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What is the Apprenticeship Levy? A quick guide

Posted by Tribal Group on September 13, 2018

The Apprenticeship Levy came into effect on 6 April 2017. The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in Apprenticeship Programmes and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships. The levy is set to raise £3 billion with a view to funding three million new apprenticeships by 2020. All businesses – whether they pay the tax or not – can access the Apprenticeship Levy.

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability, Further Education, Higher Education

Four key capabilities to look for in a Timetabling Solution

Posted by Tribal Group on September 10, 2018

Whilst some education providers consider it a mathematical challenge that can be keyed into software to find a solution, world-class educators believe timetabling to be more of an art form that considers the ‘human element’. After all, the right timetable helps maximise your students’ chances of achieving potential across all their chosen subjects. The good news is that best-of-breed software providers have developed a way to ensure the ‘human element’ is central to the automated solution – so we no longer need manual timetabling methods.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

The formula for effective timetabling

Posted by Tribal Group on September 6, 2018

The school timetable sits at the heart of school life. Our goal, as administrators is to create a timetable that gives teachers the best chance of delivering, and students the best chance of receiving the curriculum that the school has planned by spreading classes as evenly as possible with the right lesson flow.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Apprenticeship funding band reductions. What will the impact be?

Posted by Tony Allen on September 3, 2018

August is normally a quiet time in the wider world of education and skills, but a little like the weather, things this summer have remained quite hot! One of the reasons for this is the review of funding bands for a number of the most popular apprenticeship standards.

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Student recruitment, it's a lot like dating

Posted by Lauren Hancox on August 30, 2018

We recently carried out a survey to all education providers in the UK and Asia Pacific (APAC). We asked those filling out the survey to tell us their priorities for 2018. In the UK, 80% of all sectors said student recruitment and retention were their main priorities. In APAC, around 65% said the same.  

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Topics: Further Education, Higher Education

The role of digital disruption in higher education

Posted by Tribal Group on August 27, 2018

Digital transformation is taking place across all industries, and it is changing business models. Having remained free of large-scale change for more than a century, Australian universities are experiencing digital disruption that would transform the sector and signal a change to the traditional university model.

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Topics: Higher Education

Can you answer yes to these three important reporting and marking questions?

Posted by Tribal Group on August 23, 2018

In today’s world, technology enables us to do wonderful things. Laptops, mobiles and tablets all silently talk and connect to one another making daily tasks simple and productive. A school’s student management system should be no different when it comes to writing reports. With so many solution options to choose from, what does good reporting and marking software look like – and what other school management software does it need to integrate with to maximise time-saving?

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Initial Licensure Case Study: PRPIL makes more sense than grad school for Stephen Marks

Posted by Tribal Group on August 20, 2018

There’s not a straight line to Initial Licensure for teachers. Requirements to licensure can be difficult and time consuming to navigate which is why lots of teachers default to the grad school route. Yet for many, taking time out of teaching to go to grad school is simply not an optionThis was the case for Stephen Marks, now an Athletic Director at a large public school.  

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What five things should you be looking for in a reporting and assessment marking solution?

Posted by Tribal Group on August 16, 2018

Report writing, and assessment marking is all too often a time consuming and laborious process, especially if your software isn’t easy to use and hinders staff productivity; or if you’re using spreadsheets to keep track of students’ classes and marks. At best, your team is wasting time tweaking formulas and layouts to report and present the data. At worst, these methods can lead to substandard quality assurance practices, which could result in simple mistakes or a more serious loss of records if files are stolen or damaged.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Apprenticeship Levy tips for HR Directors: how to boost your training budget and demonstrate value

Posted by Chloe Payne on August 13, 2018

Q: When is a tax not a tax?  A: When it’s an Apprenticeship Levy!  All you need is an open mind, a splash of creative thinking and a few key insights from a fellow HR Director and you’ll be able to show your CEO exactly how you can use an Apprenticeship programme to save money (whilst having more budget than ever for training!).

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability