Opinion

College Inspections: Re-basing of Grades?

Some commentators are taking the view that, recently, Ofsted has focused too heavily on full time 16-18 programmes, and…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Opinion

Best practice principles in student administration

After many years working with college information systems and the advances I’ve seen in technology, it still amazes me…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Opinion

What counts as being a successful college?

The 157 Group has been debating how it moves forward six years on from its inception. The sector context…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Opinion

FE should learn ‘employment truths’ from welfare-to-work

The relationship between further education, the world of work, and local economic development is at a crossroads. With over…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Opinion

Shaping apprenticeships the Australian Group Training way

Before we look at shaping the future, I’d firstly like to look at the past by sharing some history…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Opinion

Government could erode professionalism in FE

Like many practitioners and leaders in the further education and skills sector, I am extremely concerned that proposals recently…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter


Opinion

Ofsted report highlights profound contradictions

For anyone who wishes to gain insight into profound contradictions underlying current government thinking on the curriculum, I can…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Opinion

Why Barnfield College is seeking private investment

Barnfield College is considering seeking private equity investment and maximising the new FE financial freedoms to further enhance our…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Opinion

English and mathematics in apprenticeships

New Challenges, New Chances’ has made it clear that English and Mathematics remain key elements of the Apprenticeship Framework….

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FE Week Reporter
Opinion

Apprenticeships and learning from the best

As the National Director of Learning and Skills it is my job to report back to Ofsted and government…

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FE Week Reporter
Opinion

Making the point: international students in FE

Last month the National Audit Office (NAO) released a report on student immigration (‘Immigration: The Points Based System –…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter
Opinion

All change to Ofsted inspections in FE

Reflecting on the potential challenges facing colleges and providers as a result of changes in funding, I have given…

FE Week Reporter
FE Week Reporter