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Taking the pulse of FE – full report from survey

The Policy Consortium is very pleased to provide its full report Taking the pulse of Further Education [700 kB 65 page PDF], with analysis of the responses received from over 1000 people across the FE sector to our recent survey,

Evidence for practice

Andrew Morris celebrates the gradual advance of evidence-based practice… We’re all evidence-based now – or so it would seem judging by the frequency with which the phrase crops up in current affairs programmes, ministerial claims and mission statements. In all

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State school students outperform their independent school equivalents at university

Andrew Morris of the Policy Consortium explores the implications of some new research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England … Research by HEFCE, published on 28 March, offers plenty of food for thought on equality and diversity in education.

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Self-improvement in an age of reduced resources

Andrew Morris, member of the Learning and Skills Research Network and the Policy Consortium, discusses the implications of self-improvement, not improvement, for new FE body the Education and Training Framework. Leaders of colleges judged outstanding by Ofsted inspectors say it

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Linking development and research: an opportunity for the new vocational Centre

Andrew Morris explores the potential for a radically new approach to building a research culture in further education. Further education (FE) colleges and other providers are better placed than ever to create a new kind of vocational education and training

Ofsted and improvement – living up to expectations?

As the time for the next Chief Inspector’s Annual Report approaches, three members of the Policy Consortium look for messages that may emerge about the past year, as well as some of the possible implications they might have. Colin Forrest,

Further education – does it need to prepare young people for ‘leisure’?

Mike Cooper reflects on current and past prophecies of the brave new worlds of ‘work’ and ‘leisure’ – and their implications for further education A recent ‘OECD Insight’ blog again raises some familiar, and hard, questions: just what are we

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

Andrew Morris celebrates twenty years of City and Islington College

Lasting success in education does not come overnight For truly outstanding performance a school or college needs the ‘three Ps’ – patience, professionalism and partnership, says Andrew Morris, author of a 20-year progress report on the path to success in

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