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The ABC of Youth Mental Health First Aid For Exam Season
Exam season is one of the most difficult times of year for young people, exam...
Business Collaboration Can Transform Careers Advice
Kings Cross businesses ready local students for exams and beyond Recognising the need to build stronger...
Confidence in Qualifications: Understanding the regulation of End-Point Assessments
Sally Collier spoke at The Apprenticeships Conference 2019 about external quality assurance for end-point assessments:  I’m...
Are Degree Apprenticeships a Successful Failure?
Degree apprenticeships were launched in 2015, but although they’ve had a slow start, they’re actually outperforming apprenticeships...
Three huge opportunities for HEIs to conduct apprenticeship end-point assessments
More universities are delivering degree-apprenticeships, yet only 46% of the approved Level 6 and 7...
The ABC of Youth Mental Health First Aid For Exam Season
The ABC of Youth Mental Health First Aid For E...
Business Collaboration Can Transform Careers Advice
Business Collaboration Can Transform Careers A...
Confidence in Qualifications: Understanding the regulation of End-Point Assessments
Confidence in Qualifications: Understanding th...
Are Degree Apprenticeships a Successful Failure?
Are Degree Apprenticeships a Successful Failur...
Three huge opportunities for HEIs to conduct apprenticeship end-point assessments
Three huge opportunities for HEIs to conduct a...

 

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Noel McDermott, CEO, Psychotherapy and Consultancy Ltd

The ABC of Youth Mental Health First Aid…

Apr 26, 2019 / FE Voices

Exam season is one of the most difficult times of year for young people, exam pressure can be a large source of stress and can be detrimental to the mental...

Wendy Spinks, Chair of Urban Partners and Commercial Director HS1 Ltd.

Business Collaboration Can Transform Car…

Apr 25, 2019 / FE Voices

Kings Cross businesses ready local students for exams and beyond Recognising the need to build stronger links between businesses and schools, successive governments have sought to innovate to improve careers advice...

Sally Collier

Confidence in Qualifications: Understand…

Apr 24, 2019 / FE Voices

Sally Collier spoke at The Apprenticeships Conference 2019 about external quality assurance for end-point assessments:  I’m delighted to be here today and to have the opportunity to explain some more about...

Are Degree Apprenticeships a Successful …

Apr 24, 2019 / FE Voices

Degree apprenticeships were launched in 2015, but although they’ve had a slow start, they’re actually outperforming apprenticeships at other levels.   Higher and degree programmes only make up 0.4% of apprenticeships. But even though the numbers are...

Three huge opportunities for HEIs to con…

Apr 24, 2019 / FE Voices

More universities are delivering degree-apprenticeships, yet only 46% of the approved Level 6 and 7 apprenticeship standards have a registered End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) in place. This article explores why Higher...

Tracey Gray, Founding Director of School Healthcare and Absence Cover Provider, Education Mutual

OVERHAUL NEEDED TO STOP TEACHER EXODUS

Apr 23, 2019 / FE Voices

Schools need to provide better access to well-being services to prevent a mass exodus of teachers That’s the warning from leading school business manager, Tracey Gray, who argues that the main...

#BridgingTheDigitalDivide putting digita…

Apr 23, 2019 / FE Voices

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton unveils new qualifications based on rigorous national standards to give adults the digital skills they need. Free courses will be offered to thousands of people...

Are #Apprenticeships or Graduate Schemes…

Apr 20, 2019 / FE Voices

As our population continues to grow here in Britain, there’s a demand for a greater infrastructure. From commercial builds to support our booming business scene to the development of new homes...

John Kitchingman, EuroNorth Managing Director, Dassault Systèmes

HOW 3D DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES CAN INSPIRE …

Apr 20, 2019 / FE Voices

TECHNICAL SKILLS ARE KEY TO UK’S FUTURE WORKFORCE The UK Government’s commitment to nurturing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education was further cemented in this March’s spring statement. UK Chancellor Philip...

Don't be blind to invisible illnesses - How to support employees suffering in silence

Don't be blind to invisible illnesses - …

Apr 19, 2019 / FE Voices

According to Government statistics, there is an estimated 3.8 million people with a disability in employment.  As this figure is pretty high, it's likely that many business owners employ someone who has...

Ashley Wheaton, Principal, UCEM

Principal Thoughts: The #apprenticeships…

Apr 18, 2019 / FE Voices

UCEM Principal, Ashley Wheaton reviews the progress, or lack of, since writing open letters to five government ministers about the apprenticeships agenda for National Apprenticeship Week 2018 and takes stock...

