Latest FE Jobs:
    Moments of Choice
    The decision about what to do after education is an importan...

    Read more

    A new and enriched QTLS coming in September
    Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is a sought aft...

    Read more

    Apprenticeships: learning from Leitch
    With apprenticeship policy very much in the spotlight, I was...

    Read more

    Realities, realities, realities
    It is A Level results day and the College is almost full. St...

    Read more

    We’re not there yet on the apprenticeship reforms
    We’ve had a few days to absorb the details of the gove...

    Read more

    Levy Announcement raises more questions than answers
    The government’s eight week delay in their latest anno...

    Read more

    Moments of Choice
    A new and enriched QTLS coming in September...
    Government apprenticeship levy proposals are step in the...
    Apprenticeships: learning from Leitch
    Realities, realities, realities
    New research suggests vocational qualifications can strengthen social...
    We’re not there yet on the apprenticeship reforms...
    Levy Announcement raises more questions than answers

    FE Voices

    FENewsreel.tv EP 29

    This week we feature South Devon, Ofsted, Richmond Upon Thames, GSCE results and Resits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjV6pv65b0I

    Drop in English and Maths GCSE pass grades. What is the Sector Response?

    Today is the GCSE results day. The results are interesting, but a little depressing with English and Maths results both down on last year, particularly for those who re-took their English and Maths GCSE's. The Joint...

    1. Latest News
    2. Popular News
    3. Popular Video
    4. Submit Content

    Top achievements for GCSE students at Uxbridge College

    Aug 26, 2016 / Sector News

    Top achievements for GCSE students at Uxbridge College Students at Uxbridge College who have completed their GCSE programmes in just one year are celebrating their results. At College, students either take GCSEs for the first time or are re-sitting them after failing to achieve their potential at school, and usually take five...

    Have an article you wish to share with the community?
    Click here to become an approved FE News member and submit your content

    Sector News

    Top achievements for GCSE students at Ux…

    Aug 26, 2016 / Sector News

    Top achievements for GCSE students at Uxbridge College Students at Uxbridge College who have completed their GCSE programmes in just one year are celebrating their results. At College, students either take GCSEs for the first time or are re-sitting them after failing to achieve their potential at school, and usually take five...

    "

    Continuing the response to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the private sector would appear to be broadly in agreement with the opening of the education market to more competition.

    The report highlights several issues of concern for employers and industry, mainly focussing on two areas; the quality of the provision and advice on offer (both in terms of absolute quality improvement and in terms of the degree of employer engagement on the part of FE), and the opening up of FE to ethos and practices of private sector competition. The report encouraged a great deal of comment from various quarters in FE, notably from the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Association of Learning Providers (ALP).

    Notably, the report stresses that employers (according to their survey, which did not make use of the National Employer Skills Survey [NESS] results) were dissatisfied with the attitude of some FE colleges towards employer engagement. The report calls for the development and expansion of the Government's proposed policy of removing any failing colleges" management teams and opening the provision up to the private sector. The argument, it would seem, is that competition would drive up quality in FE provision.

    Competition is Good?

    Mentioned in the report is VT Education and Skills, and their Managing Director Simon Withey was kind enough to offer his thoughts on the CBI's report. He said: "This report endorses our view that the private sector has much to offer the rapidly evolving education market. Companies such as VT have considerable experience in supplying efficient and cost effective services to Government and we are already well versed in bringing best practice to areas such as developmental support for young people and adults through the provision of information/advice and support, vocational training and school support/consultancy services."

    Mr. Withey also pointed out the value of allowing private business and the private sector to participate in education on an equal footing, saying: "We believe there is considerable potential to extend this experience to other areas of the education sector, for example on the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, where VT is already preferred bidder in the Borough of Greenwich. We are also actively working in partnership with several Further Education colleges addressing many areas covered on the CBI report."

    The logic of opening the sector up to competition would seem to be based on sound foundations. However, the history of public sector responsibilities being opened up to private market competition is not replete with notable success stories. The sector is likely to have a number of concerns should the CBI's more aggressive advice be heeded by the DfES and Number 10.

    Jethro Marsh

    Stay here for the FE Monkey in From the FE Trenches!

    "

    Exclusive articles from Further Education sector specialists, our team of reporters give you the latest breaking news and updates on emerging education strategies. With our Press Release section you can view the latest Press Releases across FE, and see breaking news – even before it reaches a reporter's desk!

    FE News also ‘shoot’ video interviews and news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Further Education and Employability sectors.

    FE News RSS Feeds

     

    FE Careers Jobs RSS Feeds