Opinion

New Skills for Life Alliance to tackle England’s adult basic skills deficit

The number of adults participating in literacy or numeracy learning has fallen 60 per cent since 2010, and urgent…

Stephen Evans
Stephen Evans
Opinion

The picture on widening HE participation gets worse the closer you look

The latest government data out today shows more people need to progress into levels 4 and 5, writes Nick…

Jess Staufenberg
Nick Hillman
Opinion

The DfE doesn’t have answers around subcontracting and funding ITPs

Ministers have got themselves into a subcontracting cul-de-sac, writes Aidan Relf The Department for Education’s recent webinar on its funding and…

Jess Staufenberg
Aidan Relf
Opinion

Adult learners lose confidence when course funding is withdrawn last minute

Adult education providers need more clarity on whether a course will remain funded, writes Delrose Earle Having navigated the…

Jess Staufenberg
Delrose Earle
Opinion

There’s no point moaning about media coverage of FE

It’s October and we’re truly into the cycle of the new academic year. It’s now a steady march (and occasional…

Jess Staufenberg
Ruth Sparkes
Opinion

Warm words from the Conservative Party conference must be matched with money

The Conservative Party Conference needed to show some real investment, writes David Hughes The rainstorms lashing through Manchester were…

Jess Staufenberg
David Hughes


FE Week Podcast

The FE Week Podcast: The Tory Party Conference, Lords ‘Peer Review’ the Skills Bill and the future of assessment

In this week’s episode, we’re joined by exams board guru Kirstie Donnelly and policy director Simon Ashworth

Shane Mann
FE Week Podcast
Opinion

Give us coherence, not competition, please chancellor

Employers are growing disillusioned as Kickstart, traineeships and apprenticeships all compete, writes Sharron Robbie The announcement on Monday by…

Jess Staufenberg
Sharron Robbie
Opinion

Why aren’t the early careers of FE teachers given proper attention?

Mentors who support trainees need much more investment, write Dan Williams and Kayte Haselgrove Here’s a quote for you…

Jess Staufenberg
Dan Williams and Kayte Haselgrove
Opinion

Here’s what the HGV driver shortage tells us about the wider skills system

The government gave away many of its levers for reacting quickly to a skills shortage, writes Julian Gravatt On…

Jess Staufenberg
Julian Gravatt
Opinion

Colleges owe it to their students to get involved with the Turing Scheme

There are some logistical challenges to an international placements scheme during the pandemic, but they’re solveable, writes Sam Parrett…

Jess Staufenberg
Sam Parrett
Opinion

Don’t scrap BTECs. Raise the rate. Leave us alone.

Here is a 16-19 manifesto in nine words. Follow it, and ministers can’t go wrong, writes James Kewin It…

Jess Staufenberg
James Kewin