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  • 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

  • SPONSORED: The value of Higher Technical Education (HTE)

    The Level 4 and 5 higher technical education (HTE) space has been the subject of much attention in recent months, with the Department for Education’s Review of Level 4 and 5 Higher Technical Education (HTE) highlighting the great potential of and need for this type of education. The government is focused on strengthening this landscape

    16.00 Sep. 19th, 2019 | Sponsored post

  • Why educational excellence should be an end in itself.

    Grappling with new political strategies takes precious time and resources, so we should stay focused on the quest for the best education Part of the lifecycle of any organisation is to revisit the strategic plan, reconsider the vision, rethink the mission and ponder the values and culture required to keep moving forward. If the current

    5.00 Sep. 17th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Practical collaboration must be the way forward for apprenticeships

    Apprenticeship schemes should be at the heart of social, educational and economic policy The apprenticeship system in its current state isn’t working. This isn’t simply a gnarly policy issue, or a practical concern for businesses and learning providers. It is a profound economic and social justice issue, which disproportionately affects the most disadvantaged and perpetuates

    5.00 Sep. 16th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Investing sustainably is everyone's responsibility

    The government’s announcement of extra funding for FE is welcome, but the sector must ensure it is invested sustainably, says Richard Atkins as he sets out his office’s three key priorities for the new academic year With everyone else in the sector, I was very pleased to read about the significant increase in FE funding

    5.00 Sep. 14th, 2019 | Opinion

  • It's time for FE to stop playing second fiddle

    The FE and skills sector has for too long existed in the shadow of higher education, says Gavin Williamson, the new education secretary. He explains why he wants to bring it out into the light so that every student has the opportunity to benefit from the same quality of education he had When I was

    11.50 Sep. 13th, 2019 | Opinion