As a Teaching Supply Agency, First Class Education understand the importance of staying up to speed with everything that goes on in the world of Education. As such, we like to share industry updates and news stories with our teaching candidates. Today’s topic that we want to share with you is about the change to the Early Years Workforce Strategy that occurred last year.
In 2017, the Department for Education announced a change to the qualifications that are required for individuals to work in the Early Years sector of Education. The movement, headed by Early Years Minister Caroline Dinenage, sought to bring back Functional Skills as an alternative qualification to C Grade in English, Maths and Science at GCSE. Needless to say, as a Teaching Supply Agency we have been well aware of the difficulties that this GCSE Level Qualification caused for recruitment in Primary Education, so we are pleased that these policy changes have been implemented.
The new changes that came into effect in 2017 mean that recruitment for Early Years staff will be expanded to include individuals who have received a Functional Skills qualification. The aim of this strategy is to increase the scope for young practitioners to advance their careers and improve their skillsets that are valuable in the care, support and development of Early Years. It is also hoped that widening the scope of qualification will attract a diversified pool of talent, hopefully improving the numbers of men in Early Years education.
It comes as no surprise that the changes have been welcomed warmly into the Education Sector, primarily due to the improvement to recruitment difficulties that Early Years has been experiencing over the last two years. In fact, it seems to be a win-win situation as the change will also help the Government to meet their promise of 30 hours of free childcare too.
Find out more about the new policy: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1160488/gcse-level-3-rules-scrapped-as-early-years-workforce-strategy-is-released
If you are an individual who feels that they can offer a skillset and enthusiasm that can positively impact the development of young minds, give First Class Education a call today on 0203 540 9495 and we will be happy to tell you more about our services as a Teaching Supply Agency.