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NCFE wins contract to deliver Childcare T Level

We are thrilled to announce that NCFE has been awarded the contract by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) and the Department for Education (DfE) to be the delivery partner for the Education and Childcare T Level…


Making creative learning accessible to all

Making creative learning accessible to all Technology Triumphs is a distance learning based tuition service from qualified and experienced teachers, who aim to make creative learning more accessible to all. Design Technology teachers, Pip Rothwell a…


Beat the machines and develop creative thinking in the classroom

Karyn Taylor, Curriculum Officer at NCFE, looks at how you can develop your pupils' creative thinking in the classroom and why machines will never take over the creative industries.


NCFE helps meet the creative needs of the future

NCFE helps meet the creative needs of the future One of the North East’s leading creatives has backed NCFE’s Technical Award in Art and Design. Darren Richardson, co-founder of creative communications agency Gardiner Richardson, said the Level 1 / 2…


Student progresses with help of Level 2 CACHE qualification

Originally enrolled onto his Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner qualification as a late starter, Raja wasn’t going to let that stop him from achieving his goals. He was soon known by all learners and tutors within the college because of…


Music Technology Level 1 and Level 2 assessment results now available

Music Technology Level 1 and Level 2 assessment results now available The 2017/18 academic session saw the awarding of NCFE’s first Technical Awards; the Level 1 and Level 2 Technical Awards in Music Technology. Although these are separate qualifica…


Fighting for a level playing field in English and maths

Fighting for a level playing field in English and maths At NCFE, we understand that every learner is different and that it’s important for learners to have access to qualifications which suit their varying needs. Under current guidelines in schools,…


NCFE Case Study: University of Cumbria

At NCFE, we want to ensure that learners who complete our qualification are able to access to a wide range of progression routes.


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.


How to engage learners while working remotely

Keeping learners engaged while working remotely has been a key challenge for the education sector during this enforced period of lockdown.


T Levels could change everything. Are you ready?

To those who work in schools, you may feel somewhat isolated from the onset of T Levels.


Tackling the normalisation of online sexual violence in RSHE

Jan Lever, Director at Jigsaw PSHE, talks to NCFE about a new independent report into online sexual harm and the normalisation of sexual violence and how you can help to address this in school through PSHE and Relationships, Sex and Health Education,…


Are T Levels trained on the wrong target?

A great deal of attention has rightly been focused 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 ‘Pos…


East Coast College students prepare for Uniformed Services

East Coast College students prepare for entry in the Uniformed Services      East Coast College learners are using vocational qualifications from NCFE to help them prepare to enter the Uniformed Services. Using the Level 2 Diploma for Entry in th…


Supporting apprenticeships, creating opportunities.

We’re passionate about apprenticeships and are really getting behind National Apprenticeship Week. This year's theme looks at what apprenticeships mean to individuals, employers, communities and the wider economy, and we'll be sharing our stories and…


NCFE qualification endorsed by top Travel Management company

NCFE’s recently developed Level 3 Award in Business Travel has been endorsed by several business travel experts, including Clarity, part of the Portman Travel Group, which includes Elegant Resorts and If Only.


New mobile app is revolutionising access to tutoring

The mobile app has been designed to create equal access to learning and provide a low cost, high quality alternative to traditional private tutoring.


Tips for teachers managing your own mental health: exercise

Exercise increases blood flow and levels of dopamine, a chemical which is released during all pleasurable activities, and a lack of it has been linked to depression.


NCFE Award endorsed by the Society of Operations Engineers

We’re delighted to announce that our Level 1 / 2 Technical Award in Engineering has received endorsement from the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).


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.


Young carer used her V Cert to boost attendance

Keeley Crompton, Chorlton High School learner, awarded Highly Commended in the Learner of the Year – Against All Odds category in NCFE Aspiration Awards, while completing her Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery.


Consulting pupils about RSHE

Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education (RSHE) will become mandatory in schools across England from September 2020. Creating a curriculum that meets the needs of pupils is vital.


Tops tips for going green in the classroom

The younger generation are more socially and environmentally aware than ever, and it seems we’re constantly being reminded about the effects our actions are having on the world around us and being encouraged to ‘do our bit’.


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.


Team Leader apprentice completes end-point assessment

Tony Rossiter has successfully completed end-point assessment for the Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship standard. Tony works as a Senior Engineering Change Coordinator and decided to do the Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship at a later…


Vocational qualifications improve learners’ employability

Ensuring young people leave their formal education ready for the workplace is a difficult task but one which providers have been challenged to deliver on as part of their careers education and commitment to employability skills.


