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FE News Feature Articles - Exclusive Peer to Peer thought leadership articles written by leading experts about the future of education and the future of work. #futureofeducation #futureofwork.

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Stefan Drew, previously director of marketing at two FHE colleges

Congratulating Vertically Challenged Col…

Feb 21, 2020 / Featured Article

#EdTech is slowly replacing more traditional teaching methods and we are beginning to see #biometrics and #AI being used for admin purposes as well as in the classrooms of the...

Lucy Hunte, National Programme Manager, Apprenticeships Talent for Care, Health Education England (HEE)

Why referring to “Fake” Apprenticesh…

Feb 20, 2020 / Featured Article

The old adage "bad news sells" is clearly the case with the EDSK Runaway Training think tank report. Why did this negative piece of work make the mainstream media and yet...

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

It is time for FE to change and that cha…

Feb 19, 2020 / Featured Article

The Further Education agenda is one full of surprises, challenges and opportunities As I look across my own organisation I never cease to be amazed at the commitment of my staff...

Paul Grainger, Co-director of the Centre for Education and Work, and Head of Innovation and Enterprise for the Department of Education, Practice and Society, UCL

Global Deliberations on The Future of Wo…

Feb 18, 2020 / Featured Article

#G20SaudiArabia - The world is witnessing not only a change in the nature of work, but also in the nature of employment #FutureofWork #FutureofEmployment The G20 is an odd organization. Each...

Ruth Marvel, Chief Executive, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

‘Character education’ is not just th…

Feb 17, 2020 / Featured Article

Character Education: The Experience List Can Help Build #EmotionalIntelligence #EI Every day, we see teenagers doing amazing things for their DofE. Getting out of their comfort zone. Making a difference in...

What Does Burnout Have to Do With the Sk…

Feb 16, 2020 / Featured Article

Employee burnout is a real and prevalent issue in today's economy. Roughly 20% of employees report high levels of engagement and job burnout, revealing that, although they are or were...

Dr Sai Loo, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

Audit Trail of an FE Teacher Educator's …

Feb 15, 2020 / Featured Article

Lessons and implications for valuing the complexities of these under-researched educationists This series of three articles on further education (FE) teacher educators is based on the research monograph, Professional Development of...

Mark Creighton, the former Dentsu Aegis Network chief operating officer, will become CEO of AVADO Learning

Is 2020 the age of the apprentice?

Feb 14, 2020 / Featured Article

­­ An Apprenticeship is a career route that has been overlooked for too long. This National Apprenticeship Week we had a fantastic opportunity to re-energise, redefine and relaunch it for students...

John Gray, Director of Further Education, Emsi

How Colleges can Influence Their Local S…

Feb 14, 2020 / Featured Article

According to recent reports, Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) may be given a role in influencing and even deciding which courses will be prioritised and funded in their area, under a...

Lucy Hunte, National Programme Manager, Apprenticeships Talent for Care, with Health Education England

Scaling Apprenticeships and T levels wit…

Feb 13, 2020 / Featured Article

FE News chat with Lucy Hunte, National Programme Manager, Apprenticeships Talent for Care, with Health Education England about scaling Apprenticeship and T Level delivery at #EPALive in Wembley.The NHS is...

Sandy Henderson

Leading by Listening: The FE sector spea…

Feb 13, 2020 / Featured Article

Exploring the mood and wellbeing of #FE Does this better describe the students, or the whole sector? The parallels abound, in Leading by Listening: Reflective Learning, my study of the #FE...

David Willett, Commercial Director, The Open University

Free Your Ambition: Building confidence …

Feb 12, 2020 / Featured Article

Britain is an ambitious nation. According to research from The Open University’s Free Your Ambition campaign more than nine in 10 Britons have an ambition in life, from earning more money...

Justine Salmon, Divisional Director, ABM UK

Three steps to inspiring the next genera…

Feb 11, 2020 / Featured Article

For International Women and Girls in Science Day (11 Feb) ABM UK’s divisional director, Justine Salmon, gives her views on how to inspire the next generation of female #talent in #STEM  The facilities management (FM) and engineering industry has an image...

Shining a light on the lack of gender di…

Feb 11, 2020 / Featured Article

#WomenInScience International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020 Just 17% of those working in the UK technology sector are female, which is significantly lower than most other UK sectors...

Margaret Adams MA FCIPD, former college manager and staff development officer in FE

Social Media: Important To #FE In 2020 O…

Feb 10, 2020 / Featured Article

The question is worth considering. These days people use the term “social media” to mean lots of different things. They also use the term differently to how it was used...

