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Paul Eeles, Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Apprenticeship External Quality Assuranc…

Feb 15, 2019 / Featured Article

The recent news that apprenticeship external quality assurance bodies, known as EQAs, are charging significantly different variable rates for their services is a mess. Some are charging nothing while others’ fees...

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Managing Director at City & Guilds Group

Re-train; re-skill; re-imagine FE

Feb 14, 2019 / Featured Article

This year marks the 140th anniversary of the City & Guilds Group. At this historic milestone, Managing Director Kirstie Donnelly looks forward to the future landscape of training and development. We...

An EDI ‘Brand’ Not Backed Up With Action…

Feb 13, 2019 / Featured Article

Creating an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion brand is something that many organisations choose to do, as a way of promoting intentions and goals around Equality, Diversity & Inclusion good practice...

Vikki Liogier, Head of Learning Technologies at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

New Technologies Are Not A Silver Bullet…

Feb 12, 2019 / Featured Article

"Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational” - George Couros These days it is widely recognised that digital skills and pedagogy are...

Mike Thompson, Chief Executive, Sustain HR Limited

Ensuring a competitive workforce: Levera…

Feb 12, 2019 / Featured Article

Bridging the skills gap I was fortunate enough to join David Willett of the Open University (OU) on a radio day recently where we discussed the skills gap that exists in...

Blame, FE College Insolvency Regime, Rep…

Feb 11, 2019 / Featured Article

Sometimes Things Go Wrong. It’s How You Then Handle Things That Determines Your Reputation and That of The Sector. FE is yet again living in “interesting times”. And when that happens...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

COULD A GENERATION OF TEACHERS BE LOCKED…

Feb 08, 2019 / Featured Article

In 1914 90 per cent of British householders rented their homes from private landlords. Today two-thirds own them. Home ownership grew from the 1930s and expanded rapidly after the war...

Louise Doyle, Director, Mesma

#APPRENTICESHIPS: It's A Question Of Qua…

Feb 07, 2019 / Featured Article

The figures below are the results of Ofsted inspection activity in-year. It’s important to note these grades are for apprenticeship provision. This means they are not specific to any one type...

Limiting Good Practice to the 9 Protecte…

Feb 06, 2019 / Featured Article

As far as Diversity & Inclusion mistakes go, this one is very straightforward. It’s a mistake that a lot of organisations make, but it’s also one that’s very easy to put...

Margaret Adams

How Can People Working In FE Remain Moti…

Feb 05, 2019 / Featured Article

Well, what do you think? Can people working in FE colleges and similar organisations remain motivated? There is lots of evidence suggesting that more than half the people in the UK...

Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

Don’t let plain English fool you: Making…

Feb 01, 2019 / Featured Article

If you really want to be understood, write so as to confuse. Sounds like nonsense, but believe me, there’s something in it. Thing is, if someone says to you: We need to...

Apprenticeship dropouts are as important as university ones

Apprenticeship dropouts are as important…

Jan 31, 2019 / Featured Article

The Christmas break is famously when many first year university students drop out of their courses – this month there will be plenty of young people in the UK reconsidering...

Focussing on What You Should and Shouldn…

Jan 30, 2019 / Featured Article

Focussing on what you should and shouldn’t do – how can that be an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion mistake? After all, isn’t this what your Equality & Diversity training is...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

What makes for an outstanding teacher? A…

Jan 29, 2019 / Featured Article

THE RULE OF 4. Surely all teachers would like to be outstanding – whether Ofsted is on the scene or not. Yet so much of the end result – student attainment...

Keith Smith, Director of Apprenticeships, Education & Skills Funding Agency

Working to strengthen the further educat…

Jan 28, 2019 / Featured Article

I hope you’ve all had a great start to the year! It has been an exciting start for us with the launch of our new apprenticeship campaign – “Fire It Up’. The...

Dr Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services, AXA PPP healthcare

5 reasons you’ve lost your motivation (a…

Jan 26, 2019 / Featured Article

Having a motivational blip? Here's how to get out of it... Setting health goals can be a great way of motivating ourselves to improve our wellbeing, whether it’s completing a marathon...

