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
Useful English-Literacy websites v12
The plan – sets out the steps taken to reform vocational qualifications in full-time education, and initiatives for further reform.
Led by Nigel Whitehead, UKCES Commissioner and Group Managing Director, BAE Systems plc this review states that it “forges a new vision for adult vocational qualifications which puts employers and employees first. For individuals to have the skills to succeed and for businesses to flourish, vocational qualifications should be:
- Relevant to individuals and employers, and affordable for all sizes of business (including micro-businesses) and for individuals
- Rigorous and based on a robust future-looking occupational standard, designed and assessed by the sector
- Recognised as worthy of investment, giving a clear signal of the economically-valuable skills, knowledge and understanding required in an occupation now and into the future
The review recommends seven practical steps to achieve this vision:
- Better employer involvement with awarding organisations and providers
- Focus on outcomes for more flexibility
- New design principles for qualifications
- Mandatory reporting on progression
- Joined-up qualifications databases
- Incentivised use of technology
- Better employer input through industrial partnerships
The golden thread running through these recommendations is the advocating of a partnership approach – one which connects employers and unions with well-regulated awarding organisations and flexible training providers in the design, development and