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Middlesex University’s resident robot, Pepper

Why Middlesex University took a robot to…

Oct 19, 2018 / Featured Article

Middlesex University’s resident Pepper robot made history on 16th October 2018 by becoming the first robot to give evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee hearing. Pepper addressed the Education Committee during a...

FE Course Expansion & Funding Opport…

Oct 19, 2018 / Featured Article

Budget cuts are destructive. The outcome has been a reduction in opportunities for students and staff as well as a debt ridden sector. However, there are opportunities for sector growth. FE demand...

Stephanie Mason, Head of Further Education and Skills, RSM

Increased funding pressure for FE organi…

Oct 18, 2018 / Featured Article

Following the latest education funding statistics from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, it appears that further education and sixth-form funding has been fallen by 8 per cent in real terms...

How can you support your college student…

Oct 17, 2018 / Featured Article

From affected joints to aching bones, musculoskeletal disorders can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life. Unfortunately, many of the adult population are affected by these sorts of...

Gary Peeling, Managing Director, Where The Trade Buys

Pitfalls to avoid when marketing for the…

Oct 16, 2018 / Featured Article

Marketing is a vital, but difficult, process for any sector. While it may be more heavily attributed to sales-based sectors, marketing has become increasingly important in the education sector over...

Dr Julie Mills, Principal & Chief Executive, Milton Keynes College

Love nurses, love fire fighters, but #Lo…

Oct 16, 2018 / Featured Article

The government’s announcement that austerity is over will undoubtedly encourage a clamour of voices from all areas of public service asking for more cash in next month’s Autumn Statement. This week...

Jim Carley, Managing Director, Carley Consult Ltd

3aaa: Another wake up call for the ESFA …

Oct 15, 2018 / Featured Article

There is a well-known proverb, which I am sure you know: “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” The Department for Education were arguably made to...

Olivia Bridge is a specialist content writer and political correspondent for the Immigration Advice Service and leading Immigration Lawyers UK.

How a no-deal Brexit will shape educatio…

Oct 15, 2018 / Featured Article

The UK government’s White Paper released last month finally allowed educators and universities to breathe a sigh of relief: the UK-EU relationship of the future includes some relaxed visa rules...

Andy Cotgreave, Technical Evangelist and Senior Director, Tableau

AI is a door to productivity gains, but …

Oct 12, 2018 / Featured Article

Productivity is a very British problem. According to the latest figures from the OECD, us Brits are among the hardest workers in Europe, averaging three hours per week more than...

Rachel Akili, Workforce Development Manager

Media Is More Important Than Education F…

Oct 11, 2018 / Featured Article

Why I’m glad TV is teaching my children… Growing up as a young girl on the fringes of Salford and Manchester, there were very few black people in my local area. There...

Max Horne, Financial Advisor, Author of The Money Instruction Book

Teaching our way out of the UK's debt cr…

Oct 10, 2018 / Apprenticeships

The UK debt crisis is increasing every year. One of the biggest issues facing Great Britain, yet still nothing is being done about this at an educational level. Unemployment levels have...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

UTCs GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE THE SKILLS TO DO …

Oct 10, 2018 / Featured Article

“If we are to overcome the divisions in society, all need to feel valued. We should stop talking about social mobility as a way of 'rescuing' people from working-class backgrounds...

Fernando Hernandez, MD of EMEA at XYZprinting

The English schools’ computing curricula…

Oct 09, 2018 / Featured Article

In England and the UK, the ICT and computing curriculums have long been falling behind the rest of the world. Despite the major shake-up to the curricula in 2014, the speed...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

There’s a hole in my bucket... Continuin…

Oct 09, 2018 / Featured Article

Last week in Birmingham a new package of Levy reforms were announced…. Was it the end of the Severn bridge ’hard’ funding border? X Was it an end to the 10% SME...

Rod Harris, Operations Director, Intequal

The Technicalities of Delivering an Appr…

Oct 08, 2018 / Featured Article

A lack of understanding about the new apprenticeship reforms is creating unnecessary barriers to entry for many employers, but especially SMEs. Whether it’s confusion over the mechanics of the apprenticeship levy...

