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Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

#Apprenticeships should be accessible to…

Apr 27, 2018 / Featured Article

The government’s education select committee heard this month that the threat of losing welfare payments could be preventing some young people from taking up apprenticeships. Certain benefits are not available to...

Jesper Johansson, Chief Security Architect at Yubico

No Admission for Hackers; Keeping Cyberc…

Apr 26, 2018 / Featured Article

FE institutions are under increasing attack from cybercriminals looking to exploit open networks and steal personal information and IP. Jesper Johannson, chief security architect at Yubico looks at what they...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

A RADICAL APPROACH TO MEETINGS

Apr 25, 2018 / Featured Article

When Ofsted visit, they are looking for a productive, effective and efficient college. Though the focus is of course on teaching and learning, one of the areas where a considerable...

Jamie E Smith, Executive Chairman, C-Learning

2am. If your College isn’t open, it shou…

Apr 24, 2018 / Featured Article

I once heard a professional sports player being interviewed and describing the secret of their success. They said they never ran to where the ball was, they ran to where...

Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

I Say, Old Sport, Better Careers Advice …

Apr 23, 2018 / Featured Article

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one . . . just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Nick’s father from The...

Graham Smith, head of marketing at leading Microsoft recruitment partner, Curo Talent

IT skills gap: the industry forecast

Apr 20, 2018 / Featured Article

Today, more than 1.5 million people work in the digital sector or roles related to digital technology. In fact, the number of digital technology jobs across the UK has grown...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

The first year of the apprenticeship lev…

Apr 20, 2018 / Featured Article

Richard Marsh gives his balanced and constructive response to the recent report from think tank Reform, "The Great Training Robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy". The impact of the levy...

Angela Middleton, CEO and Founder of MiddletonMurray

The Apprenticeship Levy one year on: Eng…

Apr 19, 2018 / Featured Article

Where it all started: MiddletonMurray’s preparation This month marks a full year since the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in the UK. And what a year it has been. I stay close to...

Stefan Drew, FHE Marketing Consultant

Schools Were Open on Easter Monday – It’…

Apr 19, 2018 / Featured Article

Following on from my recent feature on The Impact of Snow Days on Learning and Financial Viability I note that all schools were open on Easter Monday to make up...

John Druce, Learning and Development Manager at Arqiva

Apprenticeship schemes provide stability…

Apr 18, 2018 / Featured Article

In a changing and seemingly uncertain world – think Brexit, new technology and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) to name a few – it may be understandable that some businesses...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

Why We Need to Promote Learning for Demo…

Apr 17, 2018 / Featured Article

ALL SCHOOLs, colleges and apprenticeship agencies are required to teach British Values (shared values), including democracy and ‘’understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.’’ Yet, turn-out in...

Jamie Smith, Executive Chairman, C-Learning Ltd

“Houston, we have a problem”. Lessons f…

Apr 16, 2018 / Featured Article

“Houston, we have a problem”, those famous words attributed to NASA astronaut John Swigert on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission back in 1970 could apply equally to the journey of...

Tim Chewter, Head of Research and Communications, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

The Project - Under the bonnet of end-po…

Apr 16, 2018 / Featured Article

For many, the concept of end-point assessment is still new. The independent nature of the assessor’s role is new, the concept of grading is new, and the way many of the...

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and New Talent, BAFTA

Encouraging young people to get involved…

Apr 13, 2018 / Featured Article

Give young people the chance to try out games design When I tell people I work for BAFTA, I typically get two responses: ‘What do you do when the film and...

Helen Wilson, Sales Director of GPRS Recruitment

Employers are feeling confident, permane…

Apr 12, 2018 / Featured Article

According to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), professional recruitment firms reported that the number of candidates securing permanent roles in January 2018 increased by...

Paul McKean, Head of FE and Skills, Jisc

#FEsavedME - a personal story from Paul …

Apr 11, 2018 / Featured Article

Paul McKean, head of FE and skills at Jisc and a former teacher at Bolton College, explains how further education helped him through a very dark time in his life. My 20s...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Are we nearly there yet? Apprenticeship …

Apr 10, 2018 / Featured Article

One year since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and we are roughly half-way through the implementation phase of the current apprenticeship reforms. So how’s it all going? Political impact The political...

