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Jane Hyde-Walsh, Founder and Director of the Staffroom

What is Effective CPD?

Nov 22, 2017 / Featured Article

Research on CPD demonstrates that many teachers and trainers do not participate in professional development activities and the most common reasons given are conflicts in work schedules and an absence...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

The rise of entrance exams... and the kn…

Nov 21, 2017 / Featured Article

Gaining entry to a top university is the benchmark for ambitious, high-performing students and the standard route into higher education has always been the A-level. Yet with more universities introducing...

Alex Meikle, ECA Director of Skills and Employment

Apprenticeships need equal billing with …

Nov 20, 2017 / Featured Article

If I were to give you two options – take up an electrical apprenticeship in which over four years you would earn over £60,000, or go to university, at the...

Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

Two ways of thinking about staff trainin…

Nov 17, 2017 / Featured Article

It is a truth universally acknowledged, at least in Further Education, that the high road to outstanding quality lies in the ‘sharing of good practice’. The idea is so emotionally appealing...

Mark Anderson, Managing Director, ACG Compliance

5 common signs of workplace bullying

Nov 16, 2017 / Featured Article

It’s prominent in most workplaces, it’s one of the most talked about aspects of working life, yet, it is still on the rise and evidently, we aren’t doing enough to...

Alastair Campbell, the Sultan of Spin, chats with Gavin O'Meara, FE News

Podcast with Alastair Campbell on improv…

Nov 15, 2017 / Featured Article

We chat with Alastair Campbell (aka the Sultan of Spin) and ask for his advice on how to improve the reputation and PR in FE, to the nation, to employers...

Councillor Stephen Lambert, Director, Education4Democracy.

ARE MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS WORKING IN TH…

Nov 15, 2017 / Featured Article

LAST AUTUMN the Government launched its industrial strategy, with new look apprenticeships, at Gateshead College in the north of England. The then skills minster, Robert Halfon, announced an extra £170m...

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the UK Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn interview. Jeremy chats ab…

Nov 14, 2017 / Featured Article

We chat with Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party about his plans for Further Education, Skills and Employability. We ask Jeremy about his plans for Further Education and Skills in...

Angela Middleton, Chairman and Founder of MiddletonMurray

We need to talk about careers advice in …

Nov 14, 2017 / Featured Article

There is a severe lack of informative and aspirational careers advice in the UK. As a nation we are underperforming, under-motivated and are nowhere near as productive as we should...

Arnie Skelton, Head of Business Development Unit, Epping Forest College

TOP TEN TIPS FOR MAKING MONEY FROM LEARN…

Nov 13, 2017 / Featured Article

Having spent 11 years as a FE lecturer, and a further 20 running my own L&D business, I was recently appointed on a 1-year contract to set up and manage...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Equal Pay Day 2017: Women basically wor…

Nov 10, 2017 / Featured Article

Despite the Equal Pay Act in 1970, women still earn less than men in Britain today. In fact, the current gender pay gap means women effectively stop earning relative to...

Sally Latham, A-level Philosophy Lecturer

Why we cannot lose A-Levels in FE Colleg…

Nov 08, 2017 / Featured Article

The fact that Further Education is woefully underfunded is not news. Nor is the fact that FE colleges are reducing the curriculum offered. According to research by the Association of...

Ben Hughes is Vice Principal (Industry Engagement) at Pearson College London

The Future of Skills

Nov 07, 2017 / Featured Article

I recently chaired an event hosted by Pearson College London’s Centre for Industry Engagement exploring why, after years of innovation and collaboration between educators and industrialists, soft skills remain such...

Dr. Brian Marien, Founder and Director of Positive Group

Mergers: Managing Change

Nov 06, 2017 / Featured Article

In the further education sector, a growing number of colleges are exploring the possibilities of a merger. There are, of course, obvious benefits: mergers present an opportunity to combine resources...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Apprenticeship Service developments: Ref…

Nov 03, 2017 / Featured Article

The latest DfE data shows that there are now over 11,000 employers who have opened their Apprenticeship Service (AS) levy account (end of September ‘17). Steady if not spectacular progress. Those...

