New apprenticeship standard released 20 August has shifted the requirement for GCSE C and above in maths and English to completion rather than entry.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. Employers who recruit candidates without English and maths GCSE at Grade C or above (or Department for Education approved equivalencies for the EYFS) must ensure that the candidate achieves this standard prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.
The Education and Training Foundation has produced a poster outlining the implementation timeline of the new GCSEs in Maths and English language, telling you exactly which learners need to be studying what, up to and beyond 2017/18, when the changeover to the new exams will be complete.
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A number of documents for you to look at:
The revised 16 to 19 funding for English and maths: equality analysis.
It is a condition of funding from academic year 2014 to 15 for all students on 16 to 19 study programmes to study maths and or English unless they have at least a grade C GSCE. This becomes grade D in 2015 to 16.
This document explains the condition of funding for institutions with students age 16 to19 and up to age 25 high needs students. The list of qualifications can be found on page six.
Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock’s written ministerial statement on improving post-16 numeracy and literacy.
See SfA website for guidance.
The three rules that all QCF English and maths must meet in order to receive funding are:
Entry and Level 1: 3+ credits
Level 2 : 13+ credits (Certificates)
Units of approved larger qualifications will be available for funding as part of the unit offer.
Awarding organisations must provide evidence of demand from at least five providers confirming demand for at least 50 learners.
Level 2 qualifications will be subject to awarding organisation set assessment and not internally assessed portfolios.
Found the raising standards guides online!
The Raising Standards Guides, produced by the DfES Skills for Life Strategy Unit, have now been made available as interactive versions, on CD and on the Internet. Each of the 13 guides in the series deals with a different context of learning.
Respond by 30 June 2014 on the Ofqual website
“This report is about career guidance in English secondary schools, and how it could be made better. Career guidance has been much criticised, but what would it look like were it good? To find out, we visited six countries where we knew from earlier studies that both career guidance and educational results are good, and we talked to teachers, pupils and ministry officials. We also visited five independent schools in England because we had heard good reports anecdotally, but could find little literature. In addition, we studied the available literature on career guidance in state schools. From all this input we made a judgement on what ‘good’ looks like. These judgements are in the form of eight benchmarks, identifying different dimensions of good career guidance.”
See the full report ‘Good Career Advice’.
A useful guide to developing your students’ digital literacy
Useful maths-numeracy websites v12