• The National Education Service: Suggestions on a postcard, please

    In its latest NES consultation document, Labour asks for suggestions on how to achieve local democratic accountability – the sector must rise to the challenge, says Ewart Keep FE Week recently reported on the launch of the Labour party’s latest consultation on local accountability as part of the development process for a National Education Service

    5.00 Mar. 16th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Employer engagement hasn't gone to plan

    Employers are reducing their training effort. But how can the government talk to them about it, says Ewart Keep, when it has abolished the organisations that would have provided a structured way to engage on skills policy Employers’ attitudes towards skills present huge challenges for the government’s ambitions on skills. Since 2010 policy has encouraged

    5.00 Jan. 15th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Do Skills Advisory Panels even make sense?

    Will SAPs really be able to match local skills supply to employers’ needs, or is this just magical thinking, asks Ewart Keep Sometimes a piece of policy is announced and then vanishes from view for a lengthy period. This often signifies that it is proving hard to design and deliver. A current case in point

    5.00 Nov. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Stop fighting over the crumbs of the adult education budget!

    There’s no point in principals squabbling over the crumbs of the AEB, writes Ewart Keep, who wants the sector to take devolution much more seriously It has not taken long for some in FE to fall into the trap that central government set for localities when it decided to “devolve” the adult education budget (AEB).

    5.00 Jun. 12th, 2018 | Opinion