Opinion

This is why a ‘digital Baker clause’ is needed

Students will expect to access all the information about their future options in one place online, writes Katie Bell…

Jess Staufenberg
Katie Bell
Opinion

The DfE is focused on learning but a tsunami of need is upon us

At the Westminster Insight SEND conference, Sonia Blandford says the government is ignoring a worrying rise in SEND and…

Jess Staufenberg
Professor Sonia Blandford
Opinion

The U-turn on randomised control trials is bad news for FE

Randomised control trials are the answer to FE’s biggest questions, writes Ben Gadsby I have a confession: My name…

Jess Staufenberg
Ben Gadsby
Opinion

The Church of England offensive in FE colleges must be resisted

The Church’s proposals have little to do with education and more to do with reversing its declining numbers among…

Jess Staufenberg
Professor Chris Higgins and Keith Sharpe
Opinion

The government must do far more to fix the new labour market crisis

We need a revolution to close the potentially disastrous skills gap, writes Kirstie Donnelly Skills gaps are nothing new….

Jess Staufenberg
Kirstie Donnelly
Opinion

Colleges are unfairly being held back by their past

The government is measuring colleges by using unfair historical references that are of out of date and do not…

Fraser Whieldon
Chris Webb


Opinion

The Skills Bill could set the scene for Ofqual’s demise

The government is effectively nationalising technical education through the Institute for Apprenticeships, writes Tom Bewick  Leviathan was a mythical…

Jess Staufenberg
Tom Bewick
Opinion

A big lesson from the pandemic is the role local government plays

Councils have had to respond to the collapse of some of their region’s biggest employers, writes Richard Leese As…

Jess Staufenberg
Sir Richard Leese
Opinion

Young people aren’t digital natives in the way employers need

Being a digital native for employers is very different to how young people use  their devices daily, writes Bev…

Jess Staufenberg
Bev Jones
Opinion

The National Colleges debacle reveals Whitehall’s goldfish memory

If ministers did the necessary background research, failed initiatives like the National Colleges would be less likely to be…

Jess Staufenberg
Tom Richmond
Opinion

College collaboration is a gamechanger for driving improvement

Initial challenges to making best use of the College Collaboration Fund were tackled by both sides, write Rebecca Conroy…

Jess Staufenberg
Rebecca Conroy and Sam Parrett
Opinion

A history of the Learning and Work Institute as it turns 100 today

Through its many incarnations, the Learning and Work Institute has supported initiatives that are still with us now, writes…

Jess Staufenberg
Alan Tuckett