Working in FE

  • 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? 
  • Liz Lakesman joined Brooksby Melton College in November 2017 after 10 years working with dairy herds.
  • The latest FE News: Tenth university technical college to close, Non-degree Stem qualifications can earn you more than degrees
  • Rules get tougher on college insolvency College of the future? FE role in reducing knife attacks Leeds manufacturers to throw doors open 
  • Claudia and Alfie in their second year of a music practice and performance level 3 BTEC diploma nominate their year group leader, Jay Houlihan, at West Herts College, Watford
  • The latest FE News this week: Apprenticeship body issues assessment ‘strategy’ Government to review funding for ‘poor quality’ post-16 qualifications  
  • Secret Lecturer: Confessions at a parents’ evening
  • I’ve been struck by the budget announcement that the government will now pay 95% of apprenticeship training costs incurred by SMEs - a 5% increase.
  • FE News this week: Hammond halves apprenticeship training fee from April, Chaos reigns in functional skills 
  • Christine Turay started out as a nursery nurse, went on to work for Lambeth Social Services with prolific young offenders before gaining a teaching qualification. She joined Lambeth College in 2009 to lecture first in childcare and early years
  • New apprenticeship rules to avoid ‘repeat’ training Decimated adult education ‘needs your help’ Apprenticeship slow-down: Audit Office verdict Low earners’ funding trial gets second year Easier way for HE students to vote