Working in FE

  • 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
  • I can only hope the range of open days, presentations and information campaigns being hosted by my college and others during this week’s annual National Apprenticeship Week (March 4-8) will convince more employers to set up apprenticeship schemes.
  • League tables to rank ‘best apprenticeship’ employer Scotland launches apprentice network for schools
  • The latest FE News: T-level funding levels must be raised, says AoC, Estelle Morris to co-chair lifelong learning commission, £30,000 salary threshold for immigrants is not fit for purpose, T-level student number estimates down by half
  • As a part-time mental health lecturer at London’s City Lit adult education college, Natalie helped Nicola O’Neill (see last week’s entry) turn her life around by overcoming chronic alcoholism
  • FE college is an unsung source of inspiration for students of all ages and backgrounds, often bringing them back from the brink and transforming lives. Here at London’s City Lit adult education college we hear Nicola’s story
  • The latest FE News, Awarding bodies named for first 3 T-levels, OECD warning over UK adult education, AoC challenges T-level funding levels
  • The latest FE News, OU offers free functional skills tuition online, FE teacher training bursaries given heave-ho, Charity notches up 80,000 placements, Colleges shortlisted for apprenticeship awards
  • After a brief period working in insurance, Daniel Welsh took a computing software design degree during which he took up part-time FE teaching.