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Low wage Britain – why colleges are the key to resolving the UK's productivity challenge

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:51
The UK Commission on Employment and Skills (UKCES) has hit the nail on the head. Their report last week, Growth...

Five top tips to make sure digital resources hit the mark

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:46
More and more organisations are going 'digital by default' - it underpins the UK government's own digital strategy (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-digital-strategy/government-digital-strategy) –...

Teach Too linking to industry

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:42
Barely a week goes past without a report or survey showing the workplace environment is changing fast and therefore our...

A few theories of learning in plain English (part 2)

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:26
My last article (fe-news/a-few-theories-of-learning-in-plain-english) attempted to cover a few theories of learning in plain English. I hope new teachers, trainers...

Government video highlights English and maths importance

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:07
The government yesterday responded to an inquiry into adult English and maths skills with a short film to highlight the...

Annual Ofsted report takeaways

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:47
Ofsted released its annual report yesterday, showing more FE colleges are achieving 'good' or 'outstanding' as well as a continued...

Are MOOCs making or breaking privilege?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:39
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were heralded as once-in-a-generation game changers. Coursera, one of the biggest providers of these free,...

Government meets 'two million Apprenticeships' promise

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:03
Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced the government has fulfilled its promise to start two million Apprenticeships in this Parliament. To...

IPPR calls for VET investment to tackle 'persistently high youth unemployment'

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:43
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank has called for more investment in vocational education and training (VET) to...

Shaping the future

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:19
OCR, the awarding body, was recently asked to appear as a witness to the Education Select Committee's inquiry into the...

FE sector reacts to Autumn statement 2014

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:32
George Osborne, the Chancellor, delivered an Autumn statement yesterday that included plans to scrap employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices...

Skilling up at The Skills Show

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:10
Skills are a hot topic at the moment. With the general election just around the corner we hope that this...

What is at the heart of Further Education?

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:40
Attending the Association of Colleges Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014 recently was mind blowing. Over one thousand leaders from across...

Supporting you through the FELTAG recommendations

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 08:18
The publication of the FELTAG report (feltag.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/FELTAG-REPORT-FINAL.pdf) and the Government Response to FELTAG (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/320242/bis-14-841-government-response-to-recommendations-from-the-FELTAG-action-plan.pdf), which was looking to find how...

From education to employment, so near and yet so far

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 09:11
Last week I hosted a panel debate at the AOC to discuss how to rebuild the bridge between education and...

Reflections from AoC 2014

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 09:36
If you were to ask me what I associate with the month of November, high up on the list would...

The salami is now disintegrating!

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:37
Avid readers of this website will have heard me say in the past that in terms of cuts to the...

A solution to the 'Workplace Preparation' challenge

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:34
Discussions over whether government initiatives are working for getting education leavers into the workplace, and more importantly keeping them there...

ACCT's J. Noah Brown: US & UK FE Comparison

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:17
FE News catches up with J. Noah Brown, CEO of the US Association of Community College Trustees, during the AoC...

Kingston College's Brazilian connection

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:00
FE News caught with Peter Mayhew-Smith, Kingston College's principal, and Dr Patterson Patricio, deputy director of research and postgrad studies...