Peer Tutor - online peer-to-peer support for learners

With the current COVID-19 outbreak causing uncertainty and unease across the globe and schools closed until further notice, Peer Tutor will ensure your students can continue to receive academic support and develop their knowledge from home


Managing stress in and out of the learning environment

All of us experience some form of stress during our lives, some more regularly than others depending on our job, our day-to-day responsibilities, what’s going on in our personal lives and how we each cope with the situations we find ourselves in.


A career in the Community and Voluntary Sector

The Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS) is probably better known as a route for people to volunteer, perhaps as a way to ‘give back’ at the end of a career, than as a provider of formative or developmental career opportunities.


Message from Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

I’m delighted to share the news that the first T Level students are starting their courses this month.


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…


Student with limited mobility wins Learner of the Year award

Student with limited mobility wins Learner of the Year award A pupil at Wilson Stuart School, Tiarney Calder, has been awarded the Learner of the Year in the new ‘Against All Odds’ category in our Aspiration Awards. An inspiring individual, with a d…


We love it when a plan comes together.

I’m delighted to share the positive news that our new model for combined level V Cert qualifications has been received extremely well by the Department for Education (DfE). In their latest update to the published list of approved qualifications, our …


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 m…


Give your child the gift of knowledge this Christmas

What has your teenager asked for this Christmas? An Xbox? The latest iPhone? Designer clothes? What if we told you that for a fraction of the cost, you could buy them a five month headstart on their education?


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.


Albion Football Club learners excel with NCFE qualifications

Albion in the Community, the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, offers a range of NCFE qualifications to help people improve their lives and develop the tools they need to meet their potential.


Suffolk New College learners prepare for entry to public services

Learners on the NCFE Level 2 and 3 Diploma Entry to the Uniformed Services at Suffolk New College are gaining skills for a wide range of occupational roles in Public Services.


Withdrawal of government funding for low volume qualifications

The Government has issued further information on the withdrawal of funding approval from qualifications with low and no publicly funded enrolments, as part of the Level 3 and below review.


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 qualifica…


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 ha…


Why choose NCFE for your school?

We will support you to develop an enhanced curriculum, so every one of your learners can reach their full potential, whatever that looks like to them.


Qualification supports Interactive Media career aspirations

Interactive Media students at Gillingham School in Dorset set their sights on careers in the Media and IT industries. Studying the Level 2 Technical Award in Interactive Media, the learners have gained valuable vocational skills that can be used in t…


Blended learning to achieve success

Although blended learning isn't a new term, it's certainly more prevalent now, as the sector’s response to Covid-19 forced education to swiftly adjust to using technology to support learning from home, in a way that was never envisaged before.


Addressing the impact of COVID-19 on post-16 education

In light of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, there has been a great deal of disruption across the education sector at all levels, the impact of which will be felt long into the next academic year and possibly beyond.


Guest blog from Josh Dixon, YourCode Recruitment Group

We love hearing about how technical education can change people’s lives so when we met Josh Dixon, Managing Director at YourCode Recruitment Group, we just had to share his story.


Widening participation in education

At NCFE, our core purpose is to advance and promote learning and through this changethe lives of people of all ages and from all backgrounds through the enabling power of education. With this in mind, I’d like to focus on the social mobility agenda a…


Challenging Einstein: how can technology work hand in hand with human interaction in formative assessment?

Challenging Einstein: how can technology work hand in hand with human interaction in formative assessment? Albert Einstein feared the day that technology would surpass our human interaction. He stated the world would have a generation of idiots... i…


Getting schools ready for RSHE

Getting schools ready for RSHE The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that they will be making only minor amends to the previously released draft regulations for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). This marks a further development in wh…


Do you speak our language? We’re recruiting for tech talent in the north east

We’ve got some good news here at NCFE – we’re hiring! We’re looking to recruit a number of full stack software developers at all levels to join the growing team at our Quorum Business Park office in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Tips for teachers – talking about mental health in the classroom

Tips for teachers – talking about mental health in the classroom Andi Smart is a Mental Health Practitioner and Teacher who works for a number of care and education establishments in mental health support and teaching roles; as well as developing he…


Adult Education Budget (AEB) | 63 million underspend

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 r…


Five foundations of character education

Five foundations of character education Damian Hinds has demonstrated his vision for five foundations to build character at the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership conference and how he plans to take this forward. Character Educa…


NCFE learner is Finalist for BAFTA Young Game Designers Award

NCFE learner is Finalist for BAFTA Young Game Designers Award A student at St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Pavanjot Town, was honoured in this year’s BAFTA awards in the Young Game Designers category after gaining skills in NCFE Interactive…


An opportunity to tackle mental health

An opportunity to tackle mental health that is not to be missed With worrying statistics about young peoples’ and teachers’ mental health continually reported in the media, we believe that the introduction of compulsory requirements for Health Educa…


Is social media causing depression amongst young people?

