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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Our regular look at what’s happening in the world of education and in particular the West Midlands.

Current news:

Week ending 05 May 2017

Education and Skills Funding Agency rules for apprenticeship funding May 2017 - 2018

The Education and Skills Funding Agency published their rules for funding all apprenticeship starts from 01 May 2017.  These rules cover both existing frameworks and new standards.

Teacher Recruitment problems

The BBC reports today on its website that the Education Select Committee says that the incoming government will need to ensure that recruitment targets are improved

NUS to fund sanitary protection for female students

The Independent today reports that the NUS has pledged to make sanitary products available to all female graduates as costs increase.

Drop in Part-Time Student Numbers

The Guardian today reports that part-time student numbers have fallen by 56% since 2010 and blames this on a lack of financial support for more mature, part-time learners at university.

National Citizen Service increases chances of going to university, says UCAS

In an article published yesterday, UCAS figures show that young people who take part in the National Citizen Service are significantly more likely than their peers to be accepted on to a university course.

University fees set to increase

The BBC reports that the Higher Education and Research Bill passed into legislation before the closure of Parliamentary business.  The Bill makes fee increases dependent upon improved teaching quality but does not come into effect until academic year 2020-2021.  Interest rates on Student Loans are also set to rise from 4.6% to 6.1% in the autumn.

Teaching practical functional English and maths as “the standard” for all children and young people

In a Feature Article for FE News, Gavin Hastings Evans of NOCN discusses the delivery of literacy and numeracy to improve outcomes for UK based learners

Apprenticeships – Common funding rules

The Education and Skills funding agency re-released its common funding rules for apprenticeships on 28thApril.

And some news you may have missed:

Education policies for party manifestos

On 25thApril, The Guardian conducted a number of interviews with people in education to see what policies they would like to see in party manifestos ahead of the General Election.  See the responses here.

The Teaching Excellence Framework

Steve Smith and Tim Blackman, university vice-chancellors discuss the new system for rating university teaching and its impact on universities and potential students.

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