Newsletter & Bids 2 2016

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Dear Members

A warm welcome to you all to this week 2 of 2016, Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd and Elephant in a room with thanks to SLIC International Ltd and EEVT ltd. This week’s bids attachment has only some 41 pages this week. You will notice that we have been taking some people off the lists; we have however added another 28 members this week. So we go out to some 4,295 people and organisations.

This week we have lots of the SFA ESF NEET out and as such the time scales are short to apply.

Now with the NEW Common inspection framework much more focus is on the Learners and employers experience also more around well-being, one other area is about Guardians or parents a New revised guidance information sheet is out from the Government at the following
Also towards the end we look at some 7 organisation’s received Grade 4 Ofsted.

I will be one of the guest speakers at the Apprenticeships4england event on the 25th of February and I will be there on the 26th, I mention this as I have been very busy with clients due to the Holiday period and also Matrix Inspections and other set work this means I have been hard to get hold to sit down and talk to but these two dates I will be there both days all day.

Which brings me to a special offer which is from Lindsay, she notes: Dear Members,
Time is running out, so book now to book your discounted tickets for The WE Love Apprenticeships Conference. Emirates Stadium, London, 25th & 26th Feb. Tickets cost from £42.00 a day to attend using the promotional code: thirty. Once we have reached 200 organisations all discounts will stop.

We still have sponsorship opportunities available.
All information on the conference can be found at or take a look at the linkedIN Post
To book via eventbrite

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all sponsors, chairs, speakers and organisations who have booked to attend to date. Your Support has been amazing

The Changing Face of Functional Skills Riverside Centre, Derby – 28th January 2016
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** The Changing Face of Functional Skills Riverside Centre, Derby 28th January 2016
The countdown has begun as there only 23 shopping days left until the highlight of the educational year, the Changing Face of Functional Skills Conference.
New exhibitors announced. Education & Training Foundation (will be on hand to explain the latest training opportunities for English and maths), Carley Consult (will offer advice & guidance on how to receive up to date information on contracting opportunities) & HorseHeard (will offer an alternative transport to the station, bring a sugar cube……. only joking they offer motivational techniques).

Our speakers will delight you
Sue Pember (BIS, HOLEX) will open the conference with her endorsement
of the value of Functional Skills across the sector. Sue Southwood (ETF) will explain the background to the Reform of Functional Skills and how delegates can get involved in the consultation.
Steve Besley (Edexcel Policy Watch) will chair the conference and give his insightful views on how Functional Skills Reform is a key part of the government education and training agenda. Peter Marples the CEO from the highly acclaimed training provider 3 AAA will explain about how they are working to retain their Grade One Ofsted. Our workshops will inform you on items
The Functional Skills Reform Consultation – Engaging English for GCSE and Functional Skills
Motivating Maths – Preparing for Ofsted inspection – Success with Functional Skills Assessment
Strategies for Embedding English and Maths

To find out more and to book a place (

Ok in terms of the New Website many thanks to Shan who has helped get this up and running and he has been a great what I call mentor in this process. As we go through the process we will be updating bids and information on the site day by day and also via the medium of twitter and Facebook at plus the normal Linked In at

Further Education Commissioner Dr David Collins has been given a knighthood for services to the sector in the New Year’s Honour’s list. A Dame is granted to chief regulator and chief executive of Ofqual Glenys Stacey, while CBEs went to Association of Colleges (AoC) chief executive Martin Doel and former AoC president Richard Atkins for services to FE.

Sam Parrett, who has been principal of Bromley College of Further and Higher Education since 2010, was also awarded an OBE, in the list which recognised the efforts and achievements of a number of senior FE and skills-related figures.

Major charity and training provider Age UK has tumbled from a ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating. The report out today rated Age UK as inadequate for effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for learners, adult learning programmes, apprenticeships, and traineeships.
The inspection team also returned ‘requires improvement’ verdicts on personal development, behaviour and welfare, and 16 to 19 study programmes.
The report said that “trustees do not hold senior managers sufficiently to account for the deterioration of learners’ outcomes and the inadequate quality of provision” and “trainers fail to motivate and challenge learners

Also two local authority FE providers have slumped from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ Ofsted ratings.
The grade four-overall results on adult and community learning at Wakefield Metropolitan District Council (WMDC) and West Sussex County Council (WSCC) were published on December 23 and 16 respectively.
They were the first two inadequate ratings dished out by the education watchdog to local authority FE providers since the launch of the new Common Inspection Framework (Cif) in September.
The previous ‘good’ inspection results for their adult and community learning services, under old inspection frameworks, were published in November 2011 for WMDC and August 2010 for WSCC.

Trouble-hit City College Coventry has been hit with its second ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report in less than three years, FE WEEK can reveal.
The latest report out today rated the college as ‘inadequate’ for effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for learners, 16 to 19 study programmes, and apprenticeships.
It comes after the college improved to grade three (‘requires improvement’) following an inspection in June 2014, from its previous grade four rating in April 2013.
The latest report said that “much teaching is inadequate, too few learners complete their qualification successfully and too few current learners make good progress in their learning”, although it recognised that the leadership team had “secured successfully college finances”. It raised widespread quality concerns, stating: “Performance management of managers and staff is weak and has not raised the quality of provision to good across much of the college’s work.

From myself Steve and the Team all the best until next week.

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