Newsletter and bids 45 2019

 In bids

Dear Members.

This week more news and Views and bids Grants and funds.  We go out to over 3,000 people and organisations every week and today have a BUMPER Edition of 51 pages. Thanks also to our sponsor Richard at Net Security Training who can be contacted at

Full details of all bids and grants can be downloaded from the link below:



Well I have recovered from the Asian Apprenticeship Awards and After Party! This week has been London focused, next week I am off to Birmingham for 4 days.  My very best wishes to the Midlands Business and Community Charity awards are aimed at recognising individuals that go above and beyond to help others or display an act of immense bravery. By highlighting and honouring people that are selfless, considerate to others, will openly encourage and inspire others to do the same or similar. As an Ambassador for this I am sorry this year I will be unable to attend but it will be a great night on the 16th of November at Aston Villa Football Club

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Following the formal launch of the UK General Election campaign, the FAB Board has announced that chief executive, Tom Bewick, who is standing for political office in this election as the Brexit Party candidate in Dagenham and Rainham. Tom will be taking a sabbatical during the election campaign.  The FAB board has agreed with Tom that for the period of the election he will stand down as CEO. During this period, Tom’s role at FAB will be covered by Isabel Sutcliffe as acting Chief Executive. Isabel is a former chair of FAB and has worked in senior roles for a number of awarding organisations. She has had a long career in qualifications development and quality assurance covering school, college and work-place standards-based tests and assessments.. FAB remains a politically neutral organisation.


A Training Provider is looking for  free lance Health and Social Care and STLS assessors E-mail me if you have an interest Essex and Home Counties E-mail me at


Do you have the skills and ability to be the Head of Delivery Operations South East London CVs to


Sir Gerry Berragan’s reign at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) will end next week as he makes way for civil service veteran Jennifer Coupland.


Also TCHC are looking for Functional Skills tutors in the east of England email with CV and information.


More information on Ofsted visits to sub contractors ‘Good’ or ‘outstanding’

Ofsted pointed out that most FE providers were judged as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ at their last inspection, adding that, since February 2018, it had increased its focus on “the management and quality of subcontracted provision during inspections, and this increased focus continues in our new education inspection framework (EIF)”. Ofsted said: “A subcontractor’s offering cannot be disentangled from the contract agreed with the main provider. Therefore, we place responsibility for learners’ experiences on the main provider and do not directly inspect standalone subcontractors. This research will explore the relationship between the main provider’s contracting arrangements and the quality of provision offered by subcontractors.

”The aim of the research, Ofsted said, was to learn more about the subcontracting landscape and “the impact that a contract between a main provider and subcontractor can have on the learning experience”. The inspectorate added: “The research will also inform how we inspect main providers that choose to use subcontracted provision.”  This autumn, Ofsted will carry out prearranged visits to a variety of subcontractors that have contracts with FE providers that it has recently inspected. At the same time, it will examine previous inspection reports for references to subcontracting, and hold focus groups with inspectors about the process of evaluating subcontracted learning.

“Visits are not inspections and will not result in a written report for the subcontractor,” said Ofsted.  Ofsted’s deputy director for FE and skills, Paul Joyce, said: “We made a commitment to increase our focus on subcontracting, which remains a major part of the FE landscape. I hope this research will give us more insight into the experience learners get at a provider, which in turn will help us refine this part of our inspection work.

“We will work with subcontractors who take part in the research to make sure we do not place an additional burden on staff. All visits will be carried out purely for research purposes and will not double up as inspections. This research is part of our commitment to be a force for improvement in the sectors we inspect, and to make sure that everything we do is supported by evidence.”


Grzegorz Bogdanski is being forced by the government to repay a £5,421 loan for an FE course he claimed he never started, or even realised that he had signed up for.

The 34-year-old construction worker said that all those involved have “washed their hands” of his case and described the Department for Education (DfE) as “the biggest disappointment” in the saga because of its lack of oversight over training providers.

Bogdanski is not alone. An investigation by FE Week has found that alleged victims of an advanced learner loans scandal are still being told that they must repay their debts, despite new regulations which give the education secretary power to clear them when their provider goes bust.  In June, in the wake of FE Week’s #SaveOurAdultEducation campaign, the DfE announced new legislation that would allow the government to cancel all or part of an advanced learner loan for those left in debt if their provider folded. This was to take effect from 1 July 2019. However, the Student Loans Company (SLC) has confirmed that Bogdanski is still liable to pay his loan back as “records show that the learning provider confirmed his attendance on the course”.


 Yes indeed we move into Purdah often people say whatb is it and why, The pre-election period (purdah) is the term used to describe the period between the time an election is announced and the date the election is held. Civil servants are given official guidance by the Cabinet Office on the rules they must follow in relation to Government business during this time. This can affect some bids.


 As things Hot up on the Political front Labour Party policy on Early Years Education 

National Education Union comment on Early Years education plans by Labour

Commenting on the Labour Party’s commitment to invest in early years education, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

‘The fight against disadvantage begins in the early years, and Labour’s policies recognise this. The closure of Sure Start centres under Coalition and Conservative governments was deeply damaging. Rebuilding the Sure Start programme is essential.  A recent survey of NEU members showed strong support for such a move.

Free and universal provision of 30 hours of nursery education from age 2 upwards is an essential social investment.  It will lift a financial burden from parents. Juggling the demands of employment and childcare will become that much easier.

Labour is right to recognise that expansion is an issue of quality as well as quantity. Making 3+ education graduate-led , is a bold, ambitious and necessary policy. Increasing staff numbers, introducing national pay scales and raising levels of staff qualification are vital to creating a system which is truly expert and inclusive. Addressing issues of inclusion by training Special Needs Co-ordinators will likewise do much to tackle issues of early intervention and support. Expansion and quality improvement can best be achieved in a context where the public sector plays a leading role. It is essential that the next government recognises and gives full support to our world-leading local authority maintained nurseries, which have suffered greatly from government cuts, and continue to face an uncertain future.

Families will be thrown a lifeline by early-years plans, says UNISON

Commenting on Labour Party proposals to expand free childcare and open 1,000 new Sure Start centres, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“Accessible, quality childcare and early years support can have a life-changing impact on children and their families. “Restoring the network of Sure Start centres will offer a lifeline by providing education and health services to those families most in need, after years of cuts left them in tatters.“These proposals, along with an increase in free childcare, would bring long-term benefits far wider than just making life easier for families to go out to work. It’s vital that a new government recognises the importance of the staff in the childcare profession who have been undervalued for far too long.”


Due to a Family emergency Sam’s Wall will not be out this week. She hopes to be back next week.


FUNDING: community initiatives in Essex

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the High Sheriffs’ Fund from the Essex Community Foundation, which was established to recognise and support community initiatives that address crime and anti-social behaviour in Essex. Voluntary and community organisations, local charities and Community Interest Companies can apply for a grant to support their work making their communities safer and better places in which to live. Find out more and apply before 2nd December here


FUNDING: making Suffolk safer

Grants of up to £20,000 are available from the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund. The fund supports the work of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and parish councils that are delivering services that help make Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest in. No grant will normally exceed 10% of an organisation’s total income. Find out more and apply before 11th December here


I try not to be involved in the politics but here we go they both appear to be at it with what they will do!!  The Conservatives have promised to rectify a misleading claim it has made about further education in the build-up to the general election.

In a post on the political party’s website (pictured above), a page called ‘share the facts’ states: “We have already opened 12 Institutes of Technology, but too many areas of the country don’t have access to one.  “So we’re expanding the number of Institutes of Technology in England from 12 to 20.”.  The Conservatives have, however, only announced their intention to open the institutes.

None have actually been opened to date.

After FE Week raised this with the party, a spokesperson admitted this was an “error” and said its website would be updated accordingly. The website had not been updated at the time of going to press.  The admission comes a day after education secretary Gavin Williamson was called out on Twitter for claiming to be the “first” education secretary to attend an FE college.  In an article for The Times entitled Don’t let Labour take charge of our children’s schools, Williamson said: “As the first education secretary to have attended an FE college I have a real drive to transform vocational and technical education for 16-19-year-olds.”

This isn’t true: Justine Greening, who was education secretary from July 2016 to January 2018, sat her A-levels at Thomas Rotherham College, and David Blunkett, who was education secretary from May 1997 to June 2001, previously attended Shrewsbury Technical College and Sheffield Richmond College of Further Education.

The Department for Education has been approached for comment about Williamson’s false claim.

His article came a day after Sir David Norgrove, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority, wrote to all political parties asking them to “ensure that the use of statistics during this general election campaign serves the public good”.

 “My predecessors and I have in the past been obliged to write publicly about the misuse of statistics in both pre-election and pre-referendum periods,” he said.

“Statistics can be a powerful support for an argument but misuse damages their integrity, causes confusion and undermines trust. It can also lead debate to focus too much on the statistics themselves, distracting from the issues at hand.

“This is particularly important during the intense public scrutiny of an election campaign, where misinformation can spread quickly.”  And yesterday, fact-checking organisation Full Fact branded the Conservatives “irresponsible” for a misleading edit of an interview from Good Morning Britain with Labour MP Keir Starmer that was widely shared on social media.

Conservative chairman James Cleverly tried to defend the edit this morning, and claimed it was done in a bid to “shorten” the clip.  FE Week reporter Fraser Whieldon will be keeping an eye out for misleading and false FE facts from political parties during the upcoming general election. If you spot any, email them to You can also vote for which Fraser face best represents the #FEFactfail on Twitter here.



Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: International Women’s Day Event Co-ordinator with Brighton Women’s Centre [Brighton], Peer Mentor – Complex Needs with Shelter (England) [Birmingham], Peer Mentor – Cyfle Cymru with Kaleidoscope Project [Newtown/Welshpool], Arts Team Volunteer with Koestler Arts [East Acton], Asset Coach with Changing Lives [York], Gangs Groupwork Facilitator and Mentor with St Giles Trust [East &


West Kent], Women’s Recovery Coordinator with The Nelson Trust [Gloucester], Social Care and Criminal Justice IDVAs with ADVANCE [West London], Policy and Research Officer with Welsh Women’s Aid [Cardiff], Family Support Worker – Transforming Rehabilitation with Ormiston Families [Colchester], Lead Floating Support Worker with Single Homeless Project [London], Chief Executive with The Lucy Faithfull Foundation [Bromsgrove/Epsom]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


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From all of us from and me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd Linked In Group 2020 Vision Group 2020 Vision Training Days and 2020 Vision Newsletter



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