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If you relied on mainstream press and broadcasting media, you’d be forgiven for thinking that apprenticeships were something from the past, says Professor John Field What a mess...
Eleven months down the line and plenty to be done on apprenticeships, says the chair of the BIS Committee, Adrian Bailey  It is fair to say that the...
Careers guidance should be boosting apprenticeships, says shadow minister Gordon Marsden  The BIS Select Committee has provided a detailed and disturbing commentary of this government’s handling of apprenticeships...
If colleges want to improve, the leadership team must be honest and open about its weaknesses says Matthew Coffey.  Ofsted’s How Colleges Improve report, published in September, was...
You need to change the culture of your college if you want to move from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ says Tony Lau-Walker. And you don’t do this by first...
The new common inspection framework (CIF) represents a substantial shift, not only in its structure and application, but in its core reasoning and message. The new chief inspector...
A review of the FE teacher and trainer qualifications is one way the Learning and Skills Improvement Service is helping providers says Rob Wye.   The Learning and Skills...
More than one nominee, up-to-date information, and actively seeking out views of students and staff is critical says college principal, Michele Sutton.  I received a telephone call one Friday...
Just 11 months ago, Ofsted inspectors went into Berkshire independent learning provider B2B Engage and judged its provision to be satisfactory. The grading triggered a host of improvements that,...
The real college was judged says Principal Richard Atkins, not one that had spent three weeks preparing.  We were keen to get a health check from Ofsted. Exeter...
Don’t get bogged down in the new common inspection framework, says principal Chris Thomson. Give students the provision you’d wish upon your own children and you’ll be outstanding.  ...

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