Working in FE

  • Milton offers Q&A session to fill gap left at conference
    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.
  • If we ever do leave the EU – now perhaps anyone’s guess – a career and skills progression ladder for those with basic skills is a must
  • The latest FE News from this week: College principals join funding lobby in droves, Who earns what, post-apprenticeship, Dozens of colleges to benefit from careers advice funding, Education institutions fall down on new IT rules
  • The latest statistics on the state of further education in England would scarcely be tolerated elsewhere in Europe. Over the past decade, college funding has been slashed by some 30% and funding per student is down 8% over the same period.
  • It’s the FE lobby of Parliament this week (October 17) – a chance to sound off about the great role further education colleges play in training our future workforce.
  • The latest FE News; Halfon sets tone for Colleges Week, A song to move the sternest hearts?, Colleges listed for T-level retraining scheme £2.3m spent on institutions that never were and Call for radical change to UTCs.
  • Dancing Queen dance moves by Theresa May at last week’s Conservative party conference were designed to surprise but were nothing compared to the reaction of college staff almost falling off their chairs when she followed up by announcing austerity was “over” and that “people’s hard work has paid ...