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Schools Must Publish How Providers Can Speak To Pupils
March 28, 2018

Schools must now set out on their websites how providers can request access to speak to pupils about FE courses and apprenticeships.

Skills minister Anne Milton made the announcement today as part of the government’s careers strategy, which came into force in January.

The so-called Baker Clause means that schools must not close their doors to FE colleges and providers wanting to speak to pupils about the opportunities they can offer.

Ms Milton said: “I recognise that schools have needed time to adjust to this new legislation but, now that it is in place, all schools should have published their arrangements for providers to visit all pupils in years 8 to 13.

“I know that schools already provide a range of inspiring and informative careers events, assemblies and options evenings. In many cases, schools can comply with the legislation by integrating a range of opportunities for provider visits into those existing plans and making this information publicly available.”

To comply, schools must publish a policy statement on their website setting out how providers can request access.

“I want every young person, whatever their background, to have a good understanding of both the academic and technical routes that can lead to future success in a rewarding career or job,” Ms Milton added. Read more

ViewPoint: Issues Which Need Action, According to the Children’s Commissioner
November 20, 2017

When giving evidence to the Commons Education Select Committee, the Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield, shared with MPs that action is needed to improve young people’s lives including:

1. Wellbeing in schools

Ms Longfield told MPs she wants schools to be judged on the wellbeing of their pupils, as well as their academic attainment. She said: “I am concerned we measure attainment ad infinitum, but we don’t measure well-being”.

2. Mental health and social media

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Schools Financial Health Checks: Supplier Directory

The schools financial health checks supplier directory (published by the DfE) includes organisations that provide advice and support to help schools review their current financial position, identify issues and take appropriate action.

Suppliers include schools, local authorities and commercial organisations.

You can identify potential suppliers by geographical area and the level of financial health check they offer.

There is also information for schools on how to select a supplier.

If you provide financial health checks for schools and want to be added to this directory, you can sign up using the schools financial health checks: supplier registration form.

You can also access more information, tools, training and guidance about schools financial health and efficiency.

Spike in Higher Level Apprenticeship Commitments
November 6, 2017

New statistics on apprenticeship service registrations and commitments were released this week by the Department for Education.

FE Week highlighted that levy-funded apprenticeships at higher and degree-level commitments were up 424% in September.

This has added to concerns by some that levy payers will use their funds to retrain existing staff in management and higher levels roles, although it is unclear from the data which standards or frameworks make up these commitments.

It’s not clear which standards or frameworks these commitments relate to, as that information isn’t included in the statistics. However, the most popular higher or degree level standards in 2016/17 were both management courses: level five operations/departmental manager, and the chartered manager degree apprenticeship at level six.

Of the 195 standards currently approved for delivery, 65 are at level four or above.

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New Support for Flexible Working in Schools
November 2, 2017

Justine Greening announced new pilot programmes to employ teachers flexibly, and coaching schemes for women working in education.

Speaking at the ARK All Saints Academy in Camberwell to representatives from the teaching unions, Teach First, and leading businesses including Microsoft and Barclays, the Education Secretary announced new pilot programmes to look at ways of supporting and employing teachers flexibly, and enhancing coaching schemes for women working in education.

The government will be working in partnership with the unions and leading organisations from across the education sector to promote flexible working across the profession. The plans announced include:

  • a pilot programme to look at how schools are already bolstering the careers of part-time teachers, so recruiting best practice can be shared;
  • a pilot to strengthen the Women Leading in Education coaching offer, so women can continue to get the professional development support they need; and
  • update existing guidance on flexible working, to help make it easier for schools to know what works.

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Putting Policy into Practice – Use of the Apprenticeship Service – Free Webinar
August 23, 2017

Understanding what the apprenticeship service can do for you.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Chair: Mike Cox, Operations Director, AELP

Guest Speaker: Helen Gorner, Head of Service Engagement, Education and Skills Funding Agency

Overview: This webinar will look at the apprenticeship service and how it is designed to be used by employers and providers. It will give an overview of what employers and providers can see and how they use the service to plan and meet employers’ needs.

This webinar will:

  • explain how the apprenticeship service works and the important role providers play
  • explain how providers can improve the way they present their offer
  • provide an opportunity to present questions to the ESFA
Who should attend: All providers. Read more