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A-Level Results: STEM uptake is a solid foundation for future
The latest A-level results have shown there has been a strong uptake in entries to...
A level results day 2017 - Sector Response
A Level results day 2017 (17 Aug) and as of midnight, 416,310 applicants have been...
Higher Apprenticeships: Good for business
Sussex Skills Solutions, the joint venture between Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College,...
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds continue to struggle to reach their full potential - Sector Response
In the week in which thousands of students receive their A-Level results, education charity Teach...
How to deliver fantastic community learning
“There are lots of considerations but three key things jump out: the importance of finding...
A-Level Results: STEM uptake is a solid foundation for future
A-Level Results: STEM uptake is a solid founda...
A level results day 2017 - Sector Response
A level results day 2017 - Sector Response
Higher Apprenticeships: Good for business
Higher Apprenticeships: Good for business
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds continue to struggle to reach their full potential - Sector Response
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds co...
How to deliver fantastic community learning
How to deliver fantastic community learning

 

A-Level Results: STEM uptake is a solid …

Aug 17, 2017 / FE Voices

The latest A-level results have shown there has been a strong uptake in entries to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and more young women studying these disciplines.  Exasol, provider...

A level results day 2017 - Sector Respon…

Aug 16, 2017 / FE Voices

A Level results day 2017 (17 Aug) and as of midnight, 416,310 applicants have been already accepted into higher education through UCAS. This still reflects is a decrease of 7,570 people...

Higher Apprenticeships: Good for busines…

Aug 15, 2017 / FE Voices

Sussex Skills Solutions, the joint venture between Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College, is the premier provider of apprenticeships and skills training in Sussex. As students across the county...

Young people from disadvantaged backgrou…

Aug 14, 2017 / FE Voices

In the week in which thousands of students receive their A-Level results, education charity Teach First has found that those born in the poorest postcodes of the country have just...

Ken Reid, Director of Curriculum, recently retired after 38 years at Leeds City College

How to deliver fantastic community learn…

Aug 14, 2017 / FE Voices

“There are lots of considerations but three key things jump out: the importance of finding a member of staff who not only has the right skills base but who also...

Patrick Watson, Managing Director, Montrose Public Affairs Consultants

Careers Guidance in need of a Strategy

Aug 11, 2017 / FE Voices

This month  four organisations  in the careers guidance space have come together to create a new alliance: The Career Management Quality Alliance (CMQA  Frustrated by government toing and froing on...

Growing fee fears among young people - S…

Aug 10, 2017 / FE Voices

The proportion of young people who think they are likely to go into Higher Education when they are old enough has fallen to the lowest level since 2009, according to...

Benn Carson, Carson Recruitment

Time for change...

Aug 10, 2017 / FE Voices

Back in March, with the Apprenticeship Levy imminent, I wrote about the potential effects on recruitment, and gave my opinion that employers would begin paying very close attention to their...

Dr Elle Boag, Social Psychologist at Birmingham City University

How to respond when one child does well …

Aug 10, 2017 / FE Voices

We all know that there is an increasing pressure to perform well academically in order to be successful in an increasingly competitive world; we also understand that not all children...

Rachel Shorrock, Director, System Group

REGISTER FOR SUCCESS

Aug 09, 2017 / FE Voices

WITH official figures showing that a little under half of the employers eligible to register on the government’s apprenticeship system had done so by May this year, Rachel Shorrock of...

“Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” - Df…

Aug 08, 2017 / FE Voices

A leaked memo from a Google employee titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, in which women were described as less suited to coding than men, has attracted widespread comment and criticism in the...

Graham Woodham, Programme Head of Social Work, Skills for Care

Social work degree apprenticeships: A di…

Aug 08, 2017 / FE Voices

Programme Head of Social Work at Skills for Care, Graham Woodham talks us through the upcoming social work degree apprenticeships and the opportunities that come with this different way of...

What matters is what works

Aug 07, 2017 / FE Voices

Since taking the reins at ERSA in 2010, I have been struck by the wealth of information and evidence that exists within ERSA members, but also astonished by the extent...

