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  • Increased funding pressure for FE organisations – but how much more can they take? #LoveOurColleges
    Following the latest education funding statistics from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, it appears that further education and sixth-form funding has been fallen by 8 per cent in real terms since the peak in 2010-11. In addition, funding for adult education has reduced by 45 per cent since 2009-10 – highlighting severe pressure across areas […]
  • How can you support your college students with musculoskeletal disorders?
    From affected joints to aching bones, musculoskeletal disorders can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life. Unfortunately, many of the adult population are affected by these sorts of conditions and this can massively impact their quality of life. College providers must therefore consider how their own students are affected by these sorts […]
  • Pitfalls to avoid when marketing for the education sector
    Marketing is a vital, but difficult, process for any sector. While it may be more heavily attributed to sales-based sectors, marketing has become increasingly important in the education sector over the last decade. As young people look to the future of their education, they have so many options to choose from. How do you make […]
  • Love nurses, love fire fighters, but #LoveOurColleges too!
    The government’s announcement that austerity is over will undoubtedly encourage a clamour of voices from all areas of public service asking for more cash in next month’s Autumn Statement. This week is Love our Colleges week (as organised by the Association of Colleges), when those of us working in FE try to encourage public and […]
  • 3aaa: Another wake up call for the ESFA and Ofsted?
    There is a well-known proverb, which I am sure you know: “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” The Department for Education were arguably made to look like fools when Learndirect first started to unravel. Barely a year later and the latest scandal to shake the apprenticeship sector is the […]
  • How a no-deal Brexit will shape education in the UK
    The UK government’s White Paper released last month finally allowed educators and universities to breathe a sigh of relief: the UK-EU relationship of the future includes some relaxed visa rules for students under a revised Youth Mobility Scheme. The benefits of studying abroad for UK students has been reciprocated by EU students as data has […]
  • AI is a door to productivity gains, but data literacy holds the keys
    Productivity is a very British problem. According to the latest figures from the OECD, us Brits are among the hardest workers in Europe, averaging three hours per week more than average across the EU. When it comes to overall productivity, the amount of meaningful output we achieve during that time, we are 26 percent less […]
  • Media Is More Important Than Education For People Of Colour #BlackHistoryMonth
    Why I’m glad TV is teaching my children… Growing up as a young girl on the fringes of Salford and Manchester, there were very few black people in my local area. There were many Asians but actually, apart from me and my siblings, there were no black people in my school. Name calling and fighting […]
  • UTCs GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE THE SKILLS TO DO THE JOB: OVERCOMING THE ACADEMIC-VOCATIONAL DIVIDE
    “If we are to overcome the divisions in society, all need to feel valued. We should stop talking about social mobility as a way of 'rescuing' people from working-class backgrounds and place more emphasis on valuing the full range of worthwhile occupations.” - Barnaby Lenon ‘Other People’s Children’ (2018.) THE ACADEMIC-Vocational divide has bedevilled the […]
  • The English schools’ computing curricula is outdated, let's bring it up to scratch
    In England and the UK, the ICT and computing curriculums have long been falling behind the rest of the world. Despite the major shake-up to the curricula in 2014, the speed of innovation in the computing and technology sector make it hard for any education system to keep up, and the fact remains that children […]
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