Richard Hines, principal specialist inspector at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Could an apprenticeship really be the ga…

Apr 09, 2018 / Featured Article

A demanding job in a high-pressure environment, dealing with matters of life and death daily, you might think that I’m the product of a Russell Group university education with a...

Max Hoefeijzers - Leerpark Founder with his favourite quote

A proven model for a new vocational syst…

Apr 06, 2018 / Featured Article

In my last piece 'How must FE change to be a successful tool to solve the Skills Gap Problem in the UK?' I mentioned that there was a model already in existence...

The Apprenticeship Levy is a year old. Are you celebrating?

Can we have our cake and eat it? Reflect…

Apr 06, 2018 / Featured Article

It has been a year since the Apprenticeship Levy was launched on 6th April 2017. This time last year I was expecting a hugely successful year and huge growth in Apprenticeship...

Ben Hughes is Vice Principal (Industry Engagement) at Pearson College London

The Office for Students – some devil’s a…

Apr 05, 2018 / Featured Article

“Don’t call students consumers” Nicola Dandridge CBE, Chief Executive of the new Office for Students, was reported as saying at the launch of its new regulatory framework last month. “We now...

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

Working with your staff, not on them

Apr 04, 2018 / Featured Article

Mrs Roberts had the measure of me from the start. 'Christopher is a bright button but somehow always towards the bottom of the tin.' Always been slow on the uptake. Despite...

Colin Bentwood, Managing Director (and EPA programme manager), Strategic Development Network (SDN)

The Portfolio - Under the bonnet of end-…

Apr 03, 2018 / Featured Article

If you are looking to deliver (or prepare your apprentices) for end-point assessments in future, you will need to get to grips with the assessment methods specified in the new...

Arnie Skelton, Head of Enterprise and Innovation, EFC

Entrepreneurial learning and the CRATE e…

Apr 03, 2018 / Featured Article

Epping Forest College is located in West Essex, but only 20 minutes from the centre of London. 90% of our local business are tiny – less than 10 employees. Most are start-ups...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

Is a UCAS system really the hidden answe…

Mar 29, 2018 / Featured Article

To win a place at private school, 11-year-olds have to prepare for and sit a number of entrance exams and then smile through lots of interviews, which can be exhausting...

Nick Parkes, Regional Sales Manager at Y Soft

Automated workflows and the drive for pr…

Mar 28, 2018 / Featured Article

The UK’s well known struggling productivity level is an issue that dominates discussions amongst the government, further education, and public sector organisations. With no clear cut solution being discussed, the issue...

Alex Stevenson, Head of English, Maths & ESOL at Learning & Work Institute

The Integrated Communities Strategy – Wh…

Mar 27, 2018 / Featured Article

Recently the Government has published its Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper. The remit is broad but the Green Paper will be of great interest to the ESOL sector given that...

Adrienne Gormley, Global VP CX & Head of EMEA, Dropbox

Unleash people’s potential to address th…

Mar 26, 2018 / Featured Article

In just the last few months, we’ve had the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) suggesting it would need to significantly lower its estimate for the productivity of UK workers. We’ve...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

National Apprenticeship Week is importan…

Mar 23, 2018 / Featured Article

Anyone working in education and careers will know that we just celebrated National Apprenticeship Week 2018, five days of information and inspiration hoping to encourage a new generation of young...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

TEACHING CITIZENSHIP IN OUR SCHOOLS IS M…

Mar 23, 2018 / Featured Article

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS ON MAINLAND BRITAIN THE NEED TO TEACH CITIZENSHIP IN OUR SCHOOLS IS MORE VITAL THAN EVER ARGUES STEPHEN LAMBERT IN THE aftermath of...

The importance of embedding Maths and En…

Mar 22, 2018 / Featured Article

The 2015-16 academic year began with emphasis from the new Principal that maths and English outcomes had to improve. As part of a management restructure, my role as Director of...

