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Take a fresh look at the statutory guidance from the Department for Education

Take a fresh look at the statutory guidance from the Department for Education

In January 2018, the Department for Education published the long-awaited updated statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and staff, shortly followed by the statutory guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges in February 2018. Well, the truth is that probably feels like a lifetime ago so we thought we’d provide a curated … Continue reading Take a fresh look at the statutory guidance from the Department for Education

Is a 9 – 5 working day suitable for everyone?

Is a 9 – 5 working day suitable for everyone?

A YouGov survey of 4,000 people has recently found that only 6% of UK workers work the traditional hours of 9 - 5. Almost 50% of workers who took part in the survey use flexible arrangements to help them with their other commitments, such as compressed hours and job sharing, BBC News has reported. The … Continue reading Is a 9 – 5 working day suitable for everyone?

How artificial intelligence can help ease the burden of marking for teachers

How artificial intelligence can help ease the burden of marking for teachers

It has been reported by the Times Higher Education that Pearson, who are responsible for supporting BTEC qualifications, have developed an artificial intelligence tool which could mark and grade student essays. The artificial intelligence tool will be tested in US higher education system before coming to the UK. Pearson has developed this tool using IBM’s … Continue reading How artificial intelligence can help ease the burden of marking for teachers

The robots that help children to return to school

The robots that help children to return to school

The TES has recently reported about an East Midlands project which aims to give children, who are ill in hospital, the chance to go back to school. Currently over 72,000 children are missing out on their education due to a long-term illness. The project has been given £544,143 in funding by the Department for Education. AV1 … Continue reading The robots that help children to return to school

Careers advice for GCSE students getting their results

Careers advice for GCSE students getting their results

Thousands of students will get their GCSE results in August. These results will affect their decisions on what to do next and it is important for them to consider their options carefully and seek careers advice where appropriate. Students will consider whether to leave school, stay on in a sixth form, go to college or … Continue reading Careers advice for GCSE students getting their results

Eight recommendations to improve apprenticeships –  by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships

Eight recommendations to improve apprenticeships – by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships has made eight recommendations, via its annual report, to help improve the uptake of apprenticeships in the UK. There are eight key proposals that the TES have highlighted as the most important. The government need to ensure that apprenticeships are flexible to better suit small and medium sized enterprises … Continue reading Eight recommendations to improve apprenticeships – by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships

Extreme work experience – 52 jobs in 52 weeks

Extreme work experience – 52 jobs in 52 weeks

Experiences gained early in a young person’s exposure to work are incredibly important in shaping their future skills. In this blog, we look back at a story from 2013 which still holds true today… Following an accident at work, Matt aged 30, gave up his job in retail. Unsure of what career he wanted to … Continue reading Extreme work experience – 52 jobs in 52 weeks

The new Police Detective graduate training programme

The new Police Detective graduate training programme

BBC News have reported that a new three-month training scheme has been developed to tackle a recruitment crisis which consists of a shortfall of 5,000 Investigators across England and Wales. This programme is aimed at graduates and will allow them to work on robbery and crime cases within three months. They will also have extensive … Continue reading The new Police Detective graduate training programme

The colleges who will be the first to teach the new T-levels have been announced

The colleges who will be the first to teach the new T-levels have been announced

The government has released a list of colleges that will be teaching T-levels to students from 2020. The selected colleges range throughout England and will give teenagers the opportunity to try something different to traditional A levels. The T-levels will include courses in education, construction, digital and childcare, where the student will also have a … Continue reading The colleges who will be the first to teach the new T-levels have been announced