How to benchmark learning in #apprentice…

Apr 17, 2019 / FE Voices

Benchmarking is the new buzzword in apprenticeships You may have heard providers whispering about benchmarking... you might have had a meeting about benchmarking... you may have even heard Ofsted talking about it. But...

Using #ShineTheory to plug the gender ga…

Apr 17, 2019 / FE Voices

For centuries a stereotype has existed around the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries. This is perhaps the main reason why the number of women in the industry is still...

#Apprenticeships: Approaching a career t…

Apr 16, 2019 / FE Voices

Unknown to many, apprenticeships have been a route into employment since the middle ages; Young people would earn money by learning a trade or craft from a local master. The premise...

Aftab Hussain, Strategic ILT Lead, Bolton College

5 Uses for a Campus Chatbot

Apr 14, 2019 / FE Voices

A growing number of education campuses like Bolton College are using chatbots to help their students, teachers and support teams. As these services mature they will be put to use...

Signs You're Burned Out and How to Combat Them

6 Signs You're Burned Out and How to Com…

Apr 13, 2019 / FE Voices

HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS BEFORE YOU’RE BURNED OUT 44% of Stress and Depression at Work Caused by Workload According to HSE, around 15.4 million working days we lost in 12 months...

Chris Briggs, Sector Manager Post 16 English and Maths at Pearson.

Pearson accredited to deliver reformed F…

Apr 12, 2019 / FE Voices

Pearson’s Functional Skills specifications and sample assessments have recently been accredited by OFQUAL. Pearson is leading the way in learner-focused Functional Skills content and we caught up with Chris Briggs...

Iain Salisbury, CEO, Aspiration Training Ltd

Gambling With Entry Level #Apprenticeshi…

Apr 11, 2019 / FE Voices

I was speaking to one of our employers last week, who isn’t a levy payer and they asked me, “Where has all the money gone?” This was not the first time...

Teachers' pension scheme consultation response

Schools and colleges in England will rec…

Apr 10, 2019 / FE Voices

Schools and colleges in England will receive an extra £940 million to ensure teachers’ pensions remain among the most generous in the country. Education Secretary Damian Hinds today (Wednesday 10 April)...

THE FIRST TWELVE INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCED

The First Twelve Institutes of Technolog…

Apr 10, 2019 / FE Voices

New employer-led Institutes of Technology to offer top-quality, higher level technical education to help close skills gaps in key STEM areas. Part of Government’s plan to set more young people...

Peter Finegold, Head of Education & Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Institutes of Technology – Any initiat…

Apr 10, 2019 / FE Voices

Twelve Institutes of Technology will be set up across the country to boost young people’s skills and set them on a clear path to a high skilled, high wage career...

Joe Doyle, Group Marketing Director at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK

Government investment in #EdTech must fo…

Apr 09, 2019 / FE Voices

Reducing the administrative burden on teachers through innovative technology will deliver a richer and more engaging learning experience, says Joe Doyle: The Government’s announcement on Wednesday that it would invest up...

Louise Doyle, Director, Mesma

APPRENTICESHIP ASSESSMENT? DON’T LEAVE…

Apr 08, 2019 / FE Voices

“We aren’t allowed to assess apprentices on programme, because this only happens during end-point assessment.” I can’t recall any conversations in recent years in my work with delivery teams where this hasn’t...

UK Employees Work an Average of 6.3 Unpa…

Apr 08, 2019 / FE Voices

66% of UK employees work an average of 6.3 hours per week without pay with around 22% admitting to working more than 10 unpaid hours over five days according to...

Ofsted’s education inspection framewor…

Apr 05, 2019 / FE Voices

How Ofsted inspects schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers. Commenting on Ofsted’s education inspection framework consultation which closes today: Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “The NEU...

Sector Response to the 2nd Anniversary o…

Apr 05, 2019 / FE Voices

The Apprenticeship Levy is two years old tomorrow (6th April 2019). We chatted with Anne Milton, Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships and recorded a podcast reflecting on the past...

Universities urged to review ‘unaccept…

Apr 05, 2019 / FE Voices

Education Secretary calls for review of university admissions practices, which have seen students ‘backed into a corner’ to accept places. A full review of university admissions is required to end ‘unacceptable’...

2 Years of the #Levy, where will those u…

Apr 05, 2019 / Podcasts

Anne Milton on the Apprenticeship Levy: From unused Levy pots, higher level and entry level Apprenticeships, to the Future of the Levy. The Apprenticeship Levy is two years old on Saturday...

