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Countdown Issue 879

Date published: 20.06.2018

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As the annual conference rapidly approaches it seems obligatory to say that registrations are up again – what do people say when numbers are down one year – AELP have never experienced that?? Everyone who said they will speak have confirmed and we have a fantastic lineup. Aidan and I have been working on a range of press releases so we know already there is some exciting and interesting news for members, about members and views of members. I think we are even going to draft a press release

Countdown Issue 878

Date published: 14.06.2018

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Firstly, thank you for listening, IfA – extending the deadline for the T level content response allows a proper consideration of the content - you never know it may be perfect, but now we have a chance to properly consider the proposals. All the members that have an interest in the first three T level areas, please do read the relevant part of the 107 pages and AELP will take feedback through our sector groups. Meanwhile the Lords Economic Affairs Committee have said “The role of the

Countdown Issue 877

Date published: 06.06.2018

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Always difficult to know where to start each week – so let’s go with exam fees which have come around yet again, this year in a TES article– “if only we could halve them”, etc etc. You’ll have to forgive me if I slip my exam board hat CEO on for a moment. 2.5% of total budget on exam fees – that is 2.5% for external quality assurance of delivery and learning – is not a bad deal. So is this really the area of focus or are there other budgets that might be a larger

Countdown Issue 876

Date published: 30.05.2018

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“AELP strongly supports T levels- it is clear that high-quality work placements are fundamental to the success of T levels and apprenticeship training providers are ready to use their capacity and established relationships with employers to give young people a great opportunity to start developing the skills they need in the workplace” – that is AELP’s response to the latest proposals. There are things to be sorted out but we have time to do it. Our full response can

Countdown Issue 875

Date published: 23.05.2018

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Overheard in Whitehall this week (perhaps) …... “Well, Minister - the number has increased – it’s now 40% down on last year and was only 30% down last month - that is an increase.” “Excellent, well done, keep it up - hopefully, that number will increase month by month now.” “I am sure it will Minister. Remember last year when the apprenticeship numbers expanded significantly before the levy in March and April last year? We used it as an excuse for the first few months of the levy when there

Countdown Issue 874

Date published: 17.05.2018

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So the dream came to an end at Wembley – won't go on about the penalties that should have been, the referee wearing “I love Tranmere” pants etc. – amazing game, amazing season, amazingly expensive day!! Once again a fascinating week, ending today with the key apprenticeship players in front of the Education Select Committee discussing the quality of apprenticeship - more about that later, but if you want to watch it the link is provided in the first article below. For starters, good to note

Countdown Issue 873

Date published: 10.05.2018

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So indulge me a little – I am going to Wembley on Saturday to watch little Boreham Wood try and get into league 2 - I never thought I would be writing that and they are already the highest they have ever been in their 70-year history. However, clearly the national league and Wembley didn’t get the memo about supporting grassroots football - £41 per ticket, limited concessions. It wasn’t going to be packed out at the best of times with an average gate at Boreham Wood of 6-700 – surely they

Countdown Issue 872

Date published: 03.05.2018

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Butcher, baker, but frustratingly not candlestick maker (yet – come on candlestick makers, time for a trailblazer) – these are just a sample of the standards Ofqual is the EQA for – here are some other examples - Healthcare, heavy vehicle, and conveyancing or Nursing, recruitment, and teaching assistanting (ok, maybe that isn’t a verb) – what an amazing variety – here’s the full list. The concern that Ofqual can’t EQA for all sectors is surely proven wrong by the evidence of those that trust

Countdown Issue 871

Date published: 25.04.2018

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There is so much going on at the moment – actually I am not sure that is something new over the past 2 years, but every week it amazes me. We had the AELP board yesterday and the range of policy change as well as changes in implementation is just staggering. Much of the discussion over lunch was about the challenge of being able to have any strategic plan as a provider due to so much uncertainty. We have a range of events coming up which we hope will demystify some of this or at least clarify

Countdown Issue 870

Date published: 19.04.2018

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Being thrown into an Education Select Committee after getting back from holiday is one way to get your brain back in gear – what with that and both Plymouth Argyle and Boreham Wood in playoff positions in their leagues, I am not sure whether I can cope with the excitement! Actually, my first day back was at the East of England International Festival of Education hosted by West Suffolk College. As well as a great event, it is one of those examples where you feel quality of the organisation

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