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Saturday, 21 November 2015

What are the changes to GCSEs all about?


changes to GCSE exams from September 2015


There has been quite a bit of tinkering with school exams in recent years including the scrapping of modular assessment in 2012 which prevented students from doing repeat resits of modules until the desired grade was achieved.

From September of this year new style GCSEs are being introduced in phases.  The first group of new GCSEs will be  English literature, English language and maths with the first qualifications awarded in August 2017.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Building the Future ~ Apprenticeships in Construction


Apprenticeships in Construction


According to the think-tank Demos, the construction industry accounts for 2.1m jobs in the UK, representing 7pc of the workforce.  It is an industry that is highly sensitive to change in the wider economy.  As the UK economy has slowly begun to emerge from recession more projects are starting up and the demand for skilled workers is on the increase.

Analysis by the Construction Industry Training Board found that the building industry needs 120,000 apprentices over the next five years to fill this emerging skills gap. However, the number of people completing construction apprenticeships has plunged since the financial crisis, with just 9,306 construction apprenticeships completed last year, which represents a 4% drop on 2013’s already low figure of 9,688.  This compares with a high point in 2009 when 16,947 apprentices finished their training.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

What does a quality careers education programme look like?





I'm aware that teachers visit this site and thought it might be helpful to say a bit about what secondary schools should consider in terms of improving the careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG for short) they provide.

Teachers are expert at devising learning progammes and activities for their students.  The main impediment tends to be knowing what learning outcomes to prioritise.  So I'll set out some basic principles.

Legal Services Apprenticeships and CILEx

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)


A renewed interest in legal apprenticeships has seen in-house legal departments and law firms taking up Legal Services Apprenticeships (LSAs) which are overseen by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).  There are currently 360 LSAs working at 107 organisations in England and Wales.