2013

Interested in finding out information on the funding eligibility of 1st4sport qualifications?
As you will most likely be aware, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) – which is responsible for the funding of adult/further education (in England) – is continuously reviewing where it spends its money, through its new business rules.
Each year, we produce the 1st4sport annual Self-assessment Report in support of our continued compliance with Ofqual and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The report focuses on the analysis of our performance. In doing so, we benchmark against the education world in general, all other awarding organisations and, more specifically, those in our sector. What is pivotal to our research is the perceptions of our customers, partners and staff.
Do you, or are you looking to, deliver any of the 1st4sport Physical Education and School Sport Suite of qualifications?
Community organisations urged to build new partnerships with colleges as participation and facilities increase.
As a 1st4sport recognised centre, you are required to maintain current versions of the following policies and procedures via the ‘Documents’ tab within Athena, the 1st4sport web-based quality assurance system. They are also required to be effectively implemented by ensuring that they are communicated to all your staff, learners and subcontractors and checks made to ensure that these are complied with.
As a 1st4sport recognised centre, you are required to ensure you have sufficient appropriately qualified workforce to be able to deliver and assess each qualification you are approved for.
The 1st4sport Quality Management Team has recently been investigating a number of complaints and appeals relating to the initial assessment of learners (or lack of it) by recognised centres.
Following the success of the NVQ workshop run in May, we are delighted to announce we will be holding a further workshop in September to support centres to facilitate 1st4sport NVQs.
1st4sport Qualifications is delighted to announce a new suite of qualifications for those who want to work in physical education and school sport.
Do you, or are you looking to, deliver the two new PE and School Sport qualifications?
Passionate about sport? Then get involved! Coaching is a great way to express your passion and be actively involved. There is no better example of what’s possible when you put your mind to it than 1st4sport Qualifications learner Oliver Hooper, someone who’s taking their passion for sport further by climbing the coaching ladder, completing a total of 13 1st4sport qualifications and forging a successful career in the process.
SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being, is delighted to announce a newly formed partnership with 1st4sport Qualifications. The partnership will see 1st4sport Qualifications and SkillsActive working more closely than ever.
Congratulations to the 2nd Chance Project and Charlton Athletic Community Trust who have both been nominated for a Beyond Sport Award.
There is still time to get your applications in for The Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Sport.
Speak out – ‘Speak up for physical education and school sport’
1st4sport Qualifications are holding two workshops to support centres to facilitate 1st4sport NVQs. These workshops are particularly aimed at new workforce with limited experience of NVQs, however more experienced workforce will also find it useful as part of their CPD.
From 1 April 2013, it will be possible for learners (in England) who are 24 years and older to apply for loans to support them to achieve Level 3 or above QCF-accredited qualifications, similar to the way that loans for full-time students have operated for a number of years.
Please see a list of new and amended qualifications from 1st4sport Qualifications.
If you already access Unique Learner Numbers (ULNs) for your learners and report them to us via the learner registration process, many thanks, and please feel free to ignore the rest of this piece.
Those of us involved in the field of vocational education – whether as teachers, learners, employers or sector partners – know only too well how essential high quality vocational qualifications are to UK society, providing young people with the skills, experience, motivation and inspiration to get ahead.
The next FA Learning tutor induction for the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership through Football will be held during the week of 24th - 28th June 2013 with category 1 tutors attending 24th - 26th June 2013 and category 2, the whole week.
Organisations may be aware the FE Guild is in the process of being established, in preparation for launch in August 2013. They will be taking over the responsibility for teachers working in Further Education and vocational work-based environments, previously the responsibility of the Institute for Learning (IfL) and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).
Do you deliver the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport (QCF)? If so your tutors might be interested to hear of a support day that will be run in March provided by our qualification development partners the Association for Physical Education (afPE).