Newsletter & Bids 06 2017

 In bids

Dear Members


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds comes to you in conjunction with SLIC Training. We go out to some 3181 oganisations and people who are in the Industry and have 37 pages this week.


This has been a very bad week for me in bed and at the Doctors and then the nurse then the Doctor and backs to bed so a very bad week. So I am sorry if I have not been on the end of the phone or e-mails, also a couple of clients were confused when I quoted them £18,000.00 when it was in fact only £1,800.00.  Also this week I was due to do two webinar’s which I am also sorry I could not do.


Last Friday as you all know saw the AEB come out and we have a few places left however please be aware that there are only around three weeks left.


Mark from Prevista would like you all to take a look at the following link.–13070



A company with a long history has become available the company was registered in February 1985. The owner has now taken semi-retirement the company has accreditation with Pearson’s no debts paperwork for the past 8 years. Offers over £500.00 to


edX are celebrating 10 Million Learners worldwide

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

With more than 90 global partners, we are proud to count the world’s leading universities, nonprofits, and institutions as our members. EdX university members top the QS World University Rankings® with our founders receiving the top honors, and edX partner institutions ranking highly on the full list.

Check them out here


The Charity Awards 2017

Since 2000, the Charity Awards has recognised excellence in the leadership and management of charities. The Awards, which are free to enter, provide a perfect opportunity for you to propel your charity’s work into the spotlight, to influence policy-makers and funders and to boost the morale of your staff and stakeholders. Enter here:


Samantha Lane, head of fundraising, marketing and communications at the Trussell Trust, winner of the Overall Award at the 2016 Charity Awards, had some words of encouragement for anyone thinking about entering.

“Having a higher profile will always help us to raise funds and develop effective partnerships to help more people in need of course, so we decided to give it a go. The whole process was simple and the team at Civil Society Media were really supportive – the result was a wonderful surprise, we’d have been happy with category winner! To get the Overall Award is an absolute honour and one we are very proud of.

“There is no doubt the boost to our profile is helping us to attract new donors and partners to help us deliver services. As a result, we will be feeling the benefit of the award for years to come – and most importantly so will the people who need our support.”

Read about their winning project here.


The SFA appear to be sending out updates items one after another so the importance to keep on top of things is Key Guidance: Apprenticeship framework funding rules

[Updated: Version 4 of the apprenticeship frameworks funding and AGE performance-management rules 2016 to 2017.] Sets out the rules for apprenticeship framework provision funded by the SFA. This document forms part of the SFA Funding Rules 2016 to 2017.

The following explains how qualification achievement rates (formerly qualification success rates) are calculated.



Ofsted has been forced to deny it would reduce its inspections of apprenticeships employer-providers to “samples”, despite the secret release of new guidance suggesting otherwise.

According to briefing notes leaked to FE Week from a recent stakeholder event for the Institute of Apprenticeships, Ofsted is slated to “continue to inspect training providers and sample inspection of employers”.  Confronted with our findings, a red-faced spokesperson for the inspectorate insisted that it “is not planning to change how we inspect training providers and employers”.

They said: “We will continue to observe on-the-job as well as off-the-job apprenticeship training to judge overall quality of training, learning and experience.

“Our inspectors visit some employers’ premises as part of the inspection process to observe and speak to apprentices and trainers in their place of work.”   The Department for Education however declined to comment, and told us to refer all our enquiries back to Ofsted.


Additionally, Work Based Learning training providers will also need to be aware of these changes to understand previous achievement or further achievement needed at GCSE by learners undertaking learning programmes, for example Apprenticeships, and to help inform their own Employer customers of these changes.  GCSEs are no longer being developed to a common template in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All GCSEs will be linear qualifications but there may be some differences in subject content between the three countries. Wales and Northern Ireland are retaining the familiar A*-G grading scale (Northern Ireland has added a C* grade) but England is moving to a grading scale of 9 to 1. In addition, these changes do not affect the existing system in use in Scotland; however, employers will now need to understand different grading systems, and the grades achieved by students, across the four nations of the UK.  The new GCSEs in England will be graded from 9 to 1, with 9 as the highest grade and 1 as the lowest grade. All current GCSE subjects will either be reformed by 2017 or will be discontinued. This reform is happening across three phases. These are outlined below, and should help employers to understand the timetable to which they will start to see school leavers attaining GCSEs with the new grading scale. Because of the phasing of the reforms, employers may find students with both alphabetic and numeric grades.