Jake Tween, Head of Apprenticeships, ILM

Five Years on: pushing through the Richa…

Nov 03, 2017 / Featured Article

When Doug Richard revealed the findings of his review, he said; ‘No matter who I speak to, everyone agrees that apprenticeships are a good thing’. Five years on, and we’re...

Ruth South, Head of Graduate and Apprenticeship Programmes, Capgemini

Changing perceptions – The first digital…

Nov 02, 2017 / Featured Article

As the first female Doctor Who is set to feature on our screens, widening gender perspectives of this iconic British character, Capgemini has also crossed a milestone from a gender...

learndirect receive additional investment

learndirect receive additional investmen…

Nov 01, 2017 / Featured Article

Sky news have reported that learndirect have received an additional investment of £5 Million. According to the Sky News report the additional investment comes after learndirect prepare to potentially reveal a £70...

Chris McLean is Deputy Principal at Milton Keynes College

Rising with the robots – FE’s greatest c…

Nov 01, 2017 / Featured Article

When was the last time you saw a science fiction film where the robots were entirely benevolent? From Terminator to the Daleks, from Hal in 2001 to the Borg in...

Stefan Drew

The Death of the Conventional College

Oct 31, 2017 / Featured Article

When we look around and see the FE landscape it’s easy to think that is the norm and that it will continue in the same way for years. It will NOT. Education...

Five ways to prepare your apprentices fo…

Oct 30, 2017 / Featured Article

The end-point assessment is designed to provide a robust, independent and rigorous test of an apprentice’s skills and competence at the very end of the training programme. But the key role...

John Yarham, Vice Chair of Careers England and CEO of Futures Advice, Skills and Employment

What did your careers adviser ‘tell’ you…

Oct 27, 2017 / Featured Article

As a newly qualified careers adviser in the 1990s, I used to get quite upset by the stories of old- fashioned careers advice that people told me they had experienced...

Rod Harris, Operations Director, Intequal

Blended learning brings benefits all rou…

Oct 26, 2017 / Featured Article

Learning while you’re earning is a popular career path for many young people so it’s hardly surprising that, according to the British Council, there are currently over 900,000 people on...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Head teachers need to know how often the…

Oct 25, 2017 / Featured Article

Many head teachers underestimate how often subject teachers – who do not have careers advice training – are asked about careers by students, new research has found. The same survey showed that...

Claire Findlay, Head of Technology Apprenticeship Programme, Barclays

The importance of technology apprentices…

Oct 24, 2017 / Featured Article

Increasingly, technology is at the heart of everything we do, and is integral to the success of our economy, but there is a shortage of digital skills across the UK...

Roger Dawe CB OBE, Chair of the Career Colleges Trust

Getting the right relationship between e…

Oct 20, 2017 / Featured Article

I was delighted to take over as Chair of the Career Colleges Trust in June and it has been a busy few months. What Career Colleges are doing is crucial for...

Sallyann Baldry, Apprenticeships Consultant, Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)

Success Hinges on the Gateway

Oct 19, 2017 / Featured Article

The Federation of Awarding Bodies opens its two day conference in Leicester today (19 Oct) to 370 delegates, with End Point Assessments undoubtedly taking centre stage in the keynote speeches...

Tony Allen, CEO, AAS Ltd

Apprenticeship starts are down…… Don’t P…

Oct 18, 2017 / Featured Article

The social media feeds are ‘tweeting’ away again! This time there is much debate regarding the latest apprenticeship start numbers, and what they might mean for policy in the short-term...

Andrew Walker, Managing Director, TQUK

Imagine you’re going on a road trip from…

Oct 17, 2017 / Featured Article

Google Maps fails to plot the driving route from the new TQUK office in Sale, Manchester to the Shibuya area of Tokyo – simply pointing out ‘Sorry, we could not...

Mark Dawe is chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Party conferences diary – social mobilit…

Oct 17, 2017 / Featured Article

As a south London boy but not quite with the ‘grime’ accent to match, I had to mind my h’s during the party conference season. At Labour, it was okay...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director: Kaplan Financial

Two steps forward and one step back: or …

Oct 16, 2017 / Featured Article

Reacting to the reduction in Apprenticeship starts between May-July 2017 This week the government has published its regular quarterly Apprenticeship data. For the past 5 years these quarterly reports have shown...

