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Covid recovery and the impact on mental health

Posted on September 24, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

We have now lived through one of the most difficult challenges we have known and it is expected that recovery will take some considerable time to achieve. Anxiety and feelings of isolation have increased dramatically over recent weeks and months. Childline and other domestic abuse helplines have reported increases in call volumes to their operatives....

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Safeguarding Changes in Education from 2 Sep 2020

Posted on September 24, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE ) has been updated on 2nd Sep 2020. It sets out the legal duties schools and colleges* must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges (includes WBL providers and all working with under 18’s). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2...

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Ofsted and ‘deep dives’

Posted on August 14, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

Deep-dives form the core of inspection activity with lead inspectors selecting subjects/vocational areas for deep dives and agree these with the Ofsted nominee during initial call to provider. Almost all evidence emerges from deep dives – including evidence about PD and B&A, ‘Prevent’, British values, safeguarding with inspectors spend most of their time in learning...

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FE Industry update

Posted on August 7, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

The country is now in the early stages of beginning to think about what is being called “the new normal” – the way that social and working practices will have to be conducted in an age where a vaccine or treatment for Covid-19 is either not widely available, or not available at all. These are...

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A Change in Culture? – Remote (on-line) learning

Posted on August 1, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

The challenges The Department for Education (DfE) has encouraged training and assessments to be delivered remotely wherever possible which has proved very challenging for some smaller providers who do not have the infrastructure prior to the current climate. Although some providers will be using distance learning tools, for others this will not be possible for...

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The New “Normal” in Apprenticeships

Posted on August 1, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

These are difficult times for employers, learners and providers– as part of the cross-government efforts to respond to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is implementing new measures, until further notice to reduce the negative impact. In the current climate schools and FE providers working with vulnerable students are...

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Workload and wellbeing: EIF reflection

Posted on July 25, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

In September 2019, the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) came into effect. The new EIF, which was devised in response to the largest consultation in Ofsted’s history (including a three-month consultation which prompted more than 15,000 responses), is meant to improve the way in which inspections are conducted and refine the criteria against which...

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In the Covid 19 environment- Is it safe to open schools and colleges?

Posted on July 17, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

Unions have fired off a Covid-19 “liability” warning shot to school and college leaders – quoting the health and safety laws “you are exposing yourself to by following the current deeply flawed guidance”. A joint letter, from the National Education Union, Unite, Unison and GMB was sent this month to headteachers and principals of college...

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Challenges for Information, Advice and Guidance and the impact of Covid 19

Posted on June 1, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

As the impact of the pandemic on the economy develops with students missing out on crucial face to face information and guidance through schools and college (even if they can navigate the landscape independently), they will be faced with decreasing numbers of job vacancies making them even more competitive to access. Direct opportunities to interact...

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Covid 19 and the impact on Exams and EPA

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Sharon Stainsby-Thompson

The Institute for Apprenticeships is supporting a new temporary flexibility that will enable apprentices to take end point assessment (EPA) ahead of receiving their calculated functional skills qualifications (FSQ) later on in the summer.

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