• First T-levels announced by minister

    UPDATE, 10am: The T-level action plan has now been published. To read it click here. The first three T-levels have been announced by the education secretary. Qualifications in digital, childcare and education, and construction will be taught by a small number of providers from 2020, according to today’s announcement. The Department for Education’s T-level action

    0.01 Oct. 11th, 2017 | News

  • FE holds the key to 2017's global skills challenges

    Building a world-class skills training system is entirely within our grasp if it is properly supported and prioritised, says Carole Stott. To say that 2016 was an eventful year is an understatement. There can scarcely be a person whose life will not be touched in some way by its momentous events. There is little that

    5.00 Jan. 8th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Lord Sainsbury criticised over 'retail assistant' comments

    Lord Sainsbury has been branded an “elitist” after he claimed in a speech to the Association of Colleges’ annual conference that certain jobs, such as retail assistant, should not be counted as technical education. His comments prompted Mark Dawe (pictured), the boss of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, to hit out at him

    15.30 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Ministers need to fund technical education, says Lord Sainsbury

    Ministers need to take a more realistic view of the cost of high-quality technical education and increase funding to it accordingly, Lord Sainsbury has said, as the government begins to implement his recommendations for a slimmed down system. His influential report on technical education has heavily informed the government’s new skills plan, which will see

    15.00 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Carmichael backs more FE investment as he rejects new grammars

    New grammar schools have been rejected by influential education select committee chair Neil Carmichael, who called instead for more investment in the “much neglected” FE sector. The Tory MP (pictured) said in a new blog for conservativehome.com it would be wrong of the government to lift the ban on these selective secondary schools, with the intention

    13.30 Nov. 8th, 2016 | News

  • Lead DfE civil servant debunks Skills Plan ‘myth’

    The government’s controversial plans to replace over 20,000 technical courses with 15 routes won’t lead to just 15 qualifications, a top civil servant has insisted. Warwick Sharp, the deputy director 16-19 strategy at the Department for Education, said it was a “myth” that the streamlining – which many in the sector worry is too drastic

    14.30 Nov. 4th, 2016 | News

  • Greening tells conference Skills Plan will be 'big focus'

    A firm commitment to “transform” technical education was made by education secretary Justine Greening, in a Conservative Party Conference speech that stressed the government’s Skills Plan will be a “big focus” for her. She told delegates yesterday (Tuesday) there had been a “renaissance in apprenticeships” over the last six-and-a-half years, and she was now determined

    16.50 Oct. 5th, 2016 | News