Sport and Uniformed Steve Settle, Public Services Curriculum Leader, Salford City College

Beautiful, Inspirational, Humbling: Tut…

Aug 04, 2017 / FE Voices

“My eyes are now wide open and I can see that the Army Reserves are saving lives. From a personal perspective, the experience I had in Kenya was a humbling...

Concern raised over Non-Levy Funding Med…

Aug 03, 2017 / FE Voices

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers have raised concern over a clause in the Non-Levy Funding ITT around DfE sign off on press releases and media contact surrounding the...

Further Education Area Review Reports - …

Aug 03, 2017 / FE Voices

Department for Education today (3 Aug) published the report and recommendations from the Further Education Area Reviews. Sector Response to the Area Review Recommendations David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of...

Register of apprentice assessment organi…

Aug 01, 2017 / FE Voices

Information for organisations thinking about applying to the register of apprentice assessment organisations. If you are interested in delivering the knowledge, skills and behaviours elements of the apprenticeship do not apply to...

ESFA launches new non-levy procurement e…

Jul 31, 2017 / FE Voices

Latest information for training providers about the procurement for apprenticeship training provision. A new procurement exercise for apprenticeship training to non-levy paying employers has been launched by the Education and Skills Funding...

Michael Bradley, Founder, MEJBConsulting (bulb & 2RecycleIT)

What sort of laptop or PC do you really …

Jul 26, 2017 / FE Voices

So “school’s out for summer” and whilst beavering away in your holiday job or bronzing away in the sun your thoughts of next Academic Year and term, thankfully seem miles...

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN

How diversity can bring competitive adva…

Jul 24, 2017 / FE Voices

It has been said that if every male engineer had a female counterpart, the skills crisis in that sector would be solved at a stroke. Certainly, in 2015, when the Royal...

Ian Pretty, CEO, Collab Group

Skills devolution: Untapped Potential

Jul 20, 2017 / FE Voices

The devolution of powers over employment and skills policy is hugely consequential for the future of the British economy. Devolution presents huge opportunities for English regions to reshape employment and...

Andy Slater, Director, Faculty of Lifestyles for catering and hospitality, Activate Learning

Activate Learning prepares culinary stud…

Jul 20, 2017 / FE Voices

Here in the UK we are very fortunate in that we are exposed to a multitude of cuisines and celebrated restaurants. The influences that have come from our diverse culture...

Building an online school

Jul 18, 2017 / FE Voices

There is no doubt that the post-16 education landscape is changing. In March this year, the Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged £500-million in the budget for the introduction of new T-Levels...

Iain Landles, Director of the Faculty of Creative Arts at Activate Learning

Activate Learning Combines Creative Arts…

Jul 17, 2017 / FE Voices

As ecommerce and online shopping have taken off this has created a decline in the selection of shops open to consumers on the high street.  In fact over the past...

Employability Day 2017: An Overview of B…

Jul 14, 2017 / FE Voices

In just a few months from now, the Government will be launching its new welfare-to-work scheme, the Work and Health Programme. The scheme is intended to provide specialised employment support...

Robert Halfon, Chair of the Education Committee

Chair of the Education Committee is Robe…

Jul 13, 2017 / FE Voices

Responding to the announcement that The new Chair of the Education Committee is Robert Halfon,   Ian Pretty: CEO Collab Group, said: "Congratulations to Robert Halfon on being elected Chair of the...

Education Secretary Justine Greening

Education Secretary unveils schemes to t…

Jul 12, 2017 / FE Voices

New initiatives to tackle social mobility and help pupils from all backgrounds reach their full potential were announced today (12 July) in a keynote speech by the Education Secretary Justine...

Sector Response - BOOSTING SOCIAL MOBILI…

Jul 12, 2017 / FE Voices

Baker Dearing statement in response to The Oxera report for the Sutton Trust Baker Dearing Educational Trust welcomes the report by Oxera for the Sutton Trust. We agree that a major factor driving...

