Category: Policy

New book celebrates Alan Tuckett’s writing on lifelong learning

Ian Nash, who recently edited a book about Alan Tuckett’s columns in the Times Education Supplement, sees age-old arguments about the need for a lifelong learning entitlement resurfacing. It says so much about the Coalition Government’s education policies when a

Posted in Adult learning, Policy, voluntary sector

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

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

Elite Colleges and the English class system

Mick Fletcher’s latest blog was originally published in ‘FE Week’ on 20 June 2014. He suggests that the BIS plan for National Colleges once again raises the ugly spectre of class prejudice. The idea that the problems of English FE

Posted in Academic–vocational divide, Policy, University Technical College, VET, Vocational Education, Vocational Education and Training

Apprenticeship funding: too generous, but off-putting to small firms

In an article originally published (in a slightly different and shorter form) by ‘FE Week’ on 6 June 2014, Policy Consortium member Mick Fletcher considers the introduction of a mandatory 33% contribution by employers to the funding of Apprenticeships. The new BIS guidance

Posted in Apprenticeships, Funding, Policy, VET, Vocational Education, Vocational Education and Training Tagged with: , ,

Will neuroscience help education sort the truth from the quackery?

Little or no sound evidence exists to support claims that brain training, and other brain-based programmes that are now used widely in schools and colleges will accelerate learning and improve performance. Even the much-vaunted Brain Gym has precious little peer-reviewed

Posted in Michael Gove, Policy, Research, Teaching and Learning Tagged with: , , , , ,

What are the implications for vocational learning if loans take-up crumbles?

First roll out then roll back? is an interesting piece by RSA’s Chief Executive Matthew Taylor about outsourcing and payment by results (PbR) in the public sector, with what is a fairly chilling conclusion: “Opponents of outsourcing focus on the

Posted in FE Loans, Further Education, Payment by Results, Policy