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  • SPONSORED: Are your learners leaving education with the skills employers look for?

    What do employers really want? – it’s an age old question with a seemingly endless list of possible responses and accompanying challenges. Problem solving? Motivation? Resilience? Confidence? Literacy and numeracy? Digital skills? All of the above? When we simplify it down, employers – no matter what industry they operate in – are looking for talent.

    9.20 Dec. 4th, 2019 | Sponsored post

  • Manifestos give little hope SEND reform will deliver

    With the General Election nearly upon us, Natspec’s Clare Howard has been assessing the three main parties’ promises as they battle to gain or remain in power The Education Select Committee’s October report scrutinising the 2014 reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) referred to “a treacle of bureaucracy… conflict… and despair”. So will

    5.00 Dec. 2nd, 2019 | Opinion

  • Edtech reforms that ignore FE's 'dual professionalism' will make things worse

    Edtech can improve teaching, learning and assessment – and save time (but only if it’s done right), says Vikki Liogier It is cliché by now, but the world of work really is changing and no industry sector will avoid technology’s transformative impact, not least education. As pointed out by Nora Senior in these pages last

    5.00 Nov. 26th, 2019 | Opinion

  • My 5 priorities for FE that should go first in the next education secretary's in-tray

    Some issues have been hanging over the vocational sector for 40 years, says Ewart Keep. If we truly want to transform our society and economy, we can’t afford to keep passing the buck As FE and skills have taken centre stage in this election battle, and parties vie for our attention with policies and promises,

    5.00 Nov. 25th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Politicians are beginning to realise they can't afford to ignore FE

    What would you tell the leaders of the major political parties about needed policy changes in further education? Tony Lewin has a few ideas . . . Everyone who works in FE knows how vital the sector is. Colleges provide life-changing opportunities while powering the workforce of local industry. They educate and train 2.2 million

    5.00 Nov. 24th, 2019 | Opinion

  • SPONSORED: Revolutionising English and mathematics improvement in Further Education & Skills

    A collaboration between Tribal and Leeds City College has resulted in a unique English and mathematics improvement tool for Further Education and Skills providers. The successful completion of a 9-month pilot means this national accreditation has been expertly adapted for FE & Skills. Leeds City College now look ahead to embedding good practices and improving

    10.00 Nov. 5th, 2019 | Sponsored post

  • Administration. The new normal for struggling colleges?

    After a new report has revealed that government-backed mergers haven’t been a silver bullet for colleges in financial distress, further education leaders need to focus on student attainment in order to avoid educational administration For some time now, the perceived wisdom has been that a struggling college’s financial performance can be improved if it merges

    5.00 Sep. 29th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Access to Apprenticeships: People with disabilites need a better deal

    Only diverse, flexible and highly skilled workforces will help businesses to overcome economic and political challenges, says Laura Burley. While there are encouraging signs, there is work to be done to realise our potential for a fully inclusive labour market Our Access to Apprenticeships report published today explores access to, and availability of, apprenticeships for

    5.00 Sep. 28th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Parents are key to unlocking HE potential

    Parents are the most important influencers when a student decides about higher education, says Bart Shaw. It’s time to get them on board As enrolment season ends and students get into the groove of their courses, keen eyes will already be looking to the horizon for what comes next. Efforts to support students from under-represented

    5.00 Sep. 24th, 2019 | Opinion

  • The government must take steps to reform the apprenticeship levy

    Government policy on apprenticeships is not working as intended, says John Cope. What’s needed is further (and urgent) reform Employers invest more than £44 billion a year in training and are, more than ever, passionate supporters of apprenticeships. They all agree that the apprenticeship levy helps to plug skills gaps, especially given the focus on

    5.00 Sep. 22nd, 2019 | Opinion

  • Rethinking education in the era of the talent economy

    A learner-driven revolution in education is unfolding around the world, says Rod Bristow, as Pearson launches its inaugural Global Learner Survey. The new study captures the opinions of learners worldwide, but are we ready to hear them? Technology, automation, globalisation and an unpredictable political environment are affecting everything about our world – especially work and

    5.00 Sep. 21st, 2019 | Opinion