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Alice Duijser, Managing Director for EMEA, VitalSouce

What can #AI do for education? Greater p…

May 18, 2019 / Featured Article

It’s pretty hard to escape the buzz around AI. From healthcare, to self-driving cars and even to art, the technology promises to transform our social and working lives. There’s been some optimism...

Ben Blackledge, Director of Education and Skills Competitions, WorldSkills UK

More than just a competition: Creating a…

May 17, 2019 / Featured Article

In less than four months, Team UK will stand on the podium at the Opening Ceremony of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 in front of a global audience of apprentices, education professionals...

Alastair Campbell, Writer, Communicator and Strategist, Time to Change Ambassador

#MentalHealth for Leaders: Establishing …

May 16, 2019 / Featured Article

It's confirmed! 'Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me' airs at 9pm on @BBCTwo on Tuesday 21st May, part of BBC's Mental Health Season https://t.co/yk0Pt0o5kj @campbellclaret pic.twitter.com/jF1wCayMdy — BBC Factual (@BBCFactualPR) May 8...

Stephen Lambert

#MentalHealthAwareness: Challenging the …

May 16, 2019 / Featured Article

IT’s ESTIMATED by MIND and other charities in the UK that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. 3.3% of people in the...

Steve Bannister, Commercial Director, Collab Group

Time For Training Providers To Raise The…

May 15, 2019 / Featured Article

Getting to Grips with Sales in the Education Market. The Adult education market is facing a perfect storm of change. Training providers and colleges used to hold the purse-strings for apprenticeships, but...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Health and wellbeing: Increasingly impor…

May 14, 2019 / Featured Article

DEVELOPING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE As a college, do you want to offer healthy lifestyle options to your learners and staff? Health and wellbeing are increasingly important factors affecting retention and achievement –...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Moving away from PhD #Apprenticeships me…

May 14, 2019 / Featured Article

Plans for PHD-level apprenticeships might not be going ahead because the Institute (previously IfA) has raised concerns the programmes might not be in the “spirit” of the programme. In April the...

Chris Cherry, Senior Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

#Apprenticeships as currency as part of …

May 13, 2019 / Featured Article

Challenges for the next stage of Apprenticeship reform? Over the next 10 years there's going to be a need to update standards at an ever-increasing rate. At the moment we have standards...

Josh Krichefski, Chief Executive Officer, MediaCom UK

Business leaders must take a stand again…

May 13, 2019 / Featured Article

Stress is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot. It is common for employees to experience some form of work-related stress at one point or another. However...

Lucy Dunleavy, Managing Director, LearnBox

#EdTech - Learning and Technology, Side …

May 12, 2019 / Featured Article

The way we communicate has changed drastically over the last ten years. Gone are the days of looking for 10p for the phone box… Now, in a time when technology has become...

Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

How to complain properly and still raise…

May 11, 2019 / Featured Article

The English don’t know how to complain and it’s bad for business. Americans are much better at it. Something goes wrong, they say so and get it fixed. That’s not the English...

4 Skills That Will Help England Remain G…

May 10, 2019 / Featured Article

The future of the United Kingdom's place in the European Union (EU) remains uncertain after the deadline for reaching a deal for the departure was moved to Oct. 31, 2019...

Graham Shaw, Author

7 public speaking secrets your students …

May 09, 2019 / Featured Article

How to develop public speaking confidence in the classroom. “There is no single set formula to giving a great talk.” Chris Anderson, Head of TED. However, what TED talks do have...

Dr Mary Ho, Impact Officer, Vertigo Ventures

The Increasing Importance of Demonstrati…

May 09, 2019 / Featured Article

This April saw the launch of the first ever Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings – the only global performance table that assesses the impact of higher education institutions...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

#Apprenticeships – Spring data sets, r…

May 08, 2019 / Featured Article

A plethora of Apprenticeship information – but is the way ahead any clearer? This past few weeks there has been a raft of Apprenticeship publications. The regular Spring Apprenticeship Data set the...

