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Following on from the last Ofsted training course we put on, Peter Stacey is coming back to provide a half-day update session.

This morning session will cover:

  • Updates from the latest Inspection Handbook
  • Inspection of Standards
  • Members/Sub-Contractors progress following the Nominee training on the 19/12/17

Members get one free place with additional places charged at £15.00 and non-members are welcome to attend at a cost of £40.00

It has been reported that The Workforce Development Trust has bought up the apprenticeships division of People 1st, after it went out of business last week,

The deal, announced on Monday 30th April, means that People 1st will continue to deliver apprenticeship external quality assurance under its new owners.

The employment and learning consultancy charity’s demise, confirmed on Thursday morning, sent shockwaves across the sector.

More than 1,000 16 to 18-year-olds who failed courses last year to be told they passed, after a government U-turn

Under the original rules for reformed level three applied general and tech level qualifications, introduced for teaching from 2016, learners had to pass all their externally-assessed exams to achieve their qualifications.

But that requirement has now been scrapped, leading Ofqual to write to awarding organisations last month to ask them to create a “safety net” for learners that had narrowly failed one or more of their exams.

For the providers experiencing issues with the apprenticeship payments system, the government claims to have finally fixed the malfunctioning payments system, more than two weeks after it was first reported.

It was reported last week that the ESFA had missed its own deadline to repair the IT issues, which had prompted numerous exasperated complaints on the FE Connect site from April 10.

The promised a fix for April 18 was missed, but an encouraging message appeared on FE Connect stating that:

You should be aware by now that the data protection regulation is set to change next month on the 25th May as part of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws, which could affect how your organisation collect, use and store people’s personal data.

Your learners, employees and other individuals need to be able to trust you to look after and use their personal data responsibly and safely. Knowing they can trust you with their data is good for your organisation or business and you may risk a fine if you don’t comply.