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Cameron Boyle, Political correspondent, Immigration Advice Service

Being BAME at Oxbridge: #Brexit Will Mak…

Jul 23, 2019 / Featured Article

If you were to pause and think of the imagery conjured up by the word ‘Oxbridge’, it is certainly not that of an ethnically diverse, multicultural student community living in...

Gauthier Van Malderen, CEO & Co-founder at Perlego

3 ways #EdTech is key to narrowing the e…

Jul 22, 2019 / Featured Article

Higher education has become a hot topic. Recently, we’ve witnessed politicians, students and educational leaders alike engage in spirited debate over the value of universities. However, it’s extremely hard to argue with...

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

In the Dark on #TLevels : #HE Wants a Lo…

Jul 22, 2019 / Featured Article

UVAC was established 20 years ago by the HE sector to champion higher-level vocational learning. Today we have 93 HEI members that support our agenda. T levels are new and design specifications...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

Time to Reform Britain’s Fee-Paying sc…

Jul 21, 2019 / Featured Article

The Privately Educated Retain their Grip on the Top Jobs as ‘Old Etonian’ Boris Johnson prepares to be PM. AS Britain prepares for the selection of the Old Etonian Boris Johnson...

Brian Lightman, Board member, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Major school survey identifies significa…

Jul 20, 2019 / Featured Article

Careers provision in England has improved over the last two years, according to a major survey of schools released last week. That research "Careers Leaders in Secondary Schools" carried out by...

Doctor Julie Mills OBE, CEO & Group Principal, Milton Keynes College

Arts for the economy's sake: #STEM vs Cr…

Jul 20, 2019 / Featured Article

Arts for the economy's sake I spend a lot of time promoting STEM subjects, especially when it comes to encouraging girls and women to study them. With that in mind, it might...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

5 Hot Topics For The Final Year Of Curre…

Jul 19, 2019 / Featured Article

Hot on the heels of Augar, Ofsted’s updated common inspection framework (CIF) and the long awaited 2019/20 Apprenticeship funding rules the All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships (APPG) 2018/19 has published its...

Elena Magrini is an Analyst at Centre for Cities

What can the next prime minister do to f…

Jul 18, 2019 / Featured Article

Focussing on lifelong learning will be crucial to reduce the divide between the country and make a success of life after #Brexit Whether it will be Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt...

Toby Baker, Programme Manager on the education team at Nesta

How will an #EdTech Testbed help our col…

Jul 17, 2019 / Featured Article

Nesta is launching an ‘EdTech Innovation Testbed’, in partnership with the Department for Education, to help colleges and schools to try out technology products and support EdTech tools to generate...

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN

Higher Technical Education – the Answe…

Jul 16, 2019 / Featured Article

The nature of work and the type of jobs in the economy have been changing for the last 40 years. And this rate of change is set to increase. The intense...

Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer, The Envisioners

This is the rise of the humans! Dispelli…

Jul 15, 2019 / Featured Article

The world of work is about to enter one of the most turbulent transitions that we have ever experienced. Not since the first industrial revolution have we stood in front...

#Edtech - The Journey From Fear to Fanta…

Jul 12, 2019 / Featured Article

For leaders seeking to enable change through technology one of the most commonly heard phrases is ‘I’m all for change….. But’. This is something of a problem as technology is clearly...

Waqās Ahmed, Founder of the DaVinci Network

#LifelongLearning in the Age of Speciali…

Jul 12, 2019 / Featured Article

Learning never exhausts the mind - Leonardo da Vinci #Lifelonglearning has only recently become a fashionable trend, yet it derives from the most timeless of all human traits: curiosity. There is an overwhelming...

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

Snake oil and scaremongers - Reality ver…

Jul 11, 2019 / Featured Article

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has had a stream of providers get in touch over the last couple of weeks extremely worried about some of the interpretations being...

Mike Thompson, Chief Executive, Sustain HR Limited

In the midst of a skills revolution we n…

Jul 11, 2019 / Featured Article

Time to reverse the decline As I talk to clients from across different sectors of our economy about their future skills needs a common theme emerges which is that, to survive...

