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Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Our regular look at what’s happening in the world of education and in particular,
the West Midlands.
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Week ending 26 October 2018
DfE Consultations – Rules and Guidance for Technical Qualifications: This consultation seeks views on the proposed conditions and guidance for Technical Qualifications and includes detailed proposals for the regulation of new T Levels and draft rules and guidance for Technical Qualifications.  This consultation closes at 11:45 pm on 28 October.
Skills Minister speaks about improving the quality of Apprenticeships: FE News reports on Anne Milton’s two speeches from 18 October when she gave a speech first to the IFA Trailblazer event in Manchester and then at the Federation of Awarding Bodies conference in Leicester.
Chair of the Education Committee writes to Chancellor on the subject of funding for Further Education:  Robert Halfon, MP, Chair of the Education Committee has written to the Chancellor to highlight the disparity in pre and post 16 funding and to examine core funding levels for FE before finalising settlements in the upcoming Budget and Spending review.
Education Committee publishes its report into the Quality and Apprenticeship and Skills Training: On 8th October, the Education Committee published its report into the quality of apprenticeship and skills training in the England.  This report is awaiting a government response.
Adult Digital Skills qualifications: On Friday 18th October, Apprenticeship and Skills Minister, Anne Milton, announced plans to overhaul digital skills qualifications.  These plans include a consultation on the national standards, improving the existing qualifications and introducing a national entitlement to basic digital skills.  You can access the consultation via either of the links above.
Principal closes college for staff and students to march on Westminster:  Gerry McDonald, Principal of New City College, London, closed the doors of his establishment on Wednesday 16 October to allow staff and students to take their place on the mass march on Westminster, reports the Guardian.
Increase in new specialist provision:  Julie Belgutay reports for TES on the surge in local authority new specialist provision for SEND learners and what this means for existing specialist providers.
UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) criticism for Damian Hinds for repeated misuse of data:  In her article for The Guardian, Sally Weale reports that UKSA has publicly reprimanded Damian Hinds, Education Secretary for the repeated misuse of data and making “misleading claims” about school funding.
GCSE textbook to be re-written following claims that it contains “offensive statements”:  An exam-board approved textbook in Sociology is to be re-written after several claims that it contains statements that may be considered “offensive” to some people, writes Eleanor Busby for the Independent.
Education Secretary to act on school exclusions:  Damian Hinds, speaking at a roundtable at the Centre for Social Justice on alternative provision and exclusions on 17 October, vowed to take action on school exclusions, once Edward Timpson’s review has concluded.
And in case you missed it:
A first 12 months to smile about: NORDEC (Northern Dental Education Centre), Bradford, is all smiles after celebrating its first year of operation with 100% pass rates for students on their Level 2 Technical Certificate in Working in Dental Settings.
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