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Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Adapting to the new normal - supporting staff

COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on education in recent months. While we may not understand the true extent of these changes on the future of the sector, it’s critical we start forward planning, so you and your colleagues feel prepared and supported for what’s to come.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Adapting to the new normal - supporting learners

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a great deal of disruption to learning, the impact of which will be felt long into the next academic year and possibly beyond.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Vocational qualifications improve your learners’ employability skills

Ensuring young people leave their formal education ready for the workplace is a difficult task but one which providers have been challenged to deliver on as part of their careers education and commitment to employability skills.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

The charities working hard to make education equal for all

This pride season, we wanted to highlight the work of fellow charities who are doing amazing things in the sector to make education inclusive for students, teachers, tutors, parents and carers. We believe that education is for everyone and the more diverse we can make this space, the more we can learn and the richer our experiences will be for it.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Wayne Harrison
Wayne Harrison
Managing Director & Founder of Peer Tutor

Lucy Emmerson
Lucy Emmerson
Director, Sex Education Forum

RSHE: What is the priority?


Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

David Jones
David Jones
NCFE Product Manager

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

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Learning at Work Week takes to the air for 2020

Employers across the UK are being invited to take part in a first-of-its-kind virtual learning event this week as Learning at Work Week returns, but with a few twists!

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

How to engage learners while working remotely

Keeping learners engaged while working remotely has been a key challenge for the education sector during this enforced period of lockdown.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week – raising awareness, encouraging conversations and showing a little kindness

Once again, CACHE is getting involved in this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual campaign hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

Addressing the impact of COVID-19 on post-16 education

In light of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, there has been a great deal of disruption across the education sector at all levels, the impact of which will be felt long into the next academic year and possibly beyond.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Peer Tutor – online peer-to-peer support for your learners

With the current COVID-19 outbreak causing uncertainty and unease across the globe and schools closed until further notice, Peer Tutor will ensure your students can continue to receive academic support and develop their knowledge from home

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Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Managing stress inside and outside of the learning environment

All of us experience some form of stress during our lives, some more regularly than others depending on our job, our day-to-day responsibilities, what’s going on in our personal lives and how we each cope with the situations we find ourselves in.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

The importance of digital literacy to the future workforce

A commonly held belief is that people who have grown up in the midst of the technological revolution don’t require formalised digital literacy skills support. However, is this really the case?

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Tops tips for going green in the classroom

The younger generation are more socially and environmentally aware than ever, and it seems we’re constantly being reminded about the effects our actions are having on the world around us and being encouraged to ‘do our bit’.

Katie Ward
Katie Ward
Learning Resource Developer

Encouraging Reflective Learning in the Classroom

Reflective learning is a form of education where learners purposely and critically evaluate and analyse a learning experience, with a view to using it for self-development and/or learning.

Mick Fletcher
Mick Fletcher
FE Policy Analyst

Need for a rethink on vocational FE

NCFE recently teamed up with Campaign for Learning to launch a new policy paper titled: ‘No 16-18 year old left behind’. FE Policy Analyst, Mick Fletcher, shares his highlights of the paper.

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

‘Making a Success of the National Skills Fund’ – setting the scene

To help address some of the rising challenges set to impact the economy and labour market throughout the 2020s and beyond, the Conservatives promised in their General Election manifesto to introduce a National Skills Fund from 2021.

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

Celebrating women in business – International Women’s Day 2020

We celebrate women’s achievements every day, but as its International Women’s Day, it gives us an excuse to shout about it!

Sharon Walpole
Sharon Walpole
Director of Careermap

Six ways to boost your CV for career success

Sitting down to write a CV can be a stressful task, especially if it’s your first, but don’t worry! It doesn’t have to be. There are so many different ways you can boost your CV to help you stand out from the crowd and land your dream job.

Alan Urwin
Alan Urwin
Our Lady's High School, London

Prioritise digital literacy in your school to support the future workforce

The education committee described digital literacy in 2018 as being “crucial to the success of the fourth industrial revolution”.

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

NCFE and WorldSkills UK announce partnership on new Centre of Excellence project

NCFE and WorldSkills UK announce partnership on new Centre of Excellence project

Lucy Emmerson
Lucy Emmerson
Director, Sex Education Forum

Consulting pupils about RSHE

Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education (RSHE) will become mandatory in schools across England from September 2020. Creating a curriculum that meets the needs of pupils is vital.

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NCFE and NSN announce strategic partnership

Educational services charity, NCFE, has announced a new strategic partnership with The Northern Skills Network (NSN).

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Education and skills charity named one of the Best Not–For–Profit Organisations to Work For

National awarding organisation and education and skills charity, NCFE, has been named one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Not–For–Profit Organisations to Work For.

