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Reviewing post-16 education and training institutions

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Earn or Learn Taskforce 050615

The Government will be creating 10 taskforces which will be chaired by ministers to track policy implementation progress.

RO36/2015 Closing the unit bank

Earlier today, Ofqual emailed regulatory letter RO36 – closing the unit bank to responsible officers. The letter encourages all awarding organisations (AOs) to permit the awarding organisations that are currently using shared units to treat those units as their own in the future.

Higher Education Forum

The HE Forum met for the first time on 28 May 2015. The forum has been established to identify how to engage with universities on a more strategic basis. 

Planned Government Spending Cuts

Chancellor George Osborne has ordered non-protected government departments to find £3bn in savings in the current financial year.

IPPR Research on Apprenticeships

New IPPR research, funded by the Local Government Association, shows demand for apprenticeships – especially from young people – is rising above the number of vacancies on offer.

The Queen’s Speech 2015

On 27 May 2015, the Queen delivered her speech to both Houses of Parliament at the State Opening of Parliament 2015.

TAG AO User Group Notes

At the end of last week, Ofqual hosted the first meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Awarding Organisations (AO) Users Group, which Ofqual arranged, in collaboration with FAB to involve AOs in the development of the replacement system for the Regulatory IT System (RITS), the Register and the AO Portal.

‘After the QCF: A new qualifications framework’ FAB Draft response

On 25 March 2015, Ofqual published its consultation on the next steps for withdrawing the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) regulations and introducing Total Qualification Time (TQT). The consultation contains proposal on a range of areas including:

OECD Skills Outlook 2015 – Youth, Skills and Employability

The OECD has published a report which shows that the UK has the biggest skills gap between young people aged 16-29 who are not in education, employment or training (Neet), and those in work.

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