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D2N2 LEP: Digital Skills Academy
August 7, 2019
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The D2N2 Digital Skills Academy exclusively supports autistic individuals and women that want to get back into work.

Individuals could be returning to work after a period of absence, out of work and wanting to find a job, or feel that their current skills are underused in their existing role and want to pursue a career in a digitl role.

This programme is designed to help individuals gain the digital skills they need to find a job they’ll thrive in and to become more digitally savvy and boost career prospects.

This training is completely FREE, and comprises a four-day programme.

What support is provided?

Delegates will be taught the skills required to become work-ready for a job in the growing digital sector. Each course set is delivered by experienced and industry-leading digital experts.

Delegates also receive support from a graduate digital buddy, who’ll help build their confidence and offer one-to-one guidance in a safe environment.

Appropriate work experience opportunities may also be a possibility for some delegates once they’ve completed their course.

What is the eligibility criteria?

Each course requires every participant to have a minimum level of digital skills and experience to ensure that the training course is right for them. Desired skills include competency and thorough understanding of computer systems, and applications, be familiar with file management, word processing systems, and have excellent written and verbal skills.

How do you enrol on the Digital Skills Academy?

Follow the link below:

https://www.emc-dnl.co.uk/developing-skills/digital-marketing/digital-skills-academy/d2n2-digital-skills-academy-an-introduction/

GCSE 9 to 1 Grades
August 7, 2019
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Reformed GCSEs in England are graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. Combined science is graded from 9-9 to 1-1.

The new GCSE 9 to 1 grades

The vast majority of students taking GCSEs in England in 2019 will receive grades from 9 to 1.

Students taking 5 lesser-taught GCSE subjects (Biblical Hebrew, Gujarati, Persian, Portuguese and Turkish) will receive letter grades in 2019 before they become numerical (9 to 1) in 2020.

9 things to know about the new GCSE grades
  1. GCSEs in England have been reformed and are graded with from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade.
  2. GCSE content is more challenging.
  3. Fewer grade 9s are be awarded than A*s.
  4. The new grades are being brought in to signal that GCSEs have been reformed and to better differentiate between students of different abilities.
  5. In the first year each new GCSE subject has been introduced, broadly the same proportion of students get a grade 4 or above as would have got a grade C or above in the old system.
  6. These changes are only happening in England. Wales and Northern Ireland are not introducing the new 9 to 1 grading scale as part of their changes to GCSEs.
  7. English language, English literature and maths were the first to be graded from 9 to 1 in 2017.
  8. Another 20 subjects had 9 to 1 grading in 2018, with most others following in 2019. During this transition, students received a mixture of letter and number grades.
  9. You can see how the 9 to 1 grades compare with the A* to G scale in our GCSE grading postcard.
GCSE science

GCSEs for science have changed in England. Students taking separate science GCSEs now get a grade from 9 to 1 in each subject. Combined science draws content from all three subjects and students receive an award worth two GCSEs, consisting of two equal or adjacent grades.

5 things to know about combined science GCSEs
  1. Students taking separate science GCSEs get a grade from 9 to 1 for each subject, with 9 being the highest grade.
  2. Students studying combined science receive an award worth two GCSEs, consisting of two equal or adjacent grades from 9 to 1 (9-9, 9-8, 8-8, 8-7, 7-7…to 1-1).
  3. If the numbers are different, the highest number will always be reported on the left.
  4. Students do at least 8 practical activities (16 for combined science) covering specific apparatus and techniques.
  5. Exam questions about practical work make up at least 15% of the total marks for the qualification.