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

Withdrawal of government funding for low volume qualifications

The Government has issued further information on the withdrawal of funding approval from qualifications with low and no publicly funded enrolments, as part of the Level 3 and below review.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Innovative new mobile app is revolutionising access to tutoring

The mobile app has been designed to create equal access to learning and provide a low cost, high quality alternative to traditional private tutoring.

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NCFE qualification endorsed by top Business Travel Management company

NCFE’s recently developed Level 3 Award in Business Travel has been endorsed by several business travel experts, including Clarity, part of the Portman Travel Group, which includes Elegant Resorts and If Only.

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

‘No 16-18 year old left behind’ – key takeaways

NCFE recently teamed up with Campaign For Learning to launch a new policy paper titled: ‘No 16-18 year old left behind’.

Paul Burkin
Paul Burkin
Qualifications Developer

Key ways to address online safety

NCFE takes a look at how to ensure the online safety of children and teenagers and the dangers that teachers, parents and carers should be aware of and how you can educate young people during Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) lessons.

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

No 16-18 year old left behind

Two of the UK’s leading educational charities, NCFE and Campaign for Learning, have come together to query exactly that in their new pamphlet, titled ‘No 16-18 Year Old Left Behind’.

Luke Ambler
Luke Ambler
Yourcode Group

My apprenticeship journey – celebrating #NAW2020 with YourCode Group

All this week (3-7 February), NCFE is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week. To mark the occasion, we reached out to some of our friends in the business community to find out about their own apprenticeship experiences.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

NCFE qualification supports learners’ aspirations for career in Interactive Media

Interactive Media students at Gillingham School in Dorset set their sights on careers in the Media and IT industries. Studying the Level 2 Technical Award in Interactive Media, the learners have gained valuable vocational skills that can be used in their future.

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

We’re #AllFiredUp for National Apprenticeship Week!

Organised by the government, National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 February) is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

AoC Sport in the Curriculum Conference – key takeaways

The recent Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport in the Curriculum Conference was a great opportunity to find out more about the key sport sector topics.

Stephen Mordue
Stephen Mordue
Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sunderland

Tips for teachers - managing your own mental health: exercise

Exercise increases blood flow and levels of dopamine, a chemical which is released during all pleasurable activities, and a lack of it has been linked to depression.

Stephen Mordue
Stephen Mordue
Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sunderland

Tips for teachers - managing your own mental health: nutrition

When talking about nutrition I am not necessarily talking about weight loss. Instead, I am talking about the increasing evidence that good nutrition improves mood and mental well-being.

Stephen Mordue
Stephen Mordue
Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sunderland

Tips for teachers - managing your own mental health: being organised

Being organised and methodical helps you control the chaos that is an inevitable part of life and helps you to remain calm in the face of challenges.

Stephen Mordue
Stephen Mordue
Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sunderland

Tips for teachers - managing your own mental health: sleep

When it comes to self-care, research and data implies the most important element is sleep.

Matthew Burton
Matthew Burton
Head teacher at Thornhill Community Academy, Dewsbury

Give every child the opportunity to become the person they are capable of being

Matthew Burton is the head teacher at Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury and appeared on Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire. Matthew has written for NCFE about making pivotal curriculum decisions on behalf of learners.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Engaging with hard to reach learners

There are a whole host of reasons why you might encounter challenging students, and often, the reasons behind their behaviour aren’t entirely clear.

Stephen Mordue
Stephen Mordue
Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sunderland

Tips for teachers - managing your own mental health

The effective management of stress has been high on the agenda in schools for over a decade and stress has been identified as the most common health and safety problem in the UK.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Delivery of NCFE qualifications supported by iAchieve

Schools across the country are using iAchieve to support the implementation and delivery of NCFE qualifications. The iAchieve online platform provides learners with an additional and alternative way of engaging with their NCFE qualification.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

NCFE accredited qualifications support learners progression to university

Abbey College Cambridge is using NCFE’s Accreditation Services to gain recognition and endorsement for their International Foundation Programmes (IFP).

Josh Dixon
Josh Dixon
Managing Director, YourCode Recruitment Group

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Chris Tubbrit
Chris Tubbrit
Product Development Team Manager

Using SMART curriculum planning to help with learner success, retention and achievement

Following nested suite programmes, like those from NCFE, can help with success, retention and achievement data by supporting learners at risk with appropriate drop off points in the year, and providing progression options for those who are excelling.

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

The Queen’s Speech – a view on education

Her Majesty The Queen officially outlined the government’s agenda for the next five years at the State opening of parliament last week. We’ve rounded up some of the key points to take away from the world of education.

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

A spotlight on the general election

The general election has dominated the media over the past few weeks. The landslide win for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives has changed the shape and power balance of parliament.

