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What have awarding bodies said about the latest L3 qualification reforms? FE Soundbite Edition 656 – FE News


Welcome to Edition 656 FE Soundbite. This is a weekly e-magazine and newsletter from FE News, bringing you the latest news and thought leader articles from the past week.

Level 3 – FAB members comment on the latest qualification reform proposals

The Federation has now submitted formal responses to Ofqual and the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) following separate consultations on the future regulation of Level 3 qualifications. (Closed August 5, 2022).

Commenting on our member responses, FAB Chief Executive Tom Bewick said:

“The main verdict of the majority of FAB members is that these proposals are overly bureaucratic, burdensome and will be extremely expensive to implement.

Interestingly, Tom also points out: “Meanwhile, our analysis of staff numbers at the Department for Education, Ofqual and the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education shows that they have increased dramatically since 2017; 76% increase (DfE); 16% (Ofqual); and 43% (IfATE) respectively.

Essentially, the awarding bodies are looking for a more streamlined approach, so let’s see what happens when we have a new Prime Minister and possibly a whole new Secretary of State and a team of senior ministers. Interesting times!

This week’s interesting exclusive articles on thought leadership:

Nala Summers has written a really interesting piece Why should your leadership develop?

This week’s exclusive EdTech articles:

Chloe Barrett writes about how use technology to increase student engagement and retention. Matt Battery asks how ending the stigma surrounding parenting programs to address adolescent mental health crises and Derek Newton explores technical solutions to teaching deficits.

Nelson Oddie highlights that GDPR is four years old! Where did these four years go? Here is his work further How GDPR affects the education sector

Methi Basiri asks could international students be the answer to the UK’s STEM talent shortage?

Interesting reports and announcements of the week on FE News

The Sutton Trust published a report highlighting this One in five A-Level students have missed more than 20 days of school this year due to Covid-19.

WorldSkills is back in the UK as part of WorldSkills Special Edition 2022

WorldSkills is returning to the UK. The WorldSkills competition was last held in Great Britain in London in 2011. WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemicc. Wales was announced as the host nation WorldSkills 2022 Special Editionwhere more than 1,000 participants from 58 countries will take part in international skill competitions in Europe, North America and East Asia.

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