How we made virtual reality part of our students’ learning
After a poor Ofsted inspection, Preston’s College worked out how technology could boost student and staff performance, says Steve Smith Everyone...
Project manager, outside of the classroom learning, Preston’s College, Preston
How a holistic package of support can improve students’ outcomes
Building welfare support into post-16 provision is crucial to improving retention and achievements, says Tara Bliss-Appleton, who has some tips on...
TARA BLISS APPLETON
Head of welfare and support, Saint Edmunds Society, Norwich
We recognise we can improve how we work with employers
In the wake of the recent CBI report that criticised some of the work of the Institute for Apprenticeships, Sir Gerry...
SIR GERRY BERRAGAN
Chief executive, Institute for Apprenticeships
How to get the best out of a college merger
A merger can be a trying and testing time, says Mike Hopkins. But do it right and you can be left...
Principal, South and City College Birmingham
Let’s embrace a four nations approach to skills
The new Four Nations College Alliance will help colleges go beyond their borders to learn more about best practice and common...
Director of SKOPE, Oxford University
If it works for apprentices and employers, it works for Ofsted
Over a six-year period, our college rating for apprenticeships improved from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ – and we weren’t even focusing on...
Deputy Principal, Abingdon and Witney College
Why are providers charging the maximum apprenticeship price?
The apprenticeship levy brought with it a radical overhaul of provider funding, dispensing with fixed rates set by the funding agency....
Editor, FE Week
The ESFA needs to talk about sex
The ESFA has multiple categories for ethnicity – why are they unwilling to add an ‘other’ box for sex, asks Steve...
MIS and Funding Consultant
Government must mitigate the risks of T-levels
The technical education reforms under way have the potential to transform England’s skills and productivity record – it is vital that...
Chief executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies
The official UTC figures don’t give the full picture
Lord Baker on why the Baker Dearing Educational Trust’s own data on university technical colleges is more comprehensive than the DfE’s...
LORD KENNETH BAKER
Former education secretary and chair, Baker Dearing Educational Trust