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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Concerns expressed in Parliament about the government's new plans for SEN.

career planning for children with special educational needs


The government are about to bring in new legislation (The Children and Families Bill) which has major implications for how schools and local authorities meet the learning needs of pupils with disabilities.

 The Act brings in Education Health and Care (EHC) plans whereby local authorities will be responsible for identifying and assessing a child or young person's education, health and care needs and drawing up an EHC plan to meet them by preparing a local “offer of services available”.

 While broadly supportive of the initiative the Labour party has sounded a note of caution about potential geographical variations in the level of support provided. Shadow education minister Sharon Hodgson said that while Labour welcomed a "great deal of the reforms" in the bill, "we still fear the government's plans for local offers, as currently drafted, could lead to greater disparities in services across the country".

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Understanding the Qualifications and Credit Framework


QCF Framework


The diagram above shows how English qualifications we all know about fit into the QCF framework. It illustrates in pictorial form the complicated-sounding concepts of levels, awards, certificates, diplomas and credits.

Comparing qualifications


To find out how one qualification compares to another you need to look at the level, size and content of the qualifications. Level refers to the level of difficulty which ranges from entry level up to level 8. The “size” of a qualification is an indication of the amount of study time involved expressed as “awards”, “certificates” and “diplomas” in ascending size. The content simply means the topics or subject matter studied.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Careers in the Creative Sector



One of the big issues for young people and their parents is tracking down accurate,  reliable information about career opportunities.
My site aims to help by highlighting online resources that are genuinely helpful among the mountains of confusing dross.

Today the focus is on Creative Choices which is dedicated to helping you develop your career in the creative and cultural industries.

The site has been developed by Creative & Cultural Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the creative and cultural industries, and was founded following demand from employers across the creative sector for better information about working in the industry.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Parents and teachers struggle to provide careers advice.


Careers GuidanceIn recent years, there has been considerable investment in vocational qualifications and career opportunities for young people – including the introduction of higher apprenticeships and a new technical baccalaureate – that will provide an alternative career path  for 16-19 year olds.

However there is still much to be done to make sure that young people have access to impartial  advice and guidance to help them make informed decisions about their future. Since 2011, schools have had responsibility for providing this, with no additional funding to do so. In addition there is no longer a legal requirement for schools to provide opportunities for work-related learning such as work experience.

This means young people are getting very different experiences of  advice and guidance. Some schools are buying in the services of careers advisers (although often less than was formerly provided by the local education authority) and providing quality work experience opportunities for their pupils. Others may be relying on online materials, which have their place but cannot replace face-to-face, independent advice and guidance.