TIGA publishes Parliamentary activity update for the higher education sector

By November 12, 2020 Press Releases

On 12 November 2020, TIGA, the trade association representing the video games industry, published an update on Parliamentary activity for the higher education sector.


Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses
Department for Education
10 November 2020

11 November 2020: Added guidance on student movement and plans for the end of term.


Apprenticeship technical funding guide
Education and Skills Funding Agency
2 November 2020

Details of the funding system used for apprenticeship frameworks and standards from 1 May 2017.

UPDATE: We have updated the Apprenticeships Technical Funding Guide for August 2020.



T Level transition programme framework for delivery 2020 to 2021
Department for Education
10 November 2020


The T Level Transition Programme is being taught for the first time from September 2020.

This Framework for Delivery contains guidance for those providers taking part in its phased implementation. It sets out information and expectations for how the programme should be delivered from academic year 2020 to 2021.

In November 2020, we made a small number of operational updates to the Framework for Delivery. These are signposted in a summary page within the Framework. They include:

  • confirming that there is a new core aim for the T Level Transition Programme reflecting the T Level route that the student is preparing for
  • confirming that providers can determine what achievement is for recording the ILR outcome field for T Level Transition Programme students’ programme aim and core aim
  • confirming that T Level Transition Programme students won’t be included in the QARs for 2020 to 2021
  • signposting Departmental guidance on work experience for 16 to 19 study programmes in light of COVID-19


Future updates to the Framework will be made as and when required.



Christmas guidance set out for university students 
Department for Education
10 November 2020

The Government has published guidance for students to travel home at the end of the term while controlling Covid-19 transmission risk.

University students will be able to travel home to spend Christmas with their families once the national restrictions end on 2 December, following steps set out in new Government guidance published today.

In order to travel home safely, students in England will be required to follow the current national restrictions in place until 2 December, completing this four-week period in their term-time accommodation.

From 3 December to 9 December, which will be known as the ‘student travel window’, students will be allowed to travel home on staggered departure dates set by universities, who will work with other institutions in the region to manage pressure on transport infrastructure.

The student travel window will mean students can travel having just completed the four-week period of national restrictions, reducing the risk of transmission to family and friends at home.

Universities should move learning online by 9 December so students can continue their education while also having the option to return home to study from there.

As announced by the Prime Minister this week, the Government will also work closely with universities to establish mass testing capacity. Tests will be offered to as many students as possible before they travel home for Christmas, with universities in areas of high prevalence prioritised. This will provide further reassurance that where students test negative, they can return home safely and minimise the risk of passing coronavirus on to their loved ones.

If a student tests positive before their departure they will need to remain in self-isolation for the required period of ten days. Moving all learning online by 9 December gives enough time for students to complete the isolation period and return home for Christmas.

The guidance delivers on the Government’s pledge to ensure students can be with their families at Christmas while limiting transmission of the virus.


Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said:

“We know this Christmas will feel different, and following this incredibly difficult year we are delivering on our commitment to get students back to their loved ones as safely as possible for the holidays.

We have worked really hard to find a way to do this for students, while limiting the risk of transmission. Now it is vital they follow these measures to protect their families and communities, and for universities to make sure students have all the wellbeing support they need, especially those who stay on campus over the break.”


Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries said:

“The mass movement of students across the country at the end of term presents a really significant challenge within the COVID-19 response.

The measures announced today will help minimise that risk and help students get home to their families as safely as possible for Christmas. It is crucial that students follow the guidance in order to protect their families and the communities they return to.”

Universities are expected to make plans to ensure students can travel home safely at the end of term, working with local public health officials and transport operators.

Students should follow the Government’s travel guidance, which  includes wearing face coverings unless exempt, avoiding busy routes and times, and limiting car sharing with only their household or bubble where possible.

We are working with the other governments across the UK to ensure that all students, no matter where they live or study are treated fairly and can travel home as safely as possible to keep all our communities safe.

English students at universities in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, should follow the guidance relevant to where they are living before returning home. When they return to England, they should follow their local guidance for their home area.

Students returning to their home in England who have not completed the 4 weeks of national restrictions should undertake at least 14 days of restricted contact either before or after return home to minimise their risk of transmission.

Universities have also been asked to provide additional help and practical support to students, particularly for students who remain on campus over Christmas, which can include care leavers, international students and students estranged from their families. Universities should ensure they are properly cared for and can access affordable food, medical and cleaning supplies if needed.

The Government has provided over £9 million to leading mental health charities to help them expand and reach those most in need, as well as working closely with the Office for Students to provide up to £3 million to fund Student Space, a new mental health support platform.

The department also worked with the Office for Students to clarify that providers were able to use existing funds, worth around £23 million per month for April to July this year and £256 million for Academic Year 2020/21, towards hardship support.


Written Answers:

STEM Subjects: Further Education
Department for Education
10 November 2020

Colleen Fletcher: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of students studying STEM-related courses in further education colleges in each of the last five years.

Gillian Keegan: Table 1 in the attached file provides the number of learning aims (i.e. courses, programmes, qualifications and units) taken in STEM-related sector subject areas in education and training provision for each academic year between 2014/15 and 2018/19 and covers all further education (FE) providers. In addition, Table 2 provides apprenticeship participation on STEM-related apprenticeships delivered at FE and tertiary colleges. Both tables include students of all ages for learning in England.

Figures for the full, final 2019/20 academic year are due to be published in our next ‘Further Education and Skills’ statistical release later this month. The exact publication date will be announced on gov.uk soon.

The attachment can be found by following this link.



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