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

Positive Perceptions of Vocational and T…

Oct 05, 2018 / Featured Article

Valued and well understood, vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) prepare learners for the workplace and equip them with relevant technical skills. These are just some of the positive messages in the...

Simon Bracken, Higher Education Manager, Bath College

Ensuring our Higher Education students a…

Oct 04, 2018 / Featured Article

Having made our TEF submission in January 2018 (in the same week as we had a full Ofsted Inspection, which made for an interesting week to say the least!) we...

Liz Maudsley, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges

Disadvantage Fund stretched further by n…

Oct 03, 2018 / Featured Article

Dyslexia and Further Education. Colleges educate and train 2.2 million young people and adults to prepare them for continuing education, training or employment. A significant minority of these students will have...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

MANAGING MEMORY: We all learn – and reme…

Oct 02, 2018 / Featured Article

A good number of student summative assessments are still closed book, and rely therefore to a significant extent on the student, or learner, having a ‘good memory’. Yet to what...

Stewart Segal, WorldSkills UK Board Member

My lessons learned: Euroskills 2018

Oct 02, 2018 / Featured Article

Last week I had the great privilege to see the Euroskills 2018 Competition in Budapest. These national and international skills competitions are always very inspiring as you see first-hand the...

Mark Geremia, vice president and general manager for Dragon Professional and Consumer

Students with Dyslexia are talking their…

Oct 01, 2018 / Featured Article

Writing an essay is daunting for most students, but imagine trying to read and write while the words are swimming around on the page with letters upside down and in...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

We all need to rethink apprenticeship re…

Sep 28, 2018 / Apprenticeships

This week’s ISE Annual Student Recruitment Survey 2018 demonstrates a number of things that schools, employers and government should take another look at when it comes to apprentice recruitment. For example...

Will Shepherd, CEO, Cohesion

The importance of working towards early …

Sep 28, 2018 / Featured Article

The Early Talent market is changing and becoming increasingly competitive. In fact, in 2017, the number of students planning to go to university fell to its lowest level in 8...

Wendy Garrett is the Learning and Development Advisor at Liberty Living

Inspiring young talent with Apprenticesh…

Sep 27, 2018 / Apprenticeships

Wendy Garrett is the Learning and Development Advisor at Liberty Living. Here she expands on her experience of working with Liberty Living to arrange their apprenticeship schemes, which makes her...

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

Party conferences must focus on social m…

Sep 26, 2018 / Featured Article

  One of the nicer aspects of working in FE and skills is that we are in a sector where there is normally a cross-party political consensus on the objectives that...

(Image used with kind permission from Safia Miletus, Generation Z personified www.vagabondess.com).

Untethered, Collaborative & Empowere…

Sep 25, 2018 / Featured Article

If you had to ‘Google’ the meaning of ‘Generation Z’ you are not alone. Having ‘Googled’ the terms associated with defining generations it turns out that I’m technically generation X...

Nadine Lee, University Partnerships Director, Campus Living Villages

More joined up approach needed to addres…

Sep 24, 2018 / Featured Article

Mental health has come to the fore over the last few years, with charities, royals and employers working hard to highlight what has often been a hidden disability. As the...

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH & Associates Ltd

What lies ahead for careers guidance, wi…

Sep 21, 2018 / Featured Article

CAREERS ADVICE FOR ADULTS: £9 SAVED FOR EVERY £1 SPENT. In late 2017, the Board of Careers Yorkshire and the Humber: National Careers Service commissioned dmh associates to undertake an economic...

Ann Gravells is an author, creator of teacher training resources and an education consultant

Differentiating between Initial and Diag…

Sep 20, 2018 / Featured Article

I must admit, I still get confused between initial and diagnostic assessment. If diagnostic assessment is carried out at the beginning of a programme or session, then is not classed...

