Newsletter and bids 32 2019

 In bids

Dear Members.

This week more news and views and bids, grants and funds in conjunction with our sponsors Net Security Training Ltd. You can contact Richard at and We go out to over 3,000 people and Organisations every week and today have 46 Pages.

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


Three quarters of training providers cannot meet the demands by small and medium sized employers for training apprentices, because the apprenticeship levy is running out of cash. That’s according to a new Association of Employment and Learning Providers survey, which also revealed a quarter of providers have had to turn away a prospective new SME apprentice employer.


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Apprenticeship Operations in Birmingham Post full time

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Enhancing Assessor Practice – New Premium Quality Seminar for Assessors Meeting business requirements and industry standards

A Pro-Ex Development Seminar Overview We are proud to present our high-quality seminar; meeting trainers and assessors need to provide the best assessment and training for their learners – as well as learn practical ways of motivating and coaching learners through to completion. This session counts towards annual CPD requirement and now includes a focus on improving success with EPAs (based on insight gained from our working agreement to deliver EPAs for Pearson).  *This session is designed to incorporate Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework*. You will receive specialised training and support that ties the principles of assessment practice in with the reality of teaching and training in today’s changing landscape and under the pressures of a competitive and demanding occupation.

Who Should Attend? This training is for trainers, assessors and deliverers in apprenticeships and work-based learning. This is an ideal and pertinent professional development exercise for anyone delivering frameworks or the new standards. This will also be suitable for assessors recently completing their TAQA awards; as well as those who completed their A1 or D32/33 and are keen to further develop their practice to meet the needs of the changing sector.

Course Content In the session we will be covering:

  • Teaching and learning at a quality level to enhance frameworks and prepare for standards.
  • Practical ways to engage and motivate learners to complete tasks consistently.
  • Managing a large/ difficult caseload to timely completion by using holistic and integrated approaches
  • Best practice across trainers and providers to set and achieve smart assessor goals.
  • Introduction to FLIP learning.

To book your place(s), go to


Questions from an entire Edexcel A-level maths paper were circulated on social media before the exam this year, rather than just a small extract as was originally thought, Pearson has admitted. Edexcel’s parent company also confirmed that 78 students who sat the exam are having their results withheld while it investigates the leak, which has so far led to the arrests of two people.  Two questions from the A-level maths 3 paper were posted and circulated on Twitter before the exam was sat on June 14, but Pearson has today said its investigations team later discovered that questions from the entire paper had also been circulated within “closed social media networks”.

Although it is not clear how many students had access to these closed social media networks, Pearson’s responsible officer Derek Richardson said in a video statement today that the leak had been traced to one specific centre, which is believed to be in London.


I would like to offer you or people you value complimentary passes to the AI & Machine Learning Conference which will be held on November 19th in the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.  Advances in artificial intelligence & machine learning are poised to revolutionize every sector. Companies & governments that are prepared to embrace these technologies early will gain a competitive advantage in their sector.

The purpose of this event is explore the latest innovations, technologies and best practice and to offer a networking platform for the UK’s leading companies who wish to understand the risks and opportunities.  To get your free passes, simply register here

The event is Co-Located with Tech Connect Live UK. Over 2000 delegates, 150 Speakers and 150 exhibitors will attend on the day.

Sectors Attending

Tech, Automotive, Transport, Finance, Marketing, Healthcare, Entertainment, Manufacturing

Retail And More …

Call for Speakers

To speak at the event, please email

Exhibiting or Sponsoring For exhibiting or sponsoring details please email  Regards, Lyndsay Donnelly Event Manager.


The UK’s data watchdog has sided with FE Week in our long-running freedom of information battle with Highbury College to obtain expense claims made on the principal’s corporate card.  A request for this information spanning the past five academic years was put in 10 months ago, but the college refused to comply and cited section 14(1) of the FOI Act on the basis it was “vexatious”.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has today finally ruled the college is not “entitled” to rely on this exemption, and must now issue a “fresh response” to FE Week.

Highbury College must take these steps “within 35 calendar days of the date of this decision notice” and failure to comply “may result in the commissioner making written certification of this fact to the High Court pursuant to section 54 of the Act and may be dealt with as a contempt of court”.


 The Education and Skills Funding Agency has tightened its rules for registering new specialist providers

The number of specialist colleges is continuing to rise, it has been revealed.

According to Natspec, the number of institutions approved to receive funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency will be 108 in 2019-20 – up from 101 in 2018-19. That means seven new institutions have been approved for delivery from September.

Last October, Tes reported that the number of post-16 providers for students with special educational needs and disabilities had rocketed in recent years, with the number approved for funding up by more than two-thirds over five years, from 59 in 2013-14.

