NEW RULES. QCF English and maths qualifications are no longer automatically approved for funding and will result in the removal of funding for some of these qualifications.

Three new rules are to be applied to English and maths QCF qualifications:

1 – Size

QCF English and maths qualifications will only be approved for funding if they are of the following size:

at entry and level 1 – 3 credits or more (Awards and Certificates)

at level 2 – 13 credits or more (Certificates)

This rule will streamline the number of qualifications we fund, retaining small Awards which are helpful to engage and support lower level English and maths and learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, but removing less meaningful very small Awards. It will also ensure that there are substantial qualifications available at level 2 and this should prevent learners simply collecting small qualifications without progression taking place.

It is important to note that the opportunity to undertake units of approved QCF English and maths qualifications remains available to all learners so that smaller steps of learning and achievement can continue.

2 – Recognition

QCF English and maths qualifications will only be approved for funding if the awarding organisation provides evidence of demand from 5 providers on our Register of Training Organisations who have a current contract to deliver. This will need to be in the form of letters of support. We will expect each provider to confirm demand for at least 50 publicly funded learners.

3 – Assessment

Qualifications at level 2 will be subject to awarding organisation set assessment and not internally assessed portfolios of evidence.

The rule will give us further assurance of the qualification’s fitness for purpose and enable better alignment of these qualifications with Functional Skills at level 2 and current GCSEs. This will also provide us with assurance around the comparability of quality and standards and help to refocus the offer as robust ‘stepping stones’ to established English and maths qualifications at level 2, particularly GCSE.

The new business rules will be confirmed in the updated version of our Technical Guidance for Awarding Organisations, which is due to be published in early June.

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About Paul Champion

Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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