Articles from Stefan Drew

FE Course Expansion & Funding Opportunities

Budget cuts are destructive. The outcome has been a reduction in opportunities for students and staff as well as a debt ridden sector.

Conventional Education Isn’t The Path to Employment That It Once Was

At last. A respected educator that recognises the perils that FHE currently faces, and has an answer.

FE Survival, Financial Viability, Insolvency and the Role of Governors

FE is big business. 2.2 million students study with various providers each year, in a £7billion turnover business.

The Reality of FE Becoming More Commercial … for £2.88

My recent article on the £7.99 FE Financial Viability Strategy was not only the most shared article that week, it also had my phone ringing.

Your competitors aren’t other ESFA funded providers

Your competitors are commercial education and information sites including YouTube, commercial/non-funded providers and international organisations. (Click here to read part 1 "The Reality of FE Becoming More Commercial … for £2.88")

The £7.99 FE Financial Viability Plan

Collab recently published an article on the “key drivers for colleges to think and act more like a commercial business”. It mentioned funding reduction, competition and apprenticeship reform. It was perfectly correct in all it said but, for me, missed one essential element.

Schools Were Open on Easter Monday – It’s Official

Following on from my recent feature on The Impact of Snow Days on Learning and Financial Viability I note that all schools were open on Easter Monday to make up for the lack of teaching due to the recent snow.

FE Underfunding & Obscene Overspending

FE claims to be underfunded.  I understand why providers complain of underfunding.  

The Impact of Snow Days on Learning and Financial Viability

When it Snows Providers Potentially Lose Money Recent snowfall has resulted in the temporary closure of many providers. This happens somewhere in the country most years, and yet I can find no UK based research on the financial cost of closures.

How to Market a College Restaurant

The college restaurant is an essential part of the catering and hospitality offer in many colleges. And in an age of underfunding it can also be an essential profit generator.