Christian Snaith, Industrial Programme Manager, Skills Group

#Apprenticeships have never been so impo…

Jul 10, 2019 / Featured Article

Skills Group's Industrial Programme Manager, Christian Snaith, offers his views on how apprenticeships and the encouragement of new talent into the Construction sector have never been so important to continue...

Richard Atkin, Wifi Wizard, ITGL

Strategic considerations relating to Int…

Jul 09, 2019 / Featured Article

Throughout this series of articles and videos we have spoken about the innovative services that the Intuitive Campus can power. We have shown how the Innovative Campus can benefit the students...

Ben Rowland, Director, Government & Public Services, AVADO

£100k - The true cost of a degree?

Jul 05, 2019 / Featured Article

The picture of the slightly awkward, smiling young person in mortar board and gown. Mum/dad/nan/big brother/sister by the side of the graduating student, each with an even broader grin than the...

Charles McIntyre, CEO and Founder, IBIS Capital

Redefining the Role of #EdTech - The Ris…

Jul 04, 2019 / Featured Article

The future of education and learning I think it's really interesting at the moment. We're at a point in time where we are a few years into education technology and the...

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

Is there a Solution to the Forecast Over…

Jul 04, 2019 / Featured Article

Government needs to face facts – the £2.45bn raised through the Apprenticeship levy was never going to fund the delivery of the Apprenticeships everyone wants. The levy pot can’t at the...

Alex Hayes is Principal of University Technical College Norfolk

Employers need to tell schools and colle…

Jul 04, 2019 / Featured Article

We were surprised at the British Chamber of Commerce & Indeed’s findings last week. Their research found that it's taking some businesses up to 6 months to recruit skilled staff and...

Chris Jones, HMI Specialist Advisor for Apprenticeships, Ofsted

What makes a really good initial assessm…

Jul 03, 2019 / Featured Article

In terms of effective practice is around initial assessment. I get asked all the time about, "What makes a really good initial assessment?" Essentially, it's about NOT concentrating solely on English...

(L-R) Sam Taylor, Head of The Assessors Guild and Joanna Jagiello, Head of Marketing & Engagement at Protocol

Understanding the differences between an…

Jul 03, 2019 / Featured Article

As the Government moves from Apprenticeship Frameworks to Apprenticeship Standards by 2020, Joanna Jagiello, Head of Marketing & Engagement at Protocol and Sam Taylor, Head of The Assessors Guild give some useful advice about...

Kevin Davis, Chief Executive of the Vine Trust Group

How to reach and engage hard to reach yo…

Jul 02, 2019 / Featured Article

Our remit, in the main, is to focus on young people who need a little extra support. Not just those who've been challenged by the education system because of behaviour, although...

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

Learning throughout life – Inspiring s…

Jul 02, 2019 / Featured Article

We often talk about lifelong learning, and the importance of providing opportunities for people to learn throughout their life course. There are plenty of reports which set out the evidence;...

Jim Carley, Managing Director, Carley Consult Ltd

Sturgeon’s criticism of external #RoAT…

Jul 02, 2019 / Featured Article

At last week’s AELP National Conference, Sheila Sturgeon, a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Education, warned providers against using external bid writers to apply for a place on...

Marie-Claire O'Brien, Founder, New Leaf Initiative CIC

Changing the Rules to Get Prisoners into…

Jul 01, 2019 / Featured Article

Offender Learning and Apprenticeships We support prisoners into employment, but holistically. Helping the whole person to deal with their complex issues but progress through to employment. There are 80,000 people in prison...

Rod Brazier, Vice Principal – Teaching Excellence and Student Success, St Patrick’s College London

Mind the Gap: The importance of diverse …

Jul 01, 2019 / Featured Article

Under-privileged students are at a severe disadvantage As the student body becomes more diverse we must have an academy which matches it. Children from underprivileged backgrounds are severely disadvantaged when it comes...

Lucia Ziyuan, UX/UI Designer, BeyondPixels

Succeed at Remote Online Study While Tra…

Jun 30, 2019 / Featured Article

In 2017 I seem to be doing what my peers could only dream of: working at a remote digital marketing job while traveling the world. But I wasn’t feeling fulfilled at...

