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Theresa May has called for a change of attitude towards vocational education and training. She has pulled together a panel to review the post-18 education system.

Posted on Thursday Feb 22

Sadiq Khan - Mayor of London


Millions of pounds of funding is being invested in FE and Skills in an attempt to build a strong workforce for London's future, announces Mayor of London.

Posted on Thursday Feb 8

Peter Lauener


Peter Lauener has announced that he will donate the £25,000 salary he will earn as chair of NCG to a student hardship fund.

Posted on Friday Jan 26

Saudi Arabia


UK Further Education Colleges are being invited by the Saudi Arabian government to support their Centres for Excellence programme which aims to improve technical and vocational education in the Middle East.

Posted on Tuesday Jan 23


Learners at HMP Long Lartin took part in a student-centred learning day that has been hailed a great success by all.

Posted on Tuesday Jan 16


Milton Keynes College OLASS Learners inside HMP Long Lartin had their artworks exhibited in a local show to celebrate their achievements.

Posted on Tuesday Jan 16

Justine Greening


The FE Sector is sad to see Justine Greening go in the recent cabinet reshuffle, but look forward to hearing more about Damien Hinds', the new education secretary, plans for social mobility.

Posted on Friday Jan 12

Ofqual logo


Sally Collier, the chief regulator, has said that Ofqual will play a vital role in regulating T-levels.

Posted on Wednesday Dec 20

Social Climbing


Further Education and Skills are revealed to be a large component of the social mobility action plan after Justine Greening states that the government as 'inadequately' support FE Colleges.

Posted on Thursday Dec 14

FE College - Writing GCSE English


A new pilot scheme, developed by the Manchester College will trail a new assessment method for GCSE English resit students to help improve pass rates.

Posted on Friday Dec 8

Autumn Budget 2017


This week saw Philip Hammond share his plans for the Autumn Budget and the support being offered to Further Education Colleges, but are these changes really enough?

Posted on Friday Nov 24

Further Education Skills Show


Early arrivals at the Skills Show 2017 event in Birmingham today were treated to chats from a number of ministers, including Skills Minister Anne Milton who shared their thoughts on Britain's skills crisis.

Posted on Friday Nov 17

Anne Milton - Apprenticeships and Skills Minister


Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton has announced four new pillars for the government's FE Careers Strategy. 

Posted on Wednesday Nov 8


The new FE learning and skills level 5 apprenticeship, currently awaiting approval from the Institute of Apprenticeships, could help current members of staff who aspire to achieve a teaching qualification.

Posted on Monday Oct 30

Tory MP - Trudy Harrison


Tory MPs Maria Caulfield, Stephen Metcalfe and Trudy Harrison have been appointed to 'champion the opportunities and benefits that apprenticeships can offer'.

Posted on Wednesday Oct 25


The UK Team has retained its position in the top-10 at WorldSkills this year, after students won one gold, three silvers, three bronzes, and 13 medallions of excellence in Abu Dhabi.

Posted on Friday Oct 20

Vocational Subjects - T-Levels


Justine Greening has revealed that new from 2020, new T-levels in education and childcare, construction and digital will be taught to students.

Posted on Friday Oct 13

Construction - Apprenticeships


The chief executive of AELP says that changes to the system are desperately needed to incentivise employers to recruit apprentices after the number of young people starting apprenticeships dropped significantly.

Posted on Friday Oct 13

Theresa May


In her recent speech to conference, Theresa May explained her plans to make UK technical education system the best ever for the first time in UK history.

Posted on Friday Oct 6

FE College


A draft document by the Department for Education has provided more detail on how Institutes of Technology will be set up and the major role FE Colleges could play.

Posted on Thursday Sep 28



The AELP has set out a 14 point plan to encourage the government to ensure that the apprenticeship reforms do not affect social mobility.

Posted on Friday Sep 22

Festival of Learning


The very best of the adult learning sector was highlighted in a glittering ceremony in London as the 2017 Festival of Learning national award winners were crowned.

Posted on Friday Sep 22


Five new UTCs have opened their doors to students this year. One was so popular that it had to increase its capacity before it even opened the door.

Posted on Friday Sep 8

Houses of Parliament - FE Campaign


The National Education Union (NEU) has launched a campaign to get more MPs visiting their local FE Colleges to raise awareness.

Posted on Friday Sep 8

FE College to see GCSE results


Pearson is piloting a new scheme that aims to boost GCSE grades. The new project will give FE Colleges exclusive access to new students' full GCSE marks.

Posted on Wednesday Aug 23

Exam Results


Yesterday, students across the UK received their A level results and they were fantastic with the number of entires receiving the top A* grade reaching a record high.

Posted on Friday Aug 18

Department for Education Logo


After almost two years, the final two waves of the Area Reviews for Further Education skills training have been released by the Department for Education.

Posted on Tuesday Aug 8

Ex-soldiers train as FE teachers


Ex-soldiers will be recruited and trained to become FE teachers by Portsmouth and Brighton universities as part of the Further Forces programme.

Posted on Wednesday Jul 26


The House of Lords has called for an inquiry into whether Further Education and Technical Education are funded fairly. All written submissions will be received by September 14th. 

Posted on Wednesday Jul 26

New FE and Skills Minister - Ann Milton


Following the shock dismissal of Robert Halfon as Apprenticeships and Skills Minister on Sunday, his replacement has been announced. What will she bring to the Further Education sector?

Posted on Wednesday Jun 14

Construction Apprentices Talking


Degree apprenticeships are gradually becoming more popular in Further Education, but what are they and why are they such a positive for teachnical and vocational Further Education?

Posted on Friday Jun 2


The upcoming general election has got everyone talking, but what are the two main parties, Labour and Conservative, planning to do for the Further Education sector? We read through both manifestoes for the FE and skills sector to find out what these parties are pledging to focus on. 

Posted on Friday May 26

Laptop and iPad


One fifth of Futher Education Colleges say that they don't feel they know enough about digital learning to make full use of it and very few understand how to use it.

Posted on Thursday May 25

House of Parliament - House of Lords


Yesterday the Technical and Further Education Bill received final clearance in the House of Lords and is expected to be given royal assent over the next few days, but what will it mean for the FE Sector?

Posted on Wednesday Apr 26

Institute for Apprenticeships logo


The Institute for Apprenticeships has revealed the newly appointed chairs for 15 route panels and a panel of apprentices to advise the board.

Posted on Friday Apr 21

Poll card - UK election


Following Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that a general election will be held this summer, key figures within Further Education have stated their thoughts and hopes for the future. 

Posted on Thursday Apr 20

Welding Apprenticeship


The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has announced that the process of approving providers to deliver apprenticeships for non-levy paying companies has been paused.

Posted on Wednesday Apr 12

Shrewsbury College High Sheriff Awards 2017


To celebrate the hard work of our Further Education Employer of the Week, Shrewsbury College, we’ve taken a look at their most recent College news. Excitingly, they were chosen to host the annual High Sheriff’s Young Citizenship Award, applauding exceptional young people throughout Shropshire.

Posted on Monday Mar 27

HM Treasury - Spring Budget


Last week Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the planned changes for Further Education as part of the Spring Budget. These changes are now being deemed the ‘biggest overhaul to post-16 education in 70 years’, but what does everyone really think about it?

Posted on Friday Mar 17

John Lewis


The register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) has been released and there are a range of interesting names included on the list.

Posted on Thursday Mar 16

Chancellor Philip Hammond


Today's Spring Budget is being called a breakthrough for Further Education and skills. Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed that it will include a huge investment in technical education, including an additional £500 million a year for 16-19 year old technical students.

Posted on Wednesday Mar 8

Back of yellow school bus


The new 'Baker Clause', that was voted through on Wednesday night, will force schools to promote vocational training and Further Education routes to their pupils. 

Posted on Friday Feb 24

Costa Coffee cup


The PopUp College initiative has partnered with a number of Further Education Colleges to offer adult education evening classes in local Costa Coffee shops. 

Posted on Tuesday Feb 21

Combine harvester ploughing field


Funding cuts mean that hundreds of agricultural apprenticeships could be cancelled because they could no longer be financially viable.

Posted on Friday Feb 17

Girl looking at smartphone


A new report from the YMCA Awards has revealed that almost half of students are using smartphones regularly to help with their studies. 

Posted on Wednesday Feb 15

Careers headline on newspaper


The chief executive of the Careers and Enterprise Company has suggested the all schools and colleges across the UK should have a 'careers leader' to help students gain real work experience.

Posted on Friday Feb 10

TeachInFE first Quarterly Review


Since its launch 6 months ago, TeachInFE has continued to grow. For our first Quarterly Review, we've looked back at our highlights from the last few months.

Posted on Tuesday Feb 7

AoC logo


The Association of Colleges (AoC) has announced plans to overhaul its structures and alter membership fees with the aim of cutting £1 million from its budget.

Posted on Friday Feb 3

Vocational construction tasks


The government looks to be on track to meet its apprenticeships target after new figures reveal 155,000 apprenticeships were started in the first quarter of 2016-17.

Posted on Friday Jan 27

Downing Street sign


The government's new green paper has explained their plan for the new Institutes of Technology which are planned to receive £170 million to improve higher level technical education nationwide. 

Posted on Monday Jan 23

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben


Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon has revealed that the government plans to create hundreds of thousands of apprenticeships

Posted on Friday Jan 20

Centre for Public Appointments


The Department for Education has posted a job advert looking for more than 100 panel members to help create the new teachnical qualifications recommended by the Sainsbury reforms. 

