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Flashback Friday! 22nd September
Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 22nd...
Apprenticeships as driver of social mobility
The unintended consequences of the Apprenticeship Reforms on the social equality of the young and...
Retaining and developing the teaching workforce - Sector Response
Today, (12 Sept), the National Audit Office (NAO) has published their report, "Retaining and developing...
Don't spoil the ship for an ha’peth of tar!
Falling learner numbers, Ofsted inspections in the news for all the wrong reasons, pauses and...
Autumn Budget 2017: the Apprenticeship Levy doesn’t go far enough
The Autumn Budget is scheduled to take place in November; the first Autumn Budget held...
Flashback Friday! 22nd September
Flashback Friday! 22nd September
Apprenticeships as driver of social mobility
Apprenticeships as driver of social mobility
Retaining and developing the teaching workforce - Sector Response
Retaining and developing the teaching workforc...
Don't spoil the ship for an ha’peth of tar!
Don't spoil the ship for an ha’peth of tar!
Autumn Budget 2017: the Apprenticeship Levy doesn’t go far enough
Autumn Budget 2017: the Apprenticeship Levy do...

 

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday! 22nd September

Sep 22, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 22nd September in the year: 2016: Devolution and localism: what will happen to colleges? by David Corke, Director of...

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Apprenticeships as driver of social mobi…

Sep 21, 2017 / FE Voices

The unintended consequences of the Apprenticeship Reforms on the social equality of the young and the most disadvantaged. Time to act before a generation is lost. The apprenticeship reforms have...

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday! 15th September

Sep 15, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 15th September in the year: 2016: Functional Skills Funding – The Achilles’ Heel Of The Apprenticeship Reforms? by Roger...

Retaining and developing the teaching wo…

Sep 12, 2017 / FE Voices

Today, (12 Sept), the National Audit Office (NAO) has published their report, "Retaining and developing the teaching workforce" on teacher recruitment and retention. Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National...

Jill Whittaker, FCA, Managing Director, HIT Training

Don't spoil the ship for an ha’peth of t…

Sep 11, 2017 / FE Voices

Falling learner numbers, Ofsted inspections in the news for all the wrong reasons, pauses and restarts to the ESFA tendering process… anyone would think that the apprenticeship market is in...

Mark Farrar, Chief Executive, AAT

Autumn Budget 2017: the Apprenticeship L…

Sep 11, 2017 / FE Voices

The Autumn Budget is scheduled to take place in November; the first Autumn Budget held since 1996. Ahead of this, AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) has written to Chancellor Phillip...

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday! 8th September

Sep 08, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 8th September in the year: 2016: Apprentices can earn up to 270% more over their lifetime than university...

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

Time to tackle burning injustice of disa…

Sep 07, 2017 / FE Voices

Today (7 Sept), Learning and Work Institute launch "Opportunity For All", a collection of essays by leading thinkers on increasing employment opportunities for disabled people. With an employment rate gap...

Paul Thorn is the Managing Director of School-Toilets.co.uk

Wudu washing: is your college catering t…

Sep 05, 2017 / FE Voices

Islam is the second largest religion in the UK, with Muslim people making up around 5% of the total population. For that reason, it’s important to make sure that students...

Dr Brian Marien, founder and director of Positive Group

Social and emotional learning and its po…

Sep 04, 2017 / FE Voices

Dr. Brian Marien, Founder and Director of Positive Group, specialists in evidence- based programmes to improve psychological wellbeing and build resilience enabling individuals and teams to fulfill their potential, discusses...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeships Partnership Director, Kaplan UK

Who deserves a £2,000 pound apprenticesh…

Sep 01, 2017 / FE Voices

Who has lost out in the new Apprenticeship funding system? I was recently reminded that this time last year I wrote an article about the launch of the Apprenticeship funding bands...

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday! 1st September

Sep 01, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 1st September in the year: 2016: Who deserves a £1,000 Apprenticeship? by Richard Marsh, Apprenticeships Partnership Director, Kaplan...

Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy, Chartered Management Institute

Awareness of degree apprenticeships is s…

Aug 30, 2017 / FE Voices

In the last fortnight, more than a million GCSE and A-level students have collected their exam results and many will now be moving onto the next stage of education. Of...

Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, Universities UK

Is there a crisis of confidence in our u…

Aug 29, 2017 / FE Voices

Universities are under intense scrutiny and in danger of being unfairly categorised as elite, aloof and detached from individuals, communities and day-to-day challenges. In the UK, it seems to be open...

David Kitchen is Managing Director of Consultancy firm, The Leadership Team

Running a Balanced Business

Aug 29, 2017 / FE Voices

Business Sense from The Leadership Team The difficulties faced by large funded training providers like First 4 Skills and learndirect is a huge blow to learners, staff and other providers in the...

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday!

Aug 25, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at this day in the year: 2016: Exam results: teenage anxiety and the rise of the BTEC by Olly...

GCSE results for England - Sector Respon…

Aug 24, 2017 / FE Voices

As the first of the reformed GCSEs in English language, English literature and mathematics, are being issued, today's (24 Aug) GCSE results show: Across English language, English literature and maths, there...

Dr John Gordon, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of East Anglia

Research finds new GCSEs in English and …

Aug 24, 2017 / FE Voices

Study on reading in schools challenges new English exams Research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests that approaches to reading linked to new GCSEs in English and English Literature...

Eileen Milner, the new Chief Executive of the ESFA

Sector Response to Eileen Milner's appoi…

Aug 23, 2017 / FE Voices

Eileen Milner has been announced as the new ESFA Chief Executive from November 2017. Eileen will replace Peter Lauener, the current Chief Executive Officer of the ESFA, who has held the post...

English Education: World Class? - Sector…

Aug 23, 2017 / FE Voices

In their major new report out today (23 Aug), English Education: World Class?, UCL Institute of Education and Education Policy Institute (EPI) have identified what these new grades mean in terms...

Andrew Cormack, Chief regulatory adviser, Jisc

A year to get your act together: how uni…

Aug 22, 2017 / FE Voices

It’s out with the old and in with the new in May 2018 as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sweeps into effect to replace the Data Protection Act (DPA)...

Esin Akdogan, an Oxford student from Hackney

If Oxford was attracted to me, it’s beca…

Aug 22, 2017 / FE Voices

For children from state schools, the odds are still stacked against them winning a place at Oxbridge. Earlier this year, Professor Les Ebdon, director of the Office for Fair Access...

Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director, NOCN Group

Accelerating Apprenticeship and Technica…

Aug 21, 2017 / FE Voices

The Reform of our apprenticeship system (Trailblazers) and technical education (T-Levels) is crucial to the future successful running of our economy in a competitive Global environment.  If done in the...

Building a Creative Nation with the Furt…

Aug 18, 2017 / FE Voices

A great deal is said about the growth of the creative industries and skills shortages. but less is said about the specific challenges to educators, particularly at post-16. At Creative &...

Thomas Cavanagh, Academic Manager at Open Study College

What can you do if you didn’t get the gr…

Aug 17, 2017 / FE Voices

What can you do if you didn’t get the grades you wanted? This week, teenagers across the country had the anxious wait for their A-level results.  But what can you do...

A-Level Results: STEM uptake is a solid …

Aug 17, 2017 / FE Voices

The latest A-level results have shown there has been a strong uptake in entries to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and more young women studying these disciplines.  Exasol, provider...

A level results day 2017 - Sector Respon…

Aug 16, 2017 / FE Voices

A Level results day 2017 (17 Aug) and as of midnight, 416,310 applicants have been already accepted into higher education through UCAS. This still reflects is a decrease of 7,570 people...

Higher Apprenticeships: Good for busines…

Aug 15, 2017 / FE Voices

Sussex Skills Solutions, the joint venture between Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College, is the premier provider of apprenticeships and skills training in Sussex. As students across the county...