In response to a recent BBC report regarding the link between social media and mental health issues amongst young people, NCFE work experience student Kathryn Bradbeer, 17, explores the issue further.


Tips for Teachers: are you ready for statutory RSHE?

Tips for Teachers: are you ready for statutory RSHE? Jan Lever, CEO, Jigsaw PSHE With requirements for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) becoming compulsory from September 2020, many teachers will find themselves teaching this content a…


Use a qualification to meet your career guidance duties

We’re committed to helping schools meet their career guidance duties by developing solutions for employability skills development that meet the expectations of employers.


Using technology to transform the way you teach

It’s not an exaggeration to say that technology is revolutionising education making it a fantastic time to be teaching.


ESFA update - changes to functional skills

ESFA update - changes to functional skills The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have made the following changes to the 16 - 18 English and maths progress measure which will apply to 2020 performance tables. They have increased the relat…


The importance of digital literacy to the future workforce

A commonly held belief is that people who have grown up in the midst of the technological revolution don’t require formalised digital literacy skills support. However, is this really the case?


Making a Success of the National Skills Fund

To help address some of the rising challenges set to impact the economy and labour market throughout the 2020s and beyond, the Conservatives promised in their General Election manifesto to introduce a National Skills Fund from 2021.


AoC Sport in the Curriculum Conference – key takeaways

The recent Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport in the Curriculum Conference was a great opportunity to find out more about the key sport sector topics.


Teacher retention for schools

Teacher retention for schools The government took an important step this month in publishing its Teacher Recruitment Strategy. This articulates their ambition in meeting the ‘increasingly difficult challenge to recruit and retain staff of the calibr…


The North East charity making a difference

The North East charity making a difference We think it’s important to highlight the work of fellow charities who are doing amazing things to enhance the lives of others. We believe that the more diverse we can make spaces, the more we can learn and …


Key ways to address online safety

NCFE takes a look at how to ensure the online safety of children and teenagers and the dangers that teachers, parents and carers should be aware of and how you can educate young people during Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) lessons.


Highlighting the importance of lifelong learning at work

Following Boris Johnson’s pledge to support further education, businesses gear up to celebrate Learning at Work Week 2020. Employers and individuals across the country are gearing up to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning as ‘Learning at Work…


The importance of the ‘College of the Future’ report to the future of FE in England

The importance of the ‘College of the Future’ report to the future of FE in England The launch of the UK College of the Future report from the Independent Commission on the College of the Future certainly throws some interesting ideas into the mix. …


The long road ahead

The long road ahead Taking decisive action on youth employment By David Gallagher and Matt Hamnett As we begin to emerge from the social and economic chrysalis of lockdown, it is clear that the road to recovery will be long and arduous.  There is go…


‘No 16-18 year old left behind’ – key takeaways

NCFE recently teamed up with Campaign For Learning to launch a new policy paper titled: ‘No 16-18 year old left behind’.


Jobs of the future: AI, robots and technology

Jobs of the future  With access to technology becoming commonplace, what affect does this have on the job market and how can the technical education sector flex to support learners within the new status quo? A pioneer in the technology sector, Alan …


T Levels Good News

T Levels Good News We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded the contract by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) and the Department for Education (DfE) to be the delivery partner for the Education and C…


The importance of formative assessment

We now know that vocational exams that were due to take place in February and March will be cancelled for learners. With the current Ofqual consultation looking at alternative ways to assess and award grades this year.


Multi-award winning enterprise agencies endorse NCFE Business and Enterprise V Cert

Multi-award winning enterprise agencies endorse NCFE Business and Enterprise V Cert North East Enterprise Agency endorses NCFE Business and Enterprise V Cert qualification, based on the valuable content which provides learners with a great introduc…


2021 Spring Budget – what does it mean for education?

Realism was the leading theme ahead of yesterday’s budget announcement, paving the way for some unpopular decisions as we try to find a way through the financial impact of the pandemic.


Resits, Reformed Functional Skills and T Levels – the future of post 16 English and maths in a changing landscape

Resits, Reformed Functional Skills and T Levels – the future of post 16 English and maths in a changing landscape Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager, the Association of Colleges (AoC) The vision There is widespread college support for the ‘Wolf…


Giving every child opportunity to develop

Matthew Burton is the head teacher at Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury and appeared on Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire. Matthew has written for NCFE about making pivotal curriculum decisions on behalf of learners.


First ever suicide awareness and reduction awards launched

First ever suicide awareness and reduction awards launched  In advance of World Mental Health Day, national education services charity NCFE has developed suicide awareness and reduction qualifications, in a bid to educate people and help tackle the …


Delivery of NCFE qualifications supported by iAchieve

Schools across the country are using iAchieve to support the implementation and delivery of NCFE qualifications. The iAchieve online platform provides learners with an additional and alternative way of engaging with their NCFE qualification.