To be taught from 2015, first awards 2017: mathematics, English literature, English language.

To be taught from 2016, first awards 2018: physics, chemistry, biology, combined science (double award), food preparation and nutrition, history, geography, modern and classical languages, art & design, dance, drama, music, computer science, citizenship, religious studies, PE.

To be taught from 2017, first awards 2019: ancient history, astronomy, business, classical civilization, design & technology, economics, electronics, engineering, film studies, geology, media studies, psychology, sociology, statistics

The new grading scale for GCSEs in England will be 9-1 with 9 being the highest grade. The broad equivalences of grades on the old and new.

The exams regulator, Ofqual, has stated the following:

Broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above

Broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve an A and above

The aim is that, across all subjects, around 20% of those achieving grade 7 and above will be awarded grade 9, although the percentage will vary between subjects.

The bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade G

Grade 5 will be positioned in the top third of the marks for a current Grade C and bottom third of the marks for a current Grade B. This will mean it will be of greater demand than the present grade C, and broadly in line with what the best available evidence tells us is the average PISA performance in countries such as Finland, Canada, the Netherlands and Switzerland

GCSE in Combined Science: Employers will, over time, notice a new GSCE being achieved by students, the GCSE in Combined Science. It is the only GCSE which is a double award qualification and so is equivalent to two GCSEs. It will be graded on a 17-point scale from 1-1 to 9-9 as follows:

1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3, 4-4, 5-4, 5-5, 6-5, 6-6, 7-6, 7-7, 8-7, 8-8, 9-8, 9-9

If students achieve grade 4-4 or higher, they will have achieved the equivalent of two GCSES at grades A*-C on the old scale. If students achieve grade 4-3, they will have achieved the equivalent of one GCSE at grades A*-C on the old scale. What is a ‘good pass’?

Currently, most employers and other recruiting bodies such as universities regard grade C as the ‘good pass’ they require of applicants. Under the new grading structure, this standard is carried across to grade 4. However, the government has decided that for assessing school performance (rather than individual student performance) they will report the proportion of students achieving grade 5.


Considerations for Employers

Employers may wish to review their current recruitment policies, not only for school leavers, but also for higher level jobs (for example where a certain grade achievement in mathematics and/or English is required), to indicate clearly whether they will require a grade 4 or a grade 5

There are potential issues if Employers decide to require a grade 5 in GCSEs.

In 2017 and 2018, students in schools and colleges will not be funded to resit GCSEs in mathematics and English language if they have achieved a grade 4 (they will be funded if they have achieved a grade lower than grade 4)

If recruiting or operating outside of England, there will be no equivalent grade that may be required for students from Wales and Northern Ireland as grade 5 roughly covers the top third of grade C and the bottom third of grade B.

Achievement of mathematics and English at GSCE and continuing onto an Apprenticeship

At the time of writing, there has not been any clear guidance form the Department of Education which refers to the numeric grading system rather than alphabetic. The Department is clear that Apprentices should achieve a minimum level of Functional Skill or GCSE either before or during their Apprenticeship programme; this is stipulated within each Apprenticeship occupational standard or superseded by specific entry requirements. Employers should expect to see achievement of mathematics and English at GSCE before commencing an Apprenticeship or refer to guidance from the Department on expectations of achievement for further information.


Essex University Last month, sadly lost Professor Anthony King, who taught generations of students, and researched and wrote about politics for over 50 years, and Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, one of the founders of our Human Rights Centre, and the UN’s first Special Rapporteur on Torture. Both were giants in their fields, respected and popular colleagues, and inspiring teachers for generations of students. You can leave your own tributes to Tony King and Nigel Rodley on our website.


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