Young people from disadvantaged backgrou…

Aug 14, 2017 / FE Voices

In the week in which thousands of students receive their A-Level results, education charity Teach First has found that those born in the poorest postcodes of the country have just...

Ken Reid, Director of Curriculum, recently retired after 38 years at Leeds City College

How to deliver fantastic community learn…

Aug 14, 2017 / FE Voices

“There are lots of considerations but three key things jump out: the importance of finding a member of staff who not only has the right skills base but who also...

Patrick Watson, Managing Director, Montrose Public Affairs Consultants

Careers Guidance in need of a Strategy

Aug 11, 2017 / FE Voices

This month  four organisations  in the careers guidance space have come together to create a new alliance: The Career Management Quality Alliance (CMQA  Frustrated by government toing and froing on...

Growing fee fears among young people - S…

Aug 10, 2017 / FE Voices

The proportion of young people who think they are likely to go into Higher Education when they are old enough has fallen to the lowest level since 2009, according to...

Benn Carson, Carson Recruitment

Time for change...

Aug 10, 2017 / FE Voices

Back in March, with the Apprenticeship Levy imminent, I wrote about the potential effects on recruitment, and gave my opinion that employers would begin paying very close attention to their...

Dr Elle Boag, Social Psychologist at Birmingham City University

How to respond when one child does well …

Aug 10, 2017 / FE Voices

We all know that there is an increasing pressure to perform well academically in order to be successful in an increasingly competitive world; we also understand that not all children...

Rachel Shorrock, Director, System Group

REGISTER FOR SUCCESS

Aug 09, 2017 / FE Voices

WITH official figures showing that a little under half of the employers eligible to register on the government’s apprenticeship system had done so by May this year, Rachel Shorrock of...

“Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” - Df…

Aug 08, 2017 / FE Voices

A leaked memo from a Google employee titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, in which women were described as less suited to coding than men, has attracted widespread comment and criticism in the...

Graham Woodham, Programme Head of Social Work, Skills for Care

Social work degree apprenticeships: A di…

Aug 08, 2017 / FE Voices

Programme Head of Social Work at Skills for Care, Graham Woodham talks us through the upcoming social work degree apprenticeships and the opportunities that come with this different way of...

What matters is what works

Aug 07, 2017 / FE Voices

Since taking the reins at ERSA in 2010, I have been struck by the wealth of information and evidence that exists within ERSA members, but also astonished by the extent...

Sport and Uniformed Steve Settle, Public Services Curriculum Leader, Salford City College

Beautiful, Inspirational, Humbling: Tut…

Aug 04, 2017 / FE Voices

“My eyes are now wide open and I can see that the Army Reserves are saving lives. From a personal perspective, the experience I had in Kenya was a humbling...

Concern raised over Non-Levy Funding Med…

Aug 03, 2017 / FE Voices

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers have raised concern over a clause in the Non-Levy Funding ITT around DfE sign off on press releases and media contact surrounding the...

Further Education Area Review Reports - …

Aug 03, 2017 / FE Voices

Department for Education today (3 Aug) published the report and recommendations from the Further Education Area Reviews. Sector Response to the Area Review Recommendations David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of...

Register of apprentice assessment organi…

Aug 01, 2017 / FE Voices

Information for organisations thinking about applying to the register of apprentice assessment organisations. If you are interested in delivering the knowledge, skills and behaviours elements of the apprenticeship do not apply to...

ESFA launches new non-levy procurement e…

Jul 31, 2017 / FE Voices

Latest information for training providers about the procurement for apprenticeship training provision. A new procurement exercise for apprenticeship training to non-levy paying employers has been launched by the Education and Skills Funding...

Michael Bradley, Founder, MEJBConsulting (bulb & 2RecycleIT)

What sort of laptop or PC do you really …

Jul 26, 2017 / FE Voices

So “school’s out for summer” and whilst beavering away in your holiday job or bronzing away in the sun your thoughts of next Academic Year and term, thankfully seem miles...