#TechTakeover - A Day in the life of software developer Ryan Richardson

#TechTakeover - A Day in the life of software developer Ryan Richardson Here at NCFE we have a team full of talented, enthusiastic individuals across a whole range of departments. Whether that’s dealing directly with our learners and training provid…


Update from party conferences

Update from party conferences This month, NCFE sent representation to the Labour and Conservative Party conferences, with the aim of hearing the latest policy announcements and influencing policy formulation. The Labour conference began with confusi…


Shaping the new National Retraining Scheme

Last week, NCFE and Campaign for Learning were delighted to publish our second white paper of 2018 entitled ‘Shaping the new National Retraining Scheme’. Written by Dr Susan Pember, the paper assesses the current and emerging needs a National Retrain…


Adult participation in learning survey

Adult participation in learning survey Back in August, the Learning and Work Institute (L&W) released the latest iteration of its annual survey of adult participation in learning. The L&W survey 5,000 adults across the UK giving us an evidence based…



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


The Evolution of Skills Devolution

The Evolution of Skills Devolution November 2018 has been a month of high importance in the adult education funding calendar. A number of Combined Authorities and devolved regions have set out their stalls regarding devolution of the Adult Education…


Case Study: Beverley Grammar School – Engineering futures

Case Study: Beverley Grammar School – Engineering futures Beverley Grammar School has been specialising in boys’ education since 700AD and is the oldest state school in England. One of the school’s aims is for their pupils to have the ambition and c…


Update on the Augar Review

Update on the Augar Review In his spring statement, the chancellor Phillip Hammond outlined that we can soon expect the long awaited outcome of the Augar Review. The ‘Review of Post-18 Education and Funding’ sets out to look at how students in the f…


The benefits of Formative Assessment

The benefits of Formative Assessment Formative assessment is becoming increasingly important and widely recognised for the benefits it can bring to the learning experience. Teachers and educators can use formative assessment as a critical plank in t…


#TechTakeover - A Day in the life of Richard Grant our development operations lead

#TechTakeover - A Day in the life of Richard Grant our development operations lead Here at NCFE we have a team full of talented individuals with a whole range of skills. Whether that’s being the brains behind our technology innovation, communicating…


Learning at Work Week takes to the air for 2020

Employers across the UK are being invited to take part in a first-of-its-kind virtual learning event this week as Learning at Work Week returns, but with a few twists!


Apprenticeships – myth busting Apprenticeships in the modern landscape

Apprenticeships – myth busting Apprenticeships in the modern landscape Given the incessant raft of changes to the government’s Apprenticeship policy, it can be difficult for businesses to follow and understand the evolving Apprenticeship landscape, …


Mother of five scoops prestigious Learner of the Year Award

Mother of five scoops prestigious Learner of the Year Award The ‘Learner of the Year’ category in our Aspiration Awards honours learners who are developing themselves through vocational qualifications from NCFE or CACHE, making positive improvement…


A spotlight on the general election

The general election has dominated the media over the past few weeks. The landslide win for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives has changed the shape and power balance of parliament.


Getting ready for T Levels

Getting ready for T Levels It’s an exciting, yet challenging time in education as we approach the launch of T Levels in September 2020 to the first wave of providers. T Levels signify a big change in technical education as they will become one of th…


Results day– what if you don’t make the grade?

Results day– what if you don’t make the grade? Josh Dixon “If you don’t get your grades, you won’t be able to push on in your career”. It’s a sentence that many students will have heard for a number of years. We’ve all been there; anxious, nervous, …


The scale of the challenge for adult job seekers… and the hope that is on the horizon

The scale of the challenge for adult job seekers… and the hope that is on the horizon As we approach the festive period facing a second, nationwide lockdown, it is clear that the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to bring f…


The rise of the fitness industry: how it’s more of a feasible career choice than ever

The rise of the fitness industry: how it’s more of a feasible career choice than ever Whether or not you’re health conscious, it’s clear to see that there’s been a substantial boom in the health and fitness industry over recent years. There’s been n…


Practical mental health solutions

Practical support for educators to support students' mental health from CACHE including free guides, resources, supporting qualifications and more.


The Importance of English Skills in Young People

The Importance of English Skills in Young People With the recent Functional Skills reform, it's rare to go a day without hearing about maths and English within education sector news. And following #InternationalLiteracyDay on 9 September, it seems a…


Getting meta: a recovery that supports sustainable, adaptable careers

Getting meta: a recovery that supports sustainable, adaptable careers Richard Eyre is a policy and strategy professional who has advised on education and skills policy on three continents. He currently works as Chief Programmes Officer for educatio…




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