Stephen Jeffery, CEO, London Learning Consortium

Apprenticeships and the apprenticeships …

Feb 08, 2020 / Featured Article

I always get excited about #NationalApprenticeshipWeek - it’s a great idea and really helps keep workplace training at the fore. So often the ugly sister to academia, Apprenticeships are essential...

Professor David Way CBE, Visiting Professor, University of Winchester

Employers in the Apprenticeship driving …

Feb 07, 2020 / Featured Article

Opportunities The new Government sees boundless opportunities as the country emerges from its #Brexit pre-occupation. One of these has to be a new Apprenticeship strategy as the current 2020 policy horizon...

Jennifer Coupland, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

National Apprenticeship Week provides a …

Feb 07, 2020 / Featured Article

Jennifer Coupland started as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education @IFAteched last November. She reflects below on the joys of #NationalApprenticeshipWeek #NAW2020 and her top...

Aaron Bradbury, Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood & Early Years, Nottingham Trent University

Why Universities need to work more close…

Feb 06, 2020 / Featured Article

Utilising Training Providers to support Higher Education Apprenticeships, focusing primarily on the Certificate of Higher Education – Children, Young People and Families Apprenticeship Standard level 4. Training Providers have been offering...

Martin Doel, FETL Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills, University College London, Institute of Education

National or Local? The Future of Further…

Feb 06, 2020 / Featured Article

#FutureofFE Dilemma No 2: National or Local In the first of the articles leading up to my forthcoming lecture The Future of Further Education, I argued that future predictions were almost bound...

FE Commissioner, Richard Atkins

Richard Atkins unpacks the FE Commission…

Feb 05, 2020 / Featured Article

FE News chat with Richard Atkins, FE Commissioner, to unpack his 2018/19 annual report. We discuss timings on the report, due to the election and purdah the report has come...

Lois Simon, Learning & Development Executive, Softcat

Delivering an award-winning apprenticesh…

Feb 05, 2020 / Featured Article

#NAW2020 - A lesson from @Softcat The Apprenticeship Levy has received some bad press recently following the publication of The Runaway Training report written by Michael Gove’s former adviser Tom Richmond...

Sam Blyth, Director of Schools and FE, Instructure

Exploring the true power of technology f…

Feb 04, 2020 / Featured Article

In the face of dwindling budgets, increasing student numbers, an unknown employment market and heightened competition, FE colleges are increasingly turning to technology to deliver a more valuable education experience. We...

Jacqui Molkenthin, JEML Consulting

An introduction to Ofqual for micro end-…

Feb 03, 2020 / Featured Article

#Governance of End-point Assessment Organisations in the Context of @Ofqual #EPA #EpAOs  Following discussions with a number of micro End-point assessment organisations (EpAOs) about governance in the context of ofqual, I thought it may...

Tom Bewick with Jhanelle White, a student at Kings College London, and Gareth Sturdy, a functional skills teacher with training provider, LHAA

Is it harder these days for young people…

Feb 03, 2020 / SkillsWorld

#SkillsWorld presenter and FAB chief executive, Tom Bewick, explores the question with a university student and a functional skills teacher Interviewing Jhanelle White, a student at Kings College London, and Gareth...

Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO of Do-IT Solutions

Supporting neurodiverse apprentices is a…

Jan 31, 2020 / Featured Article

#LookBeyond  #Apprenticeships are paid jobs that incorporate on and off the job training. Engaging in training may require learning a mix of practical skills, but also still requiring formal assessments and needing...

Chinara Rustamova, Senior Policy Advisor, Education and Skills, The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

A strong and agile skills base is the fo…

Jan 30, 2020 / Featured Article

#Skills and training challenges in small businesses It has been encouraging to see the increased focus on skills across the UK’s political landscape. In small and medium-sized businesses, which make up...

Dr Sai Loo, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

Discovering the Professional Identities …

Jan 29, 2020 / Featured Article

4 ways to frame #FE teacher educators’ identities This series of three articles on further education (FE) teacher educators is based on the research monograph, Professional Development of Teacher Educators in...

Gary Thomas, CYP Service Director for the South, The Children’s Society

Young care leavers must be given better …

Jan 28, 2020 / Featured Article

Supporting #CareLeavers into Work #ECLCM For many young people getting their first job is a fairly routine experience. It’s usually a Saturday job and starts with a search, sending out CVs...

