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A top government academies official has been appointed as the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s new director of funding.

Kate Josephs, currently director of national operations for academies and regional delivery at the Department of Education, will start in the new role in April.

ETF ‘Grow your potential’ teachmeet

This TeachMeet is a chance to explore how to use teaching strategies for deeper learning.

As part of the ETF Professional Exchange Network, Gateway College in conjunction with the Skills and Education Group, are inviting educators to the first ‘Growing Your Potential’ TeachMeet on the 15 March 2019. Maybe you have tried various delivery and assessment techniques but are worried they may not be having sufficient impact? Don’t panic! This TeachMeet is a chance to explore how to use teaching strategies for deeper learning.

Make the difference - Be the difference - And help change people’s lives at YMCA Derbyshire

If you are interested in utilising your talents for a worthy cause, and making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, then YMCA Derbyshire are looking to fill a number of roles:

Community Connector


35 Hours per week

Fixed term to 31/03/2020



The government has begun inviting providers to reapply to its refreshed apprenticeship provider register – with the first group informed on Christmas Eve that it must do so by the end of February or face being removed from the register.

All 2,571 organisations currently on the register will be segmented into groups and told to reapply throughout this year – with those that are not delivering training being invited first – under new “tougher” rules being enforced by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Everyone at The Derbyshire Network would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year as we look to work together to deliver quality training across our region in 2019.

Our office will be closed from 5pm 20th December and we will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2019.