Northern Powerhouse Partnership to deliv…

Jul 10, 2017 / FE Voices

A major review into education and skills levels in the North has been launched by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP). The review team, chaired by Manchester Airport’s Managing Director Collette Roche...

Education Secretary Justine Greening

Justine Greening: Britain needs a skills…

Jul 06, 2017 / FE Voices

Mission to deliver world-class technical education to give young people the best start. Education Secretary Justine Greening has today (6 July) set out her mission to spark the skills revolution needed to...

Anne Milton is thrilled with 2017 Learne…

Jul 06, 2017 / FE Voices

There have been 1.06 million apprenticeship starts since May 2015, there have been 3.44 million starts since May 2010 reported to date. Provisional figures from August 2016 to April 2017 440,300 apprenticeships...

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities

Higher education funding in England: pas…

Jul 06, 2017 / FE Voices

In response to the "Higher education funding in England: past, present and options for the future" report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that looked into tuition fees and graduate...

Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton

Jim McMahon MP calls for scrapping of Gr…

Jul 05, 2017 / FE Voices

In 2015 the Government set out its approach to restructuring the further education sector, which involves 37 area reviews of post-16 provision. The aim of the reviews was to create strong...

The funding rates and the formula used i…

Jul 04, 2017 / FE Voices

Colleges, providers, schools and academies receive annual funding allocations from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for provision of 16 to 19 education. The documents give advice about the use...

£200 million of the Department for Educa…

Jul 03, 2017 / FE Voices

The Department for Education underspent its budget for sixth form education by £200 million this year, according to figures revealed by ministers. An answer to a Parliamentary question shows that...

Dr Brian Marien, founder and director of Positive Group

Burnout and the need to embrace and mana…

Jul 03, 2017 / FE Voices

Dr. Brian Marien, Founder and Director of Positive Group, specialists in evidence- based programmes to improve psychological wellbeing and build resilience enabling individuals and teams to fulfill their potential, discusses...

'Time for change' - Sector Response

Jun 29, 2017 / FE Voices

In response to the Social Mobility Commission’s report 'Time for change', highlighting the divides between differences between groups centred around geography, income and generations, Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy at...

Louise Doyle, Director, MESMA

A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR EMPLOYER PROVIDERS

Jun 27, 2017 / FE Voices

LOUISE DOYLE (pictured right), a further education consultant and director of quality assurance experts MESMA, has a cautionary tale for employer providers delivering apprenticeships under government funded arrangements, who only...

Sak Awan Director of Employability and Skills, S Knights Recuitment

Is Recruitment destroying your brand?

Jun 27, 2017 / FE Voices

“What’s recruitment got to do with branding?... I’m just looking for a trainer?!” The industry is currently going through a state of flux. There’s definitely uncertainty but also an abundance of...

How employers and training providers sho…

Jun 26, 2017 / FE Voices

This guidance is for: Employers that wish to understand the off-the-job training requirements involved in an apprenticeship. Providers that wish to ensure that they are offering off-the-job training in accordance with the...

Apprentice recruitment practice survey l…

Jun 26, 2017 / FE Voices

AELP and GetMyFirstJob have launched a survey to get a snapshot view of the recruitment market for apprentices following the levy’s introduction. Aimed at AELP members and training providers across the...

Sector Response - Education and Training…

Jun 23, 2017 / FE Voices

Commenting on the launch of Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) for teachers and trainers by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers...

University Technical Colleges: Beneath t…

Jun 23, 2017 / FE Voices

Baker Dearing Educational Trust statement in response to National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report, University Technical Colleges: Beneath the Headlines The Baker Dearing Educational Trust welcomes the report on University...

David Kitchen, Managing Director, The Leadership Team

Whatever your plan for survival - make s…

Jun 22, 2017 / FE Voices

Since our 'Consolidation of Training Providers' article was published in last month's FE News there has been a real increase in the number of people looking to buy and sell...

Hilary Read and Ann Gravells

Embracing Change - FE and skills confere…

Jun 21, 2017 / FE Voices

FE and skills conference and CPD day – Leeds 09.06.17   -   A short summary by Ann Gravells and Hilary Read Last year we delivered several CPD events around the country. This...

