Fraser Whieldon

  • University apprenticeships to be externally assessed

    Degree apprenticeships will have to assessed with an industry expert who is independent of the university, under new proposals published today. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has launched a consultation on changes to how degree apprenticeships are created, run and examined. One of their proposals is for the end-point assessments of all degree

    12.00 Jul. 16th, 2021 | News

  • National Skills Fund consultation launched

    A consultation has been launched on the government’s new level 3 qualifications offer, its skills bootcamps programme and how it can “meet critical skills needs”. The consultation on the offers, all run through the £2.5 billion National Skills Fund, was originally meant to begin in the spring but was pushed back. The Department for Education

    16.17 Jul. 15th, 2021 | News

  • Pilot areas for £65m Strategic Development Fund announced

    The Department for Education has revealed the pilot areas for the new Strategic Development Fund. The £65 million fund, first mooted in the Skills for Jobs white paper, went to tender in April. Eighteen winners have now been announced, of which eight will be Local Skills Improvement Plans trailblazer and development fund pilot areas. The

    14.30 Jul. 15th, 2021 | News

  • What you need to know from the government’s response to the level 3 qualification review

    The government has published its long-awaited response to the consultation for the level 3 qualifications review. The Department for Education set out plans yesterday to streamline the qualifications offer by funnelling students onto an ‘academic’ or ‘technical’ route. It followed a two-stage review, launched in 2019 to consider future funding for tech levels, technical certificates

    16.29 Jul. 14th, 2021 | News

  • ESFA U-turns and allows AEB clawback business cases

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency has announced colleges will be allowed to submit business cases to avoid adult education funding being clawed back. An update published this afternoon said the agency is developing a process for grant-funded providers to plead as to why they should be given leniency for missing their allocation by more

    12.43 Jul. 14th, 2021 | News

  • Level 3 qualifications review: Reprieve for some BTECs

    BTECs will survive the government’s bonfire of level 3 qualifications if they can demonstrate there is a “real need” for them, it has been announced. The Department for Education has today confirmed a new streamlined system for students finishing their GCSEs will be phased in between 2023 and 2025. This will involve stripping public funding

    0.01 Jul. 14th, 2021 | News

  • 6 key proposals from the DfE’s short consultation on FE exams

    The Department for Education and Ofqual have launched a consultation on proposals for vocational and general assessments and exams in 2021/22. The proposals include an end to teacher-assessed grades, measures for streamlining assessments and exams, and mitigations for students sitting GCSE English and maths exams. Education secretary Gavin Williamson said while exams “will always be

    14.04 Jul. 12th, 2021 | News

  • ‘Reckless’: UCU slams July 19 easing of Covid restrictions

    A college union has attacked government plans to relax Covid restrictions on campuses as showing a “reckless disregard for health and safety”. However, representatives of college leaders have given the move a cautious welcome, albeit with concerns about requirements for on-site Covid testing and keeping classrooms ventilated. The Department for Education released guidance on Tuesday

    8.00 Jul. 10th, 2021 | News

  • New rule will stop providers assessing apprentices for learning difficulties

    Apprenticeship sector leaders have attacked a new funding rule concerning apprentices’ learning difficulties assessments, slamming it as “totally wrong”. The new rule, due to take effect from August, would mean providers will not be able to assess apprentices for funding for any learning difficulties as a standard part of enrolment. “Providers must not put apprentices

    7.00 Jul. 9th, 2021 | News

  • AAC Awards 2021 winners revealed

    The elite of the country’s apprentice employers, providers and sector leaders were honoured at the FE Week-AELP Annual Apprenticeship Conference Awards on Thursday. Twenty-three winners across different apprenticeship routes were recognised, and there were additionally awards for SEND, diversity, special recognition, outstanding contribution, promoting apprenticeships and overall apprentice provider and employer awards. Shane Mann, awards

    19.50 Jul. 8th, 2021 | News

  • Another ESFA delay after 16-19 tuition fund applications put back to autumn

    The window for colleges to opt into the second year of the 16 to 19 tuition fund has been delayed. A message from the Education and Skills Funding Agency was issued this afternoon stating that the process for 2021/22 will not start until after colleges return in September. The original plan was to allow colleges

    15.37 Jul. 8th, 2021 | News