Working in FE

  • Secret Lecturer: Big ‘buts’ over Brexit
    Funding is a key concern Rivals ‘thank’ us for Brexit Timing could be better Minimum salary limit could cause havoc
  • Many schools still slow to allow FE access ‘Four-day week’ saves students time and money English schools and colleges not ready for ‘Education 4.0’
  • One year gone, another starting. Brexit on March 29 (who would bet on that?); a general spending review in the spring to solve our funding problems (in our dreams?);
  • Top New Year honours for FE sector FE flag-waving body loses state funding Website to join the dots on FE research  Government backs off from election promises  AoC gets new chair
  • There’s been a welcome lull in BTec activity at my college this end of a long-term - students who wanted to change courses or do something completely different did so in the first few weeks, assignments are in and marked and a two-week break beckons.
  • Government confirms standstill in 16-18 funding Industry recruits more apprentices, fewer graduates  Jisc and Eduserv merge to share expertise
  • Tory politicians did themselves few favours at the AoC’s annual conference last month. Education secretary Damian Hinds failed to fill his scheduled keynote slot because of ministerial business and, due to a train delay, the normally enthusiastic skills minister, Anne Milton, read out a prepared ...
  • The latest FE News from this week: T-levels announced for 2021, Dwindling use of advanced learner loans,‘End snobbery towards FE’ says minister and Apprenticeship starts take year-on-year tumble.
  • After the disappointment of a no show by education secretary Damian Hinds at the Association of Colleges' annual conference, Labour’s education shadow, Angela Rayner, gave the audience what they wanted to hear in her pledge to scrap the controversial English and maths GCSE resits if Labour got in...
  • The latest FE News from this week: Two more years for commissioner Atkins, December relaunch for apprenticeship register, Student funding petition keeps growing and Minister promotes the north as rich seam for apprenticeships
  • Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, appeared to ruffle a few feathers at this year’s annual AoC conference when she spoke about the agency’s new inspection framework around judging colleges and schools far more on what and how students are taught rather than on qualification achievement ra...
  • The latest FE News from this week: Leading college group bucks trend on salaries, DfE survey signals T-level problems ahead, Fewer colleges in trouble and Endpoint assessment still not universal .
  • The latest FE News from this week: Labour will end maths and English resits, Good news on college standards, UTCs face crisis from under-recruitment, Government calls Saatchis to boost apprenticeship appeal, Our EU colleagues have to stay, says AoC
  • Oseyoma Okiti joined Abingdon and Witney College in December 2016, after almost eight years as ‘head housekeeper’ at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford. Earlier he trained and worked as an electrical engineer in Nigeria after gaining a degree in the subject.
  • At last, it seems, Ofsted is thinking outside the box and starting to distance itself from politicians' obsession with performance and league tables.
  • The latest FE News from this week: Girls take the lead in BTecs, Adult learning numbers nosedive, Specialised T-level training announced for college teachers and July apprentice numbers way down.
  • The latest FE News from this week: Scots take to TV to promote FE, Hammond's 'same old' budget response, Route to qualified teacher status in cul de sac.
  • I wonder if in 10 years’ time we’ll be looking at T-levels as a carbon copy of one of their late predecessors, GNVQs (general national vocational qualifications).
  • he stats are clear. The shortfall of people with the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills required by the growing STEM-skills economy currently stands at 40,000 and UK employers are struggling to fill 43 per cent of STEM vacancies.
  • The latest FE News from this week: Apprenticeship 'fees' halved for small businesses, Health and social work attract most apprentices, Schools and colleges call for more 16-18 funding and Scotland's lecturers better paid than English peers.