Opinion

Paperwork threatens to take over the job I love

If all the documentation doesn’t benefit the apprentice, why is it necessary? asks Tim McHanwell I’m going to start…

Jess Staufenberg
Tim McHanwell
Opinion

Don’t confuse the Baker clause with actual careers guidance

Media reports about the Baker clause fail to understand it’s only one part of the careers guidance picture, writes…

Jess Staufenberg
Janet Colledge
Opinion

The government’s FE policy is dangerously wishful thinking

Government rhetoric not rooted in reality will cause colleges to choose the easy options, writes Ian Pryce As a…

Jess Staufenberg
Ian Pryce
FE Week Podcast

The FE Week Podcast: ‘Triple whammy’ college costs, BTEC campaign and Social Mobility Commission

This week Shane is joined by former DfE civil servant and adult education expert Sue Pember, and further education…

Jess Staufenberg
FE Week Podcast
Skills Bill

Editorial: ‘Scrap the blasted landscape’! Passions ran high in the Lords’ Skills Bill debate

Readers must be mindful though that government defeats are easier to achieve in the Lords than in the Commons

Fraser Whieldon
Shane Chowen
Opinion

Wealthier students were almost twice as likely to enter HE in 2019-20

The entry gap between disadvantaged and more affluent students is now the widest it has been in 15 years,…

Jess Staufenberg
Sam Tuckett


Opinion

New Skills for Life Alliance to tackle England’s adult basic skills deficit

The number of adults participating in literacy or numeracy learning has fallen 60 per cent since 2010, and urgent…

Stephen Evans
Stephen Evans
Opinion

The picture on widening HE participation gets worse the closer you look

The latest government data out today shows more people need to progress into levels 4 and 5, writes Nick…

Jess Staufenberg
Nick Hillman
Opinion

The DfE doesn’t have answers around subcontracting and funding ITPs

Ministers have got themselves into a subcontracting cul-de-sac, writes Aidan Relf The Department for Education’s recent webinar on its funding and…

Jess Staufenberg
Aidan Relf
Opinion

Adult learners lose confidence when course funding is withdrawn last minute

Adult education providers need more clarity on whether a course will remain funded, writes Delrose Earle Having navigated the…

Jess Staufenberg
Delrose Earle
Opinion

There’s no point moaning about media coverage of FE

It’s October and we’re truly into the cycle of the new academic year. It’s now a steady march (and occasional…

Jess Staufenberg
Ruth Sparkes
Opinion

Warm words from the Conservative Party conference must be matched with money

The Conservative Party Conference needed to show some real investment, writes David Hughes The rainstorms lashing through Manchester were…

Jess Staufenberg
David Hughes