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GCSE Level 3 rules scrapped as Early Years Workforce Strategy is released

We’re delighted to share that today the government has confirmed that they are abandoning their previous requirement for apprentices undertaking Level 3 EYE to have achieved GCSE qualifications in English and Maths on completion of their framework.  

  • Functional skills will be reinstated as alternatives to GCSEs in English and maths for Level 3 qualifications
  • Comes into force from 3 April 2017 at the same time as the new Early Years Foundation Stage framework
  • Action has been taken as a direct response to more than 4,000 views from the consultation in November 2016
  • 4 per cent of respondents believed that the GCSE requirements had improved quality
  • 77 per cent said they had had ‘significant’ or ‘some’ difficulties with recruiting staff in the past two years, the biggest reason being GCSE requirements
  • Early Years Workforce Strategy has also been launched by the Early Years Minister

Interserve Learning & Employment has opportunities across England to support your workforce and Early Years recruitment needs. Effective from April 3, 2017, Apprentices can obtain a license to practice by achieving Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT as part of their EYE framework.  If you would like more information or to speak to a member of our EY team, contact us at

You can read the full article over at Nursery World.

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