Guided Learning Hours

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Dear Skills Funding Agency,

Can you please inform me

1) What the agency consider Guided Learning hours to mean? Does the agency have any document that explains this.

2) Would you expect all Guided Learning hours to be planned controlled and have contact with a tutor or other member of staff of the delivery organisation or can none contact activities be counted as GLH i.e can an apprentices normal work activities be counted a GLH if no tutor, assessor or work based recorder is present but a work colleague or supervisor signs an evidence sheet to say the apprentice has completed and activity at work.

Do you have documents or can you supply me with an explanation as to

3) What GLH you would fund. Specifically would you fund or expect a provider to claim funding for an NVQ qualification if the provider delivered it by assessment only.

4) Would you fund a qualification or expect a provider to claim funding if the provider delivered it in substantially less GLH than those GLH set out in a Apprenticeship framework i.e. delivered in less than 10% of the GLH set out by the awarding body in a framework document.

5) Would there be any circumstance were the agency would fund for example a Trowel occupations, NVQ as part of an apprenticeship framework with a minimum awarding body set GLH of 244 Max GLH 277 if the in provider delivered it in just 5 hours over a year for two years totalling 10 hours over 2 years.

Yours faithfully,

Jennny Lonsdale

Russel Bailey, Skills Funding Agency

Dear jenny

I refer to your requests for information received on 23 September.

Firstly, I should advise that the Office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding is not a public authority specified with legal obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, we seek to handle requests for information in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

You have requested the following information:

1. What the agency consider Guided Learning hours to mean? Does the agency have any document that explains this.

2. Would you expect all Guided Learning hours to be planned controlled and have contact with a tutor or other member of staff of the delivery organisation or can none contact activities be counted as GLH i.e can an apprentices normal work activities be counted a GLH if no tutor, assessor or work based recorder is present but a work colleague or supervisor signs an evidence sheet to say the apprentice has completed and activity at work.

Do you have documents or can you supply me with an explanation as to

3. What GLH you would fund. Specifically would you fund or expect a provider to claim funding for an NVQ qualification if the provider delivered it by assessment only.

4. Would you fund a qualification or expect a provider to claim funding if the provider delivered it in substantially less GLH than those GLH set out in a Apprenticeship framework i.e. delivered in less than 10% of the GLH set out by the awarding body in a
framework document.

5. Would there be any circumstance were the agency would fund for example a Trowel occupations, NVQ as part of an apprenticeship framework with a minimum awarding body set GLH of 244 Max GLH 277 if the in provider delivered it in just 5 hours over a year for two years totalling 10 hours over 2 years.

I should also make clear that the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act afford a general right of access to information in recorded form that is held by a public authority, but does not extend to an organisation creating new information or an explanation. We will, as you have specified in your request, seek to identify whether we hold recorded information that provides explanations that you are seeking.

We aim to provide a full response on or before 21 October in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Yours sincerely

Russel Bailey
Records, Rights and Business Continuity Manager
Office of the Chief executive of Skills Funding
Skills Funding Agency

Russel Bailey, Skills Funding Agency

Dear Jenny

I refer to your requests for information.

As previously advised, although not a body specified with legal obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Office of the Chief Executive seeks to handle requests for information in accordance with the provisions of the Act. The scope of the Act includes a general right of access to information where held in recorded form. It does not extend to providing explanations (unless such information is already held in recorded form) or creating new information.

With regard to your requests, we note that information requested under (1) is broadly worded, but the focus of the requests narrows towards information relating to apprenticeships and we have therefore reflected this in our response.

You have requested:

1. What the agency consider Guided Learning hours to mean? Does the Agency have any document that explains this?

We have undertaken a search and can advise that the latest Funding Rules published by the Agency:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

includes the expression, ‘guided learning hours’, but only in the context of European Social Fund programme funding.

Our Funding rates and Formula document also makes reference to Guided Learning Hours

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

In particular, please see paragraph 18 onwards.

We note that later parts of your request relate to the funding of learning delivered relating to an apprenticeship.

Our current Funding Rules, and Funding Rates and Formula, do not refer otherwise to this term and specifically not in relation to the funding of an Apprenticeship Framework as referred to in later parts of your requests.

We are aware that ‘Guided Learning Hours’ is a term used in relation to work undertaken by other bodies. The following information might therefore be of assistance:

• with regard to apprenticeship learning, the Agency does not fund ‘guided learning hours’ and does not require a training provider to submit claims to the Agency detailing guided learning hours as a basis for a claim.

• we are aware that Apprenticeship Frameworks include references to Guided Learning Hours. Details about Apprenticeship Frameworks are published on the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online website, which can be accessed here:

http://www.afo.sscalliance.org/

This website is maintained by the Federation for Industry Skills & Standards (FISSS), whose website is accessible here:

http://fisss.org/

• reference is made to Guided Learning Hours in the Education and Skills Act 2008, with reference to the former Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, where we understand relevant statutory responsibility subsequently transferred to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual)

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008...

• reference is also made to Guided Learning Hours in the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 in relation to to Ofqual (see for example, section 145). The legislation can be accessed using the following link:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2009...

The Ofqual website provides access to a register of regulated qualifications:

http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/

in which the term ‘Guided Learning Hours’ is used.

• the regulation of organisations providing education and skills for learners of all ages is undertaken by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted)

The Ofsted website can be accessed here:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/

• we are aware that, when a training provider applies to an Awarding Body for the award of a qualification in relation to learning delivered, the training provider will likely be asked by the Awarding body to provide assurances about learning delivered.

• It is possible therefore that other bodies such as Ofqual, FISSS, Ofsted, and appropriate awarding bodies and training organisations might hold some information which could be relevant to one or more of your enquiries.

2. Would you expect all Guided Learning Hours to be planned controlled and have contact with the tutor or other member of staff of the delivery organisation or can none contact activities be counted as GLH i.e. can apprentices normal work activities be counted as GLH if no tutor, assessor or work-based recorder is present but a work colleague or supervisor signs an evidence sheet to say the apprentice has completed and activity at work?

The Agency does not hold this information. We would suggest that you refer to other bodies, which might hold information (please see comments above after our response to request 1).

3. What GLH you would fund. Specifically would you fund or expect a provider to claim funding for an NVQ qualification if the provider delivered it by assessment only?

As advised above, in relation to the delivery of Apprenticeship learning, the Agency does not hold information relating to funding based on Guided Learning Hours.

4. Would you fund a qualification or expect a provider to claim funding if the provider delivered it in substantially less GLH than those GLH set out in a Apprenticeship framework i.e. delivered in less than 10% of the GLH set out by the awarding body in a framework document.

The Agency does not hold information requested. We would fund a qualification and expect a training provider to claim funding as set out in the Funding Rules. Apprenticeship Frameworks are not funded based on Guided Learning Hours.

5. Would there be any circumstance where the agency would fund for example a Trowel occupations, NVQ as part of an apprenticeship framework with a minimum awarding set GLH of 244 Max GLH 277 if the in provider delivered it in just 5 hours for two years totalling 10 hours over 2 years.

The Agency does not hold this information.

Yours sincerely

Russel Bailey
Records, Rights and Business Continuity Manager
Office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding
Skills Funding Agency