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  • How should providers interpret the ‘new’ ESFA guidance on prior learning?

    It is an add-on rather than an update – and could be an attempt to claw back funding or scare providers into discount pricing, says Simon Ashworth Earlier this week the ESFA published guidance on the recognition of prior learning. It’s important to note this is additional guidance, rather than specifically new or updated funding

    5.00 Mar. 18th, 2019 | Opinion

  • West Midlands needs better skills – adult education budget devolution can provide them

    The adult education budget should be used to help communities that aren’t benefiting from the region’s economic success, says Julie Nugent The West Midlands is experiencing a renaissance. Civic pride is growing, with Coventry set to be the UK’s city of culture in 2021, and Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022 Our economy is

    5.00 Mar. 17th, 2019 | Opinion

  • The National Education Service: Suggestions on a postcard, please

    In its latest NES consultation document, Labour asks for suggestions on how to achieve local democratic accountability – the sector must rise to the challenge, says Ewart Keep FE Week recently reported on the launch of the Labour party’s latest consultation on local accountability as part of the development process for a National Education Service

    5.00 Mar. 16th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Why has England seemingly set out to destroy adult learning opportunities?

    It’s good for democracy, health, productivity and civic engagement: lifelong learning in this country must be revitalised, says Alan Tuckett There has been a plethora of new reports from international bodies extolling the value of lifelong learning. Building on the UN’s 2015 commitment to “promoting lifelong learning for all” and ensuring that “no one is

    5.00 Mar. 11th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Apprenticeships should be high-quality vocational pipelines to prosperity

    National Apprenticeship Week gives us an opportunity to consider where our system is going wrong and to devise an ambitious plan to combat in-work poverty, says Andy Norman There remains fundamental confusion as to what apprenticeships are and who they should be for. Within the context of rising in-work poverty alongside persistent skills shortages, we

    12.00 Mar. 8th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Supported internships are a success story for young people with SEND

    The radical change has moved from focussing on young people’s disabilities and problems to supporting them to live ordinary lives in their communities, says Linda Jordan The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) was delighted to be invited to join the roundtable discussion with the education select committee into the implementation of the reforms to

    5.00 Mar. 10th, 2019 | Opinion

  • SMEs must be brought centre stage on apprenticeships

    The apprenticeship levy needs to be rebadged as a skills levy and utilised for a broader range of training, says Mark Farrar The news that some training providers are having to turn away individuals interested in taking apprenticeships (as reported in FE Week, 8 February 2019) is, to put it mildly, awkward for the Education

    5.00 Mar. 5th, 2019 | Opinion

  • How local areas are tackling youth unemployment

    While last week’s employment statistics were generally good news, they also revealed that youth unemployment is rising. Fiona Aldridge shares what local areas across the country are doing to try and buck this trend For those of you looking for some good news, last week’s labour market stats are a great place to start. The

    15.00 Feb. 25th, 2019 | Opinion

  • SPONSORED: Harlow College introduces F1 in Schools to inspire passion for engineering

    Harlow Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Centre (HAMEC) offers a range of engineering courses from Level 2 to Level 5 with around 200 students from 16 years, including both full time and apprentice learners. The college has now introduced the World’s most exciting STEM Challenge – F1 in Schools – to inspire and engage the students through

    16.30 Feb. 21st, 2019 | Sponsored post

  • How we made virtual reality part of our students’ learning

    After a poor Ofsted inspection, Preston’s College worked out how technology could boost student and staff performance, says Steve Smith Everyone knows what 360-degree footage is – it’s everywhere, from intrepid Go Pro users wrestling great whites to “twerking” on the world’s highest peaks. Our role, as educators, however, is to go beyond entertainment and

    5.00 Feb. 16th, 2019 | Opinion

  • How a holistic package of support can improve students’ outcomes

    Building welfare support into post-16 provision is crucial to improving retention and achievements, says Tara Bliss-Appleton, who has some tips on how to make the funding work The Saint Edmunds Society has offered vocational training since 2012 to young people who have struggled in mainstream education, to help them to develop meaningful trade-specific skills that

    5.00 Feb. 17th, 2019 | Opinion