SDN Managing Director, Colin Bentwood

Five key takeaways from inaugural Appren…

May 07, 2019 / Featured Article

Last week, SDN delivered its first Apprenticeship Breakthrough Conference to a sold-out audience in Birmingham. The conference purposely steered away from analysing the pros and cons of apprenticeship policy – instead...

5 Ways to Demonstrate Your College’s P…

May 07, 2019 / Featured Article

One of the most common areas of discussion I am having with senior management in the Further Education sector right now is that of “demonstrating positive intent and impact”. This is...

Sheila Mulvenney, Director, Attuned Education Ltd

We Need to Talk About Phonics #FullyFunc…

May 05, 2019 / Featured Article

The 2018 Functional skills reforms have brought about a number of changes to the curriculum. One which has caused some debate is the introduction of phonics in the English Functional...

Sofia Tekhazheva, Manager of Academic Program Services at Yandex School of Data Analysis

Building a framework of partnerships bet…

May 04, 2019 / Featured Article

Collaboration between businesses and universities is common and encouraged in Russia. What seems to be unique about Russia is that universities here tend to be open to partnering with industry...

Tony Allen, CEO, AAS Ltd

Where do you sit in the debate, are you …

May 03, 2019 / Featured Article

A new time for ‘The Levellers’? The group of radicals during the English civil war known as The Levellers, were firmly of the view that man’s relationship with God was a...

Chris Jones, HMI Specialist Advisor for Apprenticeships, Ofsted

Differentiating for apprentices at diffe…

May 02, 2019 / Featured Article

The impact of End point assessment on the role of trainers One of the things around the Ofsted inspection is that we don't inspect endpoint assessment, in the same way that...

Guy Tweedale, regional VP at Rocket Software

The importance of #apprenticeships in th…

May 02, 2019 / Featured Article

How apprenticeships can save the world The 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos played out the same way it has previously. World leaders, business executives and charity figures, including Sir David Attenborough...

Louise Doyle, Director, Mesma

The future of quality in #apprenticeship…

May 01, 2019 / Featured Article

Before I talk about the future, I'll talk about where we are now. Ofsted isn't everything, however we all understand it so let me use it as a benchmark. We've got about...

Roxanne Stockwell, Principal, Pearson Business School

How to make the #apprenticeship levy fit…

May 01, 2019 / Featured Article

With the second anniversary of the apprenticeship levy fast becoming a distant memory, it is fair to say the Government’s flagship apprenticeship service has not worked out entirely as expected. The...

If you don’t think about the #Futureof…

Apr 30, 2019 / Featured Article

The world of work is changing; we are in the midst of a revolution fuelled by technological advancement, the change in the labour market and the demand for new skills...

Steven Mervish, Specialist Substance Misuse Practitioner, Drugsline Education

DRUG PREVENTION: Does My Student Know Mo…

Apr 29, 2019 / Featured Article

The answer must surely be YES. Young people do not want "grown-ups" to know they are using drugs and / or alcohol at dangerous levels. Or if they are found out, or...

Comparative Governance – The United Ki…

Apr 27, 2019 / Featured Article

I had the privilege recently of speaking at the Association of Colleges’ Governance Summit in London. ACCT Chair Connie Hornbeck and President and CEO J. Noah Brown are across the pond...

Jo Maher, Principal and Chief Executive, Boston College

Skills Commission Inquiry heads to Linco…

Apr 26, 2019 / Featured Article

The Skills Commission Inquiry, co-chaired by former Skills Minister John Hayes MP and Barry Sheerman MP, has been jointly launched by Policy Connect and the Learning and Work Institute. The inquiry...

From Silicon Valley To The Classroom: #E…

Apr 25, 2019 / Featured Article

American internet entrepreneur Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn, once said that Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location. Having recently spent some time at a large technology event in San...

Nigel Keohane, Head of Research, Social Market Foundation

Good leaders in FE drive improvements in…

Apr 24, 2019 / Featured Article

Leading skills: Exploring leadership in Further Education colleges A recent review by the Behavioural Insights Team for the Government found compelling evidence that effective public services leaders are associated with improved...

