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ERSA: Sector Update on COVID-19
March 9, 2020
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This week Elizabeth Taylor, ERSA CEO, met with the DWP and raised members’ concerns about the possible impact of the coronavirus on the sector.

Points raised were:

  • Ensuring government guidelines on COVID-19 do not damage businesses within the sector
  • Cash flow implications and the vulnerability of providers if contracts cannot be delivered
  • Ways to keep cash flowing into the sector
  • Performance and outcomes may be adversely affected, providers must not be penalised
  • Removing obligations of face to face meetings
  • Self-isolation and attendance of both staff and customers
  • Voluntary provision and people not attending/ participating
  • The role the sector will play in future economic recovery 

The DWP stated their intent to release a statement on COVID-19 and Employment Support Delivery in the very near future that should address ERSA members’ concerns, explain contingencies, and should reassure.
 
Please email elizabeth.taylor@ersa.org.uk if you have any additional concerns to those above.

ESFA Update: 12 February 2020
February 12, 2020
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Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Documents

ESFA Update further education: 12 February 2020

ESFA Update academies: 12 February 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 12 February 2020

Details
Information for further education
Remindermid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
Informationupdate to funding regulations for post-16 provision
Informationqualification achievement rates (QAR) 2018 to 2019 – provisional data update
Informationthe integrated financial model for colleges
Informationexpression of interest to deliver T Levels in 2022 to 2023
Informationupdate on access to the apprenticeship service for smaller employers
Your feedbackwe want your views on ESFA’s Education and Skills agreements
InformationFE teacher training bursaries and grants for 2020 to 2021 academic year
Items for academies
Informationacademy general annual grant allocations guides for 2020 to 2021
Informationupdate to funding regulations for post-16 provision
InformationBudget Forecast Return Outturn
InformationEarly Years Foundation Stage reforms – early adopters sign-up closes Friday 14 February 2020
Informationare you looking to upgrade or replace your school’s heating system?
InformationRPA members: criminal liability and risk assessment workshops
Items for local authorities
Remindermid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
Informationupdated schools and high needs operational guidance
Informationupdate to funding regulations for post-16 provision
Informationqualification achievement rates (QAR) 2018 to 2019 – provisional data update
InformationEarly Years Foundation Stage reforms – early adopters sign-up closes Friday 14 February 2020
Your feedbackwe want your views on ESFA’s Education and Skills agreements
InformationFE teacher training bursaries and grants for 2020 to 2021 academic year
Informationare you looking to upgrade or replace your school’s heating system?
InformationRPA members: criminal liability and risk assessment workshops

Published 12 February 2020

ESFA: Cap to Apprenticeship Off-the-Job Calculation
March 28, 2019
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The Education and Skills Funding Agency has insisted that an apparent change it made to the off-the-job training policy last week has always existed and does not contradict the funding rules FE WEEK reports.

As reported by FE Week, providers were left baffled after the agency updated its ‘apprenticeship off the-job training policy background and examples’ document which for the first time stated the 20 per cent calculation should be capped based on 30 hours of work per week.

Official funding rules for 2018/19 make no reference to a 30-hour cap in the calculation and providers have been including all “paid hours”.

FE Week sought clarification from the ESFA, which today provided this statement: Read more

ESFA Update: 30 January 2019
January 31, 2019
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Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

ESFA Update: 23 January 2019
January 23, 2019
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Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Free ERSA Webinar: Neurodiversity in Employment Support – What You Need to Know
July 27, 2018
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Thursday 2nd August 2018 | 12 – 1pm. This webinar will discuss some basic information about neurodiversity and what aspects need to be considered when developing contract solutions. It will provide an opportunity for shared discussion.

Neurodiversity-a key consideration for contract development in prisons, with NEETs, and in Youth, Work and Health settings.

In recent times the term Neurodiversity has been used as a term encompassing 1 in 8 individuals in the general population, 1 in 4 in the unemployed and 1 in 3 in the prison population who may have some specific barriers to engaging in learning and gaining employment.

These include conditions such as ADHD; Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Condition), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Developmental language disorders. The term ‘Hidden impairments’ have also been used as an umbrella term as the challenges may not always be obvious to others.

There is also increasing interest in the potential skills and talents that individuals can showcase if appropriately supported and reasonable adjustments made.

Read more

ESFA: How Apprentices in England are Assessed
June 27, 2018
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ESFA has published this guide to the process for assessing apprentices doing apprenticeships in England. 

Overview

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme. An apprenticeship can be a standard or a framework. Apprenticeship standards will replace all the old apprenticeship frameworks by 2020.

Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their job and career. The apprentice gains this through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment.

Assessing the apprentice’s knowledge and experience depends on the type of apprenticeship they’ve completed:

Standards

Apprentices doing standards have their skills, knowledge and behaviours evaluated at the end of their apprenticeship by taking an end-point assessment (EPA). This is known as synoptic assessment.

Assessment plans set out the specific criteria for each EPA.

Frameworks

Apprentices doing frameworks have their skills and knowledge continually evaluated by their training provider during their apprenticeship. Individual qualifications might be graded, but the overall apprenticeship is simply ‘achieved’. This is known as formative assessment.

Read more

ERSA Employability Award Winners 2018
June 18, 2018
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS
ERSA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 ERSA Employability Awards, sponsored by Clarion Futures. The results were unveiled last night (14 June) at a special evening
ceremony in London attended by the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP, and hosted by ITV’s Lucrezia Millarini. The Minister delivered the keynote address, congratulating the sector on its dedication to transforming people’s lives.

Following the awards, Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP, said:

‘I congratulate all the winners of this year’s ERSA Employability Awards for their hard work and dedication towards helping people of all abilities and backgrounds into work. It’s absolutely right that we celebrate these successes and the partnerships they represent which, against the backdrop of record employment levels we’re seeing across the country, is even more fantastic news.’

Read more

ESFA Update: Issue 403 ( 23 May 2018)
May 24, 2018
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A weekly round-up of business-critical information to ESFA-funded colleges, other training organisations and direct grant employers.

1. 2018 to 2019 apprenticeships carry-in allocations
Action

We will work out your 2018 to 2019 apprenticeships carry-in allocation using your May (R10) data submission and issue it in July 2018. Please ensure you submit full and timely data at R10 as this will improve the accuracy of the allocation we work out for you.

Your allocation will include funding for apprentices that will not have completed their apprenticeship by 31 July and that started:

  1. before 1 May 2017 (under the old funding system)
  2. with non-levy employers between 1 May and 31 December 2017
  3. with non-levy employers between 1 January and 31 March 2018 (for providers that were offered a 3 month run-down extension)

If you have any queries, please contact your provider manager. Read more

ESFA Expand Audit Team
May 16, 2018
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In an effort to oversee the large number of new providers entering the sector, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are expanding its audit team.

The newcomers will work under Mark Atkinson, the ESFA’s director of provider market oversight.

It has launched a recruitment drive for a “newly created market oversight unit”, including an advert for four auditor vacancies posted on the civil service jobs website.

The newcomers will not be replacing departing staff, and the recruitment drive is part of wider plans to plough more resources into audit and oversight.

Considerable numbers of untried and untested providers have hit the market recently, for example through the register of apprenticeship training providers. Read more