enrolment. The funding rule changes for 2014/15 included a requirement that
qualifications have at least 15 credits for adult learning and have clear outcomes for progression to employment or the next level of learning. New funding rules 4 have been introduced during 2015/16, but it is too early to find any visible impact of these particular new rules on the statistics reported in this bulletin. Throughout these statistics, however, there are examples of continued declines in the numbers of certifications for qualifications which do not meet the rules introduced in 2013, and from which funding has therefore been removed.
Vocational and OtherQualificationsQuarterly: April – June 2013 2012 increased by 69 per cent, compared to the same quarter of the previous year 8 (from 721,250 in 2011 to 1,221,800 in 2012).
The number of certificates awarded for functional skills qualifications also continues to rise to 256,550 for the quarter (34 per cent increase), and 786,100 for the 12- month period (13 per cent increase). Functional skills qualifications are available in English, mathematics and ICT at entry level, level 1 and level 2. These qualifications are required elements of Apprenticeship frameworks, which have seen an increase in achievements of 14 per cent since 2011/12, reported in the Quarterly Statistical First Release. 9 So, part of the increase in the number of functional skills awards can be attributed to the increase in the uptake of Apprenticeships.
In the last few years, the funding rules for vocationalqualifications post-19 have seen a number of changes that are likely to have had some effect on the number of
certificates awarded each year. In September 2013, the SFA introduced new business rules to target funding on qualifications that most closely align with government skills policy. A particular aspect of these rules is the withdrawal of funding for qualifications with low enrolment. The funding rules change for 2014/15 include ensuring qualifications have at least 15 credits for adult learning and have clear outcomes for progression to employment or the next level of learning. (There are some areas where these rules do not apply such as qualifications to help the unemployed. Full details of the changes are published by the Skills Funding Agency. 3 ) Ofqual has seen examples throughout its statistics of a decline in certifications of qualifications from which funding has been removed or will be removed in 2014/15.
The Register gives information on regulated qualifications and recognised awarding organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 30
Ofqual has recently asked its user groups for feedback on this publication. Here is a summary of the improvements suggested, organised into those that have already been put in place and those that Ofqual will not be able to accommodate. Ahead of each publication, user feedback is reviewed to determine the content that should be included in the publication.
School performance tables 5
There has been a considerable change in the way that qualifications are used in schools following the Wolf Report. 6 In 2013, any qualification on the section 96 7 funding list could count towards the school and college performance tables at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Since 2014, only a small number of non-GCSEs or A levels have been included in performance tables. This is likely to have led to changes in schools’ and colleges’ curriculum and qualifications choices, away from qualifications that are not included in performance tables.
The number of certificates awarded for ESOL qualifications decreased by 40 per cent compared with the same quarter of 2014. It is the third quarter in the last 12 months where the number of certificates for ESOL qualifications has decreased. The 12- month trend shows a decrease of 24 per cent compared to the 12 months to the end of September 2014. This is due to a change in the funding arrangements for ESOL qualifications. From December 2014, the Skills Funding Agency stopped funding the existing ESOL qualifications. From January 2015, funding for ESOL qualifications is only available when a student completes a QCF ESOL Skills for Life qualification. 8 However, continuing students will be able to complete their existing qualifications.
Users of these statistics
These statistics are of particular interest to recognised awarding organisations and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to include in their statistical first releases. Awarding organisations use these statistics for product development and business development strategies, and to gain insight into market share. Other users include the Royal Society of Public Health (which compares certifications with its qualifications), the Institute of the Motor Industry, sector skills councils, teachers, examiners, academics, researchers, members of the public, other government departments in Wales and other interested parties and individuals.
The solid black line represents the linear relationship between these two variables for the 15 sector subject areas, and any sector subject areas outside the grey lines do not follow this relationship: these are shown in red.
Construction, planning and the built environment, retail and commercial enterprise, and education and training have more inactive qualifications given the number of qualifications available. On the other hand, agriculture, horticulture and animal care, leisure, travel and tourism, and preparation for life and work have fewer inactive qualifications than would be expected, given the number of available qualifications in these sector subject areas. The model assumes that we expect there to be the same proportion of inactive qualifications, given the number of qualifications available, for all sector subject areas, and also that the inactive qualifications are the same, but in fact some may be inactive as they have been replaced with new qualifications. Thus, we should interpret the results of this analysis with caution.
Public funding changes by the Skills Funding Agency 4
In the last few years, the funding rules for vocationalqualifications post-19 years of age have seen a number of changes that are likely to have had some effect on the number of certificates awarded each year. The Skills Funding Agency introduced new business rules in September 2013 to target funding at qualifications that most closely align with the government’s skills policy. 5 A particular aspect of these rules is the withdrawal of funding for qualifications with low enrolment. The funding rule changes for 2014/15 include a requirement that qualifications have at least 15 credits for adult learning and have clear outcomes for progression to employment or the next level of learning. (There are some areas where these rules do not apply, such as qualifications to help the unemployed. Full details of the changes are published by the Skills Funding Agency. 6 ) Throughout these statistics, there are examples of declines in the number of certifications for qualifications from which funding has been removed.
