Wellbeing

Fit your own mental health oxygen mask before fitting others

If we want our staff to support students, we must prioritise their wellbeing, writes Asfa Sohail Even though life…

Jess Staufenberg
Asfa Sohail
Opinion

The level 2 qualifications review is deafeningly silent on key problems

The review seems unaware of the sell-by dates of its proposals – and that’s only the beginning, writes Gordon…

Jess Staufenberg
Gordon Marsden
Staffroom – Opinion

How to do lesson observations that don’t scare everyone

Employers keeping score stops lesson observations from being a real development opportunity, writes Neil Jones Lesson observation at our…

Jess Staufenberg
Neil Jones
Opinion

Despite the risks, training providers must grasp devolution

Combined authorities might favour ‘bricks and mortar’ provision so training providers need to be ready, writes Jane Hickie On…

Jess Staufenberg
Jane Hickie
Skills reform

The skills bill’s ambition cannot become reality without colleges

Royal assent for the bill moves the country closer to an employer-led skills system, but it can’t happen without…

Jess Staufenberg
Alex Burghart
FE Week Podcast

The FE Week Podcast: Is there a device crisis in FE?

Is device use seriously negatively affecting student learning? How can devices be used well? And what is the situation…

Jess Staufenberg
The FE Week Podcast


T Levels

Here are 3 urgent ways T Levels still need reforming

Everything from too-strict entry requirements to the exams timetable are stopping T Levels from working on the ground, writes…

Jess Staufenberg
Vernon Shaw
Skills reform

Scrapping smaller level 2 qualifications would be a national disaster

Many of the small qualifications the government wants to scrap are the best stepping stones for vulnerable individuals, warns…

Jess Staufenberg
Adrian Grove
Skills reform

Local skills improvement plans: What the trailblazer reports look like

Spanning over 500 pages in total, the “trailblazer” local skills improvement plans – a key plank of the government’s…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Climate Change

SMEs lack incentive to invest in green skills

Not much is in place to encourage smaller construction businesses to go green, write Andrea Laczik and Kat Emms…

Jess Staufenberg
Andrea Laczik and Kat Emms
Devolution

Let’s have a new era of skills devolution to local leaders

Being given responsibility for the AEB has allowed City Hall to drive an increase in Londoners retraining, writes Jules…

Jess Staufenberg
Jules Pipe
Staffroom – Opinion

Focus on vocabulary, and you improve attainment across subjects

Staff can prevent ESOL learners from needing to stay an extra year if they get targeted vocabulary interventions early,…

Jess Staufenberg
Saqib Brook