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Sector news, 27 May - 7 June

FE Guild renamed as a foundation FE Week, 29 May 2013

The FE Guild is to be renamed the Education and Training Foundation, FE Week has revealed. The body, created to provide training and set professional standards in FE, has been registered at Companies House under the new name, said independent steering group chair David Hughes. It was incorporated on May 22 and registered to the Association of Colleges’ (AoC) London HQ. Mr Hughes, also chief executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, said the new name was “fully encompassing of the whole sector”, and that it reflected the vision for the organisation. The directors will include three representatives appointed by the AoC, three by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers and one by the Association of Adult Education and Training Organisations (AAETO), which operates under the name HOLEX.

Bursary scheme announced for early years apprenticeshipsFE Week, 29 May 2013

The government today announced a £2m apprenticeship bursary scheme for the early years profession. People will be able to apply for a bursary worth up to £1,500, with a further £300 available for more training, from September. There will be up to 1,000 bursary places available. Elizabeth Truss, Childcare and Education Minister, said she hoped the bursaries would encourage students to consider working in early education. The apprenticeship bursary will be a transitional scheme ahead of the Early Years Educator qualifications in 2014.

Postgraduate studies 'only for the rich' The Independent, 4 June 2013

Postgraduate education has become like an "exclusive golf club" that is open only to the very rich, new research will warn on Wednesday. Studying for a qualification beyond a degree is now out of reach of most people, says the report by the CentreForum think-tank, and raises concerns about the current funding system for those who want to continue their education.

Former soldiers to qualify as teachers in two years under government scheme The Guardian, 7 June 2013

Ex-service personnel with no degree will be able to become teachers in half the normal time from next year under a new government scheme. If they have experience or qualifications as instructors, coaches or mentors they will be able to sign up to a programme that will put them in the classroom in about two years. The move is part of a bid by ministers to encourage members of the army, Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy to consider teaching as a career. The Department for Education (DfE) also said that former personnel who already had a degree would be handed bursaries and be able to enrol on teacher training courses with extra bespoke training. But a headteachers' leader raised concerns that the programmes would not provide the right preparation and support for teaching, and warned against creating a "military ethos" in schools. The two schemes are part of the government's Troops to Teachers programme. Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the programme would not give the right preparation and support.