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  • New SEND practitioner self-assessment tool
    This new SEND practitioner self-assessment tool will enable you to assess and develop your knowledge and skills in supporting SEND learners.

  • Making Britain Numerate and Making Britain Literate
    Making Britain Numerate and Making Britain Literate by Kevin Norley are written for work-based (or FE college) learners studying for Functional Skills or Skills for Life qualifications.

  • Functional Skills: essential resources
    Making Britain Numerate and Making Britain Literate are two workbooks written to support learners studying Functional Skills either as part of an apprenticeship or as stand-alone qualifications.

  • New ways of seeing into and making changes to teaching, learning and assessment practices
    David Powell, Director of The Education and Training Consortium, writes on how the theories of practice architectures and ecologies of practices can enable us to understand teaching, learning and assessment differently and to transform our own practices. He describes how these theories can be applied within the context of GCSE re-sits, and outlines how the 19 education and training providers participating in the North East and Cumbria Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) are using the theories to develop and share approaches for ensuring outstanding practice across a range of contexts and topics.

  • Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) North East & Cumbria
    The North East and Cumbria OTLA is enabling groups of education and training providers to access collaborative development grants to investigate and develop teaching, learning and assessment approaches for the benefit of learners. Themes include: synergy in promoting learning, hard to reach learners, recently qualified teachers, initial and diagnostic assessment, equality and diversity and stretch and challenge.

  • Condition of funding on provision of English and mathematics in 2017 to 2018
    The latest guidance from the Education and Skills Funding Agency states that full time students starting their study programme who have a grade 3 or D GCSE or equivalent qualification in maths and/or English must be enrolled on a GCSE, rather than an approved stepping stone qualification.

  • Ofqual Blog: the new maths GCSE
    Ofqual's blog reports on a recent meeting with maths teachers about the new 9-1 GCSE, in which they explain about grade boundary setting, ensuring fairness between cohorts and across both tiers

  • New two tier GCSE pass grade
    The Secretary of State for Education has outlined arrangements for reporting on the new GCSEs. The new qualifications will be graded 9-1 instead of A*-G, with 9 the highest grade. A grade 4 will be deemed a standard pass and a grade 5 a strong pass.

  • New agency to provide joined-up education and skills funding
    The Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency have merged to become one body. The new, single funding agency - to be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency - will sit within the Department for Education and begin to operate from April 2017.

  • New SEND exhibition site and resources
    The Education and Training Foundation has launched a new exhibition site dedicated to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). With key information and resources, the site is designed to help post-16 learning providers, practitioners, leaders and managers to recognise their key role in improving outcomes for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.