Opinion

Employers keep asking for unnecessary maths and English grades from apprentices

The issue facing aspiring apprentices will be even more pressing if BTECs are defunded, writes Henry Faulkner-Ellis Imagine a…

Jess Staufenberg
Henry Faulkner-Ellis
Opinion

The new white paper is far too vague about prison education

The strategy is making the right noises, but key details – including any new funding for prison education –…

Jess Staufenberg
Jon Collins
Opinion

The vice principal role is now increasingly complex

The vice principal is expected to have multiple competencies but rarely gets enough development, writes Rhys Davies The role…

Jess Staufenberg
Rhys Davies
FE Week Podcast

The FE Week Podcast: Christmas review of 2020-21

In this episode, Shane is joined by deputy news editor Billy, commissioning editor Jess, and senior reporter Fraser to…

Jess Staufenberg
The FE Week Podcast
FE Week Podcast

The FE Week Podcast: Behaviour Management Special

In this bonus episode, FE staff on the frontline put their tough and tricky classroom scenarios to two behaviour…

Jess Staufenberg
The FE Week Podcast
Opinion

Let’s inspire learners with SEND to realise they benefit employers

Many learners with SEND are held back by self-doubt, writes Lee Dale You are sat in a waiting room,…

Jess Staufenberg
Lee Dale


Opinion

Further education still needs more effective governance

We have developed a ‘governance maturity matrix’ to strengthen college boards, writes Fiona Chalk Fraud, insolvency, and poor outcomes…

Jess Staufenberg
Fiona Chalk
Opinion

FE can show HE how to support disadvantaged adult learners

A trusted adviser makes a huge difference to re-engaging adult learners with education, writes Abi Angus New research recently showed…

Jess Staufenberg
Abi Angus
FE Week Podcast

The FE Week Podcast: Adult training reforms, degree apprenticeships and the new shadow education secretary

In this episode, Shane is joined by Mary Curnock Cook, chair of Pearson and former chief executive at UCAS,…

Jess Staufenberg
The FE Week Podcast
Opinion

Higher technical education belongs in colleges – let’s prove why

A research project will build the case for colleges delivering higher technical education, writes Ian Pretty Early this year,…

Jess Staufenberg
Ian Pretty
Skills Bill

Employer-led skills bodies must be open to scrutiny

Conservative ministers have had to defend against Labour questions around new powers for employers in directing provision

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Opinion

My apprenticeship is a lifesaver – but school never told me about it

An apprenticeship has allowed me to learn in a way neither school nor a BTEC prepared me for, writes…

Jess Staufenberg
Aaliyah Cadogan