Articles from The Bedford College Group

Let’s stop being so quick to axe funding when colleges falter

Never mind the quality  My grandparents loved the late 1960s comedy “Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width”, a series that revolved around the cultural differences between two tailors, one Jewish, one Catholic. The comedy came to an end but that catchphrase lives on.

Saints player appointed as Tresham College Head Rugby Coach

Jon Phillips Appointed as Head Rugby Coach at Tresham CollegeTresham College (part of The Bedford College Group) is delighted to announce that former Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues player Jon Phillips is joining as Head Rugby Coach to take charge of the Rugby Academy programme and player development at its Kettering campus.Jon brings a wealth of experience to the role, having played professionally, led college rugby programmes at the highest level, developed students into professional players for premiership teams, as well as having links with professional rugby academies and representative pathways.Tresham College Rugby Academy students will benefit greatly from Jon’s expertise and their college experience will be further enhanced by his arrival.Jon has overseen the development of many college students with expert coaching and guidance in order to support them in achieving their aspirations and ensure they continue to be engaged in rugby.On joining Tresham College, Jon Phillips commented:“I am excited to be joining Tresham College and looking forward to getting stuck in with the rugby academy students and helping them to improve both on and off the field. Tresham College has a great reputation for providing excellent opportunities for all levels of players and keeping them in the game with close links to the local clubs. Working with clubs and keeping players in the game is something I am particularly passionate about, and I hope to continue the great work that Tresham College has started.”Dan Burns (Head of Tresham Academy of Sport) said:“We are delighted that Jon is joining us at Tresham College to take charge of the rugby academy and provide our students with expert coaching and support. Not only does he have the knowledge and experience to help our student players develop in their rugby, he also understands the importance of education to a young rugby player’s future progression. We are excited to see rugby at Tresham College thrive under Jon’s guidance”Tresham College Rugby Academy is based at the Kettering Campus. Students who study sports courses gain full access to weekly training sessions and match days in regional and national competitions as part of their program. Students studying other subjects can also access the rugby academy depending on their timetable allocation. Students are still able to join the rugby academy program for this academic year and any enquiries should be directed to customer services or the sports department.

New Vice Principal of The Bedford College Group is Karen Campbell.

Karen Campbell will be responsible for Apprenticeships, land-based learning, construction and STEM (science technology engineering and maths). This follows Karen’s experience as Director of Social Studies at the Group since 2018.

The Bedford College Group Unveiled

The new Executive team has been unveiled to showcase a new merged powerhouse of education for the South East Midlands: The Bedford College Group.

Chocolate Master Returns to Tresham College

Tresham Student wins Chocolate Master competition An ex student from Tresham College has become the ‘Willy Wonka’ of the UK, having won the title National Chocolate Master at the World Chocolate Masters competition.  

Leading female engineering educator Dawn Fitt has been awarded an OBE

OBE for engineering Dawn Leading female engineering educator Dawn Fitt has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours list.

Research collaboration for colleges

On 17th May 2021 an important new Research College Group (@RCGResearch) was launched.   The group represents 10 founder organisations comprised of General Further Education and Sixth Form colleges who lead in practitioner research.  

Tresham College student wins creative contract

An Art and Design student @TreshamCollege has been selected to illustrate a new children’s book which will hopefully be published later this year.  

High flyers in technology at Bedford College

Two students at Bedford College have been given a flying start in careers in technology. 

Good news for Further Education in Beds and Northants

A “Good” Ofsted grade for The Bedford College Group is great news for Further Education in Beds and Northants.

End to end learner journeys – from initial to end-point assessments - #FutureOfAssessment Episode 4

Sponsored Video


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page