• The apprenticeship levy: How to make the best of bad policy

    The apprenticeship levy is badly designed and implemented even worse, but schools are stuck with it for now, says Jon Coles Although the government is keen that the apprenticeship levy is not seen as a tax, it is very clearly a payroll tax. It drives up the costs of employment and – especially in a

    5.00 May. 14th, 2018 | Opinion

  • One year on: The uneven success of the apprenticeship levy

    Schools and academy trusts are not making the most of the millions of pounds they pay into the apprenticeship levy, over a year on from its introduction. Concerns about schools’ understanding of the levy have been raised by a training specialist, who said he was “shocked” by how little was known, while a senior MP

    5.00 May. 6th, 2018 | News

  • New National Institute of Education set up to help schools use apprenticeship levy

    A new National Institute of Education is being set up to run courses specifically aimed at helping schools to use the money they pay into the apprenticeship levy, Schools Week can reveal. Since April, many schools have paid money into the government’s apprenticeship levy. Those paying the levy can then claim funding back in order

    17.29 Oct. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Government presses on with non-graduate teaching apprenticeship

    Ministers are pressing ahead with proposals for an apprenticeship that would allow non-graduate teaching assistants to become qualified teachers, even though access to conventional teacher training would still be restricted to those with university degrees. Anne Milton (pictured), the minister for skills, has confirmed that the government is “developing an appropriate degree apprenticeship” that will

    19.05 Jul. 20th, 2017 | News

  • The schools’ guide to apprenticeship reforms is out - what does it mean for you?

    Ahead of some major changes to the way apprenticeships are funded in May this year, the DfE have published the ‘Schools’ guide to apprenticeship reforms’, here’s our quick guide to what you need to know. What are the changes to apprenticeships this spring? As part of its ongoing reform programme for apprenticeships outlined in ‘English

    17.20 Mar. 14th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Most council-maintained schools shouldn't pay apprenticeship levy, ministers claim

    Ministers have slapped down the Local Government Association (LGA) over calls for small schools to be “exempt” from the apprenticeship levy, claiming most should not have to pay it. The LGA, which represents local authorities across England, says small council-maintained schools should be given the “same treatment” as small academies and faith schools, which do

    0.01 Jan. 6th, 2017 | News

  • What schools need to know about the apprenticeship levy

    Don’t think that the new levy is all about big business, warns John Deaville. All schools, regardless of size, will feel its impact. Most people are – at least vaguely – aware that the apprenticeship levy, which will be introduced in April 2017, is a payroll tax to fund apprenticeship training, paid by any organisation

    5.00 Nov. 20th, 2016 | Opinion