• Government no longer backing its own 3m apprenticeship manifesto commitment

    The Department for Education has, for the first time, refused to commit to its 3m apprenticeship starts target, after a spokesperson for the prime minister dodged the question this morning. The target has been included in the past two Conservative party election manifestos, but with starts falling it’s slipping ever further out of reach. At

    14.21 Aug. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Huge expansion of higher education in colleges expected to follow post-18 funding review

    The Association of Colleges hopes a new review of post-18 education and funding announced by the prime minister will herald a massive expansion in higher education among its members. Speaking exclusively to FE Week from Derby College, where Theresa May delivered her speech, AoC boss David Hughes said the review is a huge deal for

    14.50 Feb. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Investing in skills: a Keynesian approach for the 21st century

    Neil Carmichael told our sister paper Schools Week that before he lost his seat in Parliament, his next plan for the Education Select Committee was going to be “a big piece of work on training and skills”. Here he outlines his vision When the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in 2019 the economy will

    5.00 Jun. 26th, 2017 | Opinion

  • May's 'Strong and stable' was nothing but a cheap slogan

    May’s ‘strong and stable’ leadership was a cheap slogan – and her failures should be a warning to leaders everywhere, says Shane Mann Theresa May deserves this result. I hope it will be a learning opportunity for the many and not the few: the prime minister has failed as a leader. The mantra of “strong

    13.02 Jun. 9th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Industrial strategy? FE needs proper funding

    Government’s ‘new industrial strategy’ is another grandiose vision that lacks funding and changes nothing in practice, says Sally Hunt. When it comes to government policy on further education, things move at a fast and furious rate. Initiatives arrive like buses, a few at a time, and usually revolve around fixing the mess the last lot

    17.04 Jan. 25th, 2017 | Opinion

  • PM’s mental health first aid training pledge only for schools, not colleges

    The Prime Minister’s pledge to roll out mental health first aid training to education staff working with young people will not cover the FE sector. Theresa May (pictured left) spoke out yesterday about a “burning injustice of mental health and inadequate treatment” at the Charity Commission annual meeting at the Royal Society in London yesterday (January

    17.05 Jan. 10th, 2017 | News