The government’s attack on the Union Learning Fund is purely political
As a former trade union education officer, I saw the real difference this fund makes, writes Lilian Greenwood “We must invest...
Labour MP, Nottingham South
The government mustn’t scrap ESOL qualifications
The funding set-up, not the qualifications themselves, is to blame for a lack of take-up, writes Mary Osmaston When we think...
co-chair, National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA)
Let’s not kill off the small specialist, local provider in the pursuit of the Amazon model
What’s really behind the Commission on the College of the Future’s recommendation that colleges should have a ‘legal duty’ to create...
Principal, Kingston Maurward College
Why college networks might be a step in the right direction
The future colleges report’s call for a network strategy is eminently sensible as a corrective to failing marketisation, writes Stuart Rimmer....
Chief executive, East Coast College
The truth is – college leaders can’t agree on what is best for their future
This week the Independent Commission on the College of the Future published their report for England – and despite all the...
Editor, FE Week
This is a compelling vision that should be reflected in the forthcoming white paper
The Independent Commission on the College of the Future rightly calls on college leaders to drive forward a positive change agenda,...
Chief executive, Association of Colleges
The government must consult on a very detailed plan for the national skills fund
There are now more questions than answers about the national skills fund, writes Simon Parkinson The WEA gave a cautious welcome...
chief executive and general secretary, WEA
We should name, but not shame, the colleges that are getting bailouts
The sector is shooting itself in the foot if we don’t argue that colleges getting financial help should be transparently listed,...
chief executive, East Coast College
Apprenticeship providers are short-changing themselves on reasonable adjustments
Providers are stuck in a vicious cycle of ignorance and avoidance that frustrates both learners and Ofsted, writes Chris Quickfall If...
chief executive, Cognassist
Reforming admissions offers opportunity to achieve parity between HE, FE and apprenticeships
A plan of action by UCAS could significantly level the playing field for HE, FE and apprenticeships, writes John Cope UCAS...
Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs, UCAS