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How Ofqual plans to calculate summer 2020 grades in lieu of exam results - Sector Response
Since the Secretary of State for Education @GavinWilliamson announced that the 2020 #exam series in...
Reforms to subcontracting for learners over 16
Government consultation With all of the ‘Consultations’ that are out at the moment, all have been...
The success of learning online has been accelerated by our current crisis
What a difference a week makes @Activate_Learn! At Activate Learning, our seven further education colleges...
Protect universities and colleges now so they can lead recovery
@UCU calls on colleges and universities to work together in the wider national interest  Union says...
One Simple Measure from the ESFA – and it won’t Cost a Penny
Suspend #EPA! Whilst there has been widespread disappointment across the sector about @ESFAgov not guaranteeing profiled payment for...
How Ofqual plans to calculate summer 2020 grades in lieu of exam results - Sector Response
How Ofqual plans to calculate summer 2020 grad...
Reforms to subcontracting for learners over 16
Reforms to subcontracting for learners over 16...
The success of learning online has been accelerated by our current crisis
The success of learning online has been accele...
Protect universities and colleges now so they can lead recovery
Protect universities and colleges now so they ...
One Simple Measure from the ESFA – and it won’t Cost a Penny
One Simple Measure from the ESFA – and it won’...

 

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How Ofqual plans to calculate summer 202…

Apr 03, 2020 / FE Voices

Since the Secretary of State for Education @GavinWilliamson announced that the 2020 #exam series in England would be cancelled to help fight the spread of #Coronavirus (COVID-19), @Ofqual have been...

Patrick Tucker

Reforms to subcontracting for learners o…

Apr 03, 2020 / FE Voices

Government consultation With all of the ‘Consultations’ that are out at the moment, all have been extended due to COVID-19 apart from the reforms to subcontracting for learners over 16 consultation...

Lee Nicholls, Group Executive Director - Curriculum, Standards and Academies, Activate Learning

The success of learning online has been …

Apr 03, 2020 / FE Voices

What a difference a week makes @Activate_Learn! At Activate Learning, our seven further education colleges went into the Coronavirus spin, much like the rest of the UK. We had to move...

UCU general secretary, Jo Grady

Protect universities and colleges now so…

Apr 02, 2020 / FE Voices

@UCU calls on colleges and universities to work together in the wider national interest  Union says UK cannot afford to sack key staff at a time when education will be a...

One Simple Measure from the ESFA – and…

Apr 02, 2020 / FE Voices

Suspend #EPA! Whilst there has been widespread disappointment across the sector about @ESFAgov not guaranteeing profiled payment for providers – we cannot see any medium term benefit in that, especially as it comes...

Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advisory at global employment law consultancy, Peninsula

Confused about the Coronavirus Job Reten…

Apr 02, 2020 / FE Voices

@Kate1Palmer @peninsula_uk shares some advice on the #Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and what being on #Furlough means. Recently, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a package of support to help employers survive the...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Top 10 Stress Management Tips with Arnie…

Apr 01, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Roles and Responsibilities Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the thirty-third episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses Stress Management. This...

With the use of technology Coffee Breaks…

Mar 31, 2020 / Podcasts

The merits of #Virtual Coffee Breaks  Trying to keep a sense of normality can make a huge difference in these difficult times and it’s important that we all support each other. ...

Peter Marples, Co-Founder, Promote-Ed

There must be something wrong with Leade…

Mar 31, 2020 / FE Voices

I am not going to get into a debate about whether there should have been an explosion in the number of L3, L5, L6 and L7 – Leadership and Management...

Helen Wilson, GPRS Recruitment

Now’s the time to consider freelancers

Mar 31, 2020 / FE Voices

#GigEconomy - It was during the 1980’s recession that the term ‘flexible work force’ was really created  Companies still needed staff, but with times so uncertain, they needed people they could...

Teresa Carroll, the Education and Training Foundation’s National Head of Inclusion

So what is the Further Education system?

Mar 30, 2020 / FE Voices

If you ask this question to your friends and family, you might get “it’s when you go to college to train to be a hairdresser” or “my neighbour does a...

Campuses are closed, but educators are o…

Mar 30, 2020 / FE Voices

5 Lessons from the #VirtualStaffroom  In the space of just a few weeks the world of education has transitioned from the campus to the cloud like never before. As a result of...

