Update on English and maths and ‘Grade D’

Ministers are disappointed that only 35% of students with grade D at GCSE are on GCSE English and maths programmes. Watch out for an announcement on this by the Secretary of State for Education on 23 June which could have an impact on your placing of students and success rates. Both departments are looking at whether functional skills remains the standard in apprenticeships. Other points of interest:
– Officials at BIS will undertake an analysis of the destinations of students on PGCEs this year that drew down a bursary.
– DfE are looking at whether iGCSE remains an equivalent qualification for 2017 performance tables.
– The Behavioural Insights team commissioned by BIS to look at engagement, success and motivation of young people and adults to improve their literacy and numeracy skills will undertake some trails and research in the Autumn. They are looking for volunteers.
– The new maths GCSE will have a bigger focus on problem solving and in Foundation on practical maths. They have deliberately avoided the use of the term ‘functionality’. In English GCSE, 20% of the marks will be for correct grammar, punctuation and spelling. There will be more focus on non-fiction texts.
– There will be no legacy GCSE for students who fail in 2016. They will have to take the new GCSE which is different in content, length and focus. We need to push further on this.


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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 www.3aaa.co.uk 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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