Colleges have a big role to play in #Brexit
It’s been a long time since colleges across the UK have had such a high political profile.
This is important, right and welcome - and the task for us all is to continue to work together to capitalise on this.
The United Kingdom faces a most uncertain future, but what is certain is the role that colleges can and must play in boosting the ...
The importance of high quality careers education is one of those things that no-one can dispute.
Quite simply, young people can’t possibly make informed decisions about their futures, without being taught more about the opportunities available to them. And this is frustrating at a time when some really good work is being done to strengthen skills and vocational education in this country.
With T Levels, a continued drive to increase and improve ...
Following updates last September, the Department for Education’s statutory guidance, ‘Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE)‘ has been updated for 2019.
Safeguarding and duty of care experts, EduCare, have taken a look at the key changes to KCSIE and have advised on the ways in which you should ensure you are adhering to this.
As this comes just one year after the previous update, there are not a large number of changes.
Getting initial assessment right for apprenticeship standards is vital - not just for compliance, but also in underpinning a high-quality individual learning programme.
That’s why the ESFA and Ofsted are looking at it closely.
The introduction of apprenticeship standards, and their broad range of content, means the comfort blanket of the unit-based frameworks has been removed. This places a far greater emphasis on the initial assessment, not just for compliance and mapping ...
📰 News: First Episode of #VocTech Podcast is here!Find out more https://t.co/nYnKUKkLJH#TechForGood#LifelongLearning#LearningContinued pic.twitter.com/oeeqCgafbx— Ufi Charitable Trust (@UfiTrust) September 10, 2019In New Zealand, a seven-part major reform of Vocational Education is under-way.The reforms include consulting with industry more closely, shifting workplace learning from independent training organisations to providers, and rethinking funding.In our latest podcast series, The Voctech Podcast: Learning Continued, I spoke to Shaun Gear, Integration Adviser- Employer, Business and Industry, Ministry ...
The best long-term solution to homelessness is rewarding, paid work and independence
Homelessness in London is impossible to ignore, with nearly 9,000 people sleeping on the streets every year. I’ve lived in London for most of my life and have always been troubled by this. It’s difficult to understand how homelessness can be as huge a problem in a city as wealthy as ours.
For many years, I’d do what thousands of ...
Improve the UK's Management Skills to Improve #Productivity
It seems that every few months a survey is published on the UK’s low productivity together with an analysis of why poor management skills provide part of the explanation for the UK’s productivity gap.
This August it was the turn of Lloyds Bank with a survey of large manufacturers.
Commenting on the survey in The Times, Lloyds Bank’s head of manufacturing Steve Harris stated:
‘Large manufacturers ...
During GCSE results day 2019, some figures in business made it clear they want to see more 16-year-olds making the move to apprenticeships rather than A-levels.
“We need to see more young people choosing vocational pathways,” said Andrea Bull, head next generation marketing at Make UK, in a statement hoping to encourage those awaiting GCSE results to consider apprenticeship programmes.
Mike Cherry, national chairman of The Federation of Small Businesses, also highlighted ...
Artificial Intelligence in Education: Using #Predictive Modelling, #MachineLearning and #AI to boost Student Retention
In August, 364,380 A-Level students won places at British universities, including 33,630 overseas students.
However, a growing percentage of undergraduates leave before completing their degrees.
Latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) from 2016/2017 show that 10.4 per cent of UK undergraduates neither gained an award nor transferred to other courses.
Dropping out of a university course can ...
"Oh …so you only play" is a phrase I have come to know and loathe in the world of Early Years and my own personal vocational and academic journey.
Back in 1983, my careers advisor advised me to take a vocational route as opposed to A levels and University as my socio- economic background dictated that I would not be able to even dream of Higher Education.
Her words resonate with me ...
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to lead on FE, Skills and #Apprenticeships - it's official! Sector Response
Earlier this week DfE announced that the new Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will be leading on the skills brief with ministerial support from Children’s Minister Kemi Badenoch.
Child poverty rates as high as 40% by 2022
“Devastating, cumulative cuts”: UK poverty and destitution levels a choice that could be unmade. Single parent families and disabled people hardest hit in overall picture of “target-busting savings” borne by poorest
Thank you @AnneMilton for asking the PM today if he is going to make sure that both apprenticeships and further education have the cash that they desperately need". #LoveOurColleges pic.twitter.com/Jlh4DPpszF