FE News & Comment

  • FE News Update May 22
    Latest news in further education with an in depth look at low sports participation levels and continuing FE funding campaigns.
  • More women apply for Stem jobs advertised in ‘neutral’ language
  • 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...
  • Rights of reply strengthened for staff under fire Minister asked to halt prison education cuts Higher Stem qualifications attract high salaries at age 30
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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 
  • The latest FE News this week: Apprenticeship body issues assessment ‘strategy’ Government to review funding for ‘poor quality’ post-16 qualifications  
  • FE News this week: Hammond halves apprenticeship training fee from April, Chaos reigns in functional skills 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mobile relief for teachers at last Call to ‘ringfence’ training funding for poorest workers Name change for apprenticeship body
  • PGCE placements could solve maths/English staff crisis Sanctions for employers breaking 20% training rule FE teaching apprenticeships win more funding 
  • FE funding gets Commons debate Low wages force FE staff to food banks T-levels to launch on time, Brexit or no Brexit Media campaign to back apprenticeships
  • Many schools still slow to allow FE access ‘Four-day week’ saves students time and money English schools and colleges not ready for ‘Education 4.0’