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  • Success Hinges on the Gateway
    The Federation of Awarding Bodies opens its two day conference in Leicester today (19 Oct) to 370 delegates, with End Point Assessments undoubtedly taking centre stage in the keynote speeches, fringes and seminars. Here, Sallyann Baldry talks through her research for the Federation. A research report to be published at the end of the month […]
  • Apprenticeship starts are down…… Don’t Panic Captain Milton!
    The social media feeds are ‘tweeting’ away again! This time there is much debate regarding the latest apprenticeship start numbers, and what they might mean for policy in the short-term. The latest figures tell us that starts are 61% down year on year, with a significant decline in lower level apprenticeships, and a very large […]
  • Imagine you’re going on a road trip from Manchester to Tokyo
    Google Maps fails to plot the driving route from the new TQUK office in Sale, Manchester to the Shibuya area of Tokyo – simply pointing out ‘Sorry, we could not calculate driving directions’. The prospect of driving from Manchester to Tokyo to most would be absurd, but with the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative quickly […]
  • Party conferences diary – social mobility or social justice, we want it
    As a south London boy but not quite with the ‘grime’ accent to match, I had to mind my h’s during the party conference season. At Labour, it was okay to refer to social equality or mobility but some eyebrows were raised if I referred to equality at the Conservatives. Social justice put me on […]
  • Two steps forward and one step back: or the calm before the storm?
    Reacting to the reduction in Apprenticeship starts between May-July 2017 This week the government has published its regular quarterly Apprenticeship data. For the past 5 years these quarterly reports have shown a remarkably consistent picture, with very little year on year fluctuation in the number of new Apprenticeships started in England. However the latest set […]
  • How LMI can help your college design the “meaningful and relevant” curriculum demanded by Ofsted
    In his comments to the recent AoC Autumn Curriculum Conference, Ofsted’s Deputy Director, Paul Joyce made a number of interesting observations about the current state of curriculum planning in the Further Education sector. After calling for colleges to design a curriculum that is “meaningful and relevant”, he went on to sound out some of the […]
  • Sector Response to 61% decrease in Apprenticeship starts since Levy introduction
    The DfE has released their Statistical First Release on the number of Apprenticeship starts from 1st May to 31st July 2017 (which is the first quarter after the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy). Here is a link to the SFR Apprenticeship Starts report.  On page 7 of the report the DfE state: Between February and […]
  • Apprenticeship route to QTS
    QTS-spotting The recent announcement by Justine Greening about creating an apprenticeship route to QTS has opened up a fascinating and important debate about teaching qualifications and professional formation. While some have welcomed a new route – especially one that might provide a proper ladder of progression from Teaching Assistant to teacher – others have voiced […]
  • Last few weeks to submit workforce data
    The deadline is fast approaching to submit your 2016/17 workforce data to the national Further Education (FE) workforce data service, SIR Data Insights. The service is run by the Education and Training Foundation on behalf of the government and collects data at individual staff contract level from all FE learning providers. These include independent training […]
    Are we still too embedded to the academic model of Further Education? Is the core provision st­­ill too focused on curricula, levels, and qualifications? Is FE as it stands, sleepwalking itself out of existence? Don’t get me wrong: I’m as big a fan as anyone of learning, improvement, and personal development. But not as we […]

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