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1 in 10 of UK’s 16-24 year olds NEET

Tuesday 17th July 2018

The Opportunity Knocks? 700,000 (1 in 10) 16-24 year olds in England, are not in education, employment or training, NEW L&WI Youth Commission reports.

Pupils learn metal spoon technique to alert authorities to ‘honour’-based abuse

Tuesday 17th July 2018

The Students at an academy in Leeds who fear they will be taken abroad for forced marriage have been told to hide spoons in their underwear to trigger airport metal detectors and alert authorities of their situation.

£15m fund launched to improve FE sector

Wednesday 4th July 2018

A £15m fund aimed at improving the quality of education in the FE sector was launched last week by Skills Minister Anne Milton, but what's it all about?

NEU launches project to help FE staff achieve sustainable workloads

Wednesday 27th June 2018

The National Education Union (NEU) is launching an #efFEctiveeducation project to campaign for better funding for the FE sector and help staff achieve sustainable workloads, the union’s website reports. candidates.

Universities and business schools race to offer bitcoin and blockchain lessons

Thursday 21st June 2018

Universities and business schools are racing to offer courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, due to the so-called ‘crypto boom’ requiring greater understanding of the technologies. candidates.

Employers fear post-Brexit skills gap – but apprenticeships could hold the solution

Tuesday 19th June 2018

With Brexit uncertainty continuing to impact the UK’s economy, new research from the City & Guilds Group and Emsi, shows that nine in 10 employers are already finding it hard to recruit highly-skilled candidates.

Lords set out FE recommendations in new report

Thursday 14th June 2018

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has called for a drastic overhaul of the structures and funding of higher and further education (HE and FE) systems in its report published earlier this week.

DfE takes action to force schools to adhere to ‘Baker Clause’

Tuesday 12th June 2018

The DfE his acting against schools failing their legal obligation to give training organisations the opportunity to speak to students about technical qualifications and apprenticeship.

Differentiation: the placemat and jigsaw methods

Thursday 31st May 2018

A common misconception about differentiation is that it is time consuming and that it needs a lot of preparation. Engy Olama suggests tools and strategies that can help.

How one college encourages wellbeing

Thursday 31st May 2018

Feeling tired and burnt out? Taking control to redress the balance in your life is not as easy as it should, but here’s how a teacher can start.

Copycats: how to handle plagiarism

Thursday 17th May 2018

College leaders might wax lyrical about it and see it as a priority but are they walking the talk and delivering the goods? Is your college really sustainability literate?

Sustainability in Further Education

Tuesday 15th May 2018

College leaders might wax lyrical about it and see it as a priority but are they walking the talk and delivering the goods? Is your college really sustainability literate?

Top tips for low-stress teaching

Tuesday 8th May 2018

If you’re looking to streamline your habits to reduce stress, consider working these ideas into your planning and practice.

The FE office for students!

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Here’s an idea. Let’s set up a dedicated office for students for the further education sector that puts their ‘best interests’ right at the core. We’ll call it ‘The Office for Students’. John Dabell tells us more...

FE teacher training quality high but falling numbers proves a challenge

Monday 23rd April 2018

We’re all well aware the UK is suffering a teacher shortage, and this has been the case for some time now. But this issue is now affecting all levels of educational organisations, including colleges through to universities.

Wasted on the young? The age debate: £10,000 for everyone

Monday 23rd April 2018

The age debate: £10,000 for everyone – but is it really Lifelong Learning for all? Robert S Silver, a writer of film scripts, a journalist and a teacher who lives and works in London, gives his opinion on this new initiative.

Why FE need to put sexist abuse on the agenda

Monday 3rd April 2018

When 59% of girls and young women aged 13-21 face some form of sexual harassment at school or college… is it up to every lecturer/teacher to change their curriculum.

7 skills you need to become a lecturer

Monday 3rd April 2018

Whatever you’ve heard about being a lecturer, there is no recipe or formula – lecturers come in all shapes, shades and textures and one size does not fit all. Although there are many skills and qualities that lecturers develop in and ‘on the job’, there are plenty that can be considered and nurtured before taking the floor.

Do we ban mobile phones?

Monday 26th March 2018

Should educators be responsible for teaching students about the dangers of multitasking and the benefits of having ‘technology breaks’? or is an outright ban more realistic?

Violence against teachers – is enough, enough?

Monday 19th March 2018

Violence in the workplace can destroy confidence and end teaching careers. Here are 7 strategies which could just help you stay safe and cope when it occurs.

