• It's time for a national adult learning strategy

    Compulsory under 19 education alone cannot address the UK’s growing skills shortages; we must take the opportunity to work with government to develop a national lifelong learning strategy, says Ruth Spellman. In an interview last week, skills and apprenticeships minister Robert Halfon reassured us that “lifelong learning is firmly back on the government’s agenda”.  The

    5.00 Feb. 6th, 2017 | Opinion

  • It's time we talked about lifetime learning

    Almost a year ago George Osborne used his budget speech to commit the Government to a review that, at the time, many of us hoped would catalyse a comprehensive national conversation about the role of adult learning in modern Britain. The signs were good, with the budget report containing this eminently sensible promise: “As working

    5.00 Jan. 24th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Ofsted watch: Poor start to the year for FE colleges

    No college inspection report to have been published by the education watchdog since the beginning of the year has resulted in a higher grade. It’s part of a general downward trend across the general FE, independent learning provider and adult and community learning sectors at the start of 2017. Ten of the 15 Ofsted reports

    17.19 Jan. 13th, 2017 | News