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In pursuit of excellence for adult learners

The benefits of adult and lifelong learning have been championed extensively, and much has been written about the significant and positive impact on individual learners, their families, communities, workplaces and society as a whole.

Engineering apprentices assess their teaching

A gecko might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about high-tech engineering, but the glue-free adhesive tape designed by Professor Andre Geim at the University of Manchester was modelled on the gecko’s setae – tiny bristles on their feet that adhere to surfaces. Studying and imitating nature’s best designs and processes to solve human problems is a burgeoning scientific field, and I was intrigued to hear from five engineering apprentices at BAE Systems in Preston about how they investigate biomimicry as an aid to understanding and a known source of innovation for engineering breakthroughs. Seeking parallels between engineering principles and nature is one of the many ways in which teachers and trainers encourage engineering apprentices to develop a passion for asking questions and being curious.

New ETF maths and English CPD offer

The Education and Training Foundation (@E_T_Foundation) has released a range of new support for those delivering maths and English in the FE sector, in the form of a free maths course available on the FutureLearn platform and a new maths guide, as well as its summer maths and English live CPD offer.

Raising awareness and understanding of research within FE practitioners - Practitioner Research Programme applications now open

ETF-SUNCETT Practitioner Research Programme  Applications for the 2021–22 Education and Training Foundation (ETF) Practitioner Research Programme (PRP) are now open.

Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment 8 applications open

Applications are open for the eighth phase of the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF’s) Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme, which will focus this year on English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Essential Digital Skills.

QTLS offers hope and opportunity

I’m a member of the Society for Education and Training (SET) and this last year I undertook professional formation at Barnsley College to gain my QTLS.  (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).

Brilliant apprenticeships – a product of magic or expert training?

National Apprenticeships Week 2012 has already proved to be one of the most successful. Every day this week, we have heard from big names in British industry declaring their commitment to expanding their apprenticeship programmes for young people and adults. We have heard from the government about new initiatives to expand higher-level apprenticeships; cash incentives for small and medium-sized businesses; and the £250m employer ownership fund, which the prime minister announced this week.

FE teachers and trainers learning aloud

How do we know what we think? Most of us recognise that reflecting, talking and collaborating with others enables us to explore, test and confirm what we think. Over the last few weeks, more than 100 teachers and trainers in further education – part of a random sample selected so far – have been thinking hard and learning aloud, with the Institute for Learning's professional development team, about the kinds of continuing professional development (CPD) that really work for them. Vivid examples and strong themes about CPD are emerging from the first focus group discussions, held around the country in a range of locations, from Newcastle to Taunton.

ETF launches free course for those starting FE teaching careers

The Education and Training Foundation (@E_T_Foundation) has launched a new resource to support those beginning careers in Further Education (FE) teaching and training. The ‘Preparing for a career in FE teaching and training’ course is free to access on the FutureLearn platform. It was developed by ETF with valuable contributions made by University of Portsmouth colleagues and the ETF and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Technical Teaching Fellows.

Applications open for 2021–22 Mentoring programme cohorts with ETF

Applications are now open for the 2021–22 cohorts of the Education and Training Foundation (@E_T_Foundation) programmes designed to develop the use of high-quality mentoring in the Further Education and Training sector. Places are available for 325 FE practitioners to undertake one of the two professional development programmes, which are being delivered on behalf of the ETF by AlphaPlus Consultancy.

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The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

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