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Alex Wilkins, Head of Business Development at iHASCO

Educating the Educators: The importance …

Sep 20, 2019 / Featured Article

Many teachers and lecturers approach the new academic year with an adrenalin-rich blend of excitement and nerves. Education, like healthcare, is one of those topics everybody cares about and educators know...

Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Vocational education should be a corners…

Sep 19, 2019 / Featured Article

Creating a first-class system of vocational education One of the biggest challenges we face as a country, whatever happens with Brexit, will be creating a first-class system of vocational education that...

Sir Ian Diamond, Chair of The Independent Commission on the College of the Future

The College of the Future: Lessons from …

Sep 18, 2019 / Featured Article

Colleges have a big role to play in #Brexit It’s been a long time since colleges across the UK have had such a high political profile. This is important, right and welcome...

Ruth Gilbert, Group Education Director, Manor Property Group, Honorary Fellow, UCL Institute of Education

Help young people to make the most of FE…

Sep 17, 2019 / Featured Article

The importance of high quality careers education is one of those things that no-one can dispute. Quite simply, young people can’t possibly make informed decisions about their futures, without being taught...

Keeping children safe in education (KCSI…

Sep 16, 2019 / Featured Article

Following updates last September, the Department for Education’s statutory guidance, ‘Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE)‘ has been updated for 2019. Safeguarding and duty of care experts, EduCare, have taken a...

David Lockhart-Hawkins, Senior Associate at SDN

Initial assessment for #apprenticeships …

Sep 13, 2019 / Featured Article

Getting initial assessment right for apprenticeship standards is vital - not just for compliance, but also in underpinning a high-quality individual learning programme. That’s why the ESFA and Ofsted are looking...

Sophie Bailey, Founder, The Edtech Podcast

Redefining Vocational Education with #Vo…

Sep 12, 2019 / Featured Article

📰 News: First Episode of #VocTech Podcast is here!Find out more https://t.co/nYnKUKkLJH#TechForGood#LifelongLearning#LearningContinued pic.twitter.com/oeeqCgafbx— Ufi Charitable Trust (@UfiTrust) September 10, 2019In New Zealand, a seven-part major reform of Vocational Education is...

Alex and Beam's first member, Tony, receiving the first prize at the London Homelessness Awards 2018

Crowdfunding Employment Training: How Be…

Sep 11, 2019 / Featured Article

The best long-term solution to homelessness is rewarding, paid work and independence Homelessness in London is impossible to ignore, with nearly 9,000 people sleeping on the streets every year. I’ve lived...

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

Why doesn’t the Skills Sector get the …

Sep 10, 2019 / Featured Article

Improve the UK's Management Skills to Improve #Productivity It seems that every few months a survey is published on the UK’s low productivity together with an analysis of why poor management...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Want more school leavers to choose #appr…

Sep 09, 2019 / Featured Article

During GCSE results day 2019, some figures in business made it clear they want to see more 16-year-olds making the move to apprenticeships rather than A-levels. “We need to see more...

Jake Freivald, Vice President of Product Marketing, Information Builders

Helping Students Stay the Course: 5 ways…

Sep 06, 2019 / Featured Article

Artificial Intelligence in Education: Using #Predictive Modelling, #MachineLearning and #AI to boost Student Retention In August, 364,380 A-Level students won places at British universities, including 33,630 overseas students. However, a growing percentage...

Annie Pendrey, Professional Development Manager, Halesowen College

Oh… So You Only Play? Education and Ch…

Sep 05, 2019 / Featured Article

"Oh …so you only play" is a phrase I have come to know and loathe in the world of Early Years and my own personal vocational and academic journey. Back in...

Sarah Burns, Managing Director, GPRS Recruitment

Work-Based Learning Salary & Benefit…

Sep 05, 2019 / Featured Article

GPRS Salary & Benefits Survey launch reveals: Good management and good prospects, are the main reasons for loyal employees. GPRS Recruitment has released the eleventh edition of their much anticipated Work-Based...

Sean Fielding, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Lead for Education, Skills, Work and Apprenticeships

Greater Manchester #LevyMatchmaking Serv…

Sep 04, 2019 / Featured Article

Every great partnership has to start somewhere. You can leave things to fate and chance, or you can take a more proactive approach and make something happen. As an employer looking...

