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National Careers Service from 1st October 2018
September 28, 2018

As you will know, the new National Careers Service contracts start on 1st October.  

There are now 9 areas, plus a telephone advice line.  Along with the priority group changes, the NCS team are keen for providers to:

  • embed the principles of the NCS Customer Charter see below
  • ensuring that Skills Action Plans are personalised to the individual
  • ensuring that actions are progressive – so if a client’s more than one intervention, there is a clear progression in their journey


DWP Touchbase: Issue 129
September 28, 2018

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:

  •  the Get to Know Your Pension campaign
  •  requests for personal information from third parties
  •  the Find a job service
  •  the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service
  •  changes for carers in Scotland
  •  changes to the Universal Credit live service helpline

Touchbase Issue 129

Calling Notice for Papers for the NICEC Conference
September 27, 2018

Please see the calling notice below for Papers for the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) – Changing boundaries: career, identity and self: An international conference on research, practice and policy in career development. 

Date: 16th and 17th April 2019
Venue: Chancellor’s Conference Centre, Manchester
Abstract Deadline: October 31st 2018

They are welcoming abstracts of up to 300 words for individual presentations and up to 500 words for symposiums.

Abstracts to be submitted to julia.yates.1@city.ac.uk by 31st October 2018. Read more

ESFA Update: 26 September 2018

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Perceptions of Vocational and Technical Qualifications
September 26, 2018

The results of Ofqual’s survey of perceptions of vocational and technical qualifications in England, conducted from October 2017 to February 2018.placeholder

Clients off to University? Then They May be Eligible for Additional Support
September 26, 2018

Students all over the country are preparing to go off to university and it could be time to see if they are eligible for additional support in higher education.

Use the AbilityNet HE support checker

Getting a degree is a huge challenge for every student but some students face additional challenges and barriers. You could be eligible for extra help from your university and the UK Government’s Disabled Students’ Allowances.

Use the free HE Support Checker to find out if you could be eligible for extra support at university due to a health condition or impairment. This is entirely anonymous, and you do not have to supply any personal information.

What support could you get?

Read more

Adult Education: Why Adults Decide to Study
September 26, 2018

A qualitative study providing a detailed understanding of how and why adults decide to undertake learning.

This study explores in depth adults’ behaviours and decision-making relating to learning.


  • provides evidence on the influencers, facilitators and barriers to engagement in adult learning
  • provides key sources of information and support
  • explores what encourages adults into learning

It’s based on in-depth interviews with learners and workshops with non-learners.

Read more

What Lies Ahead for Careers Guidance, With Funding Cuts
September 25, 2018

The following article by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH & Associates Ltd,, was published in FE News.

In late 2017, the Board of Careers Yorkshire and the Humber: National Careers Service commissioned dmh associates to undertake an economic review and analysis of the productivity and economic benefits of the service,Productivity and the Economic Benefits: National Careers Service – Careers Yorkshire and the HumberDr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH & Associates Ltd

The period under review focuses on data available from early 2015 – mid year 2017 and the primary focus is on face-to-face careers guidance for adults.

Three key questions that were asked:

  1. What level of fiscal return does the National Careers Service: Careers Yorkshire and the Humber make to HM Treasury?
  2. Is the National Careers Service priority target group, set by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), linked to a payment by results, sufficient to meet regional/local needs?
  3. What lies ahead in Yorkshire and the Humber when it comes to the National Careers Service face-to-face careers guidance work with adults in the coming year(s)?
Level of fiscal return

For every £1 invested in the National Careers Service: Careers Yorkshire and the Humber £9 is returned in fiscal benefits to the Treasury and the wider economy. The service paid for itself in less than 2 months. This would imply the service has already paid for itself 4 times over halfway through this fiscal year. Read more

Thousands head to Derbyshire Skills Festival
September 24, 2018

Thousands of young people visited the first two days of Derbyshire Skills Festival – the county’s largest careers event – and there’s still chance to go along.

Derbyshire County Council organises the event with Derby City Council and it’s aimed at students aged 13 to 19, particularly those in Year 11 who are considering their options after school.

The first two of this year’s three events were held at the Pride Park Stadium on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September 2018 with employers, colleges, training providers and voluntary organisations, offering free support and guidance.

Young people got the chance to take part in have-a-go sessions including engineering, media, hair and beauty and much more.

This week Derbyshire Skills Festival moves on to the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield on Wednesday 26 September 2018. Read more

Ofsted Admits Adding to ‘Teach-to-the-Test’ Mentality
September 24, 2018

School inspectors in England have put too much weight on tests and exam results when rating schools, Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman has admittedAmanda Spielman

This has added pressure for schools to “deliver test scores above all else”.

Ms Spielman regrets the watchdog has not put enough emphasis on the “wealth of human knowledge” being passed on.

However, she promises that a new inspection framework – being introduced from autumn 2019 – will put much more emphasis on the curriculum.

What did she say about teaching to the test?

In a published commentary, the chief inspector says those working in education need to ask themselves “how we have created a situation where second-guessing the test can trump the pursuit of real, deep knowledge and understanding”. Read more

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