Jess Staufenberg

  • Here’s what we learnt from running digital bootcamps

    Bootcamps are a step in the right direction – but lessons need to be learned from pilots like ours, writes Clare Hatton The prime minister’s recent funding announcement for digital skills “bootcamps”, which will deliver short IT courses to boost employability, forms part of the government’s commitment to improve the UK’s digital capabilities and to

    5.00 Oct. 26th, 2020 | Opinion

  • After Black Lives Matter, it’s time FE led the way on inclusion

    FE has some of the most diverse classrooms around and should be setting an example when it comes to representation, writes Teresa Carroll Teaching and learning at its best should reflect the diversity of our learners’ worlds. Covid-19 has brought into focus the disparity in learners’ experiences from a social and economic perspective. Meanwhile, movements

    5.00 Oct. 25th, 2020 | Opinion

  • The DfE’s college merger process seriously ‘requires improvement’

    These are three steps the government could take to ensure no other college has to endure the protracted process we have, writes Sarah Stannard As you may expect of the principal of a college on the road to merger for five years now, I have strong views about mergers. You may suppose that after such

    5.00 Oct. 24th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Profile: Kate Green

    Three months into the job of shadow education secretary, Kate Green reveals she is a ‘policy geek’ who is most naturally at home advocating for others…  In many ways, the boots Kate Green must fill as shadow education secretary are big ones. Both her immediate predecessors have powerful personal stories about social mobility that appealed

    5.00 Oct. 20th, 2020 | Profiles

  • Why are only four in 10 staff in FE comfortable with mainstream technology?

    The state of digital skills among the workforce isn’t good enough and is letting learners down, writes Robin Ghurbhurun at ed tech organisation Jisc There are too few colleges and providers in the UK whose staff have the technical expertise, support and vision to realise the potential of digital technology in teaching practice. This is

    5.00 Oct. 13th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Dig beneath the surface of the government’s skills announcement and it’s unambitious

    The government is deploying a solutions-as-you-go approach, instead of a proper national network for employment and training, writes Kirstie Donnelly It certainly feels like the government is waking up to the potential of technical and skills-based education. But dig underneath the surface of these announcements and they feel slightly unambitious and limited in their scope

    5.00 Oct. 12th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Too little, too late, Johnson’s speech takes FE back to 2013

    The prime minister’s announcement lacks urgency and fails to bring enough money forward to this year, writes Toby Perkins The prime minister’s recent discovery of the merits of FE is superficially attractive but as we’ve learnt with this PM, things aren’t always as they seem. His announcement lacked both the pace to address the immediate

    5.00 Oct. 10th, 2020 | Opinion

  • I hope more government departments follow our lead by employing apprentices

    The apprenticeships trial in my department will be closely evaluated so we can set an example across government, writes Gillian Keegan There has never been a more critical time to invest in new talent and help create more job opportunities. As a former apprentice, I’ve experienced first-hand the amazing journey an apprenticeship can take you

    5.00 Oct. 11th, 2020 | Opinion

  • College leaders have only a tight window to spend £200 million of capital funds

    The Department for Education should offer colleges a more flexible deadline for completing capital projects, writes Mark Robinson, chief executive at property services and design company Scape Group The public sector has enjoyed something of a resurgence in government attention since the arrival of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. For years, the sector has been subject

    4.00 Oct. 4th, 2020 | Opinion

  • 7 changes the government must make to grow technical education

    If the prime minister is serious about skills, he needs to take these agreed actions from our latest roundtable, writes David Phoenix The prime minister’s speech on further and higher education this week and the forthcoming FE white paper present a huge opportunity to grow post-16 technical education. But growing technical education requires local and

    5.00 Oct. 3rd, 2020 | Opinion

  • Profile: Carol Thomas

    JL Dutaut meets a new principal and CEO who loves the stage but doesn’t make a song and dance of her successes It takes all sorts to keep an education system performing. Some like the daily grind of incremental improvement. Others like the long-haul commitment to a community. For Carol Thomas, it’s all about the

    5.00 Sep. 29th, 2020 | Profiles