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Employers Must Provide Flexibility to Support Ageing Workforce
July 2, 2020
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The following article by Rachel Muller-Heyndyk, was published in HR Magazine

The government has called on employers to make accommodations for older employees, with research revealing support for more flexible and part-time role

The research, commissioned from Saga Populus, found that when asked what measures employers should implement to make workplaces more welcoming, respondents most commonly cited offering part-time roles (73%). Additionally more than three in five (63%) suggested that employers need to get better at offering training and retraining schemes to help older workers with upskilling and new technology.

More than three-fifths (65%) felt that an ageing and diverse society is a positive thing that should be celebrated.

However, they were mindful of some of the challenges this also presents. For example, nearly nine in 10 (87%) over-50s were aware that health and social care services need to be redesigned to support an ageing population. They believed the cost of this must be borne across all generations, with three-quarters (75%) stating the need for people of all ages to take increased responsibility for planning and preparing financially for living longer.

The research was commissioned as part of the government’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge, which is calling for businesses to promote the benefits of hiring older workers and to recognise that flexible working arrangements are key. As part of the strategy, the government is investing £300 million to develop technologies to support the ageing workforce.

Patrick Thomson, senior programme manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, said that flexible working could allow older workers time for care responsibilities and personal health needs. Read more

ESFA Update: 1 July 2020

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

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ESFA Update further education: 1 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 1 July 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 1 July 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Reminderthe deadline to apply to the provider relief scheme (July – October 2020) is Thursday 9 July
Informationreducing burdens on educational and care settings from the Department for Education and its agencies
Informationconsultation response on subcontracting post-16 education and training with ESFA funding
Informationsupporting redundant apprentices
Informationeligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals for access to FE 19+ and apprenticeships
Informationupdated college financial benchmarking tool
Informationjoint statement from the ESFA, AoC, and AELP on strengthening relationships and enhancing communications between training providers and the agency
InformationDepartment for Education Sustainability Award
Items for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationreducing burdens on educational and care settings from the Department for Education and its agencies
Informationconsultation response on subcontracting post-16 education and training with ESFA funding
InformationDepartment for Education Sustainability Award
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationreducing burdens on educational and care settings from the Department for Education and its agencies
Informationconsultation response on subcontracting post-16 education and training with ESFA funding
Informationeligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals for access to FE 19+ and apprenticeships
InformationDepartment for Education Sustainability Award

Published 1 July 2020

Ofsted News – Issue 91 – June 2020
July 2, 2020
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COVID-19 updates
Ofsted: COVID-19 rolling update – This sets out our guidance and information relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers. We are updating it regularly. If you need to see what we’ve added since you last checked it, you can select ‘history‘ on the page and this lists all the updates.

All Ofsted
Ofsted pen portraits of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMIs) – Updated HMI pen portraits for the South East, North West, West Midlands and London.

Schools
New teacher training inspections to focus on the initial teacher education (ITE) curriculum – Ofsted publishes a new ITE framework and handbook bringing ITE inspections in line with the education inspection framework (EIF). The outcome of the recent consultation and an updated equality, diversity and inclusion statement have also been published.
Ofsted wins landmark prosecution case of school that breached conditions – A school, prohibited from admitting more students, was found in breach of its operating conditions and fined at Luton Magistrates’ Court on 27 May.
State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information – Published management information as at 31 May 2020.

Children’s social care
What Ofsted means by a serious incident – Guidance for social care providers on what we mean by a serious incident and what you need to tell us about. We have also updated the ‘reporting an incident’ paper forms to online forms.
Register as a provider of children’s social care services – Removed the ‘Social care online applications: information for applicants’ document as the guidance is no longer relevant. This follows the release of updated SC1SC2 and SC3 forms.
Ofsted’s social care blog: Secure children’s homes – helping the most vulnerable children – Ofsted’s Senior Officer for the Secure Estate, Shaun Common, discusses secure children’s homes.

Further education and skills
News story: Ofsted to review students’ and apprentices’ online further education experience – Ofsted is carrying out an exploratory review of the quality of learners’ experiences of online education in further education and skills settings during the COVID-19-affected summer term.
Further education and skills inspections and outcomes as at 29 February 2020 – Data for inspections and outcomes as at 29 February 2020 including data for inspections carried out between 1 September 2019 and 29 February 2020.

Early years and childcare
Childminders: tell Ofsted about adults leaving the home – You must tell Ofsted when anyone aged 16 or over stops living or working in the home where you look after children.
Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare – Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 31 May 2020.
Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2020 – This release includes registered childcare providers and places, inspection outcomes, and joiners and leavers as at 31 March 2020.