Karla Archibald, Business Development Manager, EMSI

How LMI can help your college design the…

Oct 13, 2017 / Featured Article

In his comments to the recent AoC Autumn Curriculum Conference, Ofsted’s Deputy Director, Paul Joyce made a number of interesting observations about the current state of curriculum planning in the...

Sector Response to 61% drop in Apprenticeship starts

Sector Response to 61% decrease in Appre…

Oct 12, 2017 / Featured Article

The DfE has released their Statistical First Release on the number of Apprenticeship starts from 1st May to 31st July 2017 (which is the first quarter after the introduction of...

David Russell, CEO, The Education and Training Foundation

Apprenticeship route to QTS

Oct 11, 2017 / Featured Article

QTS-spotting The recent announcement by Justine Greening about creating an apprenticeship route to QTS has opened up a fascinating and important debate about teaching qualifications and professional formation. While some have...

Charlynne Pullen, Head of Data and Evaluation, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

Last few weeks to submit workforce data

Oct 10, 2017 / Featured Article

The deadline is fast approaching to submit your 2016/17 workforce data to the national Further Education (FE) workforce data service, SIR Data Insights. The service is run by the Education...

Arnie Skelton, Head of Business Development Unit, Epping Forest College

FE FUTURE? NOT AS WE KNOW IT….

Oct 09, 2017 / Featured Article

Are we still too embedded to the academic model of Further Education? Is the core provision st­­ill too focused on curricula, levels, and qualifications? Is FE as it stands, sleepwalking...

Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

When you know you’re wrong, you’re right…

Oct 06, 2017 / Featured Article

The best thing written about leadership pre-dates the Harvard Business Review. In fact it pre-dates Harvard, pre-dates the English language, even. It was written in what we now call Ancient...

Joe Crossley, Business Development Director, of Qube Learning

A degree is not necessarily for all indi…

Oct 05, 2017 / Featured Article

There is an out-dated view held by some that Apprenticeships are for those who were unable to get into University. The Apprenticeship Reforms has afforded Qube Learning the opportunity to...

Maren Deepwell is chief executive of the Association for Learning Technology

FELTAG: are we making it happen?

Oct 04, 2017 / Featured Article

At a recent Inside Government event, FELTAG 2017: Embracing Digital Technology in Further Education, I followed speakers including Bob Harrison, one of the original FELTAG members like me, and William...

Ben Verinder, Director, Chalkstream

The secret to recruitment and retention?…

Oct 03, 2017 / Featured Article

At this time of year further education managers ponder spreadsheets and graphs of recruitment data. This ritual is often accompanied by the uncomfortable realisation that rates of conversion from student...

David Morris, technology assurance director at RSM

Is the FE sector ready for GDPR?

Oct 03, 2017 / Featured Article

The imminent introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents a real challenge to educational establishments at all levels across the country given the wide range of sensitive...

Dr. Brian Marien, Founder and Director of Positive Group

Gold Standard Colleges: how can institut…

Oct 02, 2017 / Featured Article

For colleges across the UK, June 2017 marked the results of the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment, a new scheme designed to provide a rigorous review of teaching and...

Sue Southwood, Head of Maths and English, the Education and Training Foundation

Shaping success – the role of the ETF in…

Sep 29, 2017 / Featured Article

There has been a quiet revolution going on in the further education sector over the last four years. Substantial numbers of learners now required to re-sit GCSE maths and English...

Suresh Kamadchisundaram, Tutor, NESCOT College

Competition at the heart of the curricul…

Sep 29, 2017 / Featured Article

This month, Team UK will stand on the podium at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 in front of a global audience of apprentices, government officials and royalty, as they prepare to...

Dan Shelley, Vice Principal, Sussex Coast College Hastings

Subcontracting - Marmite of the sector b…

Sep 28, 2017 / Featured Article

Subcontracting divides opinion in the skills sector almost as much as the famous yeast extract does in the general populous. The naysayers point to high management fees and poor levels...