Martin Doel, FETL Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills, University College London, Institute of Education

Collaboration or Competition? The Future…

Jan 27, 2020 / Featured Article

Dilemma No 1: Collaboration or Competition #FutureofFE In the first of the articles leading up to my forthcoming lecture The Future of Further Education, I argued that future predictions were almost...

Marjo Kyllönen, Head of Development Services, City of Helsinki

Teaching skills for the future: How Hels…

Jan 25, 2020 / Featured Article

#Skills2030 - World-leading educators coming together to innovate global education Finland’s education system has maintained a reputation for being the most innovative in the world for decades now. In 2019 the...

Janice Miller, CEO of Kidasha

Pioneering non-formal and alternative le…

Jan 24, 2020 / Featured Article

#InternationalEducationDay For a long time, traditional education models have failed to equip every child with the skills they need to fulfil their potential and partake meaningfully in society. Whilst many children thrive...

AELP Mark Dawe

Time to bring back skills accounts?

Jan 24, 2020 / Featured Article

Five Key Principles to Ensure the Success of Future Skills Accounts Nearly 20 years after it all went wrong with Individual Learning Accounts, the politicians think that it’s safe to go...

Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

The Purpose of Apprenticeships, the Rati…

Jan 23, 2020 / Featured Article

Defining what is meant by an ‘apprenticeship’ Let’s start with the purpose of an Apprenticeship. An Apprenticeship is a form of learning. Individuals in employment learn ‘on’ and ‘off’ the job...

Chris Griffiths world-leading expert on the application of innovation and Mind Mapping®

5 Reasons Dyslexic People are Brilliant …

Jan 22, 2020 / Featured Article

#Dyslexic People are Brilliant Learners Dyslexia is a common neurological difference - and while it can come with its challenges, it is also frequently paired with an aptitude for creativity and...

John Yarham, Interim Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company

Bringing business, schools and colleges …

Jan 21, 2020 / Featured Article

Employer engagement with schools and colleges is critical to the delivery of world-class careers education. In recent years, the number of employer encounters and workplace experiences that young people receive...

Johnny Warström, CEO and co-founder of interactive presentation platform Mentimeter

Giving a voice to all supports the inclu…

Jan 21, 2020 / Featured Article

Promoting #Diversity and #Inclusion A diverse and inclusive classroom is one that treats each student according to their individual needs and is, in theory, a happy one. However, in any classroom...

Richard Marsh

£2bn Levy Underspend: Has the demise of…

Jan 20, 2020 / Featured Article

#Apprenticeships 2020: Expiring #Levy Funding and Premature Success Rates - Don't Panic Yet! There has been a lot of speculation about whether Levy Overspend could be causing Apprenticeship funding to run...

Tom Bewick with Sharon Blyfield, Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers at Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd. and Lucy Hunte, National Programme Manager — Apprenticeships, at Health Education England, (NHS)

What do large employers want from skills…

Jan 20, 2020 / SkillsWorld

In this second episode, recorded with keynote speakers at the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) Annual Conference, #SkillsWorld presenter and FAB Chief Executive, Tom Bewick, speaks to Sharon Blyfield, Head...

Elena Magrini, Senior Analyst, Centre for Cities

Delivering change in disadvantaged place…

Jan 17, 2020 / Featured Article

Five things to watch in 2020 that could help break the low-skilled equilibrium in disadvantaged places We enter the 2020s as a country divided by geography and economics. The economic growth of...

Sam Blyth, Director of Schools and FE, Instructure

Tackling falling adult student numbers i…

Jan 16, 2020 / Featured Article

If Further Education is considered the overlooked middle child of the UK’s education system, adult learning might be seen as a distant cousin. The Learning and Work Institute reports that fewer...

Jacqui Molkenthin, JEML Consulting

Conflicts of Interest in End-point Asses…

Jan 15, 2020 / Featured Article

Managing and mitigating conflicts of interest is a critical part of the design and delivery of End-point Assessment (EPA). It must be covered in applications to the Register of End-point Assessment...

Chris Claydon MBE, Chief Executive, ECITB

Skills shortages in nuclear sector point…

Jan 14, 2020 / Featured Article

Closing the nuclear #skills gap As it takes shape on the Somerset coast, you can’t fail to be impressed by the spectacle of Hinkley Point C, the new nuclear power station...

Sai Loo, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

Highways and byways: Pathways to becomin…

Jan 13, 2020 / Featured Article

Further Education Teacher Educators This series of three articles on further education (FE) teacher educators is based on the research monograph, Professional Development of Teacher Educators in Further Education (Loo, 2020)[1].   The...