Managing Your State of Mind Under Quaran…

Mar 28, 2020 / FE Voices

We've reached a historical high with the number of students #HomeLearning and parents working from home. Managing your #MentalHealth while under quarantine can be extremely difficult, especially when feeling anxious...

Mark Barrow, President of Bangor University’s Students’ Union

How Universities are Supporting Students…

Mar 27, 2020 / FE Voices

@Whatuni spoke with Mark Barrow, President of @BangorUni’s Students’ Union, to find out how they’re supporting students during the #Coronavirus pandemic…  The Coronavirus pandemic – or COVID-19 - has profoundly changed...

Dr Sarah Charles, Head of the Institute of Education at the University of Derby

Overcoming the difficulties and stress o…

Mar 27, 2020 / FE Voices

Stressed about structure when home schooling?  In the quest to prevent stagnation, or indeed regression of learning, teachers across the nation have spent endless hours on the production and distribution of...

Dr Deirdre Hughes

Careers Expertise in a Time of Crisis …

Mar 27, 2020 / FE Voices

Across England, National Careers Service Prime Contractors are facing imminent collapse at a time when their support services and expertise are most needed in local communities, Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE...

Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education

Gavin Williamson has deepest gratitude f…

Mar 26, 2020 / FE Voices

Over the past week this nation has entered a truly unprecedented phase and as a Government, we have had to take some exceptional steps to deal with the challenge that...

Pat Carrington MBE, Chair HOLEX

Keeping England Learning - COVID-19 Requ…

Mar 26, 2020 / FE Voices

@HOLEXPolicy have responded to @GillianKeegan's letter of 23 March 2020 which set out the government’s response to COVID-19 in relation to the Adult Community Education (grant funded) providers and independent /...

The Role of COVID-19 In Distance Learnin…

Mar 26, 2020 / FE Voices

As the #Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to take the world by storm, schools are taking action to protect our youth. In case you weren't aware, children are more prone to carrying...

Salome Verrell, Senior Tutor at ULAW

Flexible entry to Policing is essential …

Mar 26, 2020 / Podcasts

Lack of Knowledge Puts Promising Potentials Off Police Work - @UniversityofLaw has launched a Professional Policing degree to support the #PolicingVision2025  68% don’t believe a career in the police force is...

Richard Gerver

Time To...

Mar 25, 2020 / FE Voices

William Penn, an historic American politician, once remarked, “Time is what we want most, but... what we use worst.” He wasn’t wrong.  I have been looking very hard for a ‘bright-side’, to...

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

Weston College accelerates ‘Virtual Co…

Mar 25, 2020 / FE Voices

#MyVirtualCollege - @WestonCollege is a UK #Microsoft Showcase College and the 9th largest College in the country, Dr Paul Phillips CBE has shown impressive leadership to switch over to ‘virtual’...

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

Association of Colleges writes second le…

Mar 25, 2020 / FE Voices

David Hughes (@AoCDavidH) letter to @GavinWilliamson during COVID-19 crisis calls for clarification and decisions for colleges  In a further letter to the Education Secretary today (25 Mar), the Association of Colleges have set out the...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Creative Thinking with Arnie Skelton #32

Mar 25, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Roles and Responsibilities Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the thirty-second episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses Creative Thinking. In...

Anthony Impey

The greatest challenge of our lives

Mar 25, 2020 / FE Voices

Two weeks ago, it was business as usual and COVID-19 was just something in the news headlines. Today, the government has brought the country to a standstill in an attempt...

Peter Marples, Co-Founder, Promote-Ed

Private Training Providers - stay positi…

Mar 24, 2020 / FE Voices

So with great anticipation the Secretary of State for education and his Skills Minister has delivered no flexibility to the PTP part of the skills sector. It wasn’t a surprise to me...

Dr. Adrian Hyzler, Chief Medical Officer, Healix International

How to take care of your mental health d…

Mar 24, 2020 / FE Voices

As the world continues to cope with the unprecedented impacts of the COVID 19, an increasing number of people will be directed to isolate themselves at home or practice social...

Gillian Keegan Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

Clawback of funding from independent tra…

Mar 23, 2020 / FE Voices

#Coronavirus - @GillianKeegan Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for #Apprenticeships and Skills has written to non-college stakeholders about the measures that the Government has put in place to deal with #Covid19...

Paul Holcroft, Associate Director at HR and employment law consultancy, Croner

#UKlockdown - What does this mean for em…

Mar 23, 2020 / FE Voices

Last week, the UK government introduced new measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 such as school closures and the shutting down of cafes, pubs and restaurants - except...

