FE news and comment

  • 4 ways to refresh your mind as an FE teacher
    You can’t be expected to be a great teacher if you don’t feel great yourself. So, here are our top 4 ways to refresh you mind as an FE teacher.
  • As we face the reintroduction of the first new grammar schools in 50 years, what does this mean for those looking to work in further education?
  • An hot button discussion topic, we discuss why its time to address the gender pay gap and how further education is trying to make changes.
  • TED Talks have dominated the new for years, not only for the important topics but the unique perspectives. Here are 4 of the best for FE teachers.
  • Twitter has become one of the core platforms for educators to discuss working in FE jobs. We've compiled a list of the top ten to follow.
  • The significance that apprentices of all levels and subjects contribute to society and our economy should not be unestimated
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The latest FE News; Hinds names centres of maths excellence, Vocational education key to healthier economy, Elite universities push for more FE funding and Many colleges underprepared for terrorist attacks
  • The latest FE News; Employers free to share more levy funds, Huge levy underspend by Whitehall, Hammond pressed to close post-16 funding gap, UK’s EuroSkills team in top-10 finish and Apprenticeship reforms still a mystery to employers.
  • The latest FE News; IFS report lays bare state of FE funding, Colleges Week lobby set for October 17, Non-academy colleges miss out on pay rise and Functional skills wizards wanted
  • The latest FE News; Threat to college teacher pensions, FE career talks still ‘opposed’ by schools, Endpoint assessment: recruitment dilemma, Apprenticeship starts: an up and a down and Limits continue for foreign FE students.
  • The latest FE News, Ofqual in U-turn over T-level resit rules, A boost for levels 4-5 as an alternative career route, Women apprentices lag behind men on pay, New window for FE teachers to gain recognition