Category: BIS

The real lessons of the HND scandal

Mick Fletcher of the Policy Consortium investigates the underlying messages behind one of the more unexpected proposals within the current BIS consultation about extending the scope of FE Loans. In the rush to get away at the end of term, FE people may have

Posted in BIS, Consultation Response, FE Loans, Funding, HE in FE, Policy, Quality Improvement and assurance, Uncategorized

Missing the boat on FE loans?

In an article first published in a slightly different form in Edition 100 of FE Week on 24 April 2014, Mike Cooper of the Policy Consortium considers the situation around 24+ Advanced Learning Loans as they approach their second year of

Posted in BIS, FE Loans, SFA, Skills Funding Agency Tagged with: , , ,

First major inquiry into adult learning for over a decade

Ian Nash, member of the Policy Consortium, unpicks the subtleties behind the headlines on the BIS inquiry into adult learning … The first parliamentary inquiry for 13 years looking exclusively into the state of adult literacy and numeracy was announced

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Has the government secretly given up on 16–19 apprenticeships?

Mick Fletcher of the Policy Consortium reads between the lines. It is always important when reading government papers to look for the sub text as well as at the surface but in the case of the recently concluded consultation on

Posted in Apprenticeships, BIS, Employers Tagged with: ,

Economic logic and luck money: flaws in the Apprenticeship Funding Consultation proposals

The Apprenticeship Funding Consultation, launched by the government at the end of July, is full of good intentions. It aims to increase the number and quality of apprenticeships and at the same time get better value for money from public

Posted in Apprenticeships, BIS, Employers, Vocational Education

Mick Fletcher questions the wisdom of tackling college governance in isolation

The recently published report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on college governance [350KB PDF] is in many ways a model of how to develop policy.  Unlike many announcements, which appear out of the blue and seem only to

Posted in BIS, Further Education, governance, Policy

Our response to BIS consultation on Chartered Status for Further Education Institutions

The Policy Consortium has submiited a formal response to the consultation issued by BIS on Chartered Status for the Further Education Sector: Proposals to Create a Chartered Status Scheme for Further Education Institutions: The Policy Consortium strongly endorses the BIS goals

Posted in BIS, Chartered Status, Consultation Response, FE Guild