David Mills, Talent Director for SPIE UK

From Apprentice to Leader: Developing th…

Apr 23, 2019 / Featured Article

This year’s National Apprenticeships Week happened against a bleak backdrop for those in the engineering community.Only in December, figures from the Department for Education showed that there had been a...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

DON'T LET DOWN THE YOUNGER GENERATION - …

Apr 19, 2019 / Featured Article

ON THE day the Prime Minister called a general election in 2017 350,000 citizens registered to vote – half on-line. Yet almost two years on it’s estimated that five million people...

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Anne Milton

Taking Teaching Further To Encourage Col…

Apr 18, 2019 / Featured Article

As part of a package of support for FE teaching, this government made a manifesto commitment to create a new national programme to attract experienced industry professionals to work in...

Sam Windett, Director of Policy, Impetus

Gaining insights into young people who a…

Apr 17, 2019 / Featured Article

Are pupils who were eligible for free school meals more likely to be Not in Employment, Education, and Training (NEET)? What about pupils who didn’t get five GCSEs? And how do NEET...

Jacqui Molkenthin, JEML Consulting

#Apprenticeship gateway to end-point ass…

Apr 16, 2019 / Featured Article

I have heard organisations and people saying that the gateway to end-point assessment (EPA) has become a tick box exercise. I have also heard others talking about setting up a whole...

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of Association of Employment and Learning Providers

#Apprenticeships - Are Employers Really …

Apr 15, 2019 / Featured Article

It was really encouraging to listen to skills minister Anne Milton’s latest interview with FE News when she called for the Institute (IfATE) to be more responsive and open. This coincided...

Alexandra Berger, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, EMEA at RS Components

Teacher gender split in top UK universit…

Apr 13, 2019 / Featured Article

There is an ongoing debate on the gender pay gap and women’s access to senior roles - but how well are female professors represented in the teaching profession in higher...

Kim Caplin, Principal, Westminster Kingsway College

The increasing importance of ‘super’…

Apr 12, 2019 / Featured Article

Developing strong links with employers is a key priority for most FE colleges. Not only do our students need exposure to the real world of work, but businesses up and down...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Teaching adaptability in schools is a gr…

Apr 11, 2019 / Featured Article

At the end of March a new report showed that while 60% of employers say being adaptable has become more important in the last decade, simultaneously over 60% of educators...

Diana Aldea, Marketing & Advertising Specialist, Shape Robotics

How teaching robotics can tackle the lac…

Apr 10, 2019 / Featured Article

The UK’s economy is at risk due to the shortage in STEM skills - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - where there is a gap in professionals to take over...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

How Apprenticeships Can Evolve to Suppor…

Apr 09, 2019 / Featured Article

I was recently at the 2019 Innovative Apprenticeship Network conference [INAP] in Germany. It’s a conference held every two years to review some of the leading research into Apprenticeships. As ever it...

Professor Barbara Stalder, Head of Teacher Education, Bern University

Two-thirds of Young Swiss Enrol on Appre…

Apr 08, 2019 / SkillsWorld

Tom Bewick: Hello and welcome to #SkillsWorld the Podcast. I'm back in Germany again this week where I'm attending the International Conference on Innovative Apprenticeship. In the previous episode, we talked...

June Matte, CEO of PFM, independent financial adviser to higher education institutions and local government

The Future of FE Funding – Are We Fund…

Apr 05, 2019 / Featured Article

While we all wait on tenterhooks for the somewhat delayed delivery of the Augar Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, it might be an opportune time to take a look...

Mandy Crawford-Lee, Director of Policy and Operations, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

The #Apprenticeship Levy – if rationin…

Apr 04, 2019 / Featured Article

There has been recent scrutiny about the forecasted overspend of the levy. UVAC has been predicting this for some time and now the Institute (IfATE) and the National Audit Office have...

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge

In defence of the BTEC

Apr 03, 2019 / Featured Article

It doesn’t seem so long ago that the Edge Foundation was writing about ‘the rise of the BTEC’ and how this qualification was gaining currency amongst universities on a par...

Rupert Crossland, Director of Audit and Compliance, Professional Assessment Ltd

It seems good ideas never die, they just…

Apr 02, 2019 / Featured Article

Throughout its existence, the Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) Provider Financial Assurance inspected financial management and governance at FE colleges in parallel with Ofsted inspections. A similar approach operated for larger...