Professor Martin Doel OBE CBE of University College London

World’s first University Chair in Furt…

Jan 13, 2020 / SkillsWorld

 On #SkillsWorld this week, Tom Bewick speaks to Professor Martin Doel OBE CBE of University College London. Many listeners will be familiar with Martin’s work when he was chief executive of...

Mark Farrar, Chief Executive, AAT

Apprenticeship funding might well be in …

Jan 11, 2020 / Featured Article

With the target of three million #apprenticeship starts by April 2020 having long been discredited, government attention this year is set to focus on how to improve the working of...

Martin Doel, FETL Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills, University College London, Institute of Education

Defining the Future of Further Education

Jan 10, 2020 / Featured Article

Dilemmas, dualisms and dialectics - Professor Martin Doel asks, what's next for further education? #FutureofFE“Never make predictions, especially about the future” - Yogi BerraAt the outset of a new decade everyone is...

Cerian Ayres, National Head of Technical Education, Education and Training Foundation

Collaboration with employers proving imp…

Jan 09, 2020 / Featured Article

As the detail of T Levels has been announced, a considerable amount of attention has been focused on the industry placement element of the courses. As we all now understand, these...

Tom Richmond, Founder and Director of the EDSK think tank

Runaway Training: Pretending that variou…

Jan 08, 2020 / Featured Article

“Today we bundle a number of different activities into the apprenticeship programme, unnecessarily complicating the system, diluting the brand, reducing value for money, and at times detracting apprenticeships… from their...

Nick Cutland, Executive Director of ILM

Investing in leadership training for you…

Jan 07, 2020 / Featured Article

In the post Brexit world when we are likely to see more challenging trading conditions and find it harder to recruit, it will be more important than ever to ensure...

Louise Doyle, director of Mesma

Delivering a quality apprenticeship prog…

Jan 06, 2020 / Featured Article

Future proofing the #apprenticeship model for the #FutureofEmployment Delivering a quality apprenticeship programme isn’t easy. It is arguably the most difficult provision in further education to get right. We have a long way...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

GREY POWER OR YOUTH-QUAKE?

Jan 04, 2020 / Featured Article

AGE, NOT CLASS IS NOW WHAT DIVIDES #VOTERS MOST For decades it has been believed that social class was the key determinant behind the outcome of a general election.  On December 12...

Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

Is the UK Plagued by Runaway Training an…

Jan 03, 2020 / Featured Article

... No, just an ill judged and ill informed report from the EDSK One of UVAC’s last tasks before the Christmas break was to contribute to research from our American partners...

Graham Hunter, VP of Skills, CompTIA

Best place to work in tech: Why you shou…

Jan 03, 2020 / Featured Article

Five years after the launch of the Northern Powerhouse, Manchester has been named the top city to work in tech in the UK – evidence that, at last, money is...

2020 Vision: Learning for the Changing W…

Jan 03, 2020 / Featured Article

Heard the one about how "most of the jobs in the future haven’t been invented yet"? It’s an often quoted phrase attached to varying levels of dramatic statistics however there is...

Joe Dromey is deputy director of research and development at Learning and Work Institute

Reversing the decade of decline in lifel…

Jan 02, 2020 / Featured Article

#LifelongLearning has never been more important The UK economy has seen a period of stagnation in productivity and pay that is unprecedented in modern times. Productivity has flatlined over the last decade...

Alice Duijser, Managing Director for EMEA, VitalSouce

Why higher education institutions need a…

Jan 02, 2020 / Featured Article

...and how they can deliver one #FutureofEducation As we head into a new decade, people working in UK higher education sector are mindful of the constantly evolving environment driven by changing...

Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO of Do-IT Solutions

Is Neurodiversity Coming of Age in 2020?

Dec 31, 2019 / Featured Article

#Neurodiversity - The rationale for positive person-centred framing Neurodiversity is a term that is increasingly being used to embrace a number of conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Condition...

Lorraine Smith, Divisional Managing Director at Civica

Three ways efficient college management …

Dec 30, 2019 / Featured Article

In every college, the back office provides the administrative backbone to the teaching and learning experiences of students. However, lack of efficient processes can mean that more time and money is...

Cultivating An Inspirational Outdoor Lea…

Dec 28, 2019 / Featured Article

No matter how engaging the lesson is, after a while, a classroom might feel a little oppressive and boredom-inducing. Freshening up the space with a renovation or a new coat...

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