Month: July 2014

A sample tool from the Policy Consortium for quality assuring and improving initial assessment

Here’s the third in our occasional series of ‘other materials’ from the Consortium and its members, which are all free to use — and which could be of interest, and practical use, to staff within provider organisations across the FE and Skills sector.

Posted in Quality Improvement and assurance, Teaching and Learning

A good time for a bad decision

Mick Fletcher responds to the first funding announcement from the new Skills Minister, Nick Boles. This piece appeared originally in the ‘FE Experts’ section of ‘FE Week’ on 22nd July 2014. It was perhaps inevitable that the decision of the

Posted in Alison Wolf, FE colleges, Funding, Policy, Uncategorized

Has Labour lost the plot — or, just a speech?

As Parliament went into recess, the Policy Consortium’s Ian Nash cheekily rummaged through the wastepaper bins of the Commons Library and other places to find the ‘lost’ speech that Opposition Leader Ed Miliband should have delivered at last week’s Sutton

Posted in Academic–vocational divide, Apprenticeships, Employers, FE colleges, Funding, HE in FE, Policy, Vocational Education, Vocational Education and Training

Citizens at the Centre

Mick Fletcher writes about the necessity of a new strategic vision for policy which places the individual at the centre of genuine choice in learning. This is a slightly-adapted version of an article that first appeared in the Summer 2014 edition

Posted in Adult learning, FE Loans, Funding, Policy

FE Loans: what’s the ‘interest rate’, now?

Mike Cooper writes about the current state of play regarding the Advanced Learner Loans, and some of the key issues underlying the topic. This piece is an adapted version of an article that appeared in ‘FE Week’ on 21si April 2014. When

Posted in Adult learning, FE Loans, Funding, Policy

Research, evidence and the new professional standards

Andrew Morris discusses ways ahead for the sector in using evidence to improve professional practice. (Please note that this is a revised and extended version of an ‘FE Expert’ column originally published in ‘FE Week’ on 30th May 2014.) Whether

Posted in Evidence-based practice, Improvement, Professionalism, Research, Staff development, Teaching and Learning Tagged with: