Hang in the balance
Tuesday 5th December 2017
How many funambulists can you name?
Philippe Petit perhaps or Jean-François Gravelet aka “The Great Blondin”? Think a little more and you’ll
realise that you work with high-wire walkers who perform delicate actions and
achieve the impossible every day.
Joy to the world! Festive wellbeing for all…
Monday 4th December 2017
It’s Christmas time. The advent doors are opening
and the chances are you’re starting to stock up on festive treats. But are we
really taking care of our wellbeing when we load up our trolleys with seasonal fayre?
Why you should be using video technology for making lesson observations
Monday 20th November 2017
Integrating video technology into our classrooms
can make observations a far smoother experience and help support ‘reflective ’
development and collaborative working. John Dabell tell us more...
Wellbeing – time to act
Friday 15th November 2017
questions about how each college proposes to teach the wider curriculum in the
face of the ever-changing landscape, I always ask myself “how do you look after
teacher wellbeing in your college?”
4 ideas for further education-based
careers that aren’t lecturing
Thursday 9th November 2017
The further education sector has
changed so much in the last ten years you now have a myriad of ways to keep
using your hard-earned expertise in a new way.
If you are looking for a change of pace but don’t want to move away from
teaching all together, why not consider one of these moves?
Choosing to teach – career changers
taking the plunge
Tuesday 31st October 2017
Many professions have
members moving on to pursue other interests elsewhere, or joining from outside
in mid-life, and the teaching profession is no exception. Elizabeth Holmes caught up with just a few of the professionals who changed career to become
"Those who can't, teach": How to rebrand teaching and end the great teacher scandal
Friday 28th October 2017
of the most bizarre features of the education sector is the misalignment
between public perception of teaching and the reality of working in it. Katie Newell suggests 3
ways to rebrand teaching and end the great teacher slander scandal.
7 steps to being happier at work
Wednesday 18th October 2017
There is a
direct correlation between our happiness and work. Work can provide
opportunities for many of the things that help to make us happy such as:
connecting with others; learning and growing our skills; using our strengths;
achieving our goals and finding meaning.
happiest lecturer you know in seven simple steps…
Racism at work - coping & transforming
Tuesday 10th October 2017
debates in education about diversity and equality in representation on
conference panels, in particular, has raised questions concerning how well the
wider profession deals with racism at work.
Young adults in poverty
Monday 9th October 2017
According to the children’s charity, Barnardo’s, “Poverty is
the greatest threat to the wellbeing of children and families.” For students
living in poverty, every aspect of their development is affected, whether
social, emotional or educational.
Carter’s apprentices: teacher training for our
Friday 6th October 2017
week, Justine Greening revealed that her speech at the Conservative party
conference will include plans to unveil a teacher training degree-level
apprenticeship, but is this the answer to the UK's 20% teacher gap?
8 top tips for your next interview as a college
Tuesday 26th September 2017
If you have got as far as the
interview stage then you have already made a positive impression. The interview
means living up to your CV, supporting your claims and proving that you are a
safe pair of hands.
Prevent Duty in colleges – what do we need to know?
Tuesday 19th September 2017
Since 2015 staff in schools and colleges, have had a
legal duty to show “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into
terrorism”. The Prevent Strategy is part of the overall counter-terrorism strategy designed
to reduce the threat from terrorism through prevention.
The summer survey is in. What are the
biggest bugbears in the job hunting process for FE professionals today?
Wednesday 13th September 2017
We asked our registered candidates the top 4
changes that colleges, training providers and sixth form colleges can make to
compete for the attention of the best lecturing candidates.
Staff wellbeing – tips for looking after your human resources
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Value your staff and you can’t go far wrong. Read John Dabell's top 10 tips for looking after your most valuable assets.
in students - strategies to help
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Despite all the pressures facing students, how can we help
to alleviate the anxieties they feel so that psychological well-being becomes
results: Girls make the grades… but what do the results mean for course
staffing and funding?
Wednesday 30th August 2017
This year’s GCSE results revealed the outstanding effort of teachers and lecturers throughout the UK despite staff shortages and constant policy change. However, each year in further education the shocking disparity in per-head funding between schools and colleges is a hot topic. Could this year be different?
Educating out prejudice – being LGBT-friendly schools and colleges
Tuesday 8th August 2017
and disagreement over the role and purpose of education, few can deny that the
creation of an inclusive environment, where all feel equally valued and
respected for who they are, is a significant goal. Are we seeing things shifting for the better in education?
Will the DfE have the
sense to take the T-level delay as a chance to market the vocational
Tuesday 25th July 2017
As predicted, the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister has announced that the T-level courses have now been delayed to 2020 - but what does this mean for the UK skills gap?
Are you still a
Thursday 20th July 2017
Reflection is what helps us to develop our skills, to respond to the shifting demands of the job, and be better versions of our selves. How can you get the most out of this ever more vital habit without writing several pages of analysis?
In interview: what two things are you
really judged on within seconds of a meeting?
Tuesday 11th July 2017
What do you look
for in someone for when you first meet them? Are you really aware of the
attributes you’re subconsciously measuring?
Social Media and your career
Tuesday 27th June 2017
So what does your online profiles say about you? Here are five of things to consider and check.
The importance of self-motivation
Monday 26th June 2017
A college needs
self-motivated individuals like a pen needs ink. Their energy flows through,
motivating the students and creating a ‘can do’ attitude. But how do you stay self- motivated?
5 ways your college can cast the net
wider this year
Friday 23rd June 2017
change you need to make to take control of your recruitment for the new
academic year, is to approach it with a proactive strategy. So what behaviours can colleges adopt now?
And our survey said:
prioritise CPD please!
Wednesday 21st June 2017
A key driver
in improving staff retention in education is cultivating the mindset within
teammates that the career path is a long and rewarding one that deserves the
effort of change to improve it. Is CPD the answer?
Young voters out in force for the 2017
election. Are FE providers the key to political confidence?
Monday 12th June 2017
The 2017 snap
election resulted in an incredible 20% increase in 18- to 24-year-old voters
since the election two years ago.
Funding for 16-18 year olds in further education to be 10% lower than in secondary schools
Tuesday 6th June 2017
of which party wins the election, funding for further education will remain
around 10% lower than secondary schools, reports The Institute
for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
From trade to teaching
Thursday 1st June 2017
Stylist, mechanic, engineer…
could you teach your trade?
A new wave of skilled specialists are required
urgently to lead vocational and academic courses in the further education arena.
New HMRC Childcare Tax changes could help lecturer retention…a
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Getting childcare right
could significantly improve retention in FE - two thirds of Further
Education staff is female. Where FE excels, however, is in its part time
workforce: 60% of all college staff and more than 80% of local authority and
third sector FE providers' staff work part time.
Get into vocational lecturing
Wednesday 17th May 2017
you working in industry but ready to try something different? Or are you a
mechanic, stylist, engineer, architect, scientist, mathematician? Try FE. You’ll
be amazed at what’s inside you.
The five different types of head
Monday 8th May 2017
No one really likes to be pigeon-holed but according to research produced by the Centre for High Performance, there are five different “types” of head teacher - which one are you?
Eight ways to step up from lecturing to leadership
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Once you have been teaching for four or five years, you may feel that you have refined your trade sufficiently to take on more responsibility.
Tablet culture - what
is technology doing to our learners?
Thursday 27th April 2017
when we were young, there were recommended limits to our TV time. Quite apart
from making your eyes grow square, it detracted from exercise, the great
outdoors and reading. Those threats still stand, but what other risks have
arisen in the age of personal tablets and phones?
health - lessons in the balance
Thursday 18th April 2017
are several key challenges to student health that many are dealing with.
Self-harm, eating disorders and depression are all on the rise in teenagers,
young adults and adults.