Public funding changes by the Skills Funding Agency 5
In the last few years, the funding rules for vocationalqualifications post-19 years of age have seen a number of changes that are likely to have had some effect on the number of certificates awarded each year. The Skills Funding Agency introduced new business rules in September 2013 to target funding on qualifications that most closely align with the government skills policy. 6 A particular aspect of these rules is the withdrawal of funding for qualifications with low enrolment. The funding rule changes for 2014/15 include a requirement that qualifications have at least 15 credits for adult learning and have clear outcomes for progression to employment or the next level of learning. (There are some areas where these rules do not apply, such as qualifications to help the unemployed. Full details of the changes are published by the Skills Funding Agency. 7 ) Throughout these statistics, there are examples of decline in the number of certifications for qualifications from which funding has been removed.
This will be any award that is not graded as U, absent, or X (fail).
Certification end date – the last date on which a student may be issued with a certificate of achievement for the qualification.
GCSE – General Certificates of Secondary Education are the main school leaving qualification in England. They are available in a range of subjects and can be studied alongside otherqualifications. They are generally sat by 15–18 year olds in schools and colleges but are open to anyone who wants to gain a qualification.
Child protection referrals are those referrals for which the initial assessment indicates that there may be child protection issues.
The threshold for action should be the allegation or suspicion of child abuse. However the balance needs to be struck between taking action designed to protect the child from abuse while at the same time avoiding unnecessary intervention. Except in emergency situations or urgent cases when immediate protective action is required, referrals will require preliminary discussion with other professionals from the child protection agencies and with the referrer. In some cases it will be necessary to seek specialist opinion.
E) Non-current assets held for sale. Recorded in this caption are the assets bought or foreclosed.
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But, why did it take so long to detect Flame? Well, no antivirus solution has a 100-percent success rate at catching new, unknown threats. This is quite simple to understand: professional cyber- criminals make sure their malicious creations will go undetected before spreading them. They test them against all popular antivirus engines to make sure they cannot be detected by signature files or any other protection systems (behavioral and heuristic scanning, etc.). If you have the necessary resources at your disposal, you can set up a Quality Assurance process that eliminates the possibility of the malware being found, at least at the start. The threat will be eventually detected by antivirus solutions, but making it go unnoticed for as long as possible is the key to success.
Solar output is depressing the need for other generation during afternoons, which we explored last quarter. California coined the phrase ‘ duck curve’ to describe the shape of their daily demand profile as more PV is added. The figure below-right shows what might be better described as Britain’s ‘camel curve’. The increasing amount of solar power creates two humps in the profile of net demand which other power stations must produce, one at 9 AM, one at 9 PM. The difference between 2013 and the 2021 prediction is equivalent to the country’s entire nuclear fleet powering up for a few hours every sunny afternoon.
ii) Quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS) 1
Analysis of the LFS allows in-year estimates to be made of NEET and NET trends as well as estimates for other age groups, including 16-24, 18-24 and 19-24. The quarterly LFS estimates cannot be directly compared with the headline Participation SFR series which is based on more detailed but less timely data. This LFS data has not yet been reweighted to reflect ONS’s revised population estimates based on the 2011 Census. The ONS are due to complete this work in 2014.
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In the lead up to the final court hearing the other side put forward an offer of £2,000. We considered it to be too low and it was therefore rejected. The case eventually settled prior to the final court hearing for £2500 which was a good result. Your member was pleased with the outcome.
This is an example of one of the types of cases which will be adversely affected by the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill discussed in the article at Part 4 entitled “Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill – Access to Justice Restricted for Pursuers”. Unfortunately the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill proposes introducing a new lower tier in the Sheriff Court known as Summary Sheriffs. These Summary Sheriffs would hear less complex cases with a value of less than £5,000. It has been suggested that those raising a case in front of the Summary Sheriffs will not be entitled to automatic recovery of their legal expenses. If solicitors are not entitled to recover their costs in a Summary Sheriff case it will make it difficult for individuals to finance claims and find solicitors to represent them in the lowest tier of the judiciary which unfortunately will create a barrier to justice in these lower value cases.
11. Pollution Prevention for Municipal Operations – LFUCG’s Suntree units, Stormceptors, and other stormwater quality control BMPs were inspected and maintained, as needed.
Annual staff training began during the second quarter.
12. Monitoring – Monitoring this quarter included quarterly dry and wet weather sampling of the seven major watershed sites as specified by the new MS4 permit. LFUCG drafted a Watershed Focused Monitoring Program as required by the new permit.
The international divorce comparison annex to this publication provides a comparison of divorce rates in England and Wales over the last decade with rates in other countries.
The new divorce case progression table (Table 2.5) accompanying this publication shows the number and proportion of divorce cases commencing in each quarter since 2003 that had reached certain stages by the end of June 2013. This indicates that around 90% of divorce petitions eventually proceed to a decree absolute. Ancillary relief applications and orders are eventually made in just over a third cases, and hearings take place in just over 10% of cases. Figure 2.7 illustrates these trends.