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Making maths add up in FE and skills

Picking up the pieces of school-leavers’ maths GCSE failings is a heavy burden for the FE and skills sector….

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College framework fears prove to be unfounded

The new ‘toughened up’ Ofsted inspection regime looked likely to make 2012/13 an unhappy year for sixth form colleges,…

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Spot the inspection difference on work-based training

Different delivery environments for vocational learning are a hallmark of many independent training providers — and that’s something that…

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Looking at the bigger college picture

A new focus on teaching and learning may well have become the valued hallmark of Ofsted’s current common inspection…

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Are providers fit for purpose — but is Ofsted fit to judge?

  Being under the Ofsted spotlight can be an uncomfortable place, says Denise Brown-Sackey, who turns the inspection tables…

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Building on the vocational professionalism & expertise

One of the privileges of being vice-chair of the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL) was the…

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Older and wiser on inspection

Ofsted’s criticism of the college sector last year was a bitter pill to swallow and the toughened up common…

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Spot the inspection difference on work-based learning

Different delivery environments for vocational learning are a hallmark of many independent training provid­ers — and that’s something that…

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The start of sector self-improvement

It’s been a tough few weeks for the Education and Training Foundation with criticism of its hiring practices and…

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Minimum durations not a short-cut to better quality apprenticeships

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers was one of the voices opposing a minimum duration rule on apprenticeships,…

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Reflecting on a successful year

Sue Middlehurst, like many principals, is eagerly awaiting the challenges of the new academic year. Here, she examines the…

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Cracking the careers guidance conundrum

With Ofsted’s careers guidance review due out soon, Karen O’Donoghue explains what she thinks needs to be done so…

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