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FE Week Podcast

The FE Week Podcast: Is there a device crisis in FE?

Is device use seriously negatively affecting student learning? How can devices be used well? And what is the situation…

Jess Staufenberg
The FE Week Podcast
FE Week Podcast

The FE Week Podcast: Is disability the hidden diversity issue?

In this episode, education journalist Jess Staufenberg explores disability – or differing ability – and what it means as…

Jess Staufenberg
The FE Week Podcast

Latest Opinion

Adult Education

DfE – look at Scotland’s plans for an adult learning strategy

England needs an all-stages and all-levels levelling-up lifelong adult learning plan, writes Sue Pember Both Wales and Scotland are…

Jess Staufenberg
Sue Pember
Opinion

This is how evaluation practices lead to better governance

Assessment of the board improves the performance and engagement of its members, writes Fiona Chalk I had the pleasure…

Jess Staufenberg
Fiona Chalk
Prison education

Five ways to create a prison education system for the 21st century

The education select committee is making the right noises around prison education, but these recommendations are important, writes Peter…

Jess Staufenberg
Peter Cox

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Mindful Education – helping colleges and training providers prepare for AAT Q2022

Delivering new or updated qualifications can be daunting, but working with Mindful Education makes the transition to AAT Q2022…

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IPS Ltd; Introducing Enrichment Resource Solutions, Additional Facilities to Support Mental Health in FE

Over the past few years, the UK has identified a vast increase in people facing Mental Health issues, and…

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British Army seeks ITPs to support their apprenticeship programme – contracting launch 

An upcoming event will cover how ITPs can tender for these support contracts

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter

News Features

Long read

Focus feature: Student safety and criminal exploitation

What happens after a serious violent incident plays out in a college? How can colleges best support students and…

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
Long read, Research

Focus feature: The realities of research in FE

Despite a lack of funds and interest from above, research in FE is being kept alive by grassroots groups…

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
Long read

‘Students served by FE are vulnerable to modern slavery’

One college on an awareness drive around labour exploitation was amazed at how many learners were being mistreated. Jess…

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg

Apprenticeships Latest

Apprenticeships

Apprentice pay: ‘£4.81 an hour isn’t enough to live on. It’s crippling.’

Low-paid apprenticeships are becoming ‘unaffordable’ for learners and are contributing to low take-up, according to providers.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Apprenticeships

Winners of inaugural apprenticeship assessment awards revealed

Federation of Awarding Bodies chief executive Tom Bewick said the awards marked a “crucial point” when the majority of…

Will Nott
Will Nott
Apprenticeships

CMI earns record turnover as management apprenticeships soar despite pandemic

End-point assessment ‘is now a significant contributor to income’ for the charity

Billy Camden
Billy Camden

Skills Reform Latest

Qualifications, Skills reform, T Levels

Revealed: 38 BTECs facing the chop to clear way for first T Levels

They’re among 160 level 3 quals set to be defunded from 2024

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Qualifications, Skills reform

Level 2 qualifications review ‘materially flawed’

Providers and awarding organisations have had their say on the government’s level 2 qualifications review. Here’s what the sector…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Skills reform

DfE begins local skills improvement plans national rollout

It is hoped that “most” of the country will be covered by an LSIP by summer 2023

Will Nott
Will Nott

T Levels Latest

Qualifications, Skills reform, T Levels

Revealed: 38 BTECs facing the chop to clear way for first T Levels

They’re among 160 level 3 quals set to be defunded from 2024

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
T Levels

Employers losing interesting in T Levels, survey reveals

5,000 employers were quizzed about their interest in offering T Level placements, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
T Levels

DfE seeks brokers for SME T Level placements

Up to £350 will be paid per placement to the winning contractors

Billy Camden
Billy Camden

Ofsted Latest

Ofsted

Three colleges remain ‘outstanding’ more than a decade after last Ofsted visits 

This week Ofsted published the results of new inspections and found that standards at the three colleges had not slipped,…

Will Nott
Will Nott
Ofsted, SEND

SEND college where students ‘do not feel safe’ judged ‘inadequate’

‘Staff are sometimes too slow to take action when learners report bullying or harassment’

Will Nott
Will Nott
Ofsted

Ofsted 5-year strategy Q&A with Paul Joyce

We discuss the watchdog’s two key areas of focus for FE

Billy Camden
Billy Camden

The latest sector transfers

Movers and Shakers

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: EDITION 389

Rachel Nicholls Chief Executive, Inspire Education Group Start date: July 2022 Previous Job: Deputy CEO, Inspire Education Group Interesting…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Movers and Shakers

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: EDITION 388

Elise Temple Principal & Director of Education and Skills, NACRO Start date: May 2022 Previous Job: Vice Principal –…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Movers and Shakers

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: EDITION 387

Claire Gehlig Curriculum consultant, FE Associates Start date: April 2022 Previous Job: Head of Apprenticeships, South Thames College Interesting…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter

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