Working in FE

  • FE News Update June 12
    Collaborating with other FE teachers, self-assessing one's own performance and sharing best practice are far more effective ways of raising standards than undergoing formal Ofsted inspections or performance management observations, according to Birmingham City University research.
  • Top 5 ways to prepare for a psychometric test, aptitude test & personality test. The secrets to passing your career test are right here.
  • Calls for far more generous FE student funding arrangements have been made in a much delayed report on post-18 education and funding commissioned by the prime minister and published last week
  • Recent hints from Philip Hammond suggest the much heralded comprehensive spending review - potentially FE’s funding lifeline - might now have to wait until after the resolution of Brexit. 
  • An interview with Mark Beharry who is the course team leader for forensic and applied science programmes at Milton Keynes College.
  • Criticism of 'level 8' PhD apprenticeships by certain voices in the FE sector has been rebuffed by the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC).
  • An interview with further education lecturer Dimitrios Alexiou who joined London South East Colleges in 2014 first as curriculum co-ordinator, then curriculum manager and now head of faculty at the Nido Volans (‘Fly the nest’) special needs department based in Bromley.
  • Latest news in further education with an in depth look at low sports participation levels and continuing FE funding campaigns.
  • More functional skills teachers are needed in further education to ensure that adults have the necessary basic skills for the workplace.
  • More women apply for Stem jobs advertised in ‘neutral’ language
  • Despite the FE sector’s exhaustive efforts over the past few years to lobby the government to raise some rock-bottom funding levels, it took an Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) report last summer to start making politicians and others fully wake up outside the sector to the trials of underfundin...
  • Encouraging women to take up careers in FE can help to plug the skills gap in certain industries, as well as increase success within colleges.
  • Rights of reply strengthened for staff under fire Minister asked to halt prison education cuts Higher Stem qualifications attract high salaries at age 30
  • Chris Hepworth joined Blackpool and The Fylde College in 2002 two years after leaving Sheffield Hallam University with a film and literature degree.
  • As my college cranks up for another full-on summer term, I hope the government’s promised public spending review will bring good news for our hard-pressed sector.
  • Latest FE News: Lobby MPs in AoC’s May week of action, SMEs fight corner on apprenticeship funding and Skills Index shows added value fall in FE and skills 
  • Summer weather (so far this week), summer term, and summer Brexit? Maybe. We’ve had a welcome lull in Brexit news over the past few days, but with a new, long term ahead of us at our college
  • Free ESOL courses for Londoners coming soon T-level teacher training hubs to open this month College staff forced to resort to food banks Free training for the digitally illiterate
  • The Department for Education has confirmed it will pay for the cost of increased pension contributions for colleges
  • My colleagues and I are always trying to raise our teaching standards. We are all professionals and take pride in what we do. But how do colleges help us achieve it?