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

To achieve top quality it’s never enou…

Jun 29, 2019 / Featured Article

To be perfectly honest the only reason I turned on the tv for the men’s FA Cup Final was because I fancied watching it. And I was really glad I...

Chris Jones, HMI Specialist Advisor for Apprenticeships, Ofsted

Sequencing the #Apprenticeship Curriculu…

Jun 28, 2019 / Featured Article

One of the key things about the education inspection framework, if we look at the quality of education judgment, there's an element in there in terms of the intent, implementation...

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

FE has suffered decades of shocking negl…

Jun 28, 2019 / Featured Article

What’s at the end of the tunnel for further education? The treatment of further education (FE) is nothing short of shocking and the recent Augar report is a condemnation of what...

Alex Morris, Head of Apprenticeship Quality Assurance, The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

New EQA Framework for #Apprenticeships f…

Jun 27, 2019 / Featured Article

End-point assessment (EPA) is one of the key aspects of apprenticeship standards – providing a robust and independent test that an apprentice who completes their apprenticeship is fully occupationally competent. Given...

Matt Glotzbach, CEO of Quizlet

#Gamification - Make Education Engaging …

Jun 27, 2019 / Featured Article

In April, Damien Hinds, the UK’s Education Secretary, called upon schools, businesses and technology developers to “realise the huge potential of technology to transform our schools so that teachers have...

Anthony Impey MBE, Chair of the Skills and Apprenticeship Policy Board at the Federation of Small Businesses, and business owner of Optimity

Overcoming the Three Major Challenges fo…

Jun 26, 2019 / Featured Article

How can we bring apprentices, SMEs and micro businesses together? Over the last two years there's been a dramatic fall in the number of small businesses that have recruited, and trained...

Kelle McQuade, End-Point Assessment Director,Training Qualifications UK

Playing as a Team: The New EQA Framework…

Jun 26, 2019 / Featured Article

Being an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) and working with a range of different External Quality Assurance bodies (EQA) can often feel like playing on a football team where all the...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Reading the runes for #Apprenticeships #…

Jun 25, 2019 / Featured Article

Given the ongoing political uncertainty it is not a surprise that neither officials nor Ministers were able to lay out clear plans for the future at this year's AELP Annual...

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Clearly the money is going to run out - …

Jun 25, 2019 / Featured Article

I think we're at a really important period, particularly around work-based learning where there's apprenticeships, traineeships, adult education budget, all the policies could be really good. They're doing the right things...

Keith Smith, Director of Apprenticeships, the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

ESFA to review 16 to 18 #Levy transfer r…

Jun 25, 2019 / Featured Article

ESFA’s Keith Smith showed a strong willingness to address policy and funding rules to ‘make sure the system works’ and Apprenticeships work. Keith highlighted one such policy and funding rule...

Barry Smith, Head of Assessment, The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR)

Employer-led end-point assessment extern…

Jun 25, 2019 / Featured Article

Following the publication of my introductory article on end-point assessment external quality assurance, here is the next article in the series on external quality assurance (EQA). This article is from the...

Carla Aerts, Director, the tmrw Institute

The essential role of Teachers in the #F…

Jun 24, 2019 / Featured Article

How can we adapt learning to meet the needs of global education in the 21st Century? I think global education is a bit of a misnomer because there's one thing about...

Gareth Evans, WorldSkills UK Training Manager for Carpentry

World-class apprentices require world-cl…

Jun 24, 2019 / Featured Article

Training world-class apprentices World-class apprentices require world-class training. However, I am often asked in my role as WorldSkills UK Training Manager how do you prepare an apprentice to compete on the...

Richard Atkin, Wifi Wizard, ITGL

An Intuitive Campus Needs Wireless, But …

Jun 22, 2019 / Featured Article

My colleague Ben Pammenter mentioned in his last article the importance of creating an integrated, intuitive campus that can transform the student experience. The intuitive campus uses pre-existing technology to take...

David Allison, CEO, TheTalentPeople and GetMyFirstJob

Aligning your marketing and recruitment …

Jun 22, 2019 / Featured Article

Have you aligned Candidate Marketing and Recruitment? I was with the marketing manager of an apprenticeship training provider last week who was proudly telling me that they were getting 700 applications...