Focused on learning: How #EdTech is Keep…

Sep 03, 2019 / Featured Article

According to Cambridge Assessment the average age of a UK teacher is 39. Born in 1980, some eleven years before Tim Berners-Lee set the first webpage live on 6th August 1991...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

#NudgeTheory - MAKING THE MOST OF ATTITU…

Sep 02, 2019 / Featured Article

Attitude and behaviour together constitute one of Ofsted’s key assessment elements in their new Education Inspection Framework. The first of these two articles "OFSTED’S NEW ELEMENT: ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOUR" highlighted the...

Hazel Klenk, Researcher, Learning and Work Institute

The power of taster sessions and ‘have…

Sep 02, 2019 / Featured Article

The argument for lifelong learning has never been so compelling. The benefits of adult learning are well-known – for the individual, their family, their employer and wider society. You only have to...

Alice Duijser, Managing Director for EMEA, VitalSouce

Understanding the needs of the #DigitalN…

Sep 01, 2019 / Featured Article

The dynamic UK higher education sector is experiencing a period of change. Institutions have greater international competition for students, academics and funding streams, as well as much greater scrutiny on the...

Patrick Hirscher, EMEA wireless market development manager at Zyxel.

Getting set for the new academic year: 6…

Aug 31, 2019 / Featured Article

How to get your IT network set for the new academic year The education sector has significantly changed following advances in technology. Today, universities are implementing completely new devices, approaches and tools...

Barry McMahon, Senior International Marketing Manager at LogMeIn

Academic data is just like enterprise da…

Aug 30, 2019 / Featured Article

Is your data security passing the test? With summer holidays in full swing, students are trying to avoid counting down the days until term starts again. Universities on the other hand are...

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN

Growing education and skills exports int…

Aug 29, 2019 / Featured Article

I first went to work abroad in Denmark when I was 19 years old. Since then I’ve worked in over 10 countries in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Middle East...

Ken Weber, Head of Social Impact, Ripple

Equipping Today’s Students With The Ri…

Aug 28, 2019 / Featured Article

Closing the Blockchain Skills Gap The demand for blockchain engineers has never been greater in the UK. According to a new report from job site Hired, the past year saw a...

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

If a college took its own marketing seri…

Aug 27, 2019 / Featured Article

“We’ll develop your potential!”....really? I had a go at googling ‘college’ and ‘potential’ recently but had to give up. Couldn’t cope, totally overwhelmed. It’s actually a lot more manageable to search for colleges...

Darren Tye, National Operations Director at Exemplar Education

Extra-curricular learning does not have …

Aug 24, 2019 / Featured Article

As education circles wonder what changes the new Education Secretary’s appointment will bring to the classroom, Exemplar Education’s Darren Tye says “Private tuition does not have to be the preserve of...

Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

Virtual Reality: Digital #Mentoring in P…

Aug 23, 2019 / Featured Article

This is the third of my articles on mentoring which followed the discussion I had during my lunch with my old friend, Andy. In the first article, we looked at the...

Stephen Lambert, writer and Newcastle City Councillor.

#GCSE and #ALEVEL entries for Religious …

Aug 22, 2019 / Featured Article

STUDENT entries for GCSE and A-level Religious Studies has fallen in the last year. In 2018 241,749 learners sat the subject at GCSE level down by 36% and 20,000 sat it...

John Yarham, Deputy CEO, The Careers & Enterprise Company

#GCSEResultsDay2019 More choice than eve…

Aug 22, 2019 / Featured Article

More than half a million 16-year-olds – and their nervous families – will today find out their GSCE results. Whatever happens, they should all be proud of the hard work they’ve...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

#ResultsDay for the new #EPA Apprentices…

Aug 22, 2019 / Featured Article

1001 End Point Assessments Three years after the new way of completing an Apprenticeship was launched we are now starting to see significant numbers of Apprentices ‘achieving’ this way. The latest published...

Lloyd Coldrick, Managing Director, Cobus

How the learning environment can help de…

Aug 21, 2019 / Featured Article

While the British Council for School Environments recognises the right of young people to learn in an environment which is safe, healthy and achieves the highest quality education possible, the...

