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ESFA Update: 27 May 2020
May 28, 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

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ESFA Update further education: 27 May 2020

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Items for further education
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationnew end-point assessment (EPA) flexibility announced for calculated functional skills qualifications (FSQs)
Actionmigration of the application programme interfaces (API)
Informationupdate on the subcontracting consultation

There are no items for academies or local authorities this week.

Latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education has published guidance about COVID-19 in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students on GOV.UK.

Please check GOV.UK regularly for updates. Published 27 May 2020

DWP Procurement Survey
April 27, 2020
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ERSA has been asked to collect information for the DWP.

Please note that this is in addition to the Sector Resilience survey. Responses are anonymous and requested from ALL organisations.

The DWP is considering the timescales for when to go out to market for the Employability and Health Related Services Umbrella Agreement (EHRSUA), this will replace the current Umbrella Agreement.

Depending on the structure of your organisation, this survey should be completed by a Chief Executive, Managing Director, Business Development or equivalent.

Please allow 5-10 minutes to complete the survey, by 29 April, 5pm

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ERSADWP

The Employability Sector Resilience Survey – deadline extended to 30 April, 5pm

Please set aside 20 minutes to complete the survey – every question in the survey is relevant and will gather information that will be used.

Responses will be anonymised. The data collected is being analysed by ERSA with Oxford University.

ERSA will be using the survey information to inform on how Covid-19 has affected the sector, organisations that have furloughed staff, innovation in delivery, capacity to take on additional work and organisations struggling to survive.

We are also populating a UK map showing who delivers where, to develop partnerships in localities.

Please complete this to inform employability commissioners and funders of the current situation and the sector’s readiness to respond.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NNY6HNX

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.

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ESFA Update further education: 12 February 2020

ESFA Update academies: 12 February 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 12 February 2020

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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