Working in FE

  • I can scarcely remember so many FE policies being in flux at the same time. Continuing doubts about the speed at which T-levels are being introduced.
  • The latest FE news including: Funding band changes threaten management courses, Open online courses you can study and teach. Institute for Apprenticeships should go, say Lords and £73m underspend in adult education.
  • he latest FE news including: Apprentice voice seen as key by institute, EU students still in the dark over post-Brexit funding, Further T-level delays, Sector pays price for delayed apprenticeship standards and more evidence that resits need a policy change
  • Wendy Taylor has managed the nursery at Oaklands College, St Albans, since 2013, following a long career working with young children in primary and Early Years
  • The latest FE news including: English/maths GCSE resits look set to continue, New analytics service lets students track progress, AoC backs drive for easier visa access for non-EU teachers and Cable lists off radical changes for apprenticeship levy.
  • Chris Gibirdi joined Wigan and Leigh College last September after a similar role at Runshaw College and five years spent first promoting sport across a primary/secondary school network and then as a qualified primary teacher.
  • Rumblings of discontent among non-levy-paying organisations could not have become much clearer after this week’s survey on apprenticeship funding
  • The latest FE news: T-level awarding system under fire, Teacher training programme for industry experts, Why is apprenticeship take-up so poor? Campaign to promote Stem-based careers
  • Killing time between invigilating exams, I got a distinct feeling of deja vu when I read through the summary of 'Treating Students Fairly’
  • The latest FE news: ‘Good’ Ofsted college ratings up by almost half, Lords report calls for sweeping FE reforms, Mental ill-health on rise in colleges and Royal birthday honours for college leaders
  • The latest FE news: London calls for a devolved 16-18 provision, Management body wants urgent reforms to apprenticeship levy, Ex-minister unfazed by dip in apprenticeships, Skills competitions should be part of national policy
  • Emma Kilby-Brooks joined Loughborough College as an HR administrator in 2006, after working in the UK travel industry, the US and Germany, and then in retail HR. She took on her adviser role as number two in the college’s HR department in 2016
  • The latest FE News: Maths centres of excellence scheme open for bids, Institute for Apprenticeships told to ‘speed up’ and Low-paid workers get full funding for courses 
  • Shock, confusion and downright anger were just some of the reactions from myself and colleagues left choking on hearing we’d been given just five days
  • John McClean, 44, joined New City College, Hackney, in 2004 in his current job after 12 years working in various mental health roles in social services for Enfield and Westminster, and later as an education adviser on mental health issues at the College of Northeast London
  • The latest FE News including; Institutes of technology shortlist announced, Pay talks resume between unions and colleges, Take another look at resits policy, urges AoC
  • The latest FE News including; Another drop in apprenticeship starts, Extra funding pilot aims to improve GCSE maths resit results, One in eight colleges risk not paying bills and Funding for 18-year-olds still way behind.
  • Academic ability to get on to a course is simply not enough for disadvantaged students to succeed in FE, says the recent NUS Poverty Commission report. “Without the financial and cultural capital to keep up with their peers”, students from disadvantaged backgrounds can often get left behind.
  • Tony Jackson took on an FE classroom support post in 2003 after 12 years in road construction, then qualified to teach basic skills and expanded his role into skills development, liaison with industry and apprenticeship management. He joined Wakefield College full-time in 2009, starting his coord...
  • The latest FE News including; Cyber attacks on colleges up by 27%, Baby-boom threatens future FE provision, New push to improve GCSE resit results and AoC and TES create awards bonanza.