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We hope you had a great week. Funding took centre stage again: Severe squeeze on further education and sixth-form funding in England

Congrats to Ann Gravells, we re-published an article she wrote a while ago... and it has proved really popular, it was our most popular article this week.. have you checked it out Ann’s take on  Differentiating between Initial and Diagnostic Assessment

We also had some awesome articles, Stephen Lambert, THE CHANGING FACE OF YOUTH CULTURE IN THE UK, Deirdre Hughes, What lies ahead for careers guidance, with funding cuts of 24%?, and Stefan Drew with Conventional Education Isn’t The Path to Employment That It Once Was

I hope you enjoy FE Soundbite this week... don't forget to check out the new FE Careers and Apprenticeship Job Search! Have a great weekend, speak to you soon!


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Differentiating between Initial and Diagnostic Assessment
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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk - I must admit, I still get confused between initial and diagnostic assessment. If diagnostic assessment is carried out at the beginning of a programme or session, then is not classed as initial assess…
What lies ahead for careers guidance, with funding cuts of 24%?
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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk - CAREERS ADVICE FOR ADULTS: £9 SAVED FOR EVERY £1 SPENT. In late 2017, the Board of Careers Yorkshire and the Humber: National Careers Service commissioned dmh associates to undertake an economic revi…
Managing the Challenge of Transition
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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk - For anyone in doubt about the scale of the mental health crisis among young people, a recent student mental health survey conducted by the NUS for the APPG will make for a sobering read. More than th…
Severe squeeze on further education and sixth-form funding in England - Sector Response
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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk - Funding for 16- to 18-year-olds and for general further education has been cut much more sharply than funding for schools, pre-school or higher education. While total school spending per pupil has fa…
Conventional Education Isn’t The Path to Employment That It Once Was
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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk - At last. A respected educator that recognises the perils that FHE currently faces, and has an answer. Sir Antony Seldon’s recent article and book gave me hope for the future of FHE. For several years…
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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk - THE term ‘youth-culture’ or ‘teenage culture’ was first coined in the 1950s in America and was later exported to Britain in 1959. Many writers at the time believed rightly or wrongly that a "a societ…
FE Careers | Clinical Healthcare Tutor / Assessor : home based Berkshire / London region
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thumbnail www­.fecareers­.co­.uk - Clinical Healthcare Tutor/Assessor home-based within Berkshire/London area is required to join our existing delivery team, supporting and delivering Apprenticeships to one of our national Levy client…
MAC recommendations will lead to crippling skills shortages in construction - Sector Response
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Knowledge or Skills: What is the real substance of education?
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Further education students are shunning the web and turning to staff and each other for digital skills support
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National learning analytics service seeks to boost student attainment and cut drop outs
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Cybersecurity advice for the Education sector
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What Has STEM Ever Done For Me?
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