Andy Richardson, CEO, Dynistics

Managing Transparency and Consistency in…

Jan 25, 2019 / Featured Article

Since 2014, there has been a significant increase in the number of schools forming or joining multi-academy trusts (MATs), with over 700 now operating in England. While some MATs are flourishing, many have...

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers & Enterprise Company

It’s time to recognise the vital role co…

Jan 24, 2019 / Featured Article

Every time I speak to a college leader, I am struck by just how passionate they are about delivering great careers support for their students. We have witnessed a steady improvement...

Think a Robust EDI Policy Is Enough? Avo…

Jan 23, 2019 / Featured Article

If you’re a training provider, or involved in any sort of learning delivery, then you know how important it is to get Equality, Diversity & Inclusion right. And that’s not...

Ailin O’Cathain is the Head of Policy for the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Qualifications Wales: The penalties cap …

Jan 22, 2019 / Featured Article

Learners in Wales may face a reduced choice of regulated qualifications if a recent proposal by the Welsh Government is implemented. The proposal set out in the ‘Qualifications Wales (monetary penalties)...

Dawn Jotham, Pastoral Care Specialist from EduCare

Safeguarding: Five Key Themes for 2019

Jan 22, 2019 / Featured Article

In 2019, Ofsted's new framework will be published and a number of key Government consultations will also be completed. Below, safeguarding and duty of care specialists, EduCare, have explored the five...

You Can’t Fly If You’re Afraid of The Cl…

Jan 21, 2019 / Featured Article

In early September 1929 stock prices in the USA started to decline leading to the market crash of the 29th October that same year, an event that became known as...

Malcolm Cooper, MD, MCA Cooper Associates

The Insolvency Regime - Prevention Is Be…

Jan 21, 2019 / Featured Article

A common view shared by providers of finance, even after Incorporation in 1992, has been that colleges are ultimately government-backed. This has always served to smooth the way for the big...

Drop-out rates among university students…

Jan 20, 2019 / Featured Article

Record numbers of teenagers are entering into higher education each year, with reports suggesting that almost 50% of high school leavers started a degree in 2017. With going to university becoming...

Using learning analytics to deliver diff…

Jan 19, 2019 / Featured Article

Teachers use virtual learning environments to author and distribute content to their students to facilitate independent study, blended or distributive learning. The limitations of most virtual learning environments mean that teachers...

Martin Lewarne, Senior Regional Director at Canvas

Digital Transformation: Why Good Enough …

Jan 18, 2019 / Featured Article

FE colleges play a critical role in helping people transition from education into working life. With budget cuts and unprecedented amounts of social and economic change, FE colleges are the epitome...

Katy Quinn Principal and CEO of STRODE COLLEGE

Technical education is at last being giv…

Jan 17, 2019 / Featured Article

Since T Levels were announced, I saw a great opportunity for Strode College to capitalise on its already outstanding Academic and Vocational curriculum; and bring together the best of both...

Rob Wall, Head of Policy, CMI

Future Chartered Managers Celebrated in …

Jan 16, 2019 / Featured Article

In an uncertain world, effective managers and leaders will be needed more than ever. Today’s Chartered Manager degree apprentices will be tomorrow’s senior civil servants, business leaders and key influencers. That’s...

Sir Gerry Berragan, Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships a Key Element of …

Jan 15, 2019 / Featured Article

On the third anniversary of the launch of the Chartered Manager Degree apprenticeship, it is apt to say a few words about the Institute’s view of management apprenticeships and the...

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

RoATP Refresh - What’s Needed Now?

Jan 15, 2019 / Featured Article

While it might be a little frustrating for good, well-established providers already on it, the recently launched ‘refresh’ of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) shouldn’t be dismissed as...