Creativity, the world of work, and socia…

Apr 05, 2019 / FE Voices

As a child, the received wisdom was that I wasn’t creative. My sister was the creative one, I was the academic one. You couldn’t be both – and it was...

Mrs. Tracey Gray, director of support at Walbottle Campus

TEACHERS AT BREAKING POINT AS BUDGETS SQ…

Apr 04, 2019 / FE Voices

‘BREAKING POINT’: CALL FOR SCHOOLS TO SPEND SMART AS BUDGETS SQUEEZED Hard pressed teachers will be forced to take extra time off sick unless the Government injects more money into...

EDTECH STRATEGY MARKS ‘NEW ERA’ FOR SCHOOLS

£10 MILLION #EDTECH STRATEGY MARKS ‘N…

Apr 03, 2019 / FE Voices

The use of technology in education will be transformed by a new Government strategy published today to reduce teacher workload, boost student outcomes and help level the playing field for...

Richard Holmes, Director of Wellbeing at Westfield Health

Five traits every line manager needs to …

Apr 03, 2019 / FE Voices

Stress is a huge issue across the UK, and with millions experiencing high levels of stress that can be damaging to health, this is a public health challenge that needs...

Héctor Espinoza and Stefan Speckesser (NIESR and CVER).

A detailed picture of earnings effects o…

Apr 03, 2019 / FE Voices

Higher vocational education: An alternative to degrees? A recent report by the IFS provides evidence on the extensive earnings benefits for people graduating from university in England: At age 29, the average...

How can FE make friends and influence pe…

Apr 02, 2019 / Podcasts

We kick off a monthly podcast with Anne Milton, Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships to discuss Big Ideas in FE. This month we chatted about how can the FE...

Who's studying STEM? The Breakdown of STEM Graduates in the UK

Who's studying STEM? The Breakdown of #S…

Apr 02, 2019 / FE Voices

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates are crucial to the UK economy, with research suggesting jobs are predicted to grow at double the rate of other occupations, creating 142,000 jobs...

Wilfred Wright, Training Delivery Manager, Skills Advisors

How to prepare your staff and learners f…

Apr 02, 2019 / FE Voices

Sadly, I must confess, I do occasionally read Ofsted reports! I am particularly interested in how training providers handle the delivery of Functional Skills. You see, Functional Skills maths and English...

Vikki Liogier, Head of Learning Technologies, Education and Training Foundation

Enhance Digital Teaching Platform reache…

Apr 01, 2019 / FE Voices

Since its launch at the Bett show at the end of January, the ETF’s new Enhance Digital Teaching Platform has come a long way. Those present at that preview session...

Mark Cushway, CEO of The Inspired Group

Challenging the Place of Duty in Leaders…

Mar 30, 2019 / FE Voices

Some of the confusion around duty comes from seeing it as something rigid and fixed where, in business, as a CEO it is your duty to be adaptable. Does doing your...

Does the UK Have an Adequate Support in …

Mar 29, 2019 / FE Voices

It’s essential that young people receive a strong foundation in education to prepare them for their future. Our self-progression and self-development are dependent upon our ability to absorb and process...

10% increase on Apprenticeships and Levy…

Mar 28, 2019 / FE Voices

The Department for Education published their monthly Apprenticeship and Levy statistics: March 2019 and are available here. According to the data, there has been a 10% increase in Apprenticeship...

Andy Richardson, CEO, Dynistics

The scrutinised role of CEO within a Mul…

Mar 28, 2019 / FE Voices

The role of a CEO within a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) has come under much scrutiny over the past year. And the role has evolved considerably, reflecting the reality of the...

Henry Jones, CEO at Big White Wall

Supporting students suffering with menta…

Mar 28, 2019 / FE Voices

Henry Jones, has been CEO at Big White Wall for three months, here he sets out how the organisation helps thousands of students every year and his big plans for...

Transforming the way teachers and tutors…

Mar 27, 2019 / FE Voices

The Active IQ Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness is set to transform the way teachers and tutors working in schools and colleges support and encourage their students. The timing...

Ofsted's Amanda Spielman

Amanda Spielman speech: at the 2019 Annu…

Mar 27, 2019 / FE Voices

The Chief Inspector discussed the apprenticeship landscape, current challenges that providers face and Ofsted's approach. Here is Amanda Spielman's speech from the Annual Apprenticeship Conference 2019:  Introduction To say that the last...

