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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
Ofqual have announced the Design details of new GCSEs in England.
A report from the expert panel on core mathematics to the Department for Education, October 2013.
expert panel on core mathematics report Oct13
The 157 Group has published Pedagogic leadership, a ‘think piece’ written in partnership with City & Guilds and the Centre for Real World Learning at the University of Winchester about vocational pedagogy and how to create cultures that promote top-quality teaching and learning.
DfE announcement. From 29 September 2013 a pupil’s first entry in a particular subject will count towards the school’s performance tables.
These changes apply to GCSEs, level 1/level 2 certificates (sometimes referred to as IGCSEs), BTECs and other qualifications, where those would ‘discount’ against GCSEs in performance tables. The first entry across the subject, regardless of qualification type, will be the one that counts. Not all level 1/level 2 certificates count in performance tables and unregulated IGCSEs do not count. That position is unchanged.
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is reporting (on behalf of the DfE) on ESOL learners’ progression to Functional Skills Englishand GCSE English language qualifications. If you are an ESOL and/or English provider funded by the Skills Funding Agency, you are invited to take part in this call for information.
If you are an ESOL and/or English provider funded by the Skills Funding Agency, NIACE invite you to take part in this call for information.
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Senior Project Officer
0116 204 4247