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Dr Gareth Thomas
Dr Gareth Thomas
Managing Director, Skills and Employment Support Limited

Key messages from the AAC


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Suffolk New College learners prepare for entry to public services

Learners on the NCFE Level 2 and 3 Diploma Entry to the Uniformed Services at Suffolk New College are gaining skills for a wide range of occupational roles in Public Services.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

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Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

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Case Study: University of Cumbria - NCFE qualifications are providing learners with a head start at Higher Education level

At NCFE, we want to ensure that learners who complete our qualification are able to access to a wide range of progression routes.

Stewart Foster
Stewart Foster
Managing Director of Awarding

Daniel Howard
Daniel Howard
Skills Forward Managing Director

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

Update on the Augar Review


Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Getting schools ready for RSHE


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Learners at Ormiston Rivers Academy succeed with NCFE Technical Awards

Ormiston Rivers Academy, a secondary school deep in the Essex countryside, is continuing to expand its curriculum with technical qualifications from NCFE.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

3. Measure the milestones

Within our new Apprenticeship Standards, this classic approach to plotting and monitoring progress of a journey is now primed to return in a whole new context.

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

4. Breakfast of champions


David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

2. Part of the programme


Josh Dixon
Josh Dixon
Managing Director, YourCode Recruitment Group

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Stewart Foster
Stewart Foster
Managing Director of Awarding

T Levels Good News


Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Teacher retention for schools


Paul Turner
Paul Turner
Futures Leader

Kristina Gray
Kristina Gray
Marketing Officer

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

End-Point Assessment – A New Vantage Point

EPA has become the day to day ‘acid test’ of whether the teaching, learning and development of an apprentice undertaking an Apprenticeship has met the expected standard.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

NCFE wins contract to deliver Education and Childcare T Level

We are thrilled to announce that NCFE has been awarded the contract by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) and the Department for Education (DfE) to be the delivery partner for the Education and Childcare T Level.

Kristina Gray
Kristina Gray
Marketing Officer

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

The benefits of Formative Assessment


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Albion Football Club learners excel with NCFE qualifications

Albion in the Community, the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, offers a range of NCFE qualifications to help people improve their lives and develop the tools they need to meet their potential.

Stewart Foster
Stewart Foster
Managing Director of Awarding

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Kristina Gray
Kristina Gray
Marketing Officer

Shaping the future with funding


Kristina Gray
Kristina Gray
Marketing Officer

The future of digital skills


Mick Fletcher
Mick Fletcher
FE Policy Analyst

What exactly is the Chartered Institute for?

It took an article in FE Week, pointing out the imminent withdrawal of its financial support from the DfE, to remind me, and no doubt many others, that the Chartered Institute for FE still exists.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Dates for your diary

There are a number of important dates to remind you of, including cut off dates for the spring assessment window, qualifications which are withdrawing early, scheduling your EQA visit and more!

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Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

New Core Maths qualification


Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Don’t be blue this Monday

The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title ‘Blue Monday’ due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Congratulations Ann Brooks OBE


Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

Lindsay Plumpton
Lindsay Plumpton
Communications Leader

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Oswin Project Case Study


Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Lindsey Gibson
Lindsey Gibson
Head of Group IT

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Mick Fletcher
Mick Fletcher
FE Policy Analyst

Super-profits for some while bankruptcy threatens for others

Two big stories about further education have surfaced in recent weeks. One concerns the scandal at the large apprenticeship provider 3aaa, where it’s alleged that the owners of the company financed a lavish lifestyle on the back of some pretty dodgy reporting practices.

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Case Study: Celebrating ten years of success

Based in Birmingham, Open Study College is one of the leading distance learning providers in the UK, offering over 450 courses. So far over 60,000 people have improved their career prospects with an Open Study College course.

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Case Study: Arsenal Football Club chooses NCFE’s qualifications to upskill stewarding staff

Arsenal Football Club has selected national awarding organisation, NCFE, to provide qualifications that will upskill its stewarding staff to a high standard.

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Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Improved grading calculators for V Certs

Following feedback from centres we’ve made an improvement to the grading calculators for some of our qualifications.

Paul Turner
Paul Turner
Futures Leader

The Evolution of Skills Devolution


Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Stewart Foster
Stewart Foster
Managing Director of Awarding

What does the new Budget mean for Technical Education?

