The Benefits Of Agency Workers In Schools

At the start of 2022, the Department for Education (DfE) announced that they had begun the process of reviewing the post-16 education system. This has included the withdrawal of funding for level 3 qualifications that “overlap” with waves 1 and 2 of T-Levels. 

In May 2022 they released a provisional list of qualifications that were at risk of losing their funding, and on the 14th of October 2022 the final list has been released

You can find the full list here

Early Years Educator

As of the 1st of August 2024, a number of individuals will no longer be able to get funding for a number of qualifications within the Child Development and Well-being sector. This includes the TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF). In many instances, this means that individuals will no longer have the ability to undertake the course for financial reasons. 

This lack of funding will also pose a concern for many schools that will be looking to hire those with this qualification. Here at The Learning College, we are looking to partner with schools that would like to provide this course to their current workforce and for those that are preparing to join the team. 

In the current climate hiring qualified Teaching Assistants is becoming increasingly difficult. This partnership can help to increase the competencies of the current workforce, and upskill those who fall below the current requirements to be included within ratios. 

If you have any questions regarding the removal of funding, please email the DfE by email at

If you would like to discuss a partnership with The Learning College to ensure that Teaching Assistants within your school are looked after and qualified, please contact the team today. 

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