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Is it time for an end to personality politics and the FE sector?

14 June 2017 Tony Davis, member of the Policy Consortium asks: should the Department for Education be set free from government control?   Depending on where you draw your line in history, you could argue that we’ve been providing formal

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FE and Skills Survey 2016

The full, final report on the sector-wide 2016 survey of FE and Skills, produced by members of the Policy Consortium, explores the views of people with an interest in the FE sector on a range of relevant topics from government policy to

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Merger: a new emotional landscape

 Mergers are happening all over the sector at the moment. In the first of a series of guest blogs Tom Jupp – former Principal of City and Islington College – reflects on his experience of creating the college out of

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Ministers are rapidly losing credibility over funding and direction of FE and Skills policy, survey shows

Policy Consortium member, Ian Nash, highlights key results from the third annual survey of FE and Skills run by the Policy Consortium with FE Week and sets them in the prevailing policy context. What does a government do when it has

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Hard evidence, not anecdote, please, Chief Inspector

Policy Consortium member Ian Nash reflects on Sir Michael Wilshaw’s recent remarks about FE and points to the need for those in positions of influence to have regard for the evidence. Why should Suffolk colleges hand over hundreds of post-16 students to Lowestoft school

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Student Services and the Localism Agenda

The Policy Consortium’s Mick Fletcher outlines aspects of student services that need to be taken into consideration as responsibility for skills is devolved to local areas. It is increasingly clear that responsibility for ‘skills’ is to be devolved to local

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Analysis suggests Ofsted reports fail to give a fair and balanced picture of performance in further education

By Ian Nash Are Ofsted inspection reports still fit for purpose? Where weaknesses are indicated, do they do what is intended and create the right incentives for colleges and other providers to improve? Moreover, do the reports accurately reflect what

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Response to Sir Michael Wilshaw’s letter

Sir Michael Wilshaw replied to Mick Fletcher’s open letter to him (see previous post). Click to read Sir Michael’s reply.   Mick Fletcher remains unconvinced… Wilshaw’s response is unconvincing Sir Michael Wilshaw has written in response to the letter which

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Checking the pulse – it’s now a question of survival for FE

Ian Nash summarises views from a selection of respondents interviewed six months on from the annual survey The pulse of further education The Great FE & Skills Survey of 2015. Rarely has a set of such far-reaching Government reforms been

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Nick Boles and ‘The coming of Age for FE?’

The Policy Consortium’s Ian Nash contrasts the skills minister’s doubts about the future of the general FE college with the expert evidence in the new book ‘The coming for Age for FE?’.  Sources within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are suggesting area

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