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Research report 2017: The impact of payment of Governors in Northern Ireland colleges on board effectiveness with implications for England

Colin Forrest Programme Assessor, VET, Leadership and Governance Context Governor remuneration has been an issue in further education in England for some time.  It is a topic that attracts a wide range of strongly held views that draw on practice in other public sectors, the nature of ‘commitment’ for board members as volunteers, being the […]

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Inclusive Skills Competitions – Showcasing skills to employers

Louise Keevil Inclusive Skills Manager, Natspec At the recent Skills Show, we took another step towards removing barriers for disabled students. with the Inclusive Skills competitions. Natspec, with the support of WorldSkills UK and in partnership with the AoC, has been leading the Inclusive Skills initiative to ensure opportunities to take part in skills competitions are […]

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Coding education will unlock future opportunities for today’s learners

Joachim Horn, Founder and CEO of SAM Labs SAM Labs is an edtech company that combines hardware and software to bring coding in the classroom to life. It’s no understatement to say that coding will become even more important for the future economy here in the UK and abroad. While older generations might panic at […]

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African mammals and evaluation challenges

Sarah Brown Managing Consultant, SQW There are a herd of wildebeest on a grassy plain. Which is easiest to do? Count the number of giraffes among them, or the zebras, or the number of topi antelope? Giraffes tower over wildebeest so they stand out. Zebras are distinctively black and white against the wildebeest’s brown coat […]

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Shaping success – the role of the ETF in maths and English

Sue Southwood, Head of Maths and English, at the Education and Training Foundation @SueSouthwood There has been a quiet revolution going on in the further education sector over the last four years. Substantial numbers of learners now required to re-sit GCSE maths and English, brand new GCSE specifications with a new grading system and an ongoing review […]

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SEND at the board – culture, strategy and progress

Joel Featherman, CEO of PublicCo, a consultancy co-owned by the Learning & Work Institute Joel is an experienced consultant in the employment and skills sector and has significant experience of developing robust, evidence-based commercial and operating models. Joel’s experience includes the leading the start-up of The Careers & Enterprise Company and the design and development of […]

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I want to become an end-point assessor – where do I start?

Apprenticeship end-point assessment is new. New assessment plans continue to be published and new end-point assessment organisations are being approved – the missing piece of the jigsaw however, are end-point assessors themselves. Recent research conducted with industry and assessment experts, through the Future Apprenticeships programme, estimated that between 23,000 and 42,000 assessors will ultimately be […]

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Why governance professionals should give something back

Alister Bould, Delivery and Recruitment Manager (Inspiring FE Governance) at Education and Employers A further education governance role is an opportunity for personal development and making a difference to the community. There is a significant moment in many people’s careers that goes unremarked even though it is worth celebrating. It is the moment when you […]

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DiVA Apprenticeships: The training was instrumental to our success in becoming an Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO)

Tim Chewter Head of Research & Communications, Strategic Development Network (SDN) DiVA Apprenticeships recently became an approved Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO).  We caught up with their Director, Arit Eminue, to find out how the recent Future Apprenticeship workshop helped DiVA to get to where they are today. DiVA is a recruitment and training organisation specialising […]

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Refreshing the sector needs analysis

Jo Hutchinson SQW SQW are leading the evaluation of the ETF SEND workforce development programme during 2017/18. The first step is assessing the workforce development needs of the Further Education (FE) and skills sector for improving outcomes for learners with SEND. There are many challenges facing providers and their workforce in addition to the SEND […]

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Teaching is at the heart of the skills plan

Paul Kessell-Holland Head of Partnerships, Education and Training Foundation In order to deliver the skilled workers our economy needs, education and industry need to forge closer links, says Paul Kessell-Holland. The rapid pace of change in technical education shows no signs of slowing. There has been an endless succession of commissions, reports, recommendations and plans, […]

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Apprenticeship reforms: seizing the opportunity

Alison Morris Head of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Education and Training Foundation The reforms of the apprenticeship system are well underway and there are over 2,200 providers on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers who are ready, keen and eager to deliver. Many of these providers are experienced and already delivering. However, there […]

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Advanced Teacher Status: The next step for the teaching profession

David Russell Chief Executive, Education and Training Foundation Charles Dickens would know how to sum up the state of FE today. When I look across the FE landscape it does indeed seem to be “the best of times; the worst of times”. The best of times because the political consensus has never been stronger that […]

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Prevent duty – as important as ever

Selina Stewart Prevent Lead Associate, Education and Training Foundation Sadly the Prevent duty’s relevance has become even more obvious since the horrific events recently in Manchester and London. Over the last year we have seen terrorism driven by right wing extremism as well as by a corruption of the Islamic faith. Whichever ideology is being […]

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How small changes can make a big difference in student attendance

Bibi Groot and Susannah Hume, Behavioural Insights Team Small changes can have big effects. For example, short and personalised text messages sent to learners can help improve pass rates by 12 per cent. Or, an online writing assignment helped increase attendance rates by nearly 10 per cent. We discuss these and more results of our […]

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