Years Education and Childcare Quality early years education and childcare provides a foundation for children from which they can flourish. Holistic development and wellbeing, triggering a gateway to healthy dispositions for learning, thrives f…


International Women’s Day 2020

We celebrate women’s achievements every day, but as its International Women’s Day, it gives us an excuse to shout about it!




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