Amelia Stewart, Research Associate, The Entrepreneurs Network

Entrepreneurship shouldn't still be a ma…

Aug 20, 2019 / Featured Article

The importance of a more diverse range of female role models and mentorship to boost youth entrepreneurship. It’s not all doom and gloom for business in Britain. With news hitting the...

Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager, Association of Colleges (AoC)

#ALevelResults2019 - What’s the real s…

Aug 20, 2019 / Featured Article

Over 160,000 students take A Levels in colleges every year and this summer’s results are the culmination of their commitment and hard work and that of the staff who support...

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

Making the Apprenticeship #Levy More Pal…

Aug 19, 2019 / Featured Article

Near the top of the new Secretary of State’s in tray will be the options for making the Apprenticeship levy more palatable for employers and managing the forecast overspend of...

Nicole Thompson, Ed.S Certified School Psychologist, The Urban School Psychologist

Providing a safe-space for effective tea…

Aug 18, 2019 / Featured Article

Trauma is healed better collectively - The role of education in ending the #MentalHealth stigma in Black communities Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are known to have harrowing effects on one’s physical...

Joe Crossley, CEO at Qube Learning

‘Missing’ demographic of potential l…

Aug 17, 2019 / Featured Article

Continuous retraining as a solution to job losses from #automation and #AI The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2018 report says that machines could displace 75 million jobs across the...

Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

Every young person can benefit from digi…

Aug 16, 2019 / Featured Article

This is the second of my articles on mentoring which followed the discussion I had during my lunch with my old friend, Andy. In the first article, we looked at the...

Andy Scott, Serial entrepreneur, Founder and Chairman of RELCapital.co.uk

#ALevelResults2019 - Invest in a #mentor…

Aug 15, 2019 / Featured Article

With the time for A Level and GCSE results upon us, the pressure is high for students to decide their future career at the young age of 16. With university typically...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Young people choosing non-university rou…

Aug 14, 2019 / Featured Article

Last month, Radio 4 aired ‘The Forgotten Half’ – a shocking indictment of how we are failing young people who choose non-university routes into employment while prizing university above everything...

Jacqui Molkenthin, JEML Consulting

Interested in becoming an End-point Asse…

Aug 12, 2019 / Featured Article

The continued growth in the volume and type of apprenticeship standards (almost 480 approved for delivery to date) brings with it the continued growth in demand for end-point assessment organisations...

Coaching and #Mentoring in the Workplace…

Aug 11, 2019 / Featured Article

Goal setting within the workplace Recently, I was running a 'Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace' workshop where we explored the good old GROW model. GROW stands for: Goal This is what the mentee...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

PROMOTING AND EMBEDDING ‘FUNDAMENTAL B…

Aug 10, 2019 / Featured Article

PROMOTING AND EMBEDDING ‘FUNDAMENTAL BRITISH VALUES’ IN OUR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES SHOULD BE A PRIORITY TO COMBAT THE EMERGENCE OF HATE , EXTREMISM AND HELP RESTORE FAITH IN OUR DEMOCRACY. AS...

Sheila Mulvenney, Director, Attuned Education Ltd

How to help students ‘crack the code…

Aug 09, 2019 / Featured Article

Functional skills tutors become used to supporting students who not only have trouble reading writing and spelling but who often think it is their fault or that there is something...

Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

How #Mentors Can Help Young People GROW …

Aug 08, 2019 / Featured Article

We must do lunch I met Andy, an old schoolfriend of mine, for lunch recently. As the menus arrived, he was telling me how he’s faced with an option of retiring soon...

Vivi Friedgut, Founder and CEO, Blackbullion

Why it’s time we prioritise financial …

Aug 07, 2019 / Featured Article

When the previous Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, flagged that young people need more help than ever with independence, it felt like he was arriving a little late to the party. Announcing...

Vivek Daga, Vice President and Country Head UK and Ireland, Cognizant

The push and pull of driving youth #STEA…

Aug 06, 2019 / Featured Article

Last month saw #WorldYouthSkillsDay, run annually by the United Nations to educate the public on the importance of youth skills development. It is a pressing concern: the UN cites that young...