Tony Manwaring, Head of Strategic Partnerships, QDOOZ

The critical role of Life Skills in addr…

Jan 14, 2019 / Featured Article

Life Skills are critical for our success, whether at work, or in life. How we communicate, build relationships, and resolve conflict and complex problems – amongst many other skills –...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

A RADICAL HOUSING PROGRAMME NEEDED TO AL…

Jan 11, 2019 / Featured Article

HAVING a home is a basic human need. It should also be a human right. For those without a home life is barely tolerable. For a rich society like ours...

Simon Dutton, CEO at Paritor Ltd

The Music Industry Must Boost Accessibil…

Jan 11, 2019 / Featured Article

With music services under greater strain and tuition levels dropping across the UK, the industry must embrace digital innovation to boost accessibility for students Music is often called one of life’s...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Apprenticeship funding for non-levy paye…

Jan 09, 2019 / Featured Article

One of the last unresolved areas policy areas within the current Apprenticeship reform is that of long-term funding for non-Levy payers (SMEs for short hand). Large companies have started to make...

David Allison, CEO, TheTalentPeople and GetMyFirstJob

3 Best Practices I've Seen In #Apprentic…

Jan 08, 2019 / Featured Article

You may well have read my article on the Trends in Emerging Talent for 2019; it’s going to be a fascinating year. As well as the challenges of Brexit many of the issues...

Lyndon Shirley, Executive Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Turning A Vision for #FutureofEducation …

Jan 07, 2019 / Featured Article

Formed in November 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is the oldest Royal...

Byron Nicolaides, CEO and founder of global certification organisation PeopleCert

The Role of Professional Education in Pl…

Jan 04, 2019 / Featured Article

Training on the job – professional certifications will bridge the skills gap Gone are the days when a qualification earned in an echoey gym hall at the age of nineteen or...

Jamie E Smith, Executive Chairman C-Learning

From Classroom to Collaboratory: #EdTech…

Jan 03, 2019 / Featured Article

If you’re working in education then your learners have no concept of a world without the internet. By 2018 the number of people using the internet had reached over 4 billion...

Dr Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services, AXA PPP healthcare

How to deal with pressure and build resi…

Dec 21, 2018 / Featured Article

Following reports that half of teachers in Scotland are made unwell by work pressures, here are some tips on how to deal with pressure and build resilience. There are many healthy ways to...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

Put Less Money into the Classroom and Mo…

Dec 20, 2018 / Featured Article

New year heralds a time of change; a chance to cast off the old and usher in the new, and this seems to be the case for higher education. In her...

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA

The Cathartic Nature of Clearing One’s D…

Dec 19, 2018 / Featured Article

One of the joys of changing jobs is the cathartic nature of clearing one’s desk: ripping out the contents of notebooks for recycling, stumbling across Christmas cards from long gone...

Stephen Lambert is a Newcastle City Councillor and a community governor with Newcastle City Learn

Augar Review Needs to Re-emphasise the V…

Dec 18, 2018 / Featured Article

Forgotten Generation: Could Devolution Help The North East’s Over-50s? ALTHOUGH unemployment remains static in the North East with more people in full-time and part-time jobs, one group that’s been overlooked is...

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge

Santa's workshop hit by the skills short…

Dec 17, 2018 / Featured Article

With the festive season in mind, I recently read that for each of the world’s two billion children to receive one toy at Christmas, Santa’s elves would need to produce...

Mandy Crawford-Lee, Director of Policy and Operations, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

#Apprenticeships - Ofsted Inspection or …

Dec 14, 2018 / Featured Article

We’ve had a lot of discussion recently about Apprenticeship quality assurance gaps, inconsistent approaches and the way forward. I’d like to contrast the Ofsted and Office for Student (OfS) /...

Heather Frankham, Co-Founder, Bud Systems

Drive Growth and Unlock Value in #Appren…

Dec 13, 2018 / Featured Article

I was fortunate to be a guest speaker at a recent networking event arranged by Grant Thornton. These events are hugely informative bringing together CEO’s of many of the leading...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Do we give enough attention in class to …

Dec 12, 2018 / Featured Article

HOW DO YOU THINK? Yes, you read that right: Not ‘what do you think?’, but how? Do we give enough attention in class to how our learners think? Do we give any...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

VAT on fees would be nail in the coffin …

Dec 11, 2018 / Featured Article

When I read that Millfield School is reducing its fees by 10% and has urged other leading schools to follow suit claiming it’s ‘the right thing to do’, it made...

