Trafford Insurance Department currently provide insurance cover and support services to schools that buy back into the Insurance service level agreement.
We are aware of the recently approved Department for Education consultation which intends to extend Risk Protection Arrangement’s (currently in place for Academy schools only), to all local authority schools as an alternative route to insurance.
Please note that the Insurance Department have been working closely with our Insurers for some time and are confident that comparable rates will be available via the SLA. This will represent premium savings to schools that wish to continue arranging their insurance with Trafford, whilst also maintaining the wider support services of the Insurance Team
We will keep you updated as matters develop.
Government plans to withdraw funding from qualifications with little demand
Withdrawal of funding approval from qualifications with low and no publicly funded enrolments - How the Education and Skills Funding Agency will remove funding approval from qualifications with low and no enrolments, as part of the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England.
Published 13 February 2020
From: Department for Education
Statement by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson
More than 5,000 qualifications which are not being taken by anyone or are being studied by less than 100 students each year may lose government funding, under plans announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
The proposals set out today (Thursday 13 February), will make it easier for students to choose the qualifications that are in demand and help them to land great jobs.
The current system is confusing with around 12,000 qualifications on offer to young people at Level 3 and below – including A Level and GCSEs – often with multiple qualifications in the same subject area.
This action is a key part of the government’s ambitious plans to transform further education and training, including introducing new T Level qualifications. Alongside world-class A Levels, new T Levels will be the gold standard technical course of choice for young people from 2020.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said
Trying to decide what course will put you on the path to a great career is hard enough, but with over 12,000 qualifications available and many in the same subject – it can feel like a needle in a haystack.
Removing funding for qualifications that have no or low numbers of enrolments will help make sure students have a clearer choice of the qualifications on offer, and ensure they get the skills they need to progress.
David Hughes, Chief Executive of The Association of Colleges said:
Making the qualification landscape easier to navigate for students and employers is crucial for the success of technical education. This will help that, but at the same time I am pleased at the approach being taken which should protect highly-valued but low enrolment qualifications which provide crucial skills, often in smaller sectors of the economy. We also welcome the opportunity for colleges to feed into the process alongside the awarding bodies they work with.
Qualifications including ProQual Level 1 Certificate in Business Administration, OCNLR Level 2 Award in Interior Design and Focus Awards Level 3 Certificate In Personal Training are being considered. These qualifications have no one taking them and other options exist that are more in demand.
This move is the latest step in the Government’s wider review of Post-16 qualifications at Level 3 and below, which aims to ensure all qualifications on offer are high-quality, necessary, and support students to progress into employment or further study.
The review builds on work already underway to help level up skills and opportunities across the country, including the introduction of new T Levels, working with employers to create more high–quality apprenticeship opportunities and establishing a network of Institutes of Technology.
The government is seeking views from the education sector on whether any of the 5,000 qualifications on the list should continue to attract public funding from August 2021.
Childrens Mental Health Training for Professionals
As part of our continued program of Children’s Mental Health Training for Trafford professionals we are now offering a free one day training session on Youth Mental Health First Aid. The dates available to you are 2nd April 2020 and 27th April 2020.
Please book your place click here
These two dates for this training are being offered to School based professionals only in the first instance, but will open to other Trafford
Each of the sessions will last a full day and are aimed at Schools, School Nurses, Early Help Hub staff, GPs, and Locality Teams.
Please note that there are limited places so a maximum of one place per school/GP surgery will be permitted. Other interested professionals not listed above are welcome to email Mark.Coates@Trafford.gov.uk to request a place if they feel this is applicable to their role.
If you are interested in this training, but are not school staff please book Thursday 6th August 2020
HR Breakfast Briefing - March 2020
We are pleased to offer this Breakfast Briefing training, hosted by UA92 on Tuesday 10th March, arrive 8.15 to commence at 8.30, at UA92
Parking – on site accessed from Brian Statham Way
8.30 – tour of the campus
9.15 – tea/coffee/biscuits
9.30 – Apprenticeships within the school environment – presentation followed by Q&A
10:15 – How to manage and support employees effectively through the probation period
11.00 – Finish
Office Manager Meeting - Date changed - Tuesday 10th March
Date changed to the clash with Funding Forum and unavailability of key personnel
Tuesday 10th March 1.30-3.30pm
being held at Carrington Business Park
Getting the most from your Apprenticeship Levy
HR and Trade Union SLA's update