Richard Atkin, Wifi Wizard, ITGL

Developing and deploying an #IntuitiveCa…

Aug 05, 2019 / Featured Article

The Intuitive Campus Journey Developing and deploying an Intuitive Campus is no small task, so it clearly pays to think through the whole process before getting started. In this article, I’m taking...

Max Woolf, Career Expert, Zety

How to Change Careers When You’re Late…

Aug 04, 2019 / Featured Article

You’ve punched a clock for years now. You sweated your way up the ladder and had several promotions along the way that made you comfortable financially. But, things aren’t clicking. Deep...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

4 best traditional and digital marketing…

Aug 03, 2019 / Featured Article

Marketing is a vital tool in modern student recruitment. Utilising the most effective way to acquire new students is vital, but; with so many different marketing methods it’s hard to know...

Lori MacVittie, Principal Threat Evangelist at F5 Networks

#Mentoring offers support and encouragem…

Aug 02, 2019 / Featured Article

Lori MacVittie, Principal Threat Evangelist at F5 Networks talks to FE News about the importance making sure there is more support and encouragement for women in the STEM industry: How did you...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

OFSTED’S NEW ELEMENT: ATTITUDE AND BEH…

Aug 01, 2019 / Featured Article

Attitude and behaviour together constitute one of Ofsted’s key assessment elements in their new Inspection Framework. This is the first of two articles on the subject. This first article explains the...

Patrick Craven, Director of Strategic Partnerships, City & Guilds

Value at every level: Post-16 review mus…

Aug 01, 2019 / Featured Article

Department for Education’s review of Post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below Review of Post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below: Plans to stop funding qualifications not providing the same high-quality...

Mithun Kamath is Group CEO of Arc Skills

We must skill the UK’s next generation…

Jul 31, 2019 / Featured Article

A job market being transformed beyond recognition by the inexorable march of #AI and #Automation With the UN marking World Youth Skills Day earlier this month on July 15, we are...

Fergus Rose, Advancement Director at ACS International Schools with campuses in Cobham, Egham, Hillingdon and Doha

What is life like in a school where ever…

Jul 30, 2019 / Featured Article

Being a global citizen is not just the latest catchphrase in education. It is a shift in thinking that spans every level of education, from early years to university. It’s...

A special relationship: Sharing #apprent…

Jul 29, 2019 / Featured Article

I’ve just got back from the 5th transatlantic trip for UK apprenticeship providers and suppliers in the States. This year’s trip was over in sunny California – which was a huge...

Former education secretary says current …

Jul 29, 2019 / SkillsWorld

In an exclusive interview with #SkillsWorld the podcast, Charles Clarke, former secretary of state for education tells Tom Bewick about his time as a cabinet minister in Tony Blair’s government...

Andrew Houldey, Business Developmet Manager, Acacia Training

Why every school, college and youth orga…

Jul 28, 2019 / Featured Article

New research has revealed the extent of mental health problems in young people and what’s particularly worrying is that they don’t know where to go for support. Andrew Houldey, from...

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

African Academics Routinely Denied UK Vi…

Jul 27, 2019 / Featured Article

Although UK visit visas might seem like a relatively straightforward application process, refusal rates have skyrocketed in recent years. As many as 260,000 visit visas were rejected last year, prompting critics...

Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of the Skills and Education Group and Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Words of Advice for New Secretary of Sta…

Jul 26, 2019 / Featured Article

Sector Response to the appointment of Gavin Williamson as Secretary of State for Education: Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, has been appointed Secretary of State for Education in Boris...

Darren Tye, National Operations Director at Exemplar Education

Despite Widespread Fears Of Job Losses D…

Jul 26, 2019 / Featured Article

#Brexit aside, few issues have captured the public’s consciousness as much as #AI and the rise of the robots and what it could mean for the job market of the...

Vikas Pota, Group Chief Executive of Tmrw Digital

Can UK #EdTech catch up with its older s…

Jul 25, 2019 / Featured Article

In the wake of London Tech Week and London EdTech Week last month, there is a sense of renewed optimism about the state of the UK EdTech industry at the...

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge

#FutureofEducation - Our century-old, ro…

Jul 24, 2019 / Featured Article

Not run of the industrial mill Superficially there is an element of incongruity that many of the buildings which symbolise Britain’s industrial age have assumed a different monumentality as the homes...

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