John Williams, Head of Marketing at The Instant Group

How to successfully manage #remote worke…

Mar 23, 2020 / FE Voices

Social distancing has been identified as a crucial method in order to help slow the spread and rate of infection during the current #coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. As the UK continues...

How the Federation of Awarding Bodies ar…

Mar 20, 2020 / FE Voices

@AwardingBodies are dealing with the fallout of Covid-19 #Coronavirus  A message from our Chief Executive, @TomBewick.Don't forget to keep up to date via our dedicated page: https://t.co/FtUSpVWkl1#COVID19 #Coronavirus #CoronaCrisis pic.twitter.com/4SYjygNOSH — Federation...

Gillian Keegan

Gillian Keegan's letter to College leade…

Mar 20, 2020 / FE Voices

Earlier today Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills wrote to the FE College leaders about the measures to restrict Covid-19 in FE and the measure that the Government has put...

Arrangements for exams which have been c…

Mar 20, 2020 / FE Voices

#CoronaCrisis @Ofqual - Further details on exams and grades announced The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled...

Senior Leader (ST0480) – Occupational …

Mar 20, 2020 / FE Voices

In a letter dated 26th February 2020, Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education asked the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to undertake a formal review of the L7...

John Hackston, Head of Thought Leadership at The Myers-Briggs Company

Communicating effectively with a newly r…

Mar 20, 2020 / FE Voices

#CoronaCrisis - Communicating effectively with a newly remote workforce  With the recent surge in #RemoteWorking due to COVID-19 there has been a large strain placed on the UK’s mobile networks and...

Ben Hansford, Managing Director - Apprenticeships, Firebrand

Why is no one talking about the effect o…

Mar 20, 2020 / FE Voices

#CoronaCrisis - The impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s education system is already astronomical, but a critical part of the ecosystem is being largely ignored by the media and governments...

Andy Westwood, Vice Dean Social Responsibility, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester

From the £3bn National Skills Fund to a…

Mar 20, 2020 / FE Voices

An election promise During the General Election, the Conservatives announced plans for a “national skills fund” worth £3 billion over the course of the next parliament. Accompanying documents showed that it would...

Students *will* be getting their qualifi…

Mar 19, 2020 / FE Voices

#Coronavirus - UK Schools and Colleges will close on Friday until further notice with exams cancelled in May and June Education Secretary, @GavinWilliamson yesterday (18 Mar) confirmed that after Friday 20th March...

Greg Wade, Policy Manager, Universities UK

HE and FE must collaborate over the Nati…

Mar 19, 2020 / FE Voices

The UK faces many skills challenges in the future not least of all ensuring economic and social success post Brexit. To meet these challenges, we need to “join up” the skills...

#LevelUp FE - Poor transport links compo…

Mar 19, 2020 / FE Voices

Paying to learn – an unacceptable situation Last week, to mark Rural Vulnerability Day 2020, we argued that despite its rhetoric, the Government is not doing enough to ‘level-up’ further educational...

#RemoteWorking Amidst COVID-19: Work Sma…

Mar 18, 2020 / FE Voices

With COVID-19 on the rise, it's rumored that remote work is at all-time-high. However, the concept is nothing new. In 2016, 85% of global business was conducted by virtual teams...

Kirsty Williams, Wales' Minister for Education

Schools to close in Wales from Friday

Mar 18, 2020 / FE Voices

Welsh Government News: Statement from Minister for Education, @Kirsty_Williams on school closures in Wales  We are in an unprecedented period, one that is changing hour-by-hour, and governments around the world are...

The IEP Summit 2020 – This is only the…

Mar 18, 2020 / FE Voices

Fulfilling a long-standing ambition, the first IEP Summit took place earlier this month, an entirely new event for the employability sector where more than 80 senior professionals came together in...

Kim Chaplain, Director for Work, Centre for Ageing Better

The National Skills Fund – No Older Ad…

Mar 18, 2020 / FE Voices

#100YearLife - Longer Working Lives Through their £3bn pledge to establish a National Skills Fund the Government is offering a right to retrain to every adult, aiming to empower millions of...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

What's stopping you? Resolving long term…

Mar 18, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Roles and Responsibilities Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the thirty-first episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses Resolving long term...

