Our research on the ignored 16-to-19 attainment gap is disturbing
In the first study of its kind, the scale of the attainment gap for disadvantaged post-16 learners has been laid bare,...
director of post-16 and skills, Education Policy Institute
A flexible and supportive approach to reforming EQA
The timeline has been extended for the external quality assurance (EQA) transition because apprentice assessment providers are under huge amounts of...
Chief operating officer for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Sunak’s flagship Budget policy risks squeezing out young people
Offering employers incentives regardless of an apprentice’s age in the Budget was completely the wrong call, writes Tom Richmond “Our country’s...
The Budget should have tackled the deep structural problems with apprenticeships
Until Sunak realises there’s a preference in the apprenticeship system for existing employees over young people, his Budget announcements won’t help,...
research analyst, Centre for Progressive Policy
Speed and scope are now crucial for the skills white paper
There’s much that’s encouraging in the skills white paper – but we can’t wait another decade for the reforms to fully...
chief executive, NOCN and president, British Association of Construction Heads
Research into FE staff wellbeing is now more important than ever
We need to rethink the implications of the pandemic on wellbeing, writes Stephen Corbett The costs of the pandemic for the...
head of school at the faculty of humanities and social sciences, University of Portsmouth
Showing off the country’s skills is missing from the International Education Strategy
International investors will only help us build back better if the International Education Strategy shows off our workforce skills, writes Neil-Bentley...
chief executive, WorldSkills UK
Young people need to be involved in decisions around youth unemployment
Combined authorities and colleges working closely together can help reduce the risk of youth unemployment, write Julie Nugent and Gina Patel...
Julie Nugent and Gina Patel
director of productivity and skills, West Midlands Combined Authority and productivity and skills lead, West Midlands Youth Combined Authority
This is how my sixth form college will tackle the mass testing challenge
Staff will be mass testing dozens of students an hour in order to get them safely back into learning, writes Gerard...
principal, Newcastle Sixth Form College
Universal apprenticeship provider register reapplication has prompted dismay
The government should think carefully before taking a cliff edge, pass-fail approach to the register of apprenticeship training providers, writes Simon...
chief policy officer, Association of Employment and Learning Providers