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Supporting learners through the advanced learner loans process

Monday, 01 February 2016

The Learning and Work Institute was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to explore providers' and learners' experience of 24+ Advanced Learner Loans...

Advanced learner loans prospectus 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017

Monday, 01 February 2016

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published the Advanced learner loans prospectus which sets out how awarding organisations (AOs) can notify them of qualifications eligible to be included in the Advanced Learner Loans offer...

Three new members appointed to Qualifications Wales Board

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Three new members have been appointed to the Qualifications Wales Board...

A level and other level 3 results: 2014 to 2015

Thursday, 21 January 2016

The Department for Education (DfE) has published revised information on A level and other level 3 results for 16- to 18-year-olds at the end of their final year...

Progress 8 school performance measure in 2016, 2017 and 2018

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated information for schools about the Progress 8 measure which is being introduced in 2016 (although some schools have opted in early, from 2015)...

Prime Minister’s speech on Life Chances

Monday, 11 January 2016

Last week, the Prime Minister delivered his ‘Life Chances’ speech which aimed to explain how the government intends to transform the lives of the poorest in Britain and ‘offer every child who has had a difficult start the promise of a brighter future’...

David Cameron’s speech at CBI conference

Friday, 13 November 2015

On 09 November, David Cameron addressed the CBI Conference and within his speech he made reference to apprenticeships and the apprenticeship levy. In the speech he said that the levy will be ‘a challenge’. He also said that:

Assessment in Apprenticeship Standards Seminar at FAB2015: Conference, Awards and Exhibition

Friday, 18 September 2015

Apprenticeship growth is one of the Government’s top priorities over the Parliament. 

Daniel Foster from BIS will be delivering a seminar at the FAB conference on 22 October focussing on this important subject.......

Reviewing post-16 education and training institutions

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Today (20 July 2015) the Government announced its plans to carry out a review of post-16 education and training institutions. The review document sets out how the government will support a restructure of the post-16 education and training sector through a series of area based reviews.

Early bird rate ends today for FAB 2015: Conference, Exhibition and Awards

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The early bird rate for bookings for FAB 2015:  Conference, Exhibition and Awards ends today, 14 July.

Book here.

Department for Education (DfE) Awarding Organisation Vocational Qualifications (AOVQ) Group

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Last week, the DfE AOVQ Group met to discuss matters relating to qualifications in the KS4 and KS5 performance tables.The meeting included a useful introduction by DfE which provided an overview of the direction of travel of the returning ministers in this education policy area.

FAB has moved office

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

FAB moved office on 23 June. Our new address is:

Federation of Awarding Bodies
5th Floor
133 Houndsditch
London
EC3A 7BX

We are in the process of sorting out the phone line. If you need to contact the team please do so by email. Our email addresses can be found here. We will have the phones back up and running as soon as possible. 

Trailblazers: All systems go, but many questions to be answered

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Following some early post-election speculation that BIS Ministers might abandon elements of the trailblazer plans because of fears the reforms may hinder the high profile 3 million starts target, there was a reassuring letter sent to employers chairs at the end of May confirming full square commitment to the trailblazer programme...More

VQ Day 2015

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Learners, colleges and employers around the UK are today celebrating the eighth VQ Day. Research undertaken by the Edge Foundation to mark VQ Day 2015 reveals that practical qualifications trump degrees as the pathway into the most highly rated skills in the community, with Brits preferring to live next door to a plumber than a doctor.

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