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Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

Rules out… for Easter

Having eagerly awaited the latest version of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) Funding rules, we were delighted to see them published before the Easter break.

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

Fixing the foundations

NCFE Policy Leader, Andrew Gladstone-Heighton examines skills growth and replacement in a post-Brexit economy in his newly published paper.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

NCFE apprenticeships – let’s get to work

The Department for Education (DfE) has halted turning off apprenticeship frameworks, saying that they won’t withdraw any further frameworks until 2020. This is welcome news from the DfE, after months of concern that reforms around content, procurement and funding are being rolled out too fast. It’s encouraging to see that the DfE are willing to hit the pause button and allow providers to choose what they see fit for their learners.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

SEND pupils losing out on school places

Recent press attention surrounding the lack of appropriate provision in schools for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) pupils has highlighted a complex issue which seems to lack a solution for inclusivity for many children.

David Redden
David Redden
External Quality Assurance Officer

Functional Skills reform

Functional Skills qualifications are changing and as an active member of the FAB Functional Skills Working Group, we want to keep you up to date with the latest developments.

Allie Bennett
Allie Bennett
Marketing Excutive

NCFE Community Time Bank – giving back and making a difference

In September, Stakeholder and Partnership Development Manager at NCFE, Warren Cresswell, started volunteering at his local primary school, Little Heath Primary School in Hertfordshire, as part of NCFE’s Community Time Bank.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Stress Awareness Month: recognising the signs of stress

Christine Bennett is a practicing counsellor with an MSc. in Counselling Studies and extensive experience in recognising stress and trauma. In this article, Christine looks at the physical signs of stress which may manifest in yourself or your pupils, allowing you to approach and manage the situation.

Josh Dixon
Josh Dixon
Managing Director, YourCode Recruitment Group

Guest blog from Josh Dixon, Managing Director, YourCode Recruitment Group

We love hearing about how technical education can change people’s lives so when we met Josh Dixon, Managing Director at YourCode Recruitment Group, we just had to share his story.

Neil Stocking
Neil Stocking
Vice Principle: Highcrest Academy

School focus: Highcrest Academy

Neil Stocking, Vice Principle of one of our Champion Schools, Highcrest Academy, gives his thoughts on how teaching has changed over the years, the challenges he faces on a daily basis at Highcrest Academy, which many schools will relate to and the ways in which the school overcomes these challenges:

Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

We love it when a plan comes together.

I’m delighted to share the positive news that our new model for combined level V Cert qualifications has been received extremely well by the Department for Education (DfE). In their latest update to the published list of approved qualifications, our redeveloped Health and Fitness qualification is the first V Cert of this kind to appear on the list for the 2020 performance tables. This news gives us further confidence in this new model and the next round of submissions.

Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

Shaping the new National Retraining Scheme

Last week, NCFE and Campaign for Learning were delighted to publish our second white paper of 2018 entitled ‘Shaping the new National Retraining Scheme’. Written by Dr Susan Pember, the paper assesses the current and emerging needs a National Retraining Scheme should address. These include longer working lives, rising automation, and the potential retraining needs of millions of atypical workers, especially the 15% of adults who are self-employed.

kathryn Bradbeer
kathryn Bradbeer
Work Experience Student

Is social media causing depression amongst young people?

In response to a recent BBC report regarding the link between social media and mental health issues amongst young people, NCFE work experience student Kathryn Bradbeer, 17, explores the issue further.

Louise Geddis-Regan
Louise Geddis-Regan
Innovation Marketing Officer

International Women’s Day 2018

International Women’s Day, 2018. The year of #Vote100. Today has a lot of resonance.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Supporting apprenticeships, creating opportunities.

We’re passionate about apprenticeships and are really getting behind National Apprenticeship Week. This year's theme looks at what apprenticeships mean to individuals, employers, communities and the wider economy, and we'll be sharing our stories and experiences all week!

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

NCFE appointed as end-point assessment organisation for Virgin Trains

We’re really pleased to be working with Virgin Trains as their end-point assessment (EPA) organisation.

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