Monday, 25 April 2016

newsletter April 22nd edition 220

Edition 220 - Friday April 22nd 2016

We understand from a number of regular readers that there was a problem with the email service we use to send the newsletter, and many didn't receive last week's edition. We have been assured that this is now fixed and normal service resumed.. We have included a couple of article repeats for the benefit of those who missed last week's.

Academy conversion, a lack of good careers advice, apprenticeship awareness and a curriculum that's too prescriptive are some of the problems surfacing at the moment - we try to bring together the threads.

Plus a brilliant upgrade route to SkillsBuilder with a supporting video and a reminder that not everyone has to do everything on-line - ask us for your paper based initial assessment sample.

Finally, a regular link to the ForSkills YouTube Channel - click to subscribe. 60,000+ views, 100+ videos, growing subscriber list, and it's all free - what's not to like?.

As always, feel free to contact Jonathan Wells, the editor of this newsletter on 0191 3055045 or
Upgrading to SkillsBuilder - new video
There has been such a good response to the article last week that explained the SkillsBuilder upgrade plan that we've now added a video that explains more about the process and benefits.

The SkillsBuilder upgrade plan removes all the cost and uncertainty of change. As if getting access to the best maths and English solution from the best support team wasn't enough, the plan includes:
  • Transfer of unused bksb subscription or credits FREE OF CHARGE
  • Free training for your tutors and admin staff
  • Free branding to make your SkillsBuilder site "your own"
  • Free integration into existing MIS systems.
There are some sensible and reasonable T&Cs but most existing bksb® customers will qualify. Simply get in touch here to register your interest and we'll be in touch.

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Paper based initial assessment
If you have learners who simply prefer to do their initial assessment on paper, ForSkills can provide you with a stock of maths, English and ICT initial assessment booklets.

Very easy to use and mark (using the supplied marking guidelines) the booklets meet all SFA/EFA guidelines for initial assessment and results can be uploaded to the learners SkillsBuilder account.

The PBIA are available from stock for just £1 each and subject to a £100 minimum order, are delivered free of charge.

GCSE isn't always the right route at age 14 - yet more

The story about choices at age 14 has moved into the schools sector now with Sec-Ed also picking it up. It will be no surprise at all to find this is simply the start of a big shake-up.

The press is alive with reports about unhappiness with Academies, not only about the policy of forcing all schools to become one, but also about what happens when they already are one and withdraw from the A level market!

It's a good job we have a vibrant FE and Training sector led by Knowsley College in that area. Further adding to the positive comment about the findings, Jonathan Wells published a linked in article here.

Read the BBC report here.
FE Week also carries an article
Radio 4 Today programme have an interview at 6.50am

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