Emma-Jade Curley is studying Art & Design at South Staffordshire College

Free sanitary product awareness at colle…

Mar 27, 2019 / FE Voices

South Staffordshire College student, Emma-Jade Curley, 17, has come up with an innovative and discreet way for female students to get access to free sanitary products while at college. Period poverty...

Jisc’s head of FE and skills, Paul McKean

Chatbot Ada Talks Up A Storm For Bolton …

Mar 26, 2019 / FE Voices

Bolton is one of the first UK colleges to have introduced a chatbot, which uses artificial intelligence to answer more than 1,000 queries each day from students and staff. The judges...

Mentoring: The Key to Keeping your Emplo…

Mar 26, 2019 / FE Voices

Are your employees happy? It’s a question that employers increasingly need to ask themselves. With the UK’s employment rate at an incredibly high 76.1% and the unemployment rate at a very...

Aftab Hussain, Strategic ILT Lead, Bolton College

Introducing a chatbot to your learning m…

Mar 24, 2019 / FE Voices

If you create, consume or manage online learning materials on a learning management system (LMS); have you considered how a chatbot or a voice first service could be used to...

Juliet Eccleston, co-founder and CEO, AnyGood?

Unconscious Bias in The #FutureofWork: E…

Mar 21, 2019 / FE Voices

Furhat Robotics, an artificial intelligence and social robotics company based in Stockholm, revealed its latest creation, Tengai, last week. How would you feel if your next job interviewer was a robot?...

Roei Deutsch, Founder and CEO of Jolt,

A more flexible way to spend the Apprent…

Mar 21, 2019 / FE Voices

Following the change in the apprenticeship system in 2017, a new target was set to hit 3 million new starts by 2020. However, recent reports from the National Audit Office have...

SECTOR RESPONSE TO HEPI INTERNATIONAL ST…

Mar 21, 2019 / FE Voices

UK universities punch well above their weight when it comes to attracting students from overseas.  In response to a joint report, "The UK’s tax revenues from international students post-graduation" by the...

Claire Vyvyan, Senior Vice President UKI, Dell EMC

The Hidden Value of EdTech: Giving #GenZ…

Mar 21, 2019 / FE Voices

Education providers have very different challenges today than they did thirty years ago. With the rapid development of technology and the growth in smartphone adoption, it can be a challenge to...

#AgeingPopulation : The Importance of Te…

Mar 20, 2019 / FE Voices

We all know of instances where individuals have fallen victim to the digital barrier. Those that were born before 1990 weren’t brought up surrounded by technology, and this pattern continues...

Joe Billington, director of the National Careers Service (NCS)

Does being digital mean being different?

Mar 20, 2019 / FE Voices

When you build a digital service does that make it a different thing to the rest of the service? The National Careers Service has spent a good deal of time trying...

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Top-end apprenticeships should no longer…

Mar 20, 2019 / FE Voices

Apprenticeship training providers have called for the radical step of removing the highest and degree level apprenticeships from the scope of levy funding in order to relieve growing pressures on...

Matthew Jones, Cyber Security Apprentice, Nominet

It Takes Time To Change Perceptions, But…

Mar 20, 2019 / FE Voices

Dip into cyber security, see if you like it I started the cyber security apprenticeship with Nominet straight from school, back in October 2018. Someone from NCSC had come into...

#EdTechPodcast: What is Education 4.0? #…

Mar 19, 2019 / Podcasts

What’s in this episode? Hello dear listeners and welcome to episode two of the Education 4.0 series. This episode was largely recorded at the recent Digifest event run by Jisc. I’m in conversation...

Helen Milner OBE, Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation

Digital exclusion will worsen as 4,000 p…

Mar 19, 2019 / FE Voices

Research published from the House of Commons Library - commissioned by Labour’s shadow culture team -  shows that almost 4,000 public computers have been cut from libraries and jobcentres. Good Things...

Plans to stop funding qualifications not…

Mar 19, 2019 / FE Voices

PLANS LAUNCHED TO BOOST QUALITY OF POST 16 QUALIFICATIONS.  Plans to stop funding qualifications that do not provide the same high-quality education as new T Levels and world-class A Levels have...

Ed Fidoe of the London Interdisciplinary School

#EdTech Podcast with Ed Fidoe, Director…

Mar 18, 2019 / Podcasts

For anyone interested in the "bleed" between Universities and FE as they both develop. What’s in this episode? Hello listeners! This week i’m in conversation with Ed Fidoe of the London Interdisciplinary School on launching a...

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