The apprenticeship levy is live, but will others
now fall through the skills gap?
Monday 10th April 2017
week marks a revolutionary change in the way Further Education is funded. Last Thursday, the Apprenticeship levy came
Monday 3rd April 2017
The most important point to consider with regard to bullying is that all sides suffer; the victim at the hands of his or her bully, and the bully who evidently has reasons for resorting to such negative behaviour.
Lecturers: do you know you can negotiate your
Thursday 30th March 2017
Whether you are looking for a new role or
think you deserve more where you are, it’s up to you to challenge the employer
to compete for your talents.
4 tricks colleges could
learn from some of the world’s best employers
Friday 24th March 2017
there is one industry where happy staff = best results, it’s education. So what
attraction, recruitment and retention lessons can colleges take from the most
successful companies in the world?
The new 9-1 GCSE grades spell confusion for
colleges and sixth forms
Tuesday 21st March 2017
cynical speculators will wonder why an additional level of A** was not simply
added to allow for direct comparison year on year, it is a deliberate move by
Ofqual to recognise the higher achievement of the new cohort who take these
new, more challenging exams..
10 Continued Professional Development sources
for College teaching Staff
Friday 17th March 2017
The Spring Budget brings
good news for FE with the promise of an additional £500 million over the next
five years, representing an increase in teaching hours from 600 to 900 for
£500m boost for FE comes with challenges for colleges
Friday 10th March 2017
Community cohesion and British values
Thursday 9th March 2017
People are being asked to come together
for bake-offs, street parties, barbecues and picnics, to send out the clear
message that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.
SFA leaving colleges and employers to strike their own deals
Monday 6th March 2017
The Association of Colleges’
governance summit this week revealed a conflict between how college governors
and the AoC expect college-employer contracts to be established once the
Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect. .
Funding for 16-18 year olds is the 'big loser'
Tuesday 28th February 2017
The IFS study into education spending released yesterday shows that age 16-18 spending was about £6 billion in England last year. Of this, £3.7 billion went to FE and sixth-form colleges and £2.2 billion went to school sixth forms.
10 key things to include in a strong
Monday 27th February 2017
your qualifications and experience get you through the door, the personal
statement is an important opportunity for you to tell the decision maker who you are and exactly why you fit that role.
Is 14 too young to choose a life path?
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Is 14 too young to
choose a life path? This weekend, the Guardian
questioned whether making vocational choices at 14 was too early and could be a
reason for UTCs struggling to improve their GCSE results and attract students.
Developing skills and knowledge
Monday 20th February 2017
Continuing personal and professional development is, or at least should be, of
into CPD over the decades has given us ever greater insight into what makes a
difference to lecturing and learning.
next for Further Education recruitment in 2017?
Friday 17th February 2017
and Professional & Technical courses are the revolutionary tools fit for
the 21st century by which we will end the UK skills shortage and
empower our young people to fortify our economy for the forthcoming decades.
Ofsted: the need-to-know essentials
Monday 13th February 2017
While the notion of inspection
isn’t exactly welcomed by all, the process is at least more transparent, and
many Ofsted myths are successfully being busted by staff in the know.
5 ways to create a striking CPD portfolio
Tuesday 7th February 2017
changing and it’s time for your Career Professional Development portfolio (CPD)
to do the same and give back to you.
Professional conduct = professional growth
Wednesday 1st February 2017
At the heart of
the professional standards by which lecturers must abide lies the need for the
profession to conduct itself in the best way possible.
Are you ready? FE jobseeker activity set to increase this half term
Friday 27th January 2017
As February half term is expected to be another peak
time for jobseekers, FE institutions need to implement “proactive recruitment strategies to
capture the best talent now,” says Paul Howells, CEO and founder of FEjobs.
Top 10 tips: making a success of interviews
Tuesday 24th January 2017
them or hate them, we can all improve our chances of success at an
interview, no matter how experienced we
are, if we follow a few basic tips…
Is lack of transport in rural areas hindering FE learners?
