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Local Enterprise Partnerships: the future or not? Part 1

The Autumn Statement proposals for skills policies and strategies may turn out to be less benign than they appear,…

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Assessing the risks of colleges recruiting 14-15 year olds

Shadow education minister Karen Buck took some flak at the AoC annual conference for suggesting colleges may not be…

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Supporting employer incentives

There is much to welcome in the Richard Review (although paper exams should stay and employers should not design…

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Let’s value technical education

The CBI welcomes the Richard Review on apprenticeships, says Neil Carberry. But any shift  to a new system will…

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What should FE expect in the coming years?

With the budget announcements tomorrow coinciding with the half way point for this Government, Steve Besley, Head of Policy at Pearson,…

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The state of play is not always clear

Ofsted’s annual report may make uncomfortable reading for colleges, but counterbalance and context are needed, says Joy Mercer Ofsted’s…

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A period of reflection is now needed

Apprenticeships, apprenticeships, apprenticeships — after three inquiries, incorporating a host of government recommendations, it’s time to take a breather,…

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Independent assessment is key

Ann Watson on why EAL backs the Richard Review’s proposal to use tax breaks to encourage employers to take…

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Ofsted’s clear message for FE

Strong leadership at every level is critical if England wants to have a world-class education and skills system, says…

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Nowt right with rote

English and maths may well be key to learning, but let’s not forget the practical skills of time management,…

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Establishing a guild for the FE sector

Agreeing to chair a group setting up yet another representative body for FE is probably a career-limiting move unless…

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One size does not fit all

A watchful eye on quality becomes more important as FE colleges increasingly deliver higher education, says Dr Stephen Jackson…

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