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  • e-safety up to scratch?

    Emma King

    A primary school survey has flagged concerning statistics regarding children’s use of the internet. With 20% of children meeting someone in person after they met online and the same figure never having received training on safe internet usage – are school’s doing enough to protect their pupils online? Ofsted are continually pushing for e-safety to […]

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  • do Ofsted inspections work?

    Emma King

    A senior academic has criticised Ofsted’s methods. Professor Robert Coe, has commented that there is no evidence that lesson observations lead to valid Ofsted judgements. With variables such as; subject matter, time of day and students’ behaviour, Professor Coe has questioned the consistency of observation ratings, suggesting that busy students and an ordered classroom do […]

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  • basic skills at forefront of policy review

    Richard Freeth

    With the new school term starting this week, new policy announcements have been made to support the ongoing push for higher educational standards and increase the employability of school leavers. The requirement to be in education or training until 17 hits this September and will be further extended to 18 in 2015. A further change […]

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  • Face of the FE sector – looking to the future

    Chirag Rao

    Like many sectors the further education sector has not been immune to the constrained economic climate. Funding pressures, raised educational expectations and new freedoms has meant the sector has increasingly looked at innovative solutions. In particular, there has been an increase in local partnerships and collaborative approaches. A recent partnership formed in Greater Manchester has […]

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  • colleges making an impact

    Laura Richards

    Last year FE Colleges faced criticism from Ofsted particularly around their vocational emphasis and failure to meet the needs of their students. However, new figures show that the FE sector is making wide-scale improvements in performance and that Colleges are even outperforming secondary schools in terms of inspection results. Comparison to secondary school performance is […]

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  • Are you ready for secondary school?

    Chirag Rao

    A consultation has been launched to introduce a new system that will set out what a child needs to achieve to be ready for secondary school and to boost standards in primary schools. A rise in pupil premium to £1,300 per pupil is planned, and if rolled out it would be the biggest ever rise […]

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  • Academies consultation concerns

    Laura Richards

    At a school in Surrey, parents are being asked to choose uniforms for the new academy before a decision to convert to academy status has been taken. This has left stakeholders questioning whether the ‘decision’ is actually already a ‘done deal’. The Academies Act 2010 is rather deficient in terms of guidance on consultation for […]

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  • Changes to the curriculum

    Emma King

    The Government is planning to introduce a ‘more stretching’ national curriculum in Autumn 2014. The new curriculum will focus upon essay writing, problem-solving, mathematical modelling and computer programming and is described by the Prime Minister as “rigorous, engaging and tough”. Michael Gove has expressed that changes to the curriculum were required in order for England’s […]

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  • School work experience-myth busting

    Laura Richards

    School work experience is the latest area the government has turned its attention to, with a view to removing unnecessary red tape. It has been difficult to get employers to engage with these schemes as they have felt under pressure to carry out additional assessments and checks before taking on students. The government, HSE, DfE […]

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  • Studio schools on the rise?

    Jamie Otter

    The Government has approved a further 14 studio schools, which are set to open from September 2014 and join the 16 studio schools which are currently open. Studio schools cater for 14 to 19 year olds and are backed by national and local employers in a bid to equip school leavers with the relevant skill-set […]

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  • Mind the information gap!

    Laura Richards

    A survey of 13-16 year olds highlights the need for stronger careers advice in the curriculum to enable a more realistic grasp of the employment market. Lack of careers guidance is leading students to make misinformed decisions on their careers and choosing qualifications with little awareness of the job market. Legislation places a duty on […]

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  • More A-level concerns

    Laura Richards

    A-level concerns have hit the headlines again today. It appears that these issues are high on the Government’s agenda in the educational shake up for a reason. Recent reports have highlighted an issue to be addressed by any new reforms; pupils are leaving schools and colleges without the grades required for many of the UK’s […]

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  • A welcome boost for vocational education

    Laura Richards

    Vocational education and training is set for a shake up come September 2013. Study Programmes will be offered to 16 to 19 year olds and are aimed at giving young people a balanced programme of education to help them en route to higher education or secure employment. The Study Programme consists of a core programme […]

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  • Teaching Agency and National College to merge

    Laura Richards

    The Teaching Agency and the National College for School Leadership will merge to create a new single body that will take over the remit of teaching and leadership within the education sector by April. Its aim is to deliver reforms in the school workplace in those two focus areas and continue to raise school standards. […]

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  • FE Guild to replace LSIS

    Emma Fox

    Confirmation that the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) will close by August 2013 has caused concern amongst many that the services they offer will also be withdrawn. Whilst technically accurate, the establishment of the Further Education (FE) Guild will mean there is limited practical impact. The FE Guild will be a single body responsible […]

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  • Autumn statement and the impact on FE

    Laura Richards

    The Chancellors autumn statement will have two key impacts on FE providers; increased focus on skills and increased capital expenditure, building on Lord Heseltine’s proposals on skills and funding from his report, ‘No stone unturned’. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will receive significant funding to create capacity and develop their strategic plans for the benefit of […]

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  • Rise in exam re-marking requests

    Dai Durbridge

    Re-marking requests for GCSE and A Level results have increased by 36% according to recent figures released by Ofqual. The jump in requests comes on the back of the unresolved GCSE English controversy, which although concerning changes to grade boundaries, rather than marking, sheds further light on the difficulties faced by the current exam system […]

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  • The ‘Neet’ time bomb

    Dawn Lobley

    September 2011 saw youth unemployment reach over 1 million, and with the latest gloomy figures of those Not in Employment, Education or Training (Neet), some commentators have described the youth of today as a ‘lost generation’. Latest figures show 178,000 young people were classed as Neet, which recent press reports suggest is being blamed on […]

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  • Government unveils expansion in degrees provided by FE colleges

    Dave Drew

    David Willets, the universities minister, has announced a rapid increase in higher education courses provided by further education colleges. This year, FE colleges will provide around 9,500 additional university places after successfully tendering for government funding for courses costing less than £7,500 a year. This development builds on the successful model of many FE colleges […]

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  • A stop to league table ‘incentives’?

    Laura Richards

    The current examination system is said to encourage schools to focus their teaching towards the actual exam, rather than providing a general overview of the subject. The purpose of new league tables, due out next week, is to incentivise schools to raise standards and teaching for all pupils, instead of encouraging them to jump through […]

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