Stefan Drew

Conventional Education Isn’t The Path to…

Sep 19, 2018 / Featured Article

At last. A respected educator that recognises the perils that FHE currently faces, and has an answer. Sir Antony Seldon’s recent article and book gave me hope for the future of...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

THE CHANGING FACE OF YOUTH CULTURE IN T…

Sep 18, 2018 / Featured Article

THE term ‘youth-culture’ or ‘teenage culture’ was first coined in the 1950s in America and was later exported to Britain in 1959. Many writers at the time believed rightly or...

Sarah O’Donnell, Senior Consultant at Big White Wall

Managing the Challenge of Transition

Sep 17, 2018 / Featured Article

For anyone in doubt about the scale of the mental health crisis among young people, a recent student mental health survey conducted by the NUS for the APPG will make...

Paul Doran, Southern Regional College and WorldSkills UK Training Manager

Competitions drive Construction #TeamUK

Sep 14, 2018 / Featured Article

A changing economic landscape and the introduction of new technologies is transforming the construction industry in the UK. The FE sector knows this will have huge implications for skills training...

Leticia Veruete-McKay, Senior Economist at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL COLLEGES – WHAT IS …

Sep 13, 2018 / Featured Article

Ahhh, another new school year has begun. It is a time of great excitement for pupils after returning from their summer holidays and seeing friends again. For teachers, refreshed and...

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

Be guided by what’s dependably, fundamen…

Sep 12, 2018 / Featured Article

Am I alone? I confess any connection between Albert Einstein and the role of a CEO had totally escaped me. But then I heard the boss of a leading UK...

Will an ageing workforce prove beneficia…

Sep 11, 2018 / Featured Article

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the UK’s population reached its largest ever tally at 65.6 million during 2016. The nation’s population isn’t only getting...

Daniel Scott, Digital learning specialist

Maximum expectations against limited sup…

Sep 10, 2018 / Featured Article

There are a myriad of problems that face tutors in further education (FE), such as the changes in government and your organisation’s policies, right through to the landscape in which...

Laura Mansel-Thomas, Partner, Ingleton Wood

New air quality guidelines will mean exp…

Sep 07, 2018 / Featured Article

The Government recently announced updated guidelines (Building Bulletin 101) for improving indoor air quality, thermal comfort and ventilation in education settings. Laura Mansel-Thomas, Partner at property and construction consultancy Ingleton...

John-Claude Hesketh, Managing Partner at global executive search firm Marlin Hawk

Is age just a number? The problem of age…

Sep 06, 2018 / Featured Article

The plight to increase workplace diversity has gained incredible momentum amongst companies of all sizes and sectors over the past decade. What’s more, we are seeing business leaders working harder...

Helen Beardmore, Education Delivery Manager, Edge

The off-rolling issue is about more than…

Sep 05, 2018 / Featured Article

As the annual furore of GCSEs died down last week (28 Aug), the Times led with a front page splash on an increasingly concerning and complex matter which is becoming...

Casey Farquharson, Founder, IDEAS Bus

How Technology Education Needs To Change…

Sep 04, 2018 / Featured Article

Let’s commence with the facts on ground. Over £15bn has been spent on educational technology in the past decade. The average education technology budget for schools is £900m per annum. And...

Jamie E Smith, Executive Chairman, C-Learning

Why? What? Who? How? Four key questions…

Sep 03, 2018 / Featured Article

In a recent speech to the World Education Forum UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds outlined that only a minority of Schools and Colleges are currently taking advantage of the opportunities...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Parents’ views on apprenticeships are ch…

Aug 31, 2018 / Apprenticeships

Recent research indicates that parents’ views on apprenticeships are improving: good news for many people working in the early careers market. A study from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) suggests that...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Apprenticeships: How will cutting rates …

Aug 31, 2018 / Featured Article

Fully realising the benefits of apprenticeships The macro benefit of apprenticeships is that they deliver the best match between the supply and demand for skills. This is achieved by reducing the distance...

Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy, CMI

Why do IfA want to destroy degree appren…

Aug 31, 2018 / Featured Article

Investing in management skills and building capability in our managers and leaders is key to solving the productivity puzzle. And management apprenticeships are already playing a critical role in this...