The much anticipated Autumn Budget was pitched as one of the major political set pieces ahead of the government setting out its vision for a post-brexit Britain.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Celebrating success with NCFE Apprenticeship Services

NCFE is partnered to work with over 130 training providers, colleges and employers in the UK, including companies like Virgin Trains and Greggs, to deliver EPA across a range of apprenticeship standards

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Can You Fix My Laptop? (And 8 Other Things To Stop Saying To Developers)

We sat down with our devs and testers at NCFE to ask them about the worst things they’re frequently asked when people find out what their job is.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

170 years of people


Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Do you speak our language? We’re recruiting for tech talent in the north east

We’ve got some good news here at NCFE – we’re hiring! We’re looking to recruit a number of full stack software developers at all levels to join the growing team at our Quorum Business Park office in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Paul Turner
Paul Turner
Futures Leader

Say hello to the bands

In May 2018, the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) announced, at the request of the DfE, that it would be reviewing the funding bands for 31 apprenticeship standards. This caught a few in the sector by surprise and it was hoped this would be an objective review which recognised the real costs of delivering the new standards.

Mick Fletcher
Mick Fletcher
FE Policy Analyst

To lose one college principal may be seen as misfortune. To lose three seems like carelessness.

Somehow ‘canaries in the coalmine’ doesn’t seem the right term to use for the high achieving Principals of major colleges but there is no doubt that the departure in quick succession of the leaders of three of the largest colleges in England is a clear signal that there are a number of issues in the current unstable world of FE.

Stewart Foster
Stewart Foster
Managing Director of Awarding

Pleased to meet you

As the year moves rapidly forward, so too does life at NCFE and I’d like to begin by saying hello to each and every one of you.

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

Update from party conferences


Crawford Knott
Crawford Knott
Guest blogger - Managing Director at Hawk Training

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Louise Geddis-Regan
Louise Geddis-Regan
Innovation Marketing Officer

World Mental Health Day: Encouraging learners to practice self-compassion

Self-compassion may not typically be a term that learners are familiar with when it comes to tackling stress and anxiety, especially concerning academic performance. However, existing reports and research have started to investigate the role of self-compassion as an intervention for stress and anxiety specifically for young people.

Kristina Gray
Kristina Gray
Marketing Officer

English and maths for all?


Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Not all heroes wear capes!

We’re celebrating National Customer Service Week and today’s theme is ‘recognition’.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Celebrating Customer Service success


Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

NCFE 2018 budget submission


Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

NCFE Apprenticeship Services appoints new Managing Director

We’re delighted to welcome David Gallagher as the new Managing Director of NCFE Apprenticeship Services.

Mick Fletcher
Mick Fletcher
FE Policy Analyst

Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

Taking care of learner well-being


Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

Short changed as the seasons change

We’re at the beginning of an interesting year. Ahead of the budget in autumn that will set out the government’s spending profile, we already have sight of the challenges we face in the forthcoming session.

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

Sex and Relationships Education consultation

Over the summer, the government launched the latest round of consultation on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education in England. Unlike a lot of consultations recently, there’s a lengthy response period, with a call for comments and evidence being submitted by the 7 November.

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Marketing Officer

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

White paper Skills Plan mismatch


Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

William Gammack
William Gammack
Apprentice PA to Directors

Life as an apprentice

William Gammack, Apprentice PA at NCFE, shares his outlook on life as an apprentice, including why he chose to take an apprenticeship and his experience so far at NCFE with the support of leading training provider, Learning Curve Group.

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

Benjamin Atkinson
Benjamin Atkinson
Guest Blogger – The Skills Network

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Andrew Gladstone-Heighton
Policy Leader

The more things change…


Esme Winch
Esme Winch
Managing Director

Theory of devolution


Benjamin Atkinson
Benjamin Atkinson
Guest Blogger – The Skills Network

Louise Geddis-Regan
Louise Geddis-Regan
Innovation Marketing Officer

GoCalm Case Study


Benjamin Atkinson
Benjamin Atkinson
Guest Blogger – The Skills Network

Benjamin Atkinson
Benjamin Atkinson
Guest Blogger – The Skills Network

Benjamin Atkinson
Benjamin Atkinson
Guest Blogger – The Skills Network

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Steven Skedge
Steven Skedge
Senior Software Developer - Guest Blogger

Mick Fletcher
Mick Fletcher
FE Policy Analyst

Leave it a year? The minister thinks so

Politicians get a lot of stick for talking in platitudes or avoiding direct answers to difficult questions, so we should therefore be especially grateful when one strays off message and gives an honest reaction to a genuine issue.

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