Paul Fear, CEO, British Accreditation Council (BAC)

EFL and quality assurance. Does it matt…

Mar 22, 2018 / Featured Article

1.75 billion people is a huge number, about 23% of the world’s population. That’s the number of people who can speak English to a ‘useful level’ and the numbers are...

Stefan Drew, FHE Marketing Consultant

FE Underfunding & Obscene Overspendi…

Mar 21, 2018 / Featured Article

FE claims to be underfunded.  I understand why providers complain of underfunding.   What I don’t understand is why some of them then spend so much on unnecessary expenditure. For example, a college has...

Malcolm Cooper, MD, MCA Cooper Associates

When is a Recovery Plan not a Financial …

Mar 20, 2018 / Featured Article

The answer to this question is …………………………………………… almost always! Colleges are required to develop a Recovery Plan when they experience financial problems, of that there is no doubt. However, in nearly every...

Simon Ashworth is chief policy officer of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Subcontracting: Time for the sector to s…

Mar 20, 2018 / Featured Article

In the previous article I wrote for FE News on End point assessment: Why the IfA needs to get a grip I signed off with the comment “A new year...

Zhi Soon, Director of Youth, Education & Skills at BIT

How behavioural science can transform ed…

Mar 19, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s a simple fact of life that we can often behave in ways that might not serve our best interest - whether it’s procrastinating instead of revising for a test...

Chris Cherry, Senior Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

The Interview - Under the bonnet of end-…

Mar 19, 2018 / Featured Article

Over the last few weeks, we’ve published a series of articles looking at different assessment methods specified in the new assessment plans, and started to unpick what they look like...

Chris Heron FRSA, Cert Ed, CELTA, CEO of Vivagogy

How must FE change to be a successful to…

Mar 16, 2018 / Featured Article

For the last three years, Chris Heron has been researching education and learning models, including vocational education, around the world to build a new learning system. His conclusion after three years...

Gary McKay, MD of APPII

How blockchain will transform education …

Mar 15, 2018 / Featured Article

While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies made the headlines last year, we are finally starting to see the real technological disruptor come into the spotlight – blockchain technology. Not only does...

James Potten, Managing Director of RED Academy

Mastering the art of failure: Bringing s…

Mar 14, 2018 / Featured Article

Teaching students the art of failure can be a tricky task.As adults, we are able to appreciate that when it comes to learning and improving, there is a lesson in...

Charlotte Attwood, Head of Women In Tech

Back to the Classroom: How do we encoura…

Mar 13, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s undeniable that women are significantly underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries. In fact, women only make up 24% of the STEM workforce and sadly that is the...

Tim Chewter, Head of Research and Communications, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

The Multiple Choice Test - Under the bon…

Mar 12, 2018 / Featured Article

If you’ve had chance to look through some of the new apprenticeship assessment plans, you will see some assessment methods that are new, and others that are familiar. However, even...

Jill Whittaker, Managing Director, HIT Training

Shining a light on apprenticeships

Mar 12, 2018 / Featured Article

Apprenticeships are a hot topic at the moment. In today’s competitive market, they are used by employers as an effective tool to upskill staff while also recruiting and retaining top...

Angela Middleton, Chairman and Founder of MiddletonMurray and Stephen Middleton, CEO of Elite Apprenticeships

#NAW2018 Apprenticeships are the key to …

Mar 09, 2018 / Featured Article

Angela Middleton reflects on National Apprenticeship Week and the future of the apprenticeships in the UK and USA This week sees the 11th annual National Apprenticeships Week and it’s a time...

Daniel Wilson, Teacher of Creative Digital Media,  Ashton under-lyne Sixth Form College

Apps in the Classroom: Should we be Figh…

Mar 09, 2018 / Featured Article

In the 2018 classroom the smartphone has become a point of near constant contention. Depending on who is asked phones can be described as a barrier to learning or an...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Apprenticeship levy funding transfer

Mar 08, 2018 / Featured Article

Making the most of the evolving DAS system in England.  The ESFA have recently confirmed plans to introduce enhancements to the Digital Account System from ‘April’ 2018. Most significant of which is the ability...

