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New webinar – Adult Education Budget (AEB) 2016 to 2017

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has contacted awarding organisations (AOs) to provide a briefing note on the AEB for 2016 to 2017...

£25m in 16 to 18 apprenticeship growth awarded

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has announced an additional £25m for colleges and training providers to deliver 16 to 18 apprenticeships. In prioritising funding for apprenticeships the SFA has been unable to award any additional funding for 16 to 18 traineeships...

Poor basic literacy and numeracy: effect on employers

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published the findings of a study into employer views on the effect of poor basic skills on workplace performance, based on a literature review, survey results and case studies.

OECD Report – Building Skills for All

OECD has published a review of skills in England which reports that an estimated 9 million adults of working age in England have low basic skills...

BIS Committee comments on the Government’s Productivity Plan

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has commented on the Government’s Productivity Plan which was launched in July 2015...

Supporting learners through the advanced learner loans process

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

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...

A level and other level 3 results: 2014 to 2015

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

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

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’...

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.

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.

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

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. 

Earn or Learn Taskforce 050615

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

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