Nesta's Joysy John

Joysy John discusses the role of #AI in …

Jun 21, 2019 / Featured Article

Where do we see AI playing a role in education, both the current state and the future? We believe that it's about solving real challenges in education, for learners, for teachers...

Stewart Foster, Managing Director of NCFE

It’s the learners who are at the foref…

Jun 21, 2019 / Featured Article

In May, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) launched its report which explored the trends and implications of 16-19 education funding. Within the report, it was revealed that Education for 16 to...

Charles McIntyre, CEO and Founder, IBIS Capital

How Investment in #EdTech is Driving Inn…

Jun 20, 2019 / Featured Article

The education technology "EdTech" market is something that, particularly in Europe, is highly fragmented and there are a lot of young companies. We looked back at some of the EdTech startups...

Elliot Gowans, senior VP International, D2L

Continuously Re-thinking and Adapting Ad…

Jun 20, 2019 / Featured Article

As automation technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) continue to take on some of the more demanding tasks carried out by humans, traditional jobs are being redefined and the demand for...

Kevin Hanegan, Chief Learning Officer, Qlik

#EdTech is not the lifeblood of the Four…

Jun 19, 2019 / Featured Article

We are living in a truly unprecedented time. One that is, and will continue to, radically change the way we work, the way we live, and the way we communicate...

Jefferson Frank, founding head of the economics department at Royal Holloway

Feast and Famine: Re-balancing funding i…

Jun 18, 2019 / Featured Article

Policy-makers like to refer to ‘unintended consequences’ once the faults in their policies become apparent to all. The job of an economist (if not that of a politician) is to consider...

How will the #AugarReview affect further…

Jun 17, 2019 / Featured Article

We’ve heard a lot about the Augar Review in the past couple of weeks. Most of the headlines have focused on the impact it will have on higher education, but the...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

The 3 sets of relationships we all have …

Jun 16, 2019 / Featured Article

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH WORK Have a look at this diagram: It represents the 3 sets of relationships we all have with work: 1. Contracted This is the employment contract - the one we sign...

Steven Mervish, Specialist Substance Misuse Practitioner, Drugsline Education

24% of pupils admit to having taken drug…

Jun 15, 2019 / Featured Article

Drugs have been part of our culture since the middle of the last century. They were made popular in the 1960s by music and mass media. They invade all aspects...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

What can educational practitioners learn…

Jun 14, 2019 / Featured Article

CONTRARY to popular belief educational practitioners and social enterprises can learn much from the research produced by university academics. Increasingly social research can have a significant impact on policy development and...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Millions are unhappy at work, but some a…

Jun 13, 2019 / Featured Article

A staggering 4.3 million UK employees report being unhappy at work – 13% of us nationwide – and over 15,000,000 days are lost per year due to reported mental health problems caused...

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

5 Steps to Introducing the Concept of Gr…

Jun 12, 2019 / Featured Article

Grading is a new concept for apprenticeships. It’s a key feature of the new (end-point) assessment approach. But are you, as a trainer, looking at ways in which you might introduce...

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

Skills Devolution – Dividing Opinion o…

Jun 11, 2019 / Featured Article

The national landscapes of policy and practice in the realms of further education, higher education and skills have become especially volatile, uncertain and complex spaces in recent times. Against a backdrop...

Jacqui Molkenthin, JEML Consulting

Lifting the lid on external quality assu…

Jun 10, 2019 / Featured Article

An insight into external quality assurance of end-point assessment This article is the first in a series of articles on the External Quality Assurance of End-point Assessment of apprenticeship standards. The series...

Simon Dutton, CEO at Paritor Ltd

Changing the score: Music education must…

Jun 09, 2019 / Featured Article

Customer experience has transformed business practice and elevated consumers’ expectations in recent years. The modern consumer, empowered by new technologies, demands more than value-for-money products: they expect fast digital interactions...

Kelly Scott, Account Director, Education, for VIRTUS Data Centres

Smart Classrooms Allow Teachers to Perso…

Jun 08, 2019 / Featured Article

Back to the classroom - under the hood of tech-powered teaching and learning There has never been a tougher time to work in education. In the face of dwindling budgets...

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