The Blog

How competition can remove barriers for disabled students

Clare Howard, Chief Executive, Natspec The recent blog by Kathryn James discussed how the Paralympics has contributed to changing perceptions of disability. Paralympians, she wrote, are now seen as athletes like any other, and FE can begin to experience the same shift in attitudes relating to learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) who should be […]

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The lessons we can learn from the Paralympics

  Kathryn James, Project Lead for SEND Over the last four years there has been much made of the success of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 and even more so in 2016. Much of this is due to the funding from the Lottery that created an infrastructure that enabled Team GB athletes to receive […]

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Making the Send Reforms Work

Sarah Brown and Michael Frearson from SQW discuss the needs of the FE and skills sector as providers implement the SEND reforms, and consider how the SEND Workforce Development Project can support this process. Ensuring all learners with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) – including those without an EHC (Education, Health and Care) plan […]

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CEO blog: Department Wars : Episode (one thousand and) Four – a New Hope

David Russell, CEO, Education and Training Foundation @DavidRussellETF The Government has abolished BIS (the department which led on FE and skills).  All of FE and HE policy has been moved into DfE.  This now mirrors the position from 2001 to 2007, when the Department was called DfES (Department for Education and Skills).  So what ?  […]

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Why learners value Functional Skills

Alex Stevenson, Head of English, Maths and ESOL at Learning and Work Institute, an independent research and development organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. What do learners really think about Functional Skills? For me, the best part of any research or consultation project is the bit when we get to go out […]

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Your role in making Functional Skills right for the 21st Century

Sue Southwood, Programme Manager, at the Education and Training Foundation @SueSouthwood Although it’s only been open for a few days, it’s encouraging that hundreds of trainers, teachers, leaders and managers have already completed our provider survey on the changes to Functional Skills. This survey is the second part of the Functional Skills Reform Programme that we’re running […]

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Setting the Stage for Self-Management

Richard Wilson, Director, Osca. @richwi1son One of the current big ideas of how to transform the public sector is ‘self-management’. The approach, centred around giving staff autonomy, appears to create big cost savings, service improvements and a much happier work force when applied successfully. Sounds too good to be true? Well it might be, it has […]

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Foundation online learning gets a new look

Europe Singh, Interim Adviser, works on the Digital Estate at the Education and Training Foundation. Foundation online learning www.foundationonline.org.uk (FOL) is the Education and Training Foundation’s moodle-based learning environment.  Since we relaunched the environment under ETF’s banner in March 2014 the use of the variety of staff development programmes has been steadily growing. The number of […]

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ELMAG: more than a website or portal

Maureen Boston, Programme Manager at the Education and Training Foundation ELMAG is so much more than a website or portal. It is a virtual place where leaders, managers, governors and clerks can come together and enhance their professional development. Utilising the wide variety of resource CPD available, connections with others in the sector and ability […]

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Reforming maths and English Functional Skills

Sue Southwood, Programme Manager, at the Education and Training Foundation @SueSouthwood Learners without ‘good passes’ in GCSE maths and English are shut out of many opportunities. They need a different way to improve their skills and gain a qualification that has credibility with employers. The Maths and English Functional Skills Reform Programme offers a unique opportunity to […]

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