Specialist college provision

Sector leaders feared that these new centres were often being created without reference to existing provision, and were frequently very small. With many attached to schools, they can also lack the necessary focus on vocational training in an adult environment.

This week, Natspec chief executive Clare Howard told Tes the ESFA had reacted to those concerns and implemented tougher quality checks before approving new providers. “The trend is still going up and there are still lots of local authorities and others opening specialist centres, but the ESFA has made some changes and that is having an effect,” she said.

Ms Howard added that 14 organisations had applied but only seven had been approved by the ESFA for funding. She explained that there was a three-stage process for new providers to be approved for ESFA funding, and it was stage 3, relating to the quality of provision, that the organisation had been working with the government on.

She stressed that she was not implying that new providers were necessarily offering bad provision, but it was “really difficult to be a good providerimmediately and it requires a lot of investment”.

“Have they spoken to local providers in the area (and for specialist colleges, the area is beyond local)? It is that planning with existing providers. It could be a better use of resources for an existing provider to set up a satellite site rather than starting up a new provider from scratch. It is the planning that we are worried about, as well as the quality.”

Natspec was concerned about providers being sufficiently adult-focused, as many of them were attached to schools, and supporting independence, she said, adding: “We would rather not see a school-based curriculum for those learners.”

She said the delay in providers being inspected by Ofsted was also an area of concern. The inspectorate listed 97 specialist colleges as of last month – compared with 72 in 2015. Of those, 74 have been inspected, said Ms Howard. Ofsted has two years from when a new provider opens to set up a monitoring visit, while a full inspection has to take place within a further two years. “That is a concern for learners,” said Ms Howard.

A spokesperson for Ofsted said: “There has not been a delay in the inspection of new independent specialist colleges. Nearly all have received their first inspection within two years, rather than the three-year window.”

The spokesperson added that as of September, the inspectorate would carry out a monitoring visit to any new provider within 24 months of it starting to deliver publicly funded education and/or training. “Their first full inspection will then normally take place within 24 months of the monitoring visit.”

“When a new provider receives one or more insufficient progress judgements at their monitoring visit, a full inspection will normally be carried out within six to 12 months of the monitoring visit,” the spokesperson said.

“We may carry out a full inspection of these providers without a prior monitoring visit, where appropriate. Full details of the monitoring visits can be found in our Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook from point 14.”


“Teaching ESOL in the Secure Estate” is a one day CPD-event organised by The Bell Foundation and is aimed at Tutors teaching ESOL or working with learners who speak English as another language. Building on events organised by The Learning & Work Institute in 2017 and 2018 the day will provide opportunities to share practice and learn from experts sharing good practice and information specifically relevant to the prison and secure custodial environment.

The day will focus on topics including:

  • Visible learning
  • Available resources
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Policy updates
  • Trauma-informed ESOL teaching
  • Trafficking and slavery awareness in prison

The course is suitable for:

  • ESOL Tutors teaching in a custodial environment
  • ESOL volunteers assisting in prisons
  • Education/vocational tutors working with learners who speak English as another language
  • Heads of learning/skills in a prison


If you have any questions regarding this course please contact The Bell Foundation, and include ‘ESOL event’ in the subject line and the name of the course in the body of the email.

Full joining instructions will be sent to participants one month prior to the course.

 Venue This course will be held at the Birmingham Midland Institute an historic building providing conference and meeting facilities set within central Birmingham and within easy access to three railway stations.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Further information on directions and travel options will be provided in the joining instructions.

Catering Light refreshments are included as part of the course.

Accommodation Accommodation is not provided with the course. However, there are many hotels near the venue.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions regarding this course please call the team on 01223 275588 or email including ‘ESOL Event’ in the subject line and the name of the course in the main body of the email. To find out more about The Bell Foundation please visit:

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not have to bring your ticket to the event.

Your data As a result of you registering for this course The Bell Foundation will retain your personal data (including your name, address, email address, dietary requirements and any additional information you provide) which will be processed to fulfil the Foundation’s contractual obligations to you as a participant of this course. The Foundation will retain this data for six years after the completion of the course in line with normal statutory requirements.

If you wish to receive details of future events, resources and research and other relevant information from The Bell Foundation please tick ‘Yes’ when asked about future mailings on the ‘Checkout’ page as without this consent the Foundation can only send you information directly related to this course. The Bell Foundation does not share any data with other third parties.


Yes some people asked about Sam and her Wall, yes she was only away for a week. Welcome to Sam’s Wall !  How did we get to August? I feel like the year is flying by!! Is it just me or do you feel the same?

Football season has officially started, and excitement has been mounting across the world in anticipation of what lies ahead for the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League over the next nine months!


I was shocked to see some Christmas advertising cropping up last week too, hotels are starting to promote their availability for Christmas parties (yikes!!)…

The children have only just broken up from school and already high street stores and online shops are advertising ‘Back to School’ items!!


‘Back To School’ Support – Salford and Surrounding areas.

The latter brings me on to one of my great friends Natalie Jane Lek, whom you may already know, (if you’ve read my newsletter section before), runs the Salford based social enterprise “The Launch Project” it can be found at

Natalie supports the local community in Salford and surrounding areas who live in poverty / claim Universal Credit with a range of initiatives that combat such issues as social isolation and poverty. Having launched the Uniform Xchange initiative which enables families on low income to buy their child’s school uniforms at extremely low and affordable prices Natalie also a constantly flow of numerous items that are free for families who are struggling to afford their children’s educational supplies.  As you’d expect, it’s first come, first serve and this week, there are 40 P.E. bags full of school stationery from rulers, pencils, erasers and more that can be claimed by visiting The Launch Project Facebook page and messaging Natalie from there.

If you know anyone in Salford and surrounding areas who needs financial support and help with their children’s Back to School items then please do direct them to this Facebook page  there will be more free items available to claim and the Uniform Xchange is available to all in the area, all year around.

Whilst you’re on their Facebook page have a look at some of the events and creative workshops coming up which support new father’s, the elderly and those living in social isolation, of course, her Mobile Food Pantry goes into the Salford community 6 days a week and is one of the most sought after supporting food services in the area for those who struggle to feed themselves and their family. Anyone needing to sign-up for the pantry can visit  (also covers Salford’s surrounding areas). Natalie is known as the Food Fairy in the Community!!


The National Rough Sleeping Strategy

A new set of Nationwide training packages have just been announced which are being funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in response to their Rough Sleeping Strategy and their vision of halving rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it by 2027. The training packages will run across the country starting this month, August 2019 and running until March 2020, they are designed to ensure frontline staff working in local authorities and the voluntary sector have the skills they need to work with key groups of individuals who are experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.

Frontline staff who can apply for the training courses will be from sectors that include; supported housing e.g. housing options, outreach, housing support and day centre staff and will include operational managers from the homelessness and supported housing sectors who wish to increase their knowledge to help support their staff and help inform strategic thinking.The training modules will be provided by a range of organisations including; Hestia and victims of domestic abuse, Shelter, Homeless Link, Stonewall Housing.


Training includes:

Identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery

Issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and how to most effectively support them.

How to deal with unpredictable environments, for instance dealing with clients under the influence of New Psychoactive Substances such as Spice.

How to support non-UK nationals, including ensuring they have access to the full range of support they are entitled to.

How to deal with those at risk of using New Psychoactive Substances (Spice, Fentanyl and illicit/online medication), exploring the risks, dangers and consequences of using such substances and the behaviours associated with their use.


How to Book:

Only one person from each organisation can attend the training for training sessions delivered from September onwards. Multiple bookings can be made for August sessions.

If you have any questions about the training programme email Laura Millward, Training Manager at: For more information on the training courses for Shelter – Domestic abuse and Non-UK Nationals visit: That’s all from me this week, enjoy your week and enjoy the new football season!



Adept Living Foundation Community Interest Company.  Are running some personal development events in Letchworth that are being facilitated by Emma Jaynes the CEO.

Date Thursday 15th August

Creating Healthy and Sustainable Communities at the

Community Hub Launch Letchworth:


On Saturday 17th August From Burdened or Bored to Balance


On Saturday 7th September Resilience In Action for Sustaining Healthy Communities


Jobs this week Vacancies on the jobs board  include: Women’s Advocate (Community) with Pecan [London], Lecturer in Catering with Weston College (Offender Learning) [HMP Lewes], Young People’s Senior Practitioner with Changing Lives [Yorkshire & Humber], Criminal Justice Services Team Supervisor with Penrose Criminal Justice Services [Across London], Family Support Worker with Ormiston [HMP Highpoint], Support at Courts Project Officer with NEPACS [Newcastle Crown Court], Female Project Worker with PSS [Liverpool], Head of Service Development with The Magdalene Group [Norfolk/Norwich], Community and Recovery Development Worker with Changing Lives [Blyth, Northumberland], Getaway Worker with Humankind (formerly DISC)[Middlesbrough], Operations Manager with User Voice [London], Research Assistant/Associate with University of Cambridge – Institute of Criminology [Cambridge], Administrator with Prison Reform Trust [London]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


Tip of the week I: A Central Cardiff stay in a four star hotel with a bottle of wine. Save 54%. Details–spa/?=&pageId=3c4dbb3c-1ca3-4d92-a3e0-1dc57cfb01de


Tip of the week 2: Four hour spa day with coffee and cake for two. Now £25. Details


Tip of the week 3: Edible Blooms – £3 for a 40% discount against selected bouquets. Details


All from me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

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