Welcome to my latest newsletter which covers:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Functional Skills
  • Post 16 Skills Plan and T levels
  • Prevent Duty & British Values

For this newsletter I've searched for lots of useful web links. This is to enable you to find the information you may need to keep you up to date with developments regarding the above topics. All links worked at the time I created this message, but do let me know if any have stopped.




This is big news at the moment and so much is happening and changing.

Here are a few relevant web links you might like to check out:


Functional Skills

Reformed Functional Skills will be introduced in 2019. 

Here are a few relevant web links you might like to check out:



Post 16 Skills Plan and T levels

Over 20,000 courses will be replaced with 15 routes into academic and technical options as a result of the Post 16 Skills Plan (2016). 

Lord Sainsbury’s Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education (2016) recommends each route has a common core which will include English, maths, and digital skills, as well as a “specialisation towards a skilled occupation or set of occupations.”

Here are some relevant articles you might like to read:

FE Week article: Making sense of the plans for T levels

BBC article: T levels, what are they?

Telegraph article: Education system to be overhauled

TES article - T levels to be delayed


Prevent Duty & British Values

The Prevent Duty isn't about preventing people from having religious, political or other views.


My text books

I aim to have three 'Principles and Practices' text books which cover the teaching, assessment and quality assurance units, no matter which awarding organisation offers them or what the titles might be in the future. My other books will remain available. 

Written in plain English and not containing much complex theory or jargon, they will help anyone new to their job role or working towards a relevant qualification.


And finally ...

Thank you for reading this update and I apologise if you've received it more than once. Please feel free to forward it to your friends and colleagues.

Do check out my website for lots of useful information and resources for teachers and learners.

You can access and download free reports and documents via my online Padlet.

Best wishes




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