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Articles of Interest


Articles of Interest

Here we will share with you articles and information relating to the Childcare sector. Please check back as more will be added.

Functional skills will be reinstated as alternatives to GCSEs in English and maths for Level 3 qualifications, the early years minister Caroline Dinenage confirmed

Thousands could miss out on free childcare, warns lobby group

Literacy and numeracy qualification requirements for level 3 Early Years Educator staff

Nursery schools blame government for shocking staffing crisis

Childcare places get £50m boost to help working parents

Nurseries at risk as staffing crisis hits, campaigners say

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Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Leaner Loan

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.

Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

Check if you’re eligible before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Different funding is available if you want to study in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.


You’ll have to pay your loan back when both the following apply:

  • you’ve finished your course
  • you earn more than £21,000 a year

GCSE Resources – Practice Papers

GCSE Resources

Some useful links for GCSE revision;english

English Revision

Maths Revision

Maths Revision Sheet

November 2014 AQA past papers;

Maths Non Calculator

Maths Calculatormaths

English – Insert

English Paper


Functional Skills

English                                                                Maths

English writing Level 1 – Sample                Maths – Level 1 Assessment

English reading Level 1 – Sample               Maths – Level 2 Assessment

English writing Level 2 – Sample                Maths Navigational Tool

English reading Level 2 – Sample


Sample Assessment – Level 1

Sample Assessment – Level 2


Please note the latest version of Flash is required to view these assessments. To view in full screen, in each case press F11 once the page has loaded.



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