seminar 1.2 stephen nicholls
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DESCRIPTIONSeminar 1.2 stephen nicholls
Funding Policy Implementation Manager
Our role in adapting the
funding system to move the
Within the Government response to FELTAG the Agency has
a number of actions focussed on removing obstacles/barriers
to online learning.
These actions fall into three categories:– Collection of information and evidence– Funding policy / system changes– ‘Encouraging’ the greater adoption of technology in the
Action: Pilot Activity
Following a consultation and a call to interested parties we
will be working with a small number of providers in AY 14/15
to test and identify any barriers or opportunities within the
skills funding system focussing on:
• Success rates
• Agency Funding Rules
• Agency audit
We are also expecting to gather evidence on:
• Awarding body assessment requirements
• Ofsted Inspection
Pilot Activity: Progress
• Consultative event in August
• Invited interested organisations to submit initial proposals to work with the Agency and other stakeholders on specific online learning pilots.
• Initial pilot initiation meetings are being held during November to develop objectives and outcomes.
Action - Introduction of new ILR field
• The Agency will add a new field to the Individual
Learner Record (ILR) specification through which it
will collect information on the proportion of online
Progress – Intro. of new ILR field
• The Agency has introduced a new field in the
14/15 ILR to collect evidence on the current
proportion of curriculum design delivered by
computer mediated activity rather than by a
• This is only to collect evidence.
• It will not affect funding in AY 14/15 or AY 15/16
and it will not form part of a providers audit.
Action – Temperature Check
• The Agency will undertake a temperature check of current Agency providers to understand what the current baseline of online delivery might be.
• This intelligence will be used to supplement data collected through the ILR.
Progress: Temp Check
• Survey launched via Provider Update in October to collect data for this temperature check.
• The results of this survey will be used to support discussions and activity with regard any future policy development.
• Intend to repeat this survey at regular intervals in order to monitor progress.
Action: Online OnlyFunding Rate
• From 2015/16 the Agency will introduce an online funding rate. This rate will be announced in Autumn 2014.
Progress: Online OnlyFunding Rate
Considered but concluded:
• it would be inappropriate to establish a rate prior to data
and intelligence being available from previous actions.
Before considering the rationale and potential benefits of
introducing an online funding rate the Agency will:
• continue to collect the necessary data and intelligence
• consult further with the sector.
Timelines for reporting of both pilots and ILR means the
Agency will make proposals during 15/16 with a view to
potential implementation in 16/17.
Online only FundingRate - Challenges
Determine if online funding rates are feasible/practical?
Some challenges here;• Would the rate be higher/lower than existing rate?• How would that affect the market?• Does not fit into our current system, we don’t
currently specify delivery method-we pay on outcome
• In the context of reducing Adult Skills Budget
Action: introduce a business rule
• The Agency will introduce a business rule for the approval of qualifications for funding focussing on an online threshold
• Intended to encourage (but not restrict) awarding organisations to design qualifications to use learning technologies as a core component
Progress: introduce a business rule
• 2014/15 technical guidance for awarding organisations
“our policy is that Government funding should support
an offer that is vocationally focussed and responsive to
new and changing skills as well as having the flexibility
to encourage innovation through the use of new
technology both in delivery and assessment”.
• The Agency will continue to consult with awarding bodies
to identify barriers to the development of suitable
qualifications meeting this criteria.
Action: Percentage of online delivery
• We will work with the sector and relevant
stakeholders in AY 14/15 and 15/16 to establish
how the FELTAG online percentage aspirations
(10-50%) can be established within the funding
Progress: Percentage of online delivery
• We will establish evidence through the pilots, ILR data and sector consultation during 14/15 and 15/16 to determine which qualification and curriculum areas are appropriate in this context.
• There are no plans to audit or make funding judgments on providers with regards the 10-50% aspiration for the foreseeable future.
Percentage of online delivery - Clarification
The intention of FELTAG, and the Government's response to it, is to
encourage greater use of digital technologies and a better 'blend' of online
and traditional face to face delivery to engage learners more effectively
and ensure greater value for money for everyone from the FE and Skills
budget. We stand by this ambition.
To take this forward we need to establish the current levels of online
provision and hence the Skills Funding Agency is undertaking activity to
support this. The Agency will be collecting this evidence over the next
year and will not be considering making any changes to the funding
system until at least 2016/17.
Action 4- Online Learning- Definitions
•Remote Learning completed away from the classroom, with no face-to-face engagement between tutor and learner.•Mix of remote online learning and face-to-face delivery•The mix of online and face-to-face delivery in a classroom/workshop•The mix of online and face-to-face delivery across a range of contexts-classroom/workplaceIf we are to link this to funding we must be clear which definition we are using!
18-21 Work Skills
A brief summary
To evaluate the impact on employment outcomes and skills development of systematically mandating new JSA 18-21 year old young people (who have below level 2 in English and/or maths) to undertake English and maths GCSE or Functional Skills.
The necessary learning will be delivered through either a ‘blended’ or ‘pure’ online offer only.
• Learning period max 6 months
• 5 regions
• Target 10,000 learners (additional 5,000 control group)
• Learning 16 hours per week max
• The ‘blended’ online learning will be defined as ‘pre-dominantly online but a combination of online learning with face-to-face support from a tutor’.
• ‘Pure’ Online - for the purposes of this pilot the ‘pure’ online learning will be defined as ‘100% online learning with virtual support only from a tutor’.
• The key element that will differentiate the ‘blended’ offer from the ‘pure’ online offer will be the physical presence of a tutor for support when required.
• The pilot will be evaluated through a Randomised Controlled Trial commissioned through an independent Research Company.
• An objective of the pilot is to test and agree the cost efficiency and funding arrangements of new online delivery models and will help inform our thinking on future funding arrangements.
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