August 2015 work based learning and colleges update

24 August 2015

This month's issue includes information on British values and the prevent duty, the Apprenticeship standards consultation, as well as 19+ funding. 

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British values and the prevent duty

From 1 July 2015 the prevent duty became law. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism.

What are British values?

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

What is the prevent duty?

All schools and childcare providers must have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism.

The government has defined extremism in the Prevent strategy as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs".

Find out more about British values and the prevent duty

Apprenticeship Standards in Children, Young People and Family Work consultation is now open

This consultation gives you the opportunity to have your say on the standards for both the Children, Young People and Families Practitioner and Children, Young People and Families Manager.

It is now open and will run until 12 September 2015.

Complete the survey.

Early Years Educator qualifications

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has removed the requirement of GCSE English and maths for entry to standalone (non-apprenticeship) Early Years Educator courses at Level 3. The SFA has updated the funding rules which are effective from 1 August.

The changes will allow candidates who wish to take a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification to progress onto their chosen course more quickly.

It also provides consistency with Level 3 Apprenticeships entry, as the GCSE requirement for these courses was amended to remain an exit requirement in July.

Read more about the exit requirements for English and maths

People who already hold GCSEs in English and maths at grade C or above will be able to work in childcare settings, counting in the level 3 EYFS staff:child ratios, once they have achieved their Early Years Educator qualification.

Those who do not already have their GCSEs will need to gain these before taking up employment in a Level 3 role.

While the SFA will not place a formal exit requirement of GCSEs, it does expect providers of standalone (non-apprenticeship) courses to support learners to achieve the necessary GCSEs in English and maths alongside their Early Years Educator qualifications.

19+ funding

The following qualifications have been approved by the SFA for 19+ funding for 2015/16:

601/2963/3

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Children's Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) (QCF)

500/9940/1

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF)

601/5402/0

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) (QCF)


500/9504/3

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF)

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