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Learning & Skills Research Network (LSRN) at BELMAS conference

Policy Consortium member Colin Forrest presented a paper at the July 2018 Windsor conference of BELMAS (British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society). Entitled: The evolution of the Learning and Skills Research Network it explored LSRN’s 20 years of fostering

FE & Skills System

The FE & Skills System: a study by the Policy Consortium In 2017, The Policy Consortium set out to study one fundamental question: Are the Further Education and Skills policy makers and stakeholders creating the conditions for success or failure?

Telling stories at college

In a recent piece for FE News, the Policy Consortium’s Nick Warren draws on his experience, in numerous colleges, of the amazing stories told by the amazing people who staff them. “Powerful stories can have a big impact on prospective

Research Networking: looking to the future.

Andrew Morris, a member of the Policy Consortium and co-organiser of the Learning & Skills Research Network, celebrates the 20th anniversary of LSRN. He reports on plans for an overarching structure to link together the various networks involved with research

Another ‘T’ level teaser

The Policy Consortium’s Mick Fletcher puzzles over an odd feature of T-Levels: it seems that some of Sainsbury’s technical  routes are more equal than others.  There are many mysteries about the governments approach to developing ‘T’ levels, the most fundamental

How not to manage a market

The Policy Consortium’s Mick Fletcher casts his eye over the current Government’s skills policy. The core problem with government skills policy is that it is ultimately founded on a deceit.  The claim is that employers are in the driving seat. 

The Perils of Public Procurement

Policy Consortium member Mick Fletcher discusses some of the risks of creating a ‘pseudo-market’ in FE. This article first appeared as a blog on the NCFE website.  Two big stories have surfaced in the FE press in recent weeks. One

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

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

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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