We take a look at the latest on the Level 3 qualification, including apprenticeships, recruitment and the Government's consultation on the GCSE rules.

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New Institute of Apprenticeships consultation launched

A consultation on the role of the new Institute of Apprenticeships (IFA) has been launched.


Level 3 consultation generates huge response

A consultation on literacy and numeracy qualification requirements for Level 3, due to close today, had received more than 3,000 responses last week.


Ministers give ‘biggest hints yet’ of GCSEs U-turn

Students in all sectors should have an alternative qualification to GCSEs, Robert Halfon said yesterday.


DfE consults sector on GCSE rules in wake of protest

The Department for Education has finally responded to vocal concerns from the sector about the need to revise the GCSE rules for Level 3 early years workers, amid...


Early years minister tells sector 'exam grades not only proof of quality'

More than 1,500 people have responded to the Department for Education’s consultation on level 3 literacy and numeracy requirements since it launched on Saturday,...


DfE consults on Level 3 skills requirements

The sector is urged to respond to a new consultation on the Level 3 literacy and numeracy requirements.


Apprentice funding cuts ‘hit poor’

The young poor are bearing the brunt of apprenticeship funding cuts, early years training providers have warned.


Final apprenticeships funding rates: Cuts of up to a third overall

Plans to slash funding for early years apprentices have been upheld by the Government, despite an outcry.


Nurseries look overseas for recruits

Nursery owners are seeking opportunities to recruit from abroad as a result of the difficulties attracting staff with the required GCSEs, but uncertainty remains...


Nursery Management: Workforce - Rage against the machine

The pipeline feeding Level 3 childcare staff into the sector is drying up, and we have the data to prove it. Hannah Crown speaks to a sector in crisis

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Functional skills tests are a joke!

As students receive their GCSE results, Ross Midgley, managing director of PBD Early Years Training, argues that functional skills testing is not rigorous enough to ensure good standards.