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ESFA Employer Guidance: Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations

ESFA has updated their information for employers looking for an independent end-point assessment organisation and potential applicants to the register of apprentice assessment organisations. 

Register of end-point assessment organisations

Register of end-point assessment organisations – lists organisations that have been assessed as being suitable to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices and be in receipt of public funds. You can use the list of standards to see which organisations deliver a particular standard.

Introduction to end-point-assessment organisations

As well as containing information on programme training and assessment, all apprenticeship standards must contain an end-point assessment. An independent organisation must be involved in the end-point assessment of each apprentice so that all apprentices following the same standard are assessed consistently.

Only organisations on the register of end-point assessment organisations are eligible to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices. Although a number of different people and organisations may be involved in an apprentice’s end-point assessment, only the independent organisation needs to apply to and be listed on the register.

Using the register of end-point assessment organisations Read more

A Guide to Apprenticeships for the School Workforce
July 2, 2018
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In April 2017, the government changed the way it funds apprenticeships in England.

Some employers are now required to contribute to an apprenticeship levy, and there have been changes to funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.

This guide provides information specific to schools on what apprenticeships are, how your school can use them to benefit its workforce, and how the apprenticeship levy and public sector target apply to schools. There are also links to further guidance and support.

This guidance is for school leaders and governing bodies in all schools in England, and for local authorities too. It may also be of use to professional associations, unions and staff working with apprentices.

A Guide to Apprenticeships for the School Workforce

Ofsted Inspection Guidance Updated: FE & Skills Providers
May 25, 2018
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Ofsted has updated their  “Full inspections of further education and skills providers” leaflet for providers. (23rd May 2018)

This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during an inspection of a further education and skills provider, and can be used to help providers prepare for inspection after they have been notified, and covers the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Which documents will the inspectors wish to see?
  • Seeking the views of learners, employers, parents, carers and staff
  • Online inspection survey
  • Privacy notice
  • Where can further details be found about further education and skills inspections?
    The Further education and skills inspection handbook explains how inspections are conducted and the judgements that are made by inspectors. It contains the grade descriptors used by inspectors when making their judgements.
    The Common inspection framework sets out the principles that apply to inspection and the main judgements that inspectors make.

For further help contact Ofsted’s Helpline: 0300 123 1231

New GCSEs Gradings: A Guide for Employers, Parents & Pupils
May 24, 2018
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GCSEs in England are changing. From 2017, some exams will be graded from 9 – 1, rather than A* – G. If you’re a parent or pupil, an employer, or work in education, find out how you will be affected

From August 2017, the new qualifications began being awarded with number grades, rather than letters. The new grading scale runs from 9 to 1 instead of A* to G, with 9 the highest grade.

Not all GCSEs are changing at once – English language, English literature and maths were the first to change, with students sitting these exams in the summer of 2017. You can find the list of subjects in which students will be sitting reformed GCSEs in 2018 in these factsheets.

By 2020, all GCSEs in England will be graded using numbers instead of letters. However, most GCSEs taken by students in Wales and Northern Ireland will continue to be graded A* to G. In conjunction with the other regulators, Ofqual, the qualifications regulator in England, has produced guidance which helps explain the differences and similarities between GCSE qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The new scale will recognise more clearly the achievements of high-attaining students, as the additional grades allow for greater differentiation.

Changing from letters to numbers will also allow anyone – for example an employer – to see easily whether a student has taken a new, more challenging GCSE, or an old reformed GCSE. Read more

matrix Standard – Welfare to Work & Work Based Learning Providers
August 29, 2016
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The matrix Standard http://matrixstandard.com/ is the Standard that organisations, involved in the delivery of  information, advice and/or guidance, aspire to achieve. involved in the delivery of  information, advice and/or guidance, aspire to achieve.

The video gives you an overview of the requirements of the Standard, while the guidance document matrix Standard – Guidance for W2W & Workbased Learning Providers – May 2016 – puts the Standard in context for  Welfare to Work & Workbased Learning Providers

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