Steve Hewitt is FE Associates' Lead MIS and Funding Consultant

Assurance for FE

Sep 27, 2017 / Featured Article

It may not be the sexiest topic, but getting your assurance processes right from the beginning will save you a lot of heartache in the long run, says Steve Hewitt...

Charlie Mullins, Founder of Pimlico Plumbers

The government must practice what they p…

Sep 26, 2017 / Featured Article

Youth unemployment, crime on the streets and the skills shortage are three very real problems, and the solution to these is are so close to being rolled out across schools...

Dr Peter Spence, Principal Consultant, Holistic Educational Marketing and Fundraising Ltd

Advancement in the FE sector in the UK

Sep 25, 2017 / Featured Article

Advancement in the FE sector in the UK The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Canada launched a $100 million fundraising drive in 2014. In April 2015, the New Community...

Rob May, CEO at the Association of Business Executives

A Skills Solution that is Made in China?

Sep 22, 2017 / Featured Article

For over a year the sector has been entrenched in unpuzzling an ambitious slate of reforms. With unnerving haste, the UK government is delivering an untested Post-16 education model which...

Jim Carley, Managing Director, Carley Consult Ltd

Is it Wrong to Give Learndirect Special …

Sep 21, 2017 / Featured Article

Much has been said about Learndirect’s infamous Grade 4 inspection, and the train of events which led to it. It’s not for me to comment on the inner workings of...

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College

September Is Here Again

Sep 20, 2017 / Featured Article

September is here again and already the College environment is manic as students of all ages descend upon us – some aged 16 and straight from school or academy, others...

Louise Doyle, Director, MESMA

IMPROVEMENT PLANNING: GET IT WRITE

Sep 19, 2017 / Featured Article

IMPROVING quality is a critical step on the (seemingly endless) road to nirvana for FE college leaders, says Louise Doyle, director at quality assurance specialists Mesma, who considers how to...

Matt Atkinson is Joint Managing Director of FE Associates

MERGER MISHAPS

Sep 18, 2017 / Featured Article

The 1st of August 2017 was a momentous day for the college sector due to the number of mergers that took place. As well as those mergers that have taken...

Professor Sa'ad Sam Medhat, CEO, STEM Foundation

STEM Supply is Intermittent and of Varyi…

Sep 15, 2017 / Featured Article

The convergence of technological innovations is changing the conventional wisdom as we know it. New and emerging technologies such as Autonomy, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Data Visualization, Augmented...

The Nation's Largest College Brought to …

Sep 14, 2017 / Featured Article

The largest college in the country is boarded up and has closed its doors. A few days ago, a college I last visited less than a year ago, closed its doors...

Angela Hughes, HR Director at Insight UK

Why the future of skills is more than di…

Sep 14, 2017 / Featured Article

Last month, former GCHQ head, Robert Hannigan, made the claim that parents should be encouraging their children to spend more time online in order to “save the country,” as the...

Jim Carley reflects on the Non Levy Bidding

Non-Levy Bidding: What did we Learn?

Sep 13, 2017 / Featured Article

As Hurricane Irma has finally begun to subside, the storm of ESFA non-levy bidding has also dissipated, at least for now. Like the previous non-levy procurement, abandoned earlier in the...

Amanda Montague, In Future ltd

Future proofing - a virtual training te…

Sep 13, 2017 / Featured Article

Recently I commented on a post about the current state of the Apprenticeships and skills contracts, it has been a difficult year for many providers in respect of tenders put...

Stefan Drew

How Well Does FE Communicate With Studen…

Sep 12, 2017 / Featured Article

FE excels at communications. It’s an imperative in education. If we can’t communicate, we can’t teach. Teaching demands good communications; it is how we impart knowledge and get students to...

Jake Tween, Head of Apprenticeships, ILM

Overcoming the apprenticeships stigma – …

Sep 11, 2017 / Featured Article

Despite being one of the most accessible and efficient ways to upskill talent, dismissive attitudes towards apprenticeships are still rife in the UK. Deeply ingrained associations with trade, low wages...

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