Sharon Karaa
Sharon Karaa
Head of Learning Technologies & Resources

Top 10 reasons to switch to e-books

While for some people, nothing will ever be able to replace the joy of curling up with a good book, it’s undeniable that there are some great benefits to e-books.

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

Give your child the gift of knowledge this Christmas

What has your teenager asked for this Christmas? An Xbox? The latest iPhone? Designer clothes? What if we told you that for a fraction of the cost, you could buy them a five month headstart on their education?

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Learners use bite-sized English and maths from NCFE to progress

Learners at Darlington College are progressing to new career paths and learning opportunities thanks to bite-sized English and maths qualifications from NCFE.

Laura Steventon
Laura Steventon
Accreditation & Employer Services Officer

5 benefits of accredited training

Getting your internal and external training accredited can provide employers, companies and learners with a range of benefits that can add to the value and quality of your training programmes.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Preparing for January intake

January intake is a great opportunity for you to help learners who’ve not been in a position to make a decision about their studies at the start of the academic year, and therefore missed the start of a programme.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

General election: focus on adult education

All three major political parties have vowed to focus on adult education over recent weeks. Below is a rundown of what has been promised, and what it means for adult learning.

Jan Lever
Jan Lever
CEO, Jigsaw PSHE

Tackling the normalisation of online sexual violence in RSHE lessons

Jan Lever, Director at Jigsaw PSHE, talks to NCFE about a new independent report into online sexual harm and the normalisation of sexual violence and how you can help to address this in school through PSHE and Relationships, Sex and Health Education, including qualifications from NCFE.

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

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County Durham start-up disrupts tutoring market with innovative peer-to-peer learning app

Peer Tutor provides young people with around the clock access to high-quality learning resources and tailored learning support by connecting them ‘on demand’ with a DBS checked and verified peer tutor.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Ruth McGuire
Ruth McGuire
Guest Blogger

Tips for teachers - what the new inspection framework means for you

Ruth McGuire has worked as an education inspector and training/education consultant for nearly 20 years and has lent her expertise to NCFE to describe what the new Education Inspection Framework could mean for your school.

Lucy Emmerson
Lucy Emmerson
Director, Sex Education Forum

The change process, parents and Relationships, Sex and Health Education

Consulting parents about the school Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) policy is a requirement of the new legislation which applies from September 2020.

Josh Dixon
Josh Dixon
Managing Director, YourCode Recruitment Group

How to interview like a pro

Joshua Dixon is the Founder and CEO of The YourCode Group, which specialises in recruitment and talent acquisition for businesses operating across the globe. Find out more about his top tips for interviewing.

Jayne Foster
Jayne Foster
Lead External Quality Assurer (CACHE)

Top tips to prepare for EQA

Jayne Foster is Lead External Quality Assurer (EQA) for the CACHE brand at NCFE, managing a team of 14 EQAs across several regions.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Focusing on mental health to improve learner outcomes and retention

In recent years, there’s been continued focus and press attention about young peoples’ mental health, putting it at the forefront of the minds of educators.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Using technology to transform the way you teach

It’s not an exaggeration to say that technology is revolutionising education making it a fantastic time to be teaching.

David Redden
David Redden
External Quality Assurance Officer

Providing more diverse options for learners studying English and maths qualifications

An article by TES recently highlighted new Department for Education data which revealed that 2 in 3 students who resit their English and maths GCSEs make no progress.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Embracing new technology in the classroom

NCFE takes a look at how you can embrace technology in the classroom and use it to help advance learning in vocational and academic subjects.

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

T Levels could change everything. Are you ready?

To those who work in schools, you may feel somewhat isolated from the onset of T Levels.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Karyn Taylor
Karyn Taylor
Curriculum Officer

Beat the machines and develop creative thinking in the classroom

Karyn Taylor, Curriculum Officer at NCFE, looks at how you can develop your pupils' creative thinking in the classroom and why machines will never take over the creative industries.

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

Getting ready for T Levels


Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Spotlight on External Quality Assurance: Jayne Foster

We caught up with CACHE Lead External Quality Assurer (EQA), Jayne Foster, about her role and life at NCFE.

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Stewart Foster
Stewart Foster
Managing Director of Awarding

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Spotlight on IT: Srikanth Kataram


Peter Beckwith
Peter Beckwith
Enterprise Architect

The Rocket Hack 2019


Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Lucy Emmerson
Lucy Emmerson
Director, Sex Education Forum

Jan Lever
Jan Lever
CEO, Jigsaw PSHE

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Our 5 top tips for building a successful Study Programme

Building a successful Study Programme can be the key to a learner’s success and future employment prospects.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

Looking forward to the year ahead


Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Top 10 reasons to choose NCFE


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