Why you need to ditch PowerPoint…or do you?

Monday 12th March 2018

Being subjected to ‘death by PowerPoint’ is no fun for anyone and these so-called ‘presentations’ ooze tedium and have all the personality of a plastic fork with broken prongs. John Dabell reveals what you can do instead.

What does and doesn’t work in colleges for CPD?

Friday 9th March 2018

Motivation is the key to successful learning – and that applies to us, as professional educators, just as much as it does to our students. Bob Parsons poses 5 quick questions to ensure you’re spending CPD time wisely.

Report claims every adult should receive £10,000 for education and training

Thursday 1st March 2018

The proposed ‘national learning entitlement’ would ensure that every individual would have access to free, lifelong learning.

12 Top Tips for New Lecturers

Thursday 1st March 2018

Advice is never shortcoming for anyone starting a new position and it is easy for those 'in the know' to offer their golden nuggets of insight. Take a look at our 12 top tips and cherry pick what you consider to be the most relevant for you.

DfE report highlights key challenges affecting further education

Wednesday 14th February 2018

“Lack of CPD is a key issue for further education” new report highlights the impact of juggling academic responsibilities on the teaching and learning.

Stepping up from Leadership to Headship

Thursday 8th January 2018

You might be wondering whether becoming a Principal is really for you. Some places definitely won’t be, so avoid forcing a jigsaw piece into a position that doesn’t go… here’s 5 ways to find a place that ‘speaks’ to you.

Got the itch? Signs you are ready to make a career move

Tuesday 30th January 2018

If you’ve got an itch, what do you do? Our first natural response is to scratch the spot of the itch. But what happens if this site is your job?

50 things effective lecturers of maths do

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

The following article is a collection of observations that provide us with clues as to what effective teachers of maths do. When you’re next lesson planning, why not ask yourself which of these you’re doing? And give yourself a pat on the back!

Behaviour – finding solutions that work

Tuesday 16th January 2018

While many experienced lecturers would agree that you learn most about behaviour management by actually doing the job, training and reflection are just as vital.

The hard sell: stellar CVs for heads

Friday 12th January 2018

How do you create a head-turning, confident and credible CV that will make governors and shortlisting panels sit up, take notice and face your direction?

Stress at college – coping and transforming

Thursday 4th January 2018

Surely a healthy, balanced and rewarding life is what all developed societies would want for the people who help shape our young? Here are 5 resolutions to help you cope with stress and transform this year.

Transformational leadership

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Do you lead by example? It’s all about how you accept errors and encourage teamwork. Here’s how…

Top tips for colleges recruiting in 2018

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Here, Paul Howells, CEO of FEjobs, the UK’s leading further education recruitment solutions provider, gives his top tips for colleges recruiting in 2018.

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

Once 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 teachers.

"Those who can't, teach": How to rebrand teaching and end the great teacher scandal

Friday 28th October 2017

One 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. Become the happiest lecturer you know in seven simple steps…

Racism at work - coping & transforming

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Recent 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 time

Friday 6th October 2017

This 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 leader

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.

The 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.

Anxiety 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 the norm?

GCSE 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

Despite confusion 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 qualifications?

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 reflective practitioner?

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

The single 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

Regardless 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 little

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

Are 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

Even 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?

Student health - lessons in the balance

Thursday 18th April 2017

There 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

This week marks a revolutionary change in the way Further Education is funded. Last Thursday, the Apprenticeship levy came into force.

Understanding bullying

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 remuneration package?

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

If 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

Whilst 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 trade students.

£500m boost for FE comes with challenges for colleges

Friday 10th 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 trade students.

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 personal statement

Monday 27th February 2017

Whilst 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 paramount importance. Research into CPD over the decades has given us ever greater insight into what makes a difference to lecturing and learning.

What’s next for Further Education recruitment in 2017?

Friday 17th February 2017

Apprenticeships 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

Times are 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

Love 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

Research 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

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.

Staying positive throughout the year

Thursday 5th January 2017

It 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 education.

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 Christmas break.

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 only three AS-levels

Thursday 27th October 2016

As nine in 10 sixth form colleges are concerned about their financial health, the common practice of students pursuing four AS-levels is to be phased out, according 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

Friday 18th March 2016

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

September 6th 2014

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

August 2nd 2014

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

July 5th 2014

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

June 7th 2014

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

May 3rd 2014

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

April 6th 2014

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

6th March 2014

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

January 30th 2014

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.