Opinion
  • Assessing the risks of colleges recruiting 14-15 year olds

    Shadow education minister Karen Buck took some flak at the AoC annual conference for suggesting colleges may not be ready for...

    Assessing the risks of colleges recruiting 14-15 year olds
  • What should FE expect in the coming years?

    With the budget announcements tomorrow coinciding with the half way point for this Government, Steve Besley, Head of Policy at Pearson, looks at...

    What should FE expect in the coming years?
  • The state of play is not always clear

    Ofsted’s annual report may make uncomfortable reading for colleges, but counterbalance and context are needed, says Joy Mercer Ofsted’s annual report...

    The state of play is not always clear
  • A period of reflection is now needed

    Apprenticeships, apprenticeships, apprenticeships — after three inquiries, incorporating a host of government recommendations, it’s time to take a breather, says David...

    A period of reflection is now needed
  • Independent assessment is key

    Ann Watson on why EAL backs the Richard Review’s proposal to use tax breaks to encourage employers to take on apprentices ...

    Independent assessment is key
  • Ofsted’s clear message for FE

    Strong leadership at every level is critical if England wants to have a world-class education and skills system, says Matthew Coffey,...

    Ofsted’s clear message for FE
  • Nowt right with rote

    English and maths may well be key to learning, but let’s not forget the practical skills of time management, teamwork and...

    Nowt right with rote
  • Establishing a guild for the FE sector

    Agreeing to chair a group setting up yet another representative body for FE is probably a career-limiting move unless there is...

    Establishing a guild for the FE sector
  • One size does not fit all

    A watchful eye on quality becomes more important as FE colleges increasingly deliver higher education, says Dr Stephen Jackson The tectonic...

    One size does not fit all
  • Should we look forward to ‘co-opetition’?

    Sixth-form colleges must not rest on the laurels of past successes, says Mark Bramwell. First up, let’s tackle the relationship with...

    Should we look forward to ‘co-opetition’?
  • Critical skills for the 21st century

    Colleges should be leading the way to creating entrepreneurial communities, say Andy Pellant and Lynne Sedgmore Entrepreneurship is a key word...

    Critical skills for the 21st century