Angus Darroch-Warren, Linx International Group

Training from Home is the New Working fr…

Mar 18, 2020 / FE Voices

Working from home has become increasingly popular in recent years #StayHomeChallenge  The ability to work from home has also become a necessity for many as the current #Coronavirus situation imposes restrictions on...

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

Colleges could lose up to £1million per…

Mar 17, 2020 / FE Voices

David Hughes (@AoCDavidH) writes to @GavinWilliamson as the financial situation for #colleges looks set to worsen if institutions shut due to #COVID19  Today (17 Mar), Association of Colleges’ Chief Executive David...

Simon Parkinson, CEO and General Secretary, Workers’ Education Association (WEA)

The National Skills Fund – Engaging th…

Mar 17, 2020 / FE Voices

Joining-up Adult Education Funding Adult Education was refreshingly prominent in the recent General Election campaign, with all major parties making a series of promises and funding commitments. This was welcome after...

Sarah Burns, GPRS Recruitment

#COVID-19 Lockdown: What are we going to…

Mar 17, 2020 / FE Voices

Establishing a robust action plan is the key to survival for every business and self-employed person in the UK  We are all fortunate to work in an industry which already facilitates remote...

 Education Secretary @GavinWilliamson

Education Secretary meets with education…

Mar 16, 2020 / FE Voices

The Education Secretary @GavinWilliamson met with education sector organisations today (16 Mar) to discuss the #coronavirus impact on education.  "We're keeping all measures under review... we think at the moment on...

David Phillips, Managing Director C&G and ILM – City & Guilds Group

Are we considering the real impact of fe…

Mar 16, 2020 / FE Voices

Since 2014/15, apprenticeship starts at level 2 have dropped from just over 298,000 to approximately 143,000 in 2018/19. A ‘shake up’ of sorts may have been required, and the announcement...

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

Helping the Government decide how to spe…

Mar 16, 2020 / FE Voices

Bringing the National Skills Fund and Adult Education Budget TogetherWe have a nice problem – how to help the Government decide how to spend £3bn over the next 5 years...

Ian Ashman, former college principal and special advisor to Equals Consulting

Further Education capital funding announ…

Mar 15, 2020 / FE Voices

Most further education colleges across the country would benefit from funding to improve their buildings and with the Chancellor’s commitment to new capital funding, many will get that chance. Ian...

Gemma Gathercole, Productivity & Skills Executive Officer at the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP)

The National Skills Fund and Part-In, Pa…

Mar 14, 2020 / FE Voices

Local Enterprise Partnerships At the core, local enterprise partnerships are about collaboration. They are business led partnerships between local authorities and local private sector businesses, playing a central role in determining...

Generation Z Is Changing How We Approach…

Mar 13, 2020 / FE Voices

As #GenZ reaches adulthood, they're seeking opportunities that will guide them into a better future. Saying this, 82% believe attending university is the most ideal way to get there. However...

Jamie E Smith, Executive Chairman, C-Learning

Crisis! What Crisis? Ensuring Continuity…

Mar 13, 2020 / FE Voices

How #EdTech can help educators to overcome the challenges of the #CoronavirusPandemic  For many in education the coronavirus means that innovation isn’t optional, as noted at the @JISC #Digifest conference in...

Jamie Driscoll, Mayor, North Tyne Combined Authority

Devolve the National Skills Fund to Elec…

Mar 13, 2020 / FE Voices

From the Adult Education Budget to the National Skills Fund The additional opportunities the National Skills Fund will offer are welcome. This, in conjunction with our newly devolved Adult Education Budget...

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak

How has the 2020 Budget impacted the FE …

Mar 12, 2020 / FE Voices

@RishiSunak's #Budget2020 - Is this the Budget to 'get it done'? The government will invest £1.5 billion (£1.8 billion including indicative Barnett consequentials) over five years in capital spending to refurbish...

Ewart Keep, Director of SKOPE, University of Oxford

A Dual Approach - Retain the National Re…

Mar 12, 2020 / FE Voices

A Right to Adult ‘Training and Retraining’ The National Skills Fund’s underlying long-term aim is stated to be moves towards a ‘right to train’, analogous to (how is unspecified) the Conservatives’...

The Lost 16-18 Apprenticeship Generation…

Mar 12, 2020 / FE Voices

Since 2017 there has been significant reporting about the decline in #Apprenticeship numbers, often blamed on the introduction of the levy and increased focus by providers in this new market. More...

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