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Career Kickstart Reviews Guide
July 26, 2019
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The TUC has produced a guide for their Union Learning Reps (ULRs) to help them work with young people to support them develop career plans through career kickstart reviews.

While the guide is aimed at ULRs the information it contains will be of value to anyone involved in the provision of information, advice and guidance.

Kickstart reviews are designed to provide support to young people, start a conversation with them about their career plans and give them the best possible start to their career.

Career kickstart reviews provide a range of benefits. Young people will be able to:

  • identify transferable skill think about potential career pathways
  • build confidence and motivation
  • consider progression opportunities and the support needed to get on at work.

Union learning reps (ULRs) and union reps will be able to:

  • reach those young people who have had little careers advice
  • help young people develop confidence in making decisions
  • encourage them to become active union members.

Employers will benefit from the increased motivation of staff, employees with higher skills, and reduced staff turnover.

This guide provides support and resources for ULRs and other union reps to deliver career kickstart reviews. It offers:

  • underpinning knowledge
  • contextual information
  • the basic theory behind IAG
  • a suggested structure for reviews
  • information on resources and signposting.

Use the link below to download the guide:

https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/sites/default/files/publication/Career%20Kickstart.pdf

Ofqual Blog: How to Talk to Your Students About Exam Anxiety
March 25, 2019
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Authors: Tamsin McCaldin and Professor Kevin Woods

In this blog, we offer strategies which teachers might find useful to help reduce their students’ experiences of exam anxiety. While some examples might seem obvious, research reminds us that these approaches can be successful with students – many of whom will be encountering high stakes exams for the first time and may lack experience of dealing with these feelings.

Choose motivation strategies carefully

Teachers sometimes point out negative consequences in order to motivate distracted or disengaged students. They might say that if students do not concentrate, they will fail to achieve their target grades, or not get into the college or university they want. Read more

Hard Facts Employers Should Consider Before Recruiting Young People Who Are NEET

James Ashall, Chief Executive, Movement to Work provides an insight into how organisations like BAE Systems, BT, Marks and Spencer and the NHS haveMovement to Workbenefited from looking deeper into the labour market.

Movement to Work works with businesses and organisations that have the imagination to give young people who need more support a chance in the workplace through placements and other job opportunities.

Together we have provided over 80,000 placements, and over 50% of those completing them have gone onto employment or back into education.

But, of course, many businesses need more than imagination, they must justify all of their decisions to investors, staff and customers. And the good news is they can. Recruiting this way makes financial sense through lower recruitment costs, ensures a high level of loyalty among incoming staff and improves the morale of existing staff. Read more

Ofsted Blog: What Ofsted Looks at When it Comes to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
March 21, 2019
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Julie Ashton, senior Her Majesty’s inspector, and Nigel Bragg, Her Majesty’s inspector, explain why good-quality careers guidance should be available to helpOfstedyoung people make informed decisions, and outline what Ofsted looks at in inspections when it comes to careers education.

Not so long ago, the career decisions we made as teenagers set us on a path that lasted until we received our free bus pass. For many, the days when we had a job for life are now long gone, yet it’s fair to say that the career decisions we make as young adults are still important.

We can all agree that careers guidance matters. Schools and colleges have a vital role in preparing pupils and young people for life beyond education, and that is not just limited to exam grades. Read more

ESFA Employer Guidance: Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations

ESFA has updated their information for employers looking for an independent end-point assessment organisation and potential applicants to the register of apprentice assessment organisations. 

Register of end-point assessment organisations

Register of end-point assessment organisations – lists organisations that have been assessed as being suitable to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices and be in receipt of public funds. You can use the list of standards to see which organisations deliver a particular standard.

Introduction to end-point-assessment organisations

As well as containing information on programme training and assessment, all apprenticeship standards must contain an end-point assessment. An independent organisation must be involved in the end-point assessment of each apprentice so that all apprentices following the same standard are assessed consistently.

Only organisations on the register of end-point assessment organisations are eligible to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices. Although a number of different people and organisations may be involved in an apprentice’s end-point assessment, only the independent organisation needs to apply to and be listed on the register.

Using the register of end-point assessment organisations Read more

A Guide to Apprenticeships for the School Workforce
July 2, 2018
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In April 2017, the government changed the way it funds apprenticeships in England.

Some employers are now required to contribute to an apprenticeship levy, and there have been changes to funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.

This guide provides information specific to schools on what apprenticeships are, how your school can use them to benefit its workforce, and how the apprenticeship levy and public sector target apply to schools. There are also links to further guidance and support.

This guidance is for school leaders and governing bodies in all schools in England, and for local authorities too. It may also be of use to professional associations, unions and staff working with apprentices.

A Guide to Apprenticeships for the School Workforce

Ofsted Inspection Guidance Updated: FE & Skills Providers
May 25, 2018
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Ofsted has updated their  “Full inspections of further education and skills providers” leaflet for providers. (23rd May 2018)

This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during an inspection of a further education and skills provider, and can be used to help providers prepare for inspection after they have been notified, and covers the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Which documents will the inspectors wish to see?
  • Seeking the views of learners, employers, parents, carers and staff
  • Online inspection survey
  • Privacy notice
  • Where can further details be found about further education and skills inspections?
    The Further education and skills inspection handbook explains how inspections are conducted and the judgements that are made by inspectors. It contains the grade descriptors used by inspectors when making their judgements.
    The Common inspection framework sets out the principles that apply to inspection and the main judgements that inspectors make.

For further help contact Ofsted’s Helpline: 0300 123 1231

New GCSEs Gradings: A Guide for Employers, Parents & Pupils
May 24, 2018
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GCSEs in England are changing. From 2017, some exams will be graded from 9 – 1, rather than A* – G. If you’re a parent or pupil, an employer, or work in education, find out how you will be affected

From August 2017, the new qualifications began being awarded with number grades, rather than letters. The new grading scale runs from 9 to 1 instead of A* to G, with 9 the highest grade.

Not all GCSEs are changing at once – English language, English literature and maths were the first to change, with students sitting these exams in the summer of 2017. You can find the list of subjects in which students will be sitting reformed GCSEs in 2018 in these factsheets.

By 2020, all GCSEs in England will be graded using numbers instead of letters. However, most GCSEs taken by students in Wales and Northern Ireland will continue to be graded A* to G. In conjunction with the other regulators, Ofqual, the qualifications regulator in England, has produced guidance which helps explain the differences and similarities between GCSE qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The new scale will recognise more clearly the achievements of high-attaining students, as the additional grades allow for greater differentiation.

Changing from letters to numbers will also allow anyone – for example an employer – to see easily whether a student has taken a new, more challenging GCSE, or an old reformed GCSE. Read more

matrix Standard – Welfare to Work & Work Based Learning Providers
August 29, 2016
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The matrix Standard http://matrixstandard.com/ is the Standard that organisations, involved in the delivery of  information, advice and/or guidance, aspire to achieve. involved in the delivery of  information, advice and/or guidance, aspire to achieve.

The video gives you an overview of the requirements of the Standard, while the guidance document matrix Standard – Guidance for W2W & Workbased Learning Providers – May 2016 – puts the Standard in context for  Welfare to Work & Workbased Learning Providers