Rob Wall, Head of Policy, CMI

Management Apprenticeship Funding Cuts T…

Dec 07, 2018 / Featured Article

Following the Government's announcement yesterday (6 Dec) cuts of up to 20% to the funding for a number of management apprenticeships, including the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), Rob Wall, Head of...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Science apprenticeships are finally on t…

Dec 06, 2018 / Featured Article

Science apprenticeships are increasing after years of stagnation. It’s good news for young people wanting to enter the profession, but and it could also be just what the nation needs...

Colleges That Don't Plan Should Emulate …

Dec 05, 2018 / Featured Article

It was as I sat drinking coffee, high in the "groves above academe", that I first realized that Cape Town can teach us much about the solution to FEs current...

Elliot Gowans, senior VP International, D2L

Mobile content and gamification is key t…

Dec 04, 2018 / Featured Article

It is becoming increasingly challenging for tutors in higher education to engage their students with learning materials through traditional methods. Technology is continuing to shape and influence students’ day-to-day lives, which...

Beth Michon, Account Marketing Manager, Michon Ltd

Ignoring art and design jeopardises the …

Dec 03, 2018 / Featured Article

We’re at risk of missing out on the once-in-a-generation opportunities offered by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The 4IR is defined by the interconnectivity of the digital and physical world, combined...

Hilary Read, Author and publisher of guides and e-resources for vocational teachers and assessors.

Early lessons from those delivering appr…

Nov 30, 2018 / Featured Article

This Autumn, I’ve been running CPD days for those on the front line of delivering apprenticeships. These are small-group events where we’ve looked across the whole apprenticeship process focussing on...

Robert Dagge, Managing Director, Dynistics

Don’t be a data dinosaur: The problems w…

Nov 29, 2018 / Featured Article

Colleges continue to face increased pressures, as expectations rise and funding is cut. It has therefore become more important than ever that all decisions not only have to be right...

Dr Luke Heselwood, Report Author and Reform Researcher

Three Steps to Better Measures: Increasi…

Nov 29, 2018 / Featured Article

The higher education sector has received considerable attention this week. The Institute of Fiscal Studies’ (IfS) report on the impact of undergraduate degrees on early-career earnings and Reform’s research on...

Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK

Universities’ role in providing higher l…

Nov 28, 2018 / Featured Article

The role of the tertiary education system in meeting the work force challenges of the country has never been more important. As a society, we’re entering new territory with the...

Tony Allen, CEO, AAS Ltd

Crisis of Leadership and Governance in t…

Nov 27, 2018 / Featured Article

It seems that hardly a week goes by when we hear of another crisis of leadership in the FE sector, and by that I am not just talking about FE...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

The entrenched and unbroken correlation …

Nov 27, 2018 / Featured Article

WORKING CLASS KIDS HAVE BECOME THE REGION’S UNDER-ACHIEVERS AT SCHOOL. THAT’S WHY THE NORTH’S SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES NEED MORE INVESTMENT AND SUPPORT TO GIVE ALL YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE. IT’S becoming...

Lyndsy Bumford, Recruitment Team Leader at Intequal

Apprenticeships Provide A #LadderofOppor…

Nov 26, 2018 / Featured Article

Emotional and Mental Development when considering apprenticeships. Learning while you are earning is a popular career path for many young people, with over 900,000 learners currently on an apprenticeship in the...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Apprenticeship Economics: A new public-p…

Nov 23, 2018 / Featured Article

The latest DfE Apprenticeship stats show that over 15,000 employers have now activated their Apprenticeship levy; that’s c75% of levy payers. Understandably it those with the largest levies that have been quickest to...

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