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN

How diversity can bring competitive adva…

Jul 24, 2017 / FE Voices

It has been said that if every male engineer had a female counterpart, the skills crisis in that sector would be solved at a stroke. Certainly, in 2015, when the Royal...

Ian Pretty, CEO, Collab Group

Skills devolution: Untapped Potential

Jul 20, 2017 / FE Voices

The devolution of powers over employment and skills policy is hugely consequential for the future of the British economy. Devolution presents huge opportunities for English regions to reshape employment and...

Andy Slater, Director, Faculty of Lifestyles for catering and hospitality, Activate Learning

Activate Learning prepares culinary stud…

Jul 20, 2017 / FE Voices

Here in the UK we are very fortunate in that we are exposed to a multitude of cuisines and celebrated restaurants. The influences that have come from our diverse culture...

Building an online school

Jul 18, 2017 / FE Voices

There is no doubt that the post-16 education landscape is changing. In March this year, the Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged £500-million in the budget for the introduction of new T-Levels...

Iain Landles, Director of the Faculty of Creative Arts at Activate Learning

Activate Learning Combines Creative Arts…

Jul 17, 2017 / FE Voices

As ecommerce and online shopping have taken off this has created a decline in the selection of shops open to consumers on the high street.  In fact over the past...

Employability Day 2017: An Overview of B…

Jul 14, 2017 / FE Voices

In just a few months from now, the Government will be launching its new welfare-to-work scheme, the Work and Health Programme. The scheme is intended to provide specialised employment support...

Robert Halfon, Chair of the Education Committee

Chair of the Education Committee is Robe…

Jul 13, 2017 / FE Voices

Responding to the announcement that The new Chair of the Education Committee is Robert Halfon,   Ian Pretty: CEO Collab Group, said: "Congratulations to Robert Halfon on being elected Chair of the...

Education Secretary Justine Greening

Education Secretary unveils schemes to t…

Jul 12, 2017 / FE Voices

New initiatives to tackle social mobility and help pupils from all backgrounds reach their full potential were announced today (12 July) in a keynote speech by the Education Secretary Justine...

Sector Response - BOOSTING SOCIAL MOBILI…

Jul 12, 2017 / FE Voices

Baker Dearing statement in response to The Oxera report for the Sutton Trust Baker Dearing Educational Trust welcomes the report by Oxera for the Sutton Trust. We agree that a major factor driving...

Northern Powerhouse Partnership to deliv…

Jul 10, 2017 / FE Voices

A major review into education and skills levels in the North has been launched by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP). The review team, chaired by Manchester Airport’s Managing Director Collette Roche...

Education Secretary Justine Greening

Justine Greening: Britain needs a skills…

Jul 06, 2017 / FE Voices

Mission to deliver world-class technical education to give young people the best start. Education Secretary Justine Greening has today (6 July) set out her mission to spark the skills revolution needed to...

Anne Milton is thrilled with 2017 Learne…

Jul 06, 2017 / FE Voices

There have been 1.06 million apprenticeship starts since May 2015, there have been 3.44 million starts since May 2010 reported to date. Provisional figures from August 2016 to April 2017 440,300 apprenticeships...

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities

Higher education funding in England: pas…

Jul 06, 2017 / FE Voices

In response to the "Higher education funding in England: past, present and options for the future" report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that looked into tuition fees and graduate...

Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton

Jim McMahon MP calls for scrapping of Gr…

Jul 05, 2017 / FE Voices

In 2015 the Government set out its approach to restructuring the further education sector, which involves 37 area reviews of post-16 provision. The aim of the reviews was to create strong...

The funding rates and the formula used i…

Jul 04, 2017 / FE Voices

Colleges, providers, schools and academies receive annual funding allocations from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for provision of 16 to 19 education. The documents give advice about the use...

£200 million of the Department for Educa…

Jul 03, 2017 / FE Voices

The Department for Education underspent its budget for sixth form education by £200 million this year, according to figures revealed by ministers. An answer to a Parliamentary question shows that...

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