JL Dutaut

  • Profile: John Laramy, principal and CEO, Exeter College

    JL Dutaut meets a principal who is ideally placed to talk about building back better Exeter College has become a magnet for the government. Just over a year ago, Gavin Williamson visited to talk about T levels. He was back again in June, this time virtually, and six weeks ago it was the prime minister’s

    5.00 Nov. 17th, 2020 | Profiles

  • Profile: Lisa O'loughlin

    The Manchester College principal, Lisa O’Loughlin explains her collaborative strategy to provide the city with routes out of deprivation. By JL Dutaut When Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham called this week for schools to be closed to create a “true circuit break”, it is safe to assume that, as with so many other politicians’ educational announcements,

    12.00 Nov. 10th, 2020 | Profiles

  • Mark Dawe, CEO, The Skills Network

    The new head of the Skills Network reveals the family and personal influences behind his career to JL Dutaut Mark Dawe is a hard man to pin down. Just 18 months ago, the then boss of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) was opening the FE Week apprenticeships conference with critical comments about subcontracting. “Its

    9.55 Oct. 27th, 2020 | Profiles

  • Access to post-18 opportunities is not a level playing field

    Ministers must come up with a new policy to allow 18- to 24-year-olds on universal credit to access free full-time education, writes Mark Corney During the last great recession – the financial crash of 2008 – many young people shielded themselves from a collapsing jobs market through participating in full-time education. The same is happening

    8.55 Oct. 18th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Government must rethink reskilling and reboot short courses

    Those of us who have been offering free partial qualifications and short courses for years know how crucial they are, writes Kurt Hintz Not all of Boris Johnson’s “radical” changes to further education are that new. They’re welcome – but let’s get them right. His biggest announcement was that adults over the age of 23

    5.00 Oct. 17th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Profile: Tina Götschi

    The principal of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, talks to JL Dutaut about growing up on various educational faultlines and her attempt to close the UK’s digital skills chasm  Culture wars rage on social media. Our political consensus is fraught. Elitism, aspiration and social mobility define our public discourse while time and again

    5.00 Oct. 13th, 2020 | Profiles

  • Profile: Jenna Wrathall Bailey

    JL Dutaut meets a high-performance skills coach whose experience shines a light on the challenges facing the necessary education revolution What does it mean to prepare someone for the modern world of work? What does it take to retain skilled staff in an economy increasingly defined by transience? On many levels – whether it’s about

    9.57 Oct. 6th, 2020 | Profiles

  • Few certainties, but exams are fairest and should go ahead

    Schools and colleges can be confident that Ofqual and exam boards have the tools to make summer 2021 exams fair, writes Dame Glenys Stacey Teachers, school and college leaders are working in truly exceptional circumstances with students both in college and at home, and to get them ready for GCSE, AS and A-level exams next

    10.29 Oct. 2nd, 2020 | Opinion

  • Victoria Copp-Crawley, principal, Ashford College

    JL Dutaut meets a college leader with a healthy disregard for the academic/vocational divide When your path through life and career isn’t a straightforward one, it’s easy to be jealous of someone like the new principal of Ashford College, Victoria Copp-Crawley – someone for whom what to be ‘when you grow up’ was clear from

    5.00 Sep. 22nd, 2020 | Profiles

  • Sending a hundred students home so soon was a reality check

    One case of Covid-19 among the staff had an immediate impact on how we could run the college, writes Sam Parrett With great anticipation and excitement, last week saw the re-opening of all our college campuses and schools. After months of forced closure, staff have worked tirelessly over the summer break to prepare sites for

    5.00 Sep. 20th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Without a clear plan for virus control, colleges have been left to guess

    Lack of a blueprint for keeping colleges safe partly explains why one college even considered ‘alternate weeks’, writes Stuart Rimmer My great friend Craig, who features in many of my stories, is a builder. I was chatting to him about restarting college life and how government kept issuing guidance after guidance through the summer. He

    5.00 Sep. 19th, 2020 | Opinion