AAC2022, Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships should be a core part of the levelling-up agenda

The government needs to take action over the decline in apprenticeship starts if the country is to ‘level up’,…

Jess Staufenberg
David Phillips
AAC2022, Apprenticeships

Students are keen on apprenticeships, but still need earlier guidance

Among current undergraduate applicants, almost half expressed an interest in apprenticeships, writes Clare Marchant As part of FE Week’s…

Jess Staufenberg
Clare Marchant
AAC2022, Apprenticeships

Can we reduce learner dropout without increasing trainer workload?

Training managers end up struggling with caseloads due to the volume of reporting required, writes Brad Tombling The training…

Jess Staufenberg
Brad Tombling
AAC2022, Apprenticeships

As a boss of an independent apprenticeship provider, my hands are tied

FE colleges have access to capital and bailout funding, but independent providers are largely ignored, writes Iain Elliott At…

Jess Staufenberg
Iain Elliott

Parents of older learners will be sceptical about the SEND review

The fight for resources becomes harder the older students become – making the SEND review especially critical for this…

Jess Staufenberg
Rachel Amos and Janvi Patel
Skills reform

The lifelong loan entitlement doesn’t fit around the situations of learners

Minimum eligibility requirements are being applied in a generic way, writes Marius S. Ostrowski A flagship item in the…

Jess Staufenberg
Marius S. Ostrowski


It’s time to talk about intersectionality in FE

The intersection of different identities is barely mentioned or discussed in FE, writes Joyce I-Hui Chen The first time…

Jess Staufenberg
Joyce I-Hui Chen
Climate Change, Covid-19

FE has been highly responsive in the pandemic – now to face climate change

With the government’s final climate change strategy due next month, Tim Oates says sound policy is needed for FE…

Jess Staufenberg
Tim Oates

Let’s extend the post-16 phase from two years to three

A pilot for a longer learning period after GCSEs is worth considering post-Covid, writes Joe Hallgarten When it comes…

Jess Staufenberg
Joe Hallgarten

£30k starting salaries is good news for school teachers, but bad news for colleges

With more pressures on college costs and teacher starting salaries set to rise to £30k in schools, the gulf…

Shane Chowen
David Hughes

We desperately need parents to control student device use at night

Parents want us to help their struggling child – but worrying habits at home are the biggest problem, writes…

Jess Staufenberg
Emma Boulton Roe

The government must act quickly if targets for electrical vehicles are to be met

We are on countdown to 2030, when no more new petrol and diesel cars will be allowed – but…

Jess Staufenberg
Sue Pittock