Opinion

The Commission on Race is a spectacularly badly-timed distraction

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities seeks to lay responsibility for painful lived experience at the door of…

Jess Staufenberg
Anjali Shah
Opinion

For its ‘national recruitment campaign’ the DfE should look to the Armed Forces

Recruitment of service leavers with the skills to rise through the ranks in FE makes sense, writes Campbell Christie…

Jess Staufenberg
Campbell Christie
Opinion

We must tackle the worrying trend in digital skills and qualifications

Our latest report reinforces findings that the digital skills gap is gendered and has regional biases, writes Emma Roberts…

Jess Staufenberg
Emma Roberts
Opinion

Why are numeracy skills in adults still so low?

Despite interventions and investment, maths ‘phobia’ continues to hold learners back, writes Dipa Ganguli Are you a parent, or…

Jess Staufenberg
Dipa Ganguli
Opinion

The DfE has failed to work the industrial strategy into the skills white paper

It looks like the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy aren’t talking to…

Jess Staufenberg
Graham Hasting-Evans
Opinion

This is why we need an Association of Apprentices

Apprentices are often isolated from their peers, and a mentoring and networking service can help reduce drop-out, writes David…

Jess Staufenberg
David Marsh


Opinion

Overworked staff need clear guidance around teacher-assessed grades this year

Staff don’t need to provide cartloads of evidence for teacher-assessed grades, just enough to form a professional judgment, says…

Jess Staufenberg
Jill Duffy
Opinion

The Chancellor did broadly the right thing with the Budget – now to delivery

The government will need to be much quicker delivering what it announced in the Budget last week than its…

Jess Staufenberg
Stephen Evans
Opinion

This is how I brought Swedish ‘fika’ to FE in England

If staff are skipping lunch and only talk about work, they and their principals need to hear about fika,…

Jess Staufenberg
Victoria Grimberg
Opinion

Victims of county lines gangs easily go under the radar in colleges

Creating a non-judgmental space for victims to discuss gang involvement in county lines would make a big difference, writes…

Jess Staufenberg
Teresa Carroll
Opinion

The government’s delay to Covid testing for students with training providers is disgraceful

We can ask why Covid testing is delayed for those on work-based learning routes – but there is no…

Jess Staufenberg
Jane Hickie
Opinion

Our research on the ignored 16-to-19 attainment gap is disturbing

In the first study of its kind, the scale of the attainment gap for disadvantaged post-16 learners has been…

Jess Staufenberg
David Robinson