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ESFA Update: 16 January 2019

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

Free Remploy Webinar: Attention Differences and Tourette’s
January 16, 2019

Attention Differences and Tourette’s – Unleash the Potential in your Team

This information session is designed to develop your awareness of Attention Differences and Tourette’s plus outlining some simple adjustments orchanges which can help colleagues or employees with those conditions to be more productive.

Date And Time:

Mon 18 February 2019

14:00 – 14:30 GMT


Outline: Read more

The New Single Financial Guidance Body

The Single Financial Guidance Body (SFGB)  https://singlefinancialguidancebody.org.uk/ creates one organisation from the three existing providers of government-sponsored financial guidance:Single Financial Guidance Body Logo

  • The Money Advice Service
  • The Pensions Advisory Service
  • Pension Wise

bringing together for the first time the provision of debt advice, money guidance and pensions guidance.

The SFGB is funded by levies on both the financial services industry and pension schemes. The new body is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, but will also engage with HM Treasury, which is responsible for policy on financial capability and debt advice.

The following is a message from John Govett, (pictured right) Chief Executive of the Single Financial Guidance Body.

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the Single Financial Guidance Body (SFGB).

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/876b00eec5e597f5575e5c4dc/images/28cdbb11-fa42-4baa-bb98-1c9fc3f8d538.jpgWe officially took control of our functions and statutory mandate from the 1st January 2019 – when we were also joined by our colleagues who were transferred to the SFGB – bringing together as one the Government’s money and pensions support services delivered by the Money Advice Service, Pension Wise and The Pensions Advisory Service.  

I am delighted to be leading this new organisation. I’m hoping that during 2019 we will simplify our name and make it more relevant to our customers, but for now, at least, we are the SFGB.

We are passionate about offering people easier access to the money and pensions information and guidance they need throughout their lifetimes. In short, we are here to help people make the most of their money and pensions.

Listening events (coming soon!) towards a joint new national strategy
We know that we aren’t alone in this quest, nor can we do this alone. This is why we will be looking to find new ways of working and collaborating with you, so that we can collectively find the best ways to help people make the most of their money and pensions. Lasting change both in our sector and in how people engage with their money and pensions is key, and something I know you are passionate about too.

That’s why we want to hear from you as we develop a national strategy together. We want to know what your vision is for the sector and for people in the UK and how we can work together to deliver that vision.

By doing this we can engage with key partners – including employers – both inside and outside of the sector to create a new, wider, impact for our joint customers.

We will shortly be launching a series of “listening events”, to be held throughout the UK and hosted either by me or our Chair, Sir Hector Sants. I will send you more information on how you can engage with these, or directly with us, very soon.

ViewPoint: Adventures in Career Development
January 14, 2019

The following blog is by  Tristram Hooley.

Where are we now? Reflections on career guidance policy and practice at the start of 2019

Towards the end of 2018 it felt like a lot of people were getting a bit frustrated with the speed of progress on career guidance in England. The State of the Nation report tells us that things are improving, but that there is a long way to go and that at present the progress isn’t particularly quick. Partially as acareer-pop-artresult of this, and partially in response to long standing concerns and grievances, some people started sharpening their knives on the current careers policy settlement. Robert Halfon gave an important and highly critical speech setting out what he though was wrong and many in the careers sector piled in behind him. Things are not good enough they argued, there is a need for change, let’s pull down the current system and get it right this time.

I’m in total agreement that the current state of provision in careers is not good enough. I also agree that things need to change. Where I break with some of the critics of the current order is that I believe that within the current system there are the seeds of a genuinely great career guidance system.

I wanted to spend this blog post reviewing where we are and considering what is good and bad about the current system, before going on to propose some ways forwards. But first two caveats. (1) I’m just going to talk about the career guidance system that exists in the secondary education system. I have written numerous times that I believe we need a cradle to grave, lifelong career guidance system. At the moment, this isn’t on the cards and so I’m going to park this part of the discussion until another blog post. (2) I know that no one is really making policy about something like career guidance until after Brexit is resolved – but let’s just pretend for now that it is possible that we will get a government again at some point. Read more

Careers England Newsletter 137
January 13, 2019
Apprenticeship Budget Overspend Update
January 9, 2019

The apprenticeship budget will be “alright” for the rest of the year, the skills minister has said. 

Anne Milton (pictured) was speaking exclusively to FE Week following a parliamentary debate on apprenticeships and skills this afternoon.

She was asked if she had any concerns about the size of the apprenticeships budget, following reports late last year that it was heading for a £500 million overspend in 2018/19.

“I always want more money – the more we’ve got, the more we can do with apprenticeships,” she said in response.

But she had no fears about the budget running out – either right now or for the rest of the year. Read more

ESFA Update: 19 December 2018

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers. This will be the last edition of Update this year. The next edition will be on 9 January 2019. Season’s greetings to those
celebrating the festive and new year period.

Redesigned RoATP to Open 12th Decmber 2018

The following article by Jude Burke was published by FE Week.

Almost a third of providers on the government’s register did not deliver any apprenticeships last year, FE Week analysis has revealed – the day before the redesignedRedesigned RoATP to open tomorrow despite no delivery from 1 in 3 approved providers register re-opens for applications.

There were 1,787 providers on the register of apprenticeship training providers in 2017, of whom 580 – or 32 per cent – had no starts by the end of 2017/18, based on year-end figures
 published by the Department for Education last week.

Of those, 506 were main providers, representing 32 per cent of the 1,587 on the register last year.

The proportion of employer providers not delivering was higher, at 37 per cent – or 74 out of 200.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency confirmed last month that the redesigned RoATP will reopen on December 12, and remain open indefinitely thereafter.

Under the new, stricter rules, first revealed by Keith Smith, the ESFA’s direct of apprenticeships (pictured above) in October, providers that go 12 months without any delivery are likely to be kicked off the register.

All providers will be asked to reapply, but Mr Smith said the agency would segment them into groups – with those deemed “high risk” being asked to re-apply first.

“We want to focus the re-application process on those providers that are potentially not delivering, and on those that we think will struggle to pass our new requirements,” he told the Association of Employment and Learning Providers autumn conference on October 30.

Other changes to the register include greater scrutiny of providers, who must have traded for at least 12 months and provide a full set of accounts before applying.

The DfE’s latest statistics include starts broken down by provider for the first time.

They reveal that colleges have been hit hardest by the move to levy funding, with a five percentage point drop in market share and a 35 per cent fall in starts – compared with a 24 per cent drop across the whole of the sector.


ESFA Update: 12 December 2018

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

Careers England Newsletter 136
December 11, 2018

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