Wednesday 18th January 2017
published says lack of public transport is harming
opportunities in further education with only half of rural users able to get to an FE institution by public transport or walking in a ‘reasonable travel time'.
Creating a great CV
Tuesday 17th January 2017
In the coming
year, the competition for skilled talent will continue to heat up, technology
advances will come to the forefront and talent acquisition decisions will be
data driven. Here are my top 5 predictions.
Top 5 recruitment predictions for 2017
Thursday 12th January 2017
Staying positive throughout the year
Thursday 5th January 2017
goes without saying that symptoms of negative stress, anxiety and depression
must be shared with an appropriate health care professional and that they are,
in no way, caused by being “negative”. But there are some strategies that we
can employ to help us on a daily basis to thrive just a little more than usual…
The similarities between Christmas and teaching
Thursday 15th December 2016
At FEjobs, we’ve
noticed that the teaching profession and Christmas have far more in common than
you might realise. Here are a few of our thoughts…
Overcoming imposter syndrome
Wednesday 7th December 2016
Feeling as though you’re about to be found out to
be a fraud is a surprisingly common phenomenon, not least in the world of
The Autumn Statement 2016
Thursday 24th November 2016
On Wednesday, Chancellor Philip
Hammond finally lifted the lid on the autumn statement. Unlike previous years
the statement only ran to 69 pages, however there were some interesting points
raised regarding the future of the further education landscape.
Feeling stressed? Recognise the symptoms
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
If we must move seamlessly from one
task to another, with no time to pause, how can we recognise the point at which
we say, ‘that’s enough, change must happen’? These 4 suggestions may help.
Wellbeing in the run up to Christmas
Friday 11th November 2016
Sadly, for many of us the slide into December on the back of an action-packed
term is often accompanied by coughs, sneezes and achingly sore throats. Recognise
any of that? Try these ideas for maintaining wellbeing in the run up to the
Time management masterclass
Thursday 3rd November 2016
Time management can be
explored from many angles and it is worth doing so periodically to discover
whether there are ways of freeing up more time for life outside work.
Cutbacks force colleges to offer pupils
Thursday 27th October 2016
As nine in 10 sixth form colleges are concerned about
financial health, the common practice of students pursuing four AS-levels is to be phased out,
to new research from the Sixth Form Colleges' Association (SFCA).
8 steps for getting the promotion you deserve
Monday 24th October 2016
In many ways, the path to promotion begins long before you are ready to think
about moving onwards and upwards in your job. These eight points may help!
EU student funding in the UK to remain despite Brexit vote
Wednesday 12th October 2016
European Union students applying for further education places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support, even if the UK leaves the EU.
Spotting the signs of mental health disorders
Monday 10th October 2016
For parents and lecturers mental health is a difficult subject to confront. So, what can we do to make sure young people don’t slip through the net? Recognising the signs to look out for is a great start.
Are you social media savvy?
Friday 30th September 2016
There’s much to be gained from being involved in social media, especially for teachers. But it’s not all plain sailing.
It pays to take a few precautions to ensure that any time spent on social media is productive rather than risky.
5 questions to ask when considering moving jobs
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Naturally this is a time when many start to reflect on whether to think about a job move, especially if you’re feeling ready for a new challenge. These questions might help.
Top 10 tips for the start of term
Monday 12th September 2016
New to the profession and want to kick off the academic year in style without crashing into Christmas? Try these top ten ideas for a great term ahead!
With GCSE results in, is now the time to hire an apprentice?
Monday 31st August 2016
Popularity of apprenticeships has grown over the past two years but with less than a quarter of SME’s employing an apprentice, what is putting businesses off?
Record university offers for UK students
Thursday 18th August 2016
Record places available at UK universities following A-Level results day.
FE funding speculation following Brexit
Monday 15th August 2016
Government announces guarantee to protect European Social Fund after Brexit; but is there a catch?