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College

Principal’s Dedication to Be Recognised …

Jun 16, 2017 / FE Voices

Dr Paul Phillips, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, is to be appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire following years of dedication to improving education...

Chrissy Meleady MBE

Robert Halfon MP, ‘Champion of Working C…

Jun 15, 2017 / FE Voices

Of great interest to the early years sector, in what is being termed a shock departure, Mr Robert Halfon MP announced on Twitter that he would not be returning to...

Anne Milton, Skills Minister

It's Official! Anne Milton confirmed as …

Jun 15, 2017 / FE Voices

Anne Milton has been confirmed as Minister of State at the Department for Education and was appointed on 12 June 2017. She was elected as MP for Guildford (revised boundary)...

Anne Milton, Skills Minister

Anne Milton announced as the new Skills …

Jun 13, 2017 / FE Voices

Hot off the Press: It is speculated that Anne Milton will take over from Robert Halfon as the new Skills Minister. Anne Milton is the MP for Guildford. Although it...

Brian Palmer, tax policy adviser, AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)

The new Government and the tax landscap…

Jun 09, 2017 / FE Voices

After what started off as a nailed-on-certainty for the Conservatives, an election that was Theresa May’s for the taking, we have watched the gap between the two main parties inexorably...

General Election Results 2017 - Sector R…

Jun 09, 2017 / FE Voices

Responding to the election results overnight, ERSA’s Chief Executive, Kirsty McHugh, said: “ERSA looks forward to working with the new government to ensure that we have a robust labour market that...

Phillip Speed, Education Specialist, Nucleus Commercial Finance

Apprenticeship Levy – Funding the Gap

Jun 09, 2017 / FE Voices

On 1st May this year, we saw the biggest transformation in recent times in the Workplace Learning sector, with the introduction of the new funding mechanism for Apprenticeships. This is...

Sam Windett, Head of Policy and Communications, ERSA

The power of five: The priorities for to…

Jun 08, 2017 / FE Voices

As the public goes to the polls today (8 June), the main party manifestos reflect the big changes ahead for the UK. To deliver a labour market that works for...

Ros Letellier

Changes to apprenticeship assessment: li…

Jun 07, 2017 / FE Voices

The current wave of changes to Apprenticeships represent more than just a shake-up of course content and funding provision, substantial though the change to these areas are. They also represent a...

Karen Reece, Head of Further and Higher Education at Capita

5 Top Tips For A Sixth Form College Beco…

Jun 07, 2017 / FE Voices

In life the only constant is change, as Heraclitus said – one maxim that rings true for many in the FE sector. Since the announcement that sixth form colleges could...

Peer MeetUp brings trainers together

Jun 05, 2017 / FE Voices

EDUCATION professionals and training providers from all over the country have been discussing challenges and opportunities facing the sector. More than 40 training providers came together for a Peer MeetUp session...

Benn Carson, Business Owner, Carson Recruitment

Going Digital in the 3rd millennium

Jun 05, 2017 / FE Voices

Remember the good old days in sales? All you needed was a telephone (landline, wired, of course), a pile of bought-in leads, and the confidence that yes, you could pick...

Neil Patterson, Principal, Silverstone UTC

IPPR report on transitions at 14 – a mis…

Jun 02, 2017 / FE Voices

When the IPPR published their interim report “Transitions at 14” in September 2016, I was encouraged to see high quality research data which backed up my direct experience of UTC...

Wilfred Wright, Assessor, Jobwise Training

Things are changing for assessors

Jun 01, 2017 / FE Voices

The assessor role is changing. This changing assessor role is best demonstrated by two recent articles I read. In an article published on FE News called "The changing role of the...

Marcus Clinton, Principal and CEO, Northumberland College

The Baker Amendment

May 30, 2017 / FE Voices

A new law has recently been passed in the House of Lords, which is likely to have a positive impact on educational choice in Northumberland and indeed, around the country.   The...

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