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    On-programme planning for new apprentice…

    Sep 22, 2016 / Featured Article

    The following is an extract from the 2nd edition of The best assessor's guide (apprenticeships edition) due for publication this October which has been revised to include changes to practice brought...

    Devolution and localism: what will happe…

    Sep 21, 2016 / Featured Article

    Devolution and localism present both opportunities and risks for colleges. A report released today - The Long-term Implications of Devolution and Localism for FE in England – highlights the benefits...

    FE and employers – uniting to futureproo…

    Sep 19, 2016 / Featured Article

    For the past three years, we have been working hard with FE partners to establish a network of employer-led, skills-focused Career Colleges. From South Tyneside and Northumberland to Yeovil and Liverpool...

    Skills first in an age of uncertainty

    Sep 19, 2016 / Featured Article

    Changes to the UK’s education system come at a time when post-Brexit we need a renewed focus on developing home-grown skills. In the past year, we have seen the introduction...

    Time to turn the clock backwards?

    Sep 19, 2016 / Featured Article

    Just over a week ago I went into hospital for a minor operation under a general anaesthetic. What I woke up to was the re-emergence of grammar schools… “Gosh this...

    6th Meeting of the EU Alliance for Appre…

    Sep 16, 2016 / Featured Article

    Jean-Claude Juncker Commission President.  State of the union address.  14 September 2016  “.. And, more than anything, we need to invest in our young people. I cannot and will not accept that...

    Functional Skills Funding – The Achilles…

    Sep 15, 2016 / Featured Article

    It seems that hardly a day goes by at the moment without the release of another publication which confirms the huge basic skills crisis which exists in the UK. In...

    The ever changing world of FE – keeping …

    Sep 14, 2016 / Featured Article

     Change seems inevitable in our sector, however, we need to keep on top of it or we could easily be left behind, or worse, without a job. Our sector is...

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gives youn…

    Sep 12, 2016 / Featured Article

    Find out why over 100 top UK employers have endorsed a DofE Award as a mark of a young person’s soft skills competence from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s Chief...

    Skills Plan or Mission Impossible?

    Sep 09, 2016 / Featured Article

    On the Skills Plan or Mission Impossible?A Personal View It would only be fair to say that anything ambitious, like the Skills Plan, would have many questions at its inception. There...

    Looking at Lifetime Salaries

    Sep 08, 2016 / Featured Article

    These past weeks, students up and down the country will have been awaiting A-Level results with baited breath, knowing their grades could have a large bearing on their future and...

    FE's Identity Crisis

    Sep 07, 2016 / Featured Article

    One of the highlights of recent months for me was the #ReImagineFE conference in Birmingham.  What made it stand out was that the architecture of the day provided spaces in...

    NAO right to be concerned about implemen…

    Sep 06, 2016 / Featured Article

    As Parliament returns, opposition MPs have been quick to jump on concerns about the government’s latest set of funding proposals for apprenticeships.  Unless the government quickly reviews these, we are...

    Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 …

    Sep 06, 2016 / Featured Article

    Ensuring that effective safeguarding procedures are in place is a key priority for all FE colleges, not only to promote a safe learning environment but also to avoid an inadequate...

    Review of the ARPCE Conference

    Sep 05, 2016 / Featured Article

    The 2nd International Research Conference organised by the Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (ARPCE), was held at Harris Manchester College, Oxford in July 2016. Despite being Oxford University’s smallest...

    Sector Response to the National Audit Of…

    Sep 05, 2016 / Featured Article

    The National Audit Office (NAO) report on ‘Delivering value through the apprenticeships programme’ was released today. Although it is 48 page report, it makes very interesting reading. You can download...

    Who deserves a £1,000 Apprenticeship?

    Sep 04, 2016 / Featured Article

    A response to the new apprenticeship funding proposals consultation With any funding changes there will inevitably be ‘winners’ and ‘losers’.  If we are past the days of ‘transitory protection’ for institutions...

    New Government, new future for FE?

    Sep 02, 2016 / Featured Article

    Dave and George have departed stage left followed by a bear, well a Gove in fact. Nick Boles the previous skills minister resigned before he was pushed and the new...

    The importance of getting the right care…

    Sep 01, 2016 / Featured Article

    During August, thousands of students throughout the country received those all-important GCSE results that can feel so important for their futures.  Many will already have decided to head on to...

    How can tutors deliver employability ski…

    Aug 31, 2016 / Featured Article

    Teaching employability well is a bit like saying; eat a balanced diet, exercise and you'll be healthier. Most people who work in education entered the profession to enable learners to...

    Natural Apprenticeships

    Aug 26, 2016 / Featured Article

    Natural England is the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide. Employing...

    Exam results: teenage anxiety and the ri…

    Aug 26, 2016 / Featured Article

    Reading BBC Education correspondent Sean Coughlan’s hilarious, but perceptive article What parents really mean to say about exam results gave me pause for thoughts amidst the headlines around the publication...

    Moments of Choice

    Aug 25, 2016 / Featured Article

    The decision about what to do after education is an important one for all young people. But, according to our Moments of Choice report, the process of making this decision is made...

    A new and enriched QTLS coming in Septem…

    Aug 24, 2016 / Featured Article

    Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is a sought after status, with over 1800 teachers and trainers being awarded each year.  When asked the reasons, applicants say that QTLS provides...

    Government apprenticeship levy proposals…

    Aug 22, 2016 / Featured Article

    It’s been one of those ‘it never rains but it pours’ or ‘all the buses arriving at the same time’ kind of weeks. We have had the proposals for the...

    Apprenticeships: learning from Leitch

    Aug 21, 2016 / Featured Article

    With apprenticeship policy very much in the spotlight, I was interested to read a new report by John Denham, “Employer Support for Higher Level Skills”. As Secretary of State for Innovation...

    Realities, realities, realities

    Aug 18, 2016 / Featured Article

    It is A Level results day and the College is almost full. Staff in Further Education since incorporation have moved to the agenda of becoming a business with the learner...

    New research suggests vocational qualifi…

    Aug 18, 2016 / Featured Article

    On A level results day one of the key questions facing many young people is whether their new qualifications give an opportunity for progression into higher education. Our new report...

    We’re not there yet on the apprenticeshi…

    Aug 16, 2016 / Featured Article

    We’ve had a few days to absorb the details of the government’s latest apprenticeship levy announcements and already my inbox is full of comments from AELP members on what they...

    Levy Announcement raises more questions …

    Aug 15, 2016 / Featured Article

    The government’s eight week delay in their latest announcements about the apprenticeship levy, funding rates and standards leaves raises as many questions as it answered.  This is not surprising when...

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