Posted on Wednesday Jan 18

Prime minister Theresa May mental health in schools


It has long been acknowledged that mental health difficulties are affecting a huge percentage of UK students. This week the Prime Minister discussed what support would be provided, however support will focus on schools and not FE.

Posted on Wednesday Jan 11

Fireworks - New Year


Happy New Year! 2016 has been and gone and now we are almost a week into 2017 already! We reveal our Further Education wishes for the coming year!

Posted on Thursday Jan 5

HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip



The Queen's 2016 New Year's Honours list has recognised the achievements and hard work of 11 individuals from the Further Education Sector.



Posted on Tuesday Jan 3

TES FE awards


TES has revealed its final shortlist for the Futher Education awards for 2017. The winners will be announced in the coming February. 

Posted on Monday Dec 19

Adnan Mahmood at VQ Awards last year


Adnan Mahmood, a business and enterprise tutor at Barking and Dagenham College, has been shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, which offers an award of £1 million.

Posted on Thursday Dec 15

Study group


The government has set aside £726 million after the recent area reviews to cover FE colleges’ restructuring costs. 

Posted on Tuesday Dec 13

Ofsted logo



Ofsted admits to being in talks with other agencies and the government to discuss the possibility of being allowed to inspect degree apprenticeships

Posted on Thursday Dec 8

Signposts to education and future


Limited changes have been suggested by the first two waves of area reviews that were released earlier this week

Posted on Friday Dec 2

DfE logo


The first thirteen of the area reviews, detailing recommendations and outcomes for Further Education Colleges, have been released by the Department for Education.

Posted on Wednesday Nov 30

HEFCE logo


£4.5 million fund given to colleges for degree apprenticeships

Posted on Thursday Nov 10

DfE logo


Warwick Sharp, the deputy director 16-19 strategy at the Department for Education, says that rumours that streamlining will result in a limited number of qualifications are just a myth

Posted on Tuesday Nov 8

Distance Learning in Further Education

We take a look at whether or not online learning has the potential to become the 'future' of the Further Education sector, as well as what it could mean for Further Education teaching careers in the future.


Posted on Sunday Oct 16

Grammar Schools or Further Education?

Rich Wigley provides a new perspective on the Grammar School debate - that Further Education and Adult Learning could provide an 'Engine for Social Mobility' that Grammar Schools cannot.


Posted on Friday Sep 30

Exeter College logo TeachInFE

Exeter College has been named as the number one further education college in the South West for its apprenticeship programme for 2016.


Posted on Friday Sep 16

Helen Backus - Aylesbury College Award Nominee

Helen Backus has been nominated for an award for launching a scheme at Aylsbury College which helped disabled youngsters stay in education.


Posted on Friday Sep 16

Unison - TeachInFE Strike - Scotland FE


UNISON members across Scotland’s 20 further education (FE) colleges will go on strike on Tuesday as an autumn of discontent kicks off in the troubled sector.


Posted on Friday Sep 2


Some advice on how teachers can manage poorly behaved students effectively, without becoming overwhelmed and how to improve the general atmosphere of the classroom.


Posted on Thursday Aug 18


A new study shows that when children have a part-time job, parents are more likely to 'tax' them by reducing their allowance or pocket money. The study also shows the gender pay-gap reveals itself in the workplace from a young age.


Posted on Thursday Aug 18


Research by British Universities and Sport (BUCS) last year investigates how balancing a sporting career with a University degree may benefit academic results.


Posted on Thursday Aug 18


George Osborne makes the controversial decision to scrap student grants for living costs and replace them with loans as part of the July 2015 Budget. 


Posted on Thursday Aug 18

Department for Education - TeachInFE

The Department for Education is taking over Further Education, Skills and Higher Education, under the new education secretary Justine Greening.


Posted on Tuesday Jul 19

Cyber Education - FE Colleges falling short

A recent Ofsted report has found that Further Education providers are falling short in protecting learners from extremism online.


Posted on Tuesday Jul 12

FE Apprenticeship - Motor Mechanics


Apprenticeships in the UK do not receive anywhere near a high enough profile. Recent resesearch, undertaken by Interserve, highlights the fact that there is still a great deal of work to do in raise the profile of apprenticeships.


Posted on Monday Jun 13

Homeless visit Further Education College

In a heartwarming event, 100 homeless people get free meals, showers and haircuts, courtesy of Further Education students at Liverpool Community College.


Posted on Tuesday Jun 7


Seven further education colleges in the West Midlands have established the Black Country Colleges Group, operating with a shared focus on high quality education for crucial skills in the region.


Posted on Tuesday May 31


A recent report by OECD have stated that many English universities are failing to develop ‘ basic’ skills and students lacking ability in maths and literacy would be better off taking FE courses.


Posted on Thursday May 12

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