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  • How Team UK can do even better in EuroSkills

    We still have some way to go before we will be on a par with other European countries – we must look past the podium to see what we can learn from their skills systems, says Ben Blackledge It’s no coincidence that Switzerland and Austria were in first and second place respectively at the last

    5.00 Sep. 22nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Applied general qualifications: should they stay or should they go?

    What’s the future of applied general qualifications – should they stay or go? Lee Hunt shares his thoughts on which ones, post-T-level, are doomed for the scrap heap In the context of the new T-levels, there’s a legitimate debate around the future of applied general qualifications. Rather than asking whether they will stay or go,

    5.00 Sep. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • What can we learn from vocational training in Germany?

    As the Education Secretary tours the German technical education system, what might he learn that would be relevant to the UK? Ewart Keep explains England has been worrying about the superior performance of overseas vocational education and training (VET) systems since the Great Exhibition of 1851. Overseas study visits have been one device used to

    5.00 Sep. 21st, 2018 | Opinion

  • We urgently need a long-term funding strategy for FE

    Further education has an important role supporting the economy, says Chris Todd, but the government sees it as an easy target for funding cuts “16–18 education has been a big loser from education spending changes over the last 25 years”. This was a stark, and hugely worrying, headline from the recent annual report on education

    17.18 Sep. 19th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Our new approach to funding apprenticeships will provide better value for money

    A new approach to funding apprenticeships will provide better value for money so that people can benefit from the training opportunities on offer and progress in their careers, says Anne Milton I have spoken a lot about the important changes we are making to improve the quality of apprenticeships in this country. One of the

    17.15 Sep. 13th, 2018 | Opinion

  • It is time for joined-up thinking on adult education

    Much of the talk about adult education has been around the devolved budget and whether it’s being spent effectively. With 72 administrators hired to manage the London adult education budget – to the tune of £3 million – these are important questions. However, less well discussed are the issues of why adult education is often

    5.00 Sep. 15th, 2018 | Opinion

  • How to build a collaborative college culture

    Good leadership is all about relationships and taking people with you, says Steve Frampton, President of Portsmouth College for 13 years and now President of the Association of Colleges I firmly believe that the fundamentals of good leadership are all about relationships – you have to take people with you. With this in mind, here

    5.00 Sep. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • The funding band reviews are a good model for the future

    Following the success of the funding band reviews, the Institute for Apprenticeships will use the same collaborative approach to carry out quality reviews, declares Sir Gerry Berragan Reviews have been a focus for the Institute for Apprenticeships in recent weeks. As we look to make our final recommendations for the funding band review, we’re also

    18.00 Aug. 20th, 2018 | Opinion

  • We need three post-16 pathways: A-levels, T-levels and applied generals

    Two post-16 education pathways are not enough: we need an academic route, an occupational route and a career route, argues Rod Bristow There is a strong consensus in education that we need to do more to offer people a clear pathway to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at work. That’s why support

    10.00 Aug. 13th, 2018 | Opinion

  • We must tell the chancellor FE needs more, not less funding

    Further education is being asked to find more cuts, despite already being under-funded. Let’s fight back by insisting on fair funding for 16–18 education, retorts James Kewin To paraphrase the former Labour prime minister Harold Wilson, a day is a long time in politics. On Tuesday, Damian Hinds used a speech at the Resolution Foundation to set

    18.07 Aug. 1st, 2018 | Opinion

  • New quality assurance rules will create a tiered apprenticeship system

    The latest announcements on quality assurance of end-point assessments are a game-changer for assessment organisations – some standards will now be regulated more stringently than others, predicts Terry Fennell Things just got serious for end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) delivering standards that are externally quality assured by Ofqual, with new enforceable rules coming into effect on

    14.30 Jul. 30th, 2018 | Opinion