The power of apprentices as a route to b…

Aug 30, 2018 / Apprenticeships

APPRENTICES are now being acknowledged by more and more employers as a vital investment for the future of their business - either by taking them on as new staff or...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

‘POSH BOYS’: How English Independent Sch…

Aug 30, 2018 / Featured Article

"Imagine a world where leaders are able to pass power directly to their children. These kids are plucked from nurseries and sent to beautiful compounds far away from all other...

Andrew Goff, Director of ONVU Learning

Damian Hinds is right to challenge FE to…

Aug 29, 2018 / Featured Article

The education secretary, Damian Hinds has challenged the education sector to launch an educational revolution in schools, colleges and universities. It is ethically, morally and commercially important to all our...

Dr Chris Payne, CEO ITS Group

Sub-Contracting “A Problem Child or A Ri…

Aug 28, 2018 / Featured Article

In recent months there has been a big out-cry of ‘greedy’ bad providers, top-slicing funds for their own benefit. Wow! Is that really news? Let’s travel back in time and remind ourselves...

Tom Bewick, Chief Executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)

It’s time to end the nonsense that Award…

Aug 24, 2018 / Featured Article

Chief executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, Tom Bewick, says policy makers should see market complexity as a major part of why the UK’s diverse awarding industry is world...

Photo credit Mimi Thian

GCSE Results day ‘GIRLS ON TOP’: is the …

Aug 23, 2018 / Featured Article

GIRLS are outperforming boys at every stage of the educational system. They do better than boys in National curriculum SAT tests. Girls are more successful than boys in virtually every...

Tracey Matthews, Assistant Principal (Apprenticeships), Milton Keynes College

Everyone wins when business and educatio…

Aug 22, 2018 / Featured Article

Once upon a time, professional educators decided what students needed to learn and taught it to them. The value of lessons in vocational skills for example, was in some way...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

The Impact of an Effective Induction

Aug 21, 2018 / Featured Article

HOW EFFECTIVE IS YOUR INDUCTION? So, it’s coming up to that time of year again, when most FE Colleges will be offering some form of induction for its new joiners. (I’m...

Amanda Hamilton, Chief Executive, NALP

Do your students want a career in law? Q…

Aug 20, 2018 / Featured Article

You’ve got to feel sorry for today’s young folk: they missed out on the golden age of TV lawyers. Sure, they’ve got the show with Ygritte from Game of Thrones...

Victoria Shepherd, Service Excellence Manager at Arqiva

STEM skills crisis: Female engineers can…

Aug 17, 2018 / Featured Article

According to the A Level Results announced yesterday (16 Aug), the proportion of women entering STEM subjects has only increased slightly over the past 5 years, from 42.0% in 2013 to...

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal of The Manchester College

Why we should rethink our ideas of educa…

Aug 16, 2018 / Featured Article

On A Level Results Day, Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal of The Manchester College, discusses why we should rethink our ideas of educational success: Results day is a celebration of all learning –...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

Farewell Citizenship - A Level results o…

Aug 16, 2018 / Featured Article

STATUTORY CITIZENSHIP AND A TRAINED TEACHER SHOULD BE IN EVERY SCHOOL AND COLLEGE. Today (16 Aug), 1,000 students received their A-level Citizenship results for the last time. The Government has scrapped...

Ben Rowland, Co-Founder of Arch Apprentices

Changing perceptions: Apprenticeships ar…

Aug 16, 2018 / Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have undergone an incredible change in recent years as their focus has shifted from being primarily blue‐collar professions, such as construction or engineering, to business and head office functions...

Ellie Bennett, a Civil Engineering Lecturer at Stephenson College in Leicestershire.

All SET for teaching success: Why I swap…

Aug 15, 2018 / Featured Article

Ellie Bennett has just completed a PGCE with the support of the Education and Training Foundation’s SET for Teaching Success programme, which is helping to boost the delivery of Science...

Kerry Boffey, CEO of Adult Learning Improvement Network (ALIN)

Creating choices, developing skills and …

Aug 14, 2018 / Featured Article

The choice of subjects available within education and training for young people today have never been greater, with so many options seemingly on offer. However, for some young people from...

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