Author: Andrew Morris

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 …

FE and Skills Survey 2016 Read More »

 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 …

Merger: a new emotional landscape Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

Hard evidence, not anecdote, please, Chief Inspector Read More »

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 …

Student Services and the Localism Agenda Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

Response to Sir Michael Wilshaw’s letter Read More »

22 January 2016  Dear Sir Michael,  Your speech to Centre Forum, 19th January 2016 We were concerned and surprised to read that, in your recent speech given at Centre Forum, you stated that: “educational provision, for the many children who …

Open Letter to Sir Michael Wilshaw Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

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