It’s now obvious that urgent action is needed to quality assure all loans-only providers
In 2013 the government moved several hundred million pounds of level three funding out of the adult skills budget, replacing some...
Editor, FE Week
Do Skills Advisory Panels even make sense?
Will SAPs really be able to match local skills supply to employers’ needs, or is this just magical thinking, asks Ewart...
Director of SKOPE, Oxford University
Colleges can give students a headstart over universities
With their close employer relationships, colleges have a major advantage over schools and universities, says Ronel Lehmann For years there has...
Why should colleges prioritise digital technology?
Using tech effectively throughout your college is about creating equal opportunities for all learners, explains Deborah Millar Our job is to...
Group Director of Digital Learning Tech, Grimsby Institute
What’s best practice for setting apprenticeship subcontracting fees?
Subcontractors can cost providers more than they would like, but the benefit to apprentices can make it worth it, says Rupert...
Head of Compliance, Professional Assessment Ltd
How the sums don’t add up in recruitment of maths staff
It can be a struggle to recruit suitable maths staff – and it won’t get any easier as numbers drop in...
Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham and former FE college manager
College restructuring is complex, costly and shrouded in secrecy
Julian Gravatt analyses the finances of colleges and explains why the restructuring fund will be nowhere near adequate in meeting the...
Deputy chief executive of the Association of Colleges
Ofsted’s focus on new providers should be an extra, not an instead
The Ofsted annual state-of-the-nation report is due for publication next month and I’ve spent much of this week crunching the figures....
Editor, FE Week
Governance structures must evolve for a college to survive
Good governance is essential to the effective running of any business, with an ineffective board being the most likely reason for...
Chair of London & South East Education Group
Why colleges should be wary of university mergers
Merging with a peer in further education is now the most sensible option for colleges wanting to cut costs, argues Martin...
Head of education, Weightmans law firm
What to do if your college is running into financial problems
Skills minister Anne Milton explains what the government is doing to support colleges in financial difficulty A college is a...
Minister for skills and apprenticeships