This week’s most read story is an exclusive from FEWeek that the DfE will scrap the current policy to force some students to resit GCSEs – so all students can study functional skills.
This was the case before 2015 but after much criticism of the policy from all sectors of the post-16 sector, FEWeek reports that funding guidance for 2017/18, due for publication shortly will not have the GCSE re-sit requirement as a condition of funding.
The expected change comes at a time when GCSEs are changing to new numerical grades of 9-1, and after DfE announced another u-turn on the requirements for early years educator apprenticeships – from April, Functional Skills level 2 will be acceptable for maths and English on the EYE level 3 course.
The news has been welcomed by all. Full details are in the article here.