FE News Category

Government Spending Review must be careful with the cuts

http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/government-spending-review-must-be-careful-with-the-cuts Government Spending Review must be careful with the cuts Government departments are currently undertaking a Spending Review looking for savings and reshaping of services which would help the Treasury to save £20 billion. On 25 November, the Government will announce the results. There is a target to cut the post-16 education budget by between […]

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Time to grasp the nettle

http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/time-to-grasp-the-nettle Thursday, 25 June 2015 08:31 In the days of the Learning and Skills Council we viewed the changes introduced at that time as quite draconian and wondered how we would cope. Oh, to go back to those days, when the skills agenda was a high priority of Government and the focus was on delivering […]

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Righting FE’s wrongs

http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/righting-fes-wrongs Righting FE’s wrongs Friday, 19 June 2015 09:49 This week 800 years ago the barons rose in rebellion against the autocratic rule of King John, who at sword point agreed to Magna Carta. The anniversary was marked publicly by both the Queen and the Prime Minister, and you could be forgiven for missing the […]

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Fresh thinking for a better education future

http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/fresh-thinking-for-a-better-education-future Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:02 As a new UK Government takes its place, charged with leading the country for the next five years, it is a natural point to stop and take stock of where as a country we need to prioritise our thinking and resources.  Education comes very near the top of any […]

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Now the dust has settled

http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/now-the-dust-has-settled Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:05 So that was the election result no one saw coming. Certainly not the pollsters. We have a new political animal that has entered the menagerie – the ‘shy Tory’. Says they’ll vote Labour, UKIP, Lib Dem or Green and actually votes Tory. But only found in the English shires. […]

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Rollercoaster ahead – canny management required

http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/rollercoaster-ahead-canny-management-required    Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:30 Well here we go, this time without a Coalition Government, and what will this new Conservative era bring to the world of education? It is quite hard to predict what the real impact will be, other than further cuts to our already inelastic budgets. The budget and spending review […]

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FE responds to election results

http://www.fenews.co.uk/fe-news/fe-responds-to-election-results    The Conservatives have been voted into power in an election result that saw the leaders of Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP stand down from their positions. Below is a selection of thoughts on the election results from leaders in the Further Education sector: Martin Doel, chief executive of theAssociation of Colleges (AoC), said: […]

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Private sector vs the public sector – do they really differ?

http://www.fenews.co.uk/fe-news/private-sector-vs-the-public-sector-do-they-really-differ    Private sector vs the public sector – do they really differ? Friday, 08 May 2015 09:27 In the UK there has always been the unshakable perception that the public and private sectors are very distinct from each other, that each requires a different mindset and approach, and cannot be compared. In this article I would like […]

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Standardising practice

http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/standardising-practice     Standardising practice Thursday, 07 May 2015 10:34 This month, I thought I would write a piece on standardising practice to help anyone new to this aspect of their teaching, training, assessment or quality assurance role. What is standardisation? Standardising practice ensures all teachers, trainers, assessors and quality assurers interpret and follow the requirements […]

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Attempts to professionalise the Further, Adult, Community Education and Skills (FACES) sector have too often adopted a deficit analysis, with an assumption that tutors are not professional, and with a lack of a fully participatory, democratic, ethos.

http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/tutor-voices-in-fe    Attempts to professionalise the Further, Adult, Community Education and Skills (FACES) sector have too often adopted a deficit analysis, with an assumption that tutors are not professional, and with a lack of a fully participatory, democratic, ethos. In a forthcoming chapter to mark the centenary of Dewey’s Democracy and Education (1916), Frank Coffield argues that teacher […]

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