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Wednesday, 27 September 2017


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

Current news:

Week ending 29 September 2017

Threat to Social Mobility posed by Government’s own apprenticeship reforms
In a press release on 21 September, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), discussed the threat to social mobility posed by apprenticeship reforms and put forward steps to address this.

UCAS gives learners advice on choosing options for Higher Education
In readiness for the next round of applications, UCAS has published guidance for young people on how to choose the right path once they leave school.

Apprenticeships for over 60s
On 19 September, FE Compare published an article written by Charlie Mullins for Pimlico Plumbers, dealing with the controversial proposal to offer Apprenticeships for the over 60s who want to retrain.

ESFA Post-16 intervention and accountability
FE Newsweek reports on the mechanisms in place for the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to hold to account their performance colleges and training providers who receive funding via the Adult Skills Budget.

Policy Connect report on how funding for HE affects learners
Policy Connect reports on the challenges facing the Office for Students over funding of alternative providers.

New House of Commons Education Committee
On 12 September, the new Education Committee met for this first time. FE Newsweek reports on the make-up of the new committee and its future programme.

New NHS Guidelines for Colleges to help acid attack victims
On 31 August, NHS England and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) released new guidelines on how to respond to acid attacks while waiting for emergency services

Registering for the Apprenticeship Service for providers
Use this link to find out how to set up your organisation as an Apprenticeship Training Provider

Functional Skills Reform – draft content for consultation
The latest draft of the new, reformed content for Functional Skills Maths and English has been released for review and comment.  This consultation opened on 12 September and closes on 7 November 2017.

Ofqual to consult on Regulatory Approach to reformed Functional Skills
On Wednesday 27 September, Ofqual launched its consultation to their regulatory approach to the reformed Functional Skills qualifications in Maths and English.  This consultation runs until 22 November 2017.

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