Education, training and skills

Schools and academies, further and higher education, apprenticeships and other skills training, student funding, early years.


  1. School closures

    School closures happen because of an emergency like severe weather - check whether your child's school is closed on your local council website

  2. Student finance login

    Your student finance online account - check payment dates, track an application, change details, reset password, find customer reference numbers

  3. Apply online for student finance

    Apply online for student finance - online applications for student finance including Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans and Grants

  1. Student finance calculator

    Student finance calculator - get a quick estimate of what student loans, grants, bursaries and other funding you could get - for full-time, part-time and EU students

  2. School term and holiday dates

    Find your child's school term, half term and holiday dates on your local council's website

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Find an apprenticeship

    Register your profile, search vacancies and apply for an apprenticeship - you must be 16 or over

  2. Student finance

    Student finance - student loans or student grants for tuition fees and living costs, extra help, student loan repayments

  3. Become an apprentice

    Becoming an apprentice - what to expect, apprenticeship levels, pay and training, making an application, complaining about an apprenticeship

  1. Student finance: how to apply

    How to apply for student finance - when to apply, deadlines, proof of identity, parents, income, change an application

    • Guide
  2. Contact Student Finance England

    Contact details for Student Finance England - including complaints and student finance appeals, Advanced Learner Loan

    • Answer
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News and communications

  1. STA assessment update: 24 April 2018

    • Standards and Testing Agency
    • Correspondence
  2. Funding boost for cross Commonwealth scholarship fund

    • Department for Education
    • Press release
  3. Let's have a successful exam series

    • Ofqual
    • Correspondence
  4. GCSE computer science assessment arrangements

    • Ofqual
    • News story
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Policy and engagement

  1. Assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science
  2. Primary assessment in England
  3. Out-of-school education settings: registration and inspection
  1. Home education: call for evidence and revised DfE guidance

    • Department for Education
    • Open consultation
    • Closing date 03 July 2018
  2. Performance reporting: FE college groups and multi-site colleges

    • Department for Education
    • Open consultation
    • Closing date 10 June 2018
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  1. Open academies and academy projects in development

    • Department for Education
    • Transparency
  2. Funding allocations to training providers: 2017 to 2018

    • Education and Skills Funding Agency
    • Transparency
  3. South-East England and South London Headteacher Board

    • Schools Commissioners Group
    • Transparency
  4. East Midlands and the Humber Headteacher Board

    • Schools Commissioners Group
    • Transparency
  5. Lancashire and West Yorkshire Headteacher Board

    • Schools Commissioners Group
    • Transparency
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