This Week's News 07.04.17

Please read - this WILL affect YOU from 1st May 2017!

Over the past 18 months, we’ve included many articles in our weekly newsletter ‘This Week’s News’ about the changes to apprenticeship funding and the introduction of a new Hair Professional standard. It’s now only 3 weeks until these changes come into effect and a survey of the employers we work with shows quite a few do not know how this will affect them. We have produced this summary of the changes, which we hope you will find helpful.

Framework to be replaced by standard

A new Hair Professional apprenticeship standard replaces the existing level 2 apprenticeship framework. The new qualification includes an independent end-point assessment (EPA) that will require apprentices to spend a day being observed while carrying out specific salon services on models. The EPA will not take place on your premises.

Delays anticipated for new Hair Professional standard sign ups

Whilst funding is available from 1stMay, City and Guilds are still finalising the details of the assessment plans and updating the e-portfolio; they expect these will be available between May and July so we cannot sign up a new level 2 apprentice until City and Guilds have these available.

Level 3 apprenticeship Framework

The existing apprenticeship framework will continue for advanced (level 3) apprentices until it is replaced by the Senior Hair Professional standard around the end of 2017.

Keeping you informed

We will endeavour to keep you updated through our weekly newsletterThis Week's News, our Facebook page and at the next Partner Salon Network meeting at the University of Surrey on Monday 8th May. You can also follow updates on Gov.ukand City and Guilds.

Summary of apprenticeship funding changes for employers with fewer than 50 employees


Level 2 Hair Professional apprenticeship standard (or 19+ with an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan) - Employers are not required to pay a financial contribution and will receive £1,000 incentive payment from the Government, paid in two instalments.

19+ Level 2 Hair Professional apprenticeship standard - If the salon does not have an active in-salon assessor, the employer will be required to pay £900. For salons with an active in-salon assessor, the fee is £800.

16-18-year-old* Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Framework – You need to know that the funding for this has been cut by over 50%. The government will pay employers £1,000 incentive. Employers can direct this incentive payment to ITS and we will require employers to do this to help offset the 50% reduction in the funding. Partner salons with an in-salon assessor will receive £500 when the apprentice successfully achieves the apprenticeship.

19+ Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Framework

The Government require employers to contribute £300 and ITS will charge an additional £700 to help offset the reduced funding, making the employer’s total contribution £1,000.

The open water market is set to bring choice and lower rates for salons

Small to medium sized hairdressing, barbering and beauty business owners in England who pay their own water bill, may be able to negotiate a new deal with their current water supplier, or choose a new water retailer. Switching to a new water retailer or getting a better deal from your current supplier is completely free and straight forward. Businesses that are eligible may be able to benefit from:

  • Reduced bills and better value for money from retailers competing to attract and retain business
  • Better customer service and more engagement from water retailers
  • More innovative tailored services, such as single billing for multiple sites, or bundled utility packages
  • Help to become more water efficient, recycle water and cut waste, which could reduce your carbon footprint

Visit www.open-water.org.uk to learn more about the benefits and to get started.

Lords amendment to extend child benefit entitlement for apprentices

The amendment, passed this week at reporting stage, is designed to ensure that an apprenticeship can apply to qualify for child benefit or access a one-off bursary of £2,000 for care leavers . . . Read article

EFA + SFA merge to form single ESFA

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, has agreed that we should bring together the SFA and EFA to create one funding agency from 1st April. The new Agency will be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Just like the two current agencies, the ESFA will be an executive agency of the DfE with Chief Executive, Peter Lauener reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary and sit on the DfE Management Board. The creation of the ESFA will have no effect on the contracts and funding agreements and will continue to be with the Secretary of State. Peter Lauener has decided to retire this summer and the Department is therefore advertising for a new Chief Executive.

Ofsted turns to Facebook

Ofsted is proposing to track parent and pupil social media pages to help them to decide which schools need intervention to prevent a decline in their performance. But experts say that data from platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is 'unreliable' and not a good basis for working towards the evidence based practice that the inspectorate has committed to. The education watchdog included the novel idea in its 'innovation and regulation plan” published this week. It says Ofsted is engaging with the Department for Education in a 'data science project' to 'explore the possibility of using near real time data and information from social media and other sources to predict and prevent decline in school performance'. Ofsted would not provide any further details as talks are at an early stage, but did confirm it would only use information that was publicly available.

New GCSE grade 4 becomes 'standard' pass

The government has abandoned its plan to make grade 5 the new 'good' GCSE pass grade, despite having once claimed it would unjustifiable to place the bar any lower. Greening said she expected that where colleges and employers currently asked for a C grade or above, they would now ask for a grade 4 - that is, the 'standard pass'. Grade 5 will only be awarded to the top third of pupils achieving the current C grade. Pupils who achieve a middle or low C will receive a grade 4.

DfE will scrap forced resits for GCSE English and maths

From August 2015, all 16 to 18-year-old students attending college with a GCSE grade D have had to study and resit the GCSE as part of the condition of funding, rather than a functional skills qualification at level two. But once this policy has been scrapped, no student will be forced to resit GCSE English and maths... Read article

12 minutes

Pupils who are taught in 12-minute lessons that are repeated 24 hours later remember material much better, new research suggests. A trial of 'spaced learning' showed pupils seemed to benefit from a short physics lesson, followed by a 10-minute break of another activity, then a short chemistry lesson, then another break, then a final, short, biology lesson. When this session was repeated 24 hours later, pupils remember the material better than during a normal lesson - with teachers reporting especially good results for lower ability pupils. The research, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), involved a large randomised control trial of the 'SMART Spaces' approach. The go-ahead has now been given for further research.

We thought this April fool was side-splitting!

Apprentices to receive welcome card to be used with an off-the-job training calculator

Team ITS warmly welcomes the following learners who started their Apprenticeships this week

Casey Stevenson - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Armstrong Haircutters, Basingstoke
Shannon Daly - Level 2 Intermediate Appenticeship - The Hair Masters, West Molesey


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