Ian Pretty, CEO, Collab Group and Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO, Youth Employment UK CIC

Social Mobility in Apprenticeships: Impr…

Mar 08, 2018 / Featured Article

Apprenticeships can be a key driver of social mobility, but their potential remains largely untapped. Whist there has been a big focus on the Government’s target to deliver three million apprenticeship...

(L-R) Jane Murdoch, Clinical Lecturer and Aaron Bradbury,  Senior Lecturer, University College Birmingham

Above and Beyond: Widening Participation…

Mar 07, 2018 / Featured Article

Do you want to provide progression routes for apprentices and grow your portfolio of programmes? Currently apprenticeships are growing in terms of supporting current business outcomes but one area that it...

#CodingGirls

DOLLS ARE FOR GIRLS AND LEGO IS FOR BOYS

Mar 06, 2018 / Featured Article

DO SEXIST TOYS CONTRIBUTE TO THE GENDER GAP IN EDUCATION, APPRENTICESHIPS AND IN THE WORKPLACE? Stephen Lambert examines the evidence. ALTHOUGH girls are doing better at every stage of the education system...

Heather Venis, Principal Consultant, Awarding First

Plucky but unwise T-level proposals

Mar 06, 2018 / Featured Article

Something that awarding bodies are increasingly good at is listening to and understanding employers, knowing their sectors, what will work and what’s deliverable. The listening, conceptualising and doing a good...

Colin Bentwood, Managing Director (and EPA programme manager), Strategic Development Network (SDN)

The Practical Assessment - Under the bon…

Mar 05, 2018 / Featured Article

For many, the concept of end-point assessment is still new.  The independent nature of the assessor’s role is new, the concept of grading is new, and the way many of the...

Chris Darling, Operations Director, MRM Solutions

Are apprentices the future of your compa…

Mar 02, 2018 / Featured Article

Can your SME benefit from hiring an apprentice? North East electrical company, MRM Solutions, understand the benefits of working with apprentices, having relied upon them as an integral part of the...

The Impact of Snow Days on Learning and …

Mar 01, 2018 / Featured Article

When it Snows Providers Potentially Lose Money Recent snowfall has resulted in the temporary closure of many providers. This happens somewhere in the country most years, and yet I can find...

Kerry Linley, Business Advisor - apprenticeships and the apprenticeship levy

Looking back for a glimpse of the future

Mar 01, 2018 / Featured Article

For me, 2017 was a year for both professional and personal reflection. As an employer of apprentices, I was excited to see what opportunities the introduction of the apprenticeship levy would bring.  I’ve been part...

Stewart Segal is a Non-Executive Director of Youth Employment UK and TDLC a training provider.

Apprenticeship Standards and Qualificati…

Feb 28, 2018 / Featured Article

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has recently widened its definition of when it will allow mandatory qualifications to be part of a new apprenticeship standard.  This comes after a lot...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

‘THE LOST BOYS OF THE NORTH EAST’: WHY D…

Feb 27, 2018 / Featured Article

THIRTY years ago boys did better at school than girls. Now, it’s the boys who are the under-achievers across the North East. In Newcastle in 2016 almost half of white...

Ben Hughes is Vice Principal (Industry Engagement) at Pearson College London

A long time in higher education…

Feb 27, 2018 / Featured Article

If a week is a long time in politics, a month is an eternity in the politics of higher education. It began with Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon...

Chris Cherry, Senior Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

The Showcase / Presentation - Under the …

Feb 26, 2018 / Featured Article

You will have heard it before - end-point assessment, and the new assessment plans upon which they are based, represent a fundamental shift for apprenticeships. If you’ve had chance to look...

Jamie Smith, Executive Director, South Staffordshire College, Co-Founder Statistics24.com

From Area to Tuition Fee Reviews. Is it…

Feb 25, 2018 / Featured Article

As College mergers plateau following the Area Review process and Universities begin a review of tuition fees, horizontal to vertical integration in post-compulsory education could make a lot of strategic...

Denise Baker, Head of Pre-qualifying Healthcare and Apprenticeships at the University of Derby

Apprenticeships in the NHS - miracle cur…

Feb 23, 2018 / Featured Article

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy will see around £200 million per year ring-fenced in the NHS for apprenticeships. For those employers who are prepared for apprenticeship changes, this represents...

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