Prof. Felix Rauner and Richard Marsh with Tom Bewick

March of the Robots, Dual Apprenticeship…

Apr 01, 2019 / SkillsWorld

Tom Bewick: Hello and welcome to skill as well the podcast I'm on location this week in Germany where I'm attending the International Network on Innovative Apprenticeships (INAP) and I'm...

Dr. Simon T Dancey, CEO, Creative & Cultural Skills

The Seven Year Itch – The State of the…

Apr 01, 2019 / Featured Article

The Challenge Having spent the last seven years working outside of the UK with international skills systems and policy, I found on my return that the UK cultural sector skills landscape...

Ian Pretty, CEO, Collab Group

The Drive For Quality In #Apprenticeship…

Mar 29, 2019 / Featured Article

Ensuring quality is an essential component of creating a truly world class apprenticeship system. The process of the reforms to apprenticeships were intended to embed quality at every level of delivery. High...

Lizzy Grayson, Category Manager of HR Services at YPO

How the public sector can make the most …

Mar 28, 2019 / Featured Article

  Lizzy Grayson, Category Manager of HR Services at YPO, discusses the different ways the public sector is currently making the most of apprenticeship training: The role of apprenticeship training has always...

Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

How to retire happily from FE – and do…

Mar 27, 2019 / Featured Article

So I’m crossing the road in Brighton yesterday and there’s Frank on the other side. ‘Hello,’ he says, ‘Are you alright, then?’ Not ‘How are you?’ or even, ‘Are you missing that...

Ben Pammenter, Education Sector Lead, ITGL

The Digital Future of Further Education …

Mar 26, 2019 / Featured Article

FE (further education) has never been more important or more relevant, an intuitive, digital future can help ensure its ongoing success. Most of us will know someone who has been through...

Chris Cherry, Senior Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

The role of the trainer assessor for app…

Mar 26, 2019 / Featured Article

If you currently deliver apprenticeship training as a trainer / assessor, your role is likely to be going through considerable change. In the new world of apprenticeship standards, trainer / assessors...

Mike Thompson, Chief Executive, Sustain HR Limited

The Trouble with Apprenticeships… Stop…

Mar 25, 2019 / Featured Article

So this week sees more negative headlines regarding the apprenticeship reform programme. This time in the form of the announcement by the Public Accounts Commission of this afternoon's inquiry into the...

Claire Fox, Director of Academy of Ideas

FE Funding, Social Mobility and Brexit: …

Mar 25, 2019 / SkillsWorld

This week Tom talks to Claire Fox, Director of Academy of Ideas, and regular commentator on our airwaves around a whole host of moral and political issue. Claire originally worked...

Liza Andersin, HR director, findcourses.co.uk

How important is health and safety train…

Mar 23, 2019 / Featured Article

A radical overhaul of the skills system across the UK is needed if businesses are to avoid the negative effects of Brexit. There is little doubt that the skills base in...

Ross Crook, Senior Vice President – Client Services at Cielo

Apprenticeships vital for tackling futur…

Mar 22, 2019 / Featured Article

With Brexit creating uncertainty and bringing skills shortages to the forefront, employers are under quite a bit of pressure. As a result, apprenticeships are being seen as an invaluable investment...

Stuart Rimmer, CEO and Principal, East Coast College

2019: Time for FE and HE to work in harm…

Mar 21, 2019 / Featured Article

As colleges begin to plan for 2019/20 this offers a time of reflection. Both Further Education and Higher Education must have looked back on 2018 as a troubled time, with...

Leader of Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable

The Shameful Neglect of Adult Learners i…

Mar 20, 2019 / Featured Article

Launch of Independent Commission on Lifelong Learning.  When it comes to education, for too long there has been an almost exclusive focus, in terms of political attention and public funding, on...

Ian Pretty, CEO, Collab Group

Three ways to optimise apprenticeships t…

Mar 20, 2019 / Featured Article

How can apprenticeships support the economy? The current apprenticeship system is not optimised to meet the needs of employers or the wider economy. Employers have come to view the apprenticeship system...

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