CBI chief urges levy launch to be delayed unless radical rethink
Friday 28th April 2016
Today, the UK’s biggest business lobby called on the government to “radically rethink” the apprenticeship levy that is due to be introduced in April next year.
Government launches area review grants for colleges
Friday 15th April 2016
Earlier last month, it was revealed that the government would be providing cash to help colleges implement area review recommendations.
Save our colleges
Friday 18th March 2016
On Tuesday, thousands of teachers in sixth form colleges staged a one day strike over funding cuts. National Union of Teachers (NUT) members held a rally in central London where they marched to the Department for Education.
Education excellence everywhere
This week, George Osborne delivered his eighth Budget as chancellor.
Head of Ofsted - ‘16 to 19 year olds should be taught in schools’
Friday, 4 March 2016
Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw has called for 16 to 19 year olds to be educated in schools, during a parliamentary session this week.
Survey reveals ‘growing challenge’ of skills shortages
Friday, 5 February 2016
The Employer Skills Survey (ESS) for 2015, published by the UK Commission on Employment and Skills (UKCES) last week, found that 23% of vacancies went unfilled because of skills shortages.
Will college academy conversion fragment FE sector?
Friday, 11 December 2015
Last month, Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement and the long-awaited outcome of the spending review.
Spending review - a sigh of relief
27 November 2015
Whilst the industry takes time to absorb and understand the finer details of the autumn spending statement
Career Colleges increase options for 14 year-olds
September 6th 2014
This month three new Career Colleges are pioneering an initiative in vocational education, preparing teenagers for jobs in in hospitality, digital arts or catering.
Further Education fails to welcome 14 year-olds
Further Education colleges have been able to enrol 14 year-olds since last September, but a small minority are doing so because of high costs and safety worries.
Nick Boles backs tech bacc
August 2nd 2014
The new Skills Minister hopes one in four students will study the tech bacc, even though only five colleges are offering it.
Education Select Committee to examine vocational education
MPs have called for written evidence and a new inquiry into apprenticeships and traineeships. This will be their first inquiry into the subject for seven years.
Sixth form colleges in funding crisis
July 5th 2014
Although students in sixth-form colleges achieve better exam results than their peers in academies and maintained schools, funding inequalities are affecting the education they receive.
Education recruitment looks optimistic
Although the number of people working in the public sector will continue to fall, employers in education are positive about future recruitment needs.
More apprentices in future
June 7th 2014
The total number of apprenticeships is to rise to two million, but the announcement was criticised for causing confusion.
Greater focus needed on vocational education
Researchers have warned that Britain’s economy will be unable to compete globally unless more young people turn to vocational education.
Funding gap preventing state pupils achieving top universities
May 3rd 2014
The AoC is has called for a more open discussion about the difference in funding between state and private sixth form education.
Survey lifts lid on sector
The vast majority of respondents in a survey of staff in the FE sector said they were concerned about levels of institutional funding and bureaucracy.
New tech levels launched
April 6th 2014
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock has announced 77 new tech level qualifications - but a cut to the number of qualifications recognised for funding.
Capital’s sixth-form colleges close ranks against free school
Every one of London’s sixth-form principals has signed a letter urging Michael Gove to rethink plans to spend £45 million on a new free school.
Careers week embraces online guidance
6th March 2014
FE colleges, secondary schools and universities celebrated the third National Careers Week, fostering better careers advice and inspiring employers to connect with young people.
Apprentices get their own pressure group
The National Union of Students has launched a new society to champion the rights of apprentices and communicate their views to government.
Nuclear college to tackle skills gap
January 30th 2014
The government has announced plans to open a new elite college to provide high level training for the nuclear power sector.
Ministers give green light to new UTCs
Six new University Technical Colleges have been given the go ahead, bringing the total to 50.
Prince promotes apprenticeships
January 4th 2014
Prince Andrew has been promoting vocational education since he gave up his role as the UK’s trade ambassador, the Daily Mail reports. He did not go to university and chose an apprenticeship as a Navy pilot instead.
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