Working in FE

  • John McClean, 44, joined New City College, Hackney, in 2004 in his current job after 12 years working in various mental health roles in social services for Enfield and Westminster, and later as an education adviser on mental health issues at the College of Northeast London
  • The latest FE News including; Institutes of technology shortlist announced, Pay talks resume between unions and colleges, Take another look at resits policy, urges AoC
  • The latest FE News including; Another drop in apprenticeship starts, Extra funding pilot aims to improve GCSE maths resit results, One in eight colleges risk not paying bills and Funding for 18-year-olds still way behind.
  • Academic ability to get on to a course is simply not enough for disadvantaged students to succeed in FE, says the recent NUS Poverty Commission report. “Without the financial and cultural capital to keep up with their peers”, students from disadvantaged backgrounds can often get left behind.
  • Tony Jackson took on an FE classroom support post in 2003 after 12 years in road construction, then qualified to teach basic skills and expanded his role into skills development, liaison with industry and apprenticeship management. He joined Wakefield College full-time in 2009, starting his coord...
  • The latest FE News including; Cyber attacks on colleges up by 27%, Baby-boom threatens future FE provision, New push to improve GCSE resit results and AoC and TES create awards bonanza.
  • Louise Neil (25) gained a sport development degree, before joining Aldershot Town FC’s Community Trust as a community officer and then moving to Newbury College, Berkshire, as a sport maker in October 2016
  • The latest FE News including; PM opens first FE renewable energy centre, South-East colleges retain AoC sport trophy, LearnDirect faces mass redundancies and More Esol provision for Syrian refugees
  • Will education ministers finally pull back from trying to make their mark in FE, now that the Policy Consortium’s latest FE and Skills System report is attempting to call time on what it’s naming ‘policy volatility’? Your guess is as good as mine.
  • The latest FE News including; Third of FE teachers want training to get qualified or accredited, ‘We need TeachFirst scheme for colleges’ – AoC, New awards for top employers and apprentices, England urged to follow Franco/German training lead and Yo-yo political meddling in FE must end, says thin...
  • Most readers will be appalled at the stories of injustice served out to Caribbean ‘Windrush’ immigrants and many others who came to the UK between 1948 and 1973. Sadly, the apparent political mismanagement and failure to think through the likely results of this policy before taking action is some...
  • The latest FE News including; NUS launches large study on student poverty, Sixth-form colleges in trouble may access ‘last resort’ funding, One step ahead of artificial intelligence, ‘Lifelong learning tax should replace apprenticeship levy’ and FE teacher training looking healthy, says trainin...
  • Almost two years since the Brexit referendum, I still see little government urgency to take concrete steps to fill our impending skills gap.
  • The latest FE News including; ‘Near misses’ at English GCSE pay heavy price, Labour’s bus pass pledge game-changer for under-25s?, FE providers’ £73m underspend due to over-restrictive funding rules, says AoC and Maths and English resits biggest ‘negative’ for colleges.
  • Strange how governance in the FE sector mirrors that of the nation. Just as Brexit seems to be dominating all things political, apprenticeships are taking centre stage in FE and pushing most other policy initiatives onto the back burner.
  • The latest FE News including; ‘Good’ colleges given more time between inspections, Swiss model could make apprenticeships cheaper, Government pressed to fill post-Brexit funding gap and Employers slow to spend levy funds, says OU.
  • James Webber (39) joined Havering College in 2001 as a data administrator for the college’s management information system after studying finance and financial information systems at Greenwich University, before becoming an analyst.
  • The latest FE News including; Colleges fall down on gender pay, Travel and tourism only subject with no pay gap, Apprenticeship training register to re-open in September, Milton launches flexible learning fund for aspiring adults and Slow rise in trainees becoming apprentices.
  • The latest FE News including; CBI calls for radical reform of levy use, Community-based Esol classes really work, says researchers, Schools told to spell out policy on access to FE providers.
  • Just over a year ago, Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman blamed compulsory GCSE maths and English resits for causing ‘significant problems’, given the numbers of 16-18s repeatedly having to resit.