Sam Parrett

  • "What if FE had a transfer window?" asks Dr Sam Parrett.

    Could the football transfer process work in the regulated world of FE? It’s worth a try, says Sam Parrett Watching my husband glued to the TV for 24 hours during the last few days of the football transfer window made me think about how different further education might be if our employment law framework was

    5.00 Sep. 15th, 2019 | Opinion

  • What we can learn from the sad story of Hadlow College

    Many of the recommendations in the long-awaited report from Philip Augar should be implemented now to protect the future of FE, says Sam Parrett FE Week billed it the “biggest FE story of the decade” (May 23), but the news that Hadlow College had been put into administration is also one of the saddest the

    5.00 Jun. 8th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Subcontracting shouldn't be a master-servant relationship

    With money tighter than ever, the further education community needs to find more ways to work together, writes Sam Parrett In the constantly changing world of FE, new policies and ideas will affect the sector in different ways – and they often divide our community. However, I am sure that encouraging greater collaboration between colleges,

    5.00 May. 20th, 2018 | Opinion

  • What the FE sector should be saying about Progress 8

    Colleges and providers are in agreement: school league tables are a terrible way to measure FE learners’ progress. Sam Parrett proposes a solution I recently wrote an article arguing that colleges should not be judged by the government’s new-style Progress 8 league tables. The response I received from colleagues, local authorities and wider stakeholders was

    5.00 Mar. 12th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Don't judge colleges on Progress 8!

    The government’s wrong-headed performance measures do not work for 14-to-16 provision, and cannot give vocational learning the credit it deserves, writes Sam Parrett Over two years ago, I wrote to what was then the EFA to express my concerns around the new Progress 8 performance measures and how they would be applied to our cohort

    10.00 Feb. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • How to embed Prevent in college life

    It’s not enough just to do the bare minimum, argues Sam Parrett, who believes colleges have a true duty of care With all the dreadful terrorist attacks on British soil this year, there has never been a more important time for colleges to ensure they are implementing an effective Prevent strategy. Ofsted, quite rightly, demands

    5.00 Oct. 3rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • UTCs should be allowed to recruit at 11

    To circumvent the problem of recruitment at 14, LSEC is setting up a vocational free school – a UTC in all but name. Sam Parrett argues that UTCs should be allowed to start at 11 Another week, another story about a failing UTC. Seven of them have now closed their doors and 60 per cent

    5.00 May. 21st, 2017 | Opinion

  • Investing in maths and English

    Sam Parrett explains how her college met the challenge of a 300 per cent increase in the number of English and maths GCSE students by investing £500,000 in improving provision. She advises other providers to adopt a similar a “whole college” approach. The recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, Building Skills for

    15.00 Feb. 20th, 2016 | Opinion