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Both Labour and the Lib Dems have made some pre-manifesto pledges on further education, but these should all be taken with a pinch of salt, says Gemma Gathercole...
Writing exclusively for FE Week, Shakira Martin, the new president-elect of the NUS discusses her ambitious plans to represent students of all stripes by leaning on her own...
After Brexit, the government must replace the £500 million provided every year by the European Social Fund for people in disadvantaged circumstances, says Shane Chowen It’s only been...
The Education and Skills Funding Agency has dug itself a huge hole. Incredibly, it’s still digging. As readers will know, it was in the interest of “stability” that...
Apprentices need help getting the right mental health support in place to give them the best chance of retaining employment once qualified, says Chris Kingsbury It is great...
The goverment’s determination not to open up any more lines of funding for our incredibly hard-pressed providers is a strategy that’s doomed to end in disaster, perhaps for...
As political parties scramble to write their manifestos, carefully crafting their words to minimise the number of broken promises if they get into power, Graham Taylor sets out...
The ongoing decline in the number of colleges with outstanding inspection results risks seriously undermining confidence in the sector. This comes at a time when our minister Robert...
On the eve of the apprenticeship reforms being implemented the government might have expected the sector to be apprehensive, but excited. Yet the ESFA clearly bit off more...
Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, calls for immediate government action to alleviate the pending “horror story” facing providers of apprenticeships with...
Dr Sue, director of policy and external relations at Holex, answers your questions, backed by her experience as principal of Canterbury College and in senior civil service posts...

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