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New graduates celebrate a ‘first’

PBD and the University of Suffolk (UOS) are celebrating the first graduates from a new online foundation degree in early years practice. The first ever students to complete the degree at the UK’s youngest university graduated at the ceremony in Ipswich Town Hall on 19 October.  ...

Massive new threat to early years training – read PBD’s response to the government consultation

Early years training is under threat from new government proposals. Nurseries face potential bills of thousands of pounds for each apprentice they recruit. And quality will suffer as training providers cut back on face to face training and mentoring in order to make ends meet....

PBD to provide maths and English training for learndirect

PBD to provide maths and English training for learndirect The UK’s largest training provider, learndirect has engaged PBD to deliver maths and English GCSE training to its Early Years Educator apprentices in the UK. PBD launched its programme of online GCSE courses with personal...

“The pathway to my future”

Three PBD students celebrate their exam success.  Pictured from left: assessors Dominique Dale and Vicki Arnold, who passed GCSE maths,  pictured with Alison Earye who is celebrating an A* in English Language. Alison, from Framlingham in Suffolk, said  “English wasn’t my...

PBD celebrates “stunning” GCSE results

PBD is celebrating a “stunning” set of GCSE results from its new suite of online maths and English courses. In the June 2015 exams, 100% of adult students who studied PBD’s English Language course and sat examinations at PBD’s own centres achieved pass grades ranging from A* to...

Maths and English funding cut

Recent changes in government funding On 20 July, all training providers and colleges received a letter from the head of the Skills Funding Agency explaining that, because of government cuts, future growth in funding would be limited to apprenticeships. As a result we have no...

Common sense at last?

After a two year struggle, as the posts in this section testify, we have finally achieved something approaching common sense in the maths and English requirements for Early Years Educator (EYE) apprenticeships.  As a direct result of PBD’s legal action and lobbying: Grade C GCSEs...

The impossible apprenticeship

Nick Boles MP Minister of State for Skills and Equalities Department of Business, Innovation and Skills 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET 4 December 2014 Dear Minister Early Years Educator apprenticeship framework I write further to previous correspondence about the contradictory...

JR wins concesssions, but more needed from Boles

Following our recent judicial review application, the government has “agreed in principle” to amend the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) early next year so as to remove the five year rule.   PBD has agreed to stay its court case for six months to allow...

PBD launches free online GCSE courses

* We are now no longer able to offer maths and English GCSEs for free outside an apprenticeship with PBD. Please click here for further information *   PBD has teamed up with mobile learning experts GCSEPod to offer free online GCSE maths and English courses to early years...