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  • Some practical ways to ensure apprentices make progress in learning February 26, 2020
    Managing learning and progress in #apprenticeships Following my previous article on planning the vocational curriculum, this one looks at how you actively manage teaching and learning in apprenticeships and contains extracts from my online publication The best apprenticeships guide. Principles Apprentices learn most from carrying out activities in the work environment so don’t fall into […]
  • 150 Westminster Kingsway students transform a community garden in the heart of London February 26, 2020
    With Westminster Kingsway College’s help, a desolate patch of wasteland in the heart of London has been transformed into a vital and beautiful space for the whole community. In the process, more than 150 young college students have gained invaluable work experience working on the site. The 1-acre site, between the British Library and The Francis Crick Institute to […]
  • Thinking Frames with Arnie Skelton #28 February 26, 2020
    Top Ten Roles and Responsibilities Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the twenty-eighth episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses Thinking Frames. Following on from last week's top ten tips on Thinking On Your Feet, Arnie looks this week at his top ten Thinking Frames - […]
  • The Legacy of Our Education System February 26, 2020
    ... a legacy for which society will eternally be thankful What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Legacy is an interesting concept, especially for a teacher; for many of us, we never see what happens in the long term for our […]
  • Seven in ten workers are stuck in the wrong jobs as the UK chooses to boost fitness over careers February 26, 2020
    Fears of being ‘past it’ holding Brits back from making career changes Seven in ten workers are stuck in the wrong jobs as the prospect of making a career change seems so challenging that they would rather put themselves through a punishing workout, reveals new research from LifeSkills created with Barclays.  Workers think a gruelling […]
  • Data Protection Principals. For Leaders in Education, Data Security Matters. February 26, 2020
    If you’re a College Principal or senior leader in education it’s likely you’ve heard of the #GDPR (if you haven’t you must have been on an almighty sabbatical) and it’s also likely you may think your Director of IT has long sorted it. If so, you could be facing a rather unexpected problem since your […]
  • Achieving Proficiency in English is the key to academic success, but it takes longer than you think, new report finds February 26, 2020
    Proficiency in English is central to understanding the educational attainment of learners using EAL, but how long does it take to achieve, and what support do these learners need? The latest report in a research programme on the educational attainment of children with English as an Additional Language (EAL), published today¹, provides vital insights into […]
  • HIT Training Features for Fourth Time in The Sunday Times’ ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’ February 25, 2020
    @HITTraining rises up the list coming in at number 17, after featuring in the Top 100 list in 2014, 2015 and 2018  HIT Training one of three training providers recognised in Sunday Times’ Top 100 in 2020 HIT Training, the UK’s largest provider of training and apprenticeships in the hospitality sector, has been named number 17 […]
  • How student experience can impact learning February 25, 2020
    Is home schooling a good option? Home schooling also known as elective home education, is when a parent chooses to provide an education for their child at home. This would be instead of sending them to a full-time school and they would aim to cover core subjects such as English and Maths. Whilst home schooling […]
  • Businesses name specialist skills as a major factor in global growth ambition February 25, 2020
    66% of organisations say that search for specialist skills makes them look beyond their home country Businesses named specialist skills as one of the main factors that influence their global growth ambition alongside proximity to suppliers and affordable labour. This is according to the HR Challenges of International Expansion report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), commissioned […]
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  • What we require from our workforce is evolving - so is the education people need to excel in it February 24, 2020
    #FutureofWork - @ProdigyFinance expands #STEM offering to meet growing demand Prodigy Finance, the pioneer of cross-border lending for postgraduate international students, will now offer loans for over 1,000 additional postgraduate courses, with 800 of these in STEM subjects to address the increasing demand for this sector.  As technology-focused industries continue to experience high job growth […]
  • We should be teaching entrepreneurship in schools from as young as nine February 21, 2020
    Over half of Brits believe starting your own business is a good career choice, say @NACUE Britain’s growing pool of young entrepreneurs are feeling confident about their prospects this year with over half (51%) feeling much more optimistic about 2020, than they were about 2019, with three-quarters (77%) feeling positive about the performance of their firms […]
  • OFSTED ‘Good’ rating for Access Training once again February 20, 2020
    @accesstraining is pleased to announce that it has, for a third consecutive period, secured a ‘Good’ rating from OFSTED following a full inspection in January 2020 OFSTED’s full report, available here, particularly recognises Access’ performance in the following areas: Development of a well-contextualised personal development programme including on topics that help keep learners safe, such as bullying and knife […]
  • LCCM announces February Box Talks aimed at those who want to pursue a career in the creative industries February 20, 2020
    #BOX5-BAME - @LCCMLondon announces February Box Talks with @KwameKwaten’s ‘BAME Game’ series London College of Creative Media (LCCM) has announced that its next Box Talks event, ‘#BOX5-BAME Game Special’, will take place on Wednesday 26 February at LCCM’s The Music Box campus. The BAME Game Special will be led by Kwame Kwaten, Vice-chair of the […]
  • Antony Gormley statue to take centre stage at new Kirklees College building February 14, 2020
    Kirklees College is thrilled to announce that the new Pioneer Higher Skills Centre in Dewsbury will feature an Antony Gormley statue when it opens later this year. The statue, by Angel of the North sculptor Gormley, will sit on top of the Victorian building, formerly known as Pioneer House is an iconic grade 2 listed […]
  • With half the population unable to name a female scientist, Teach First argues #STEMinism matters February 6, 2020
    Teach First has today (6 Feb) launched its STEMinism* campaign, calling for change to address the gender gaps found across science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers and exploring how to encourage more girls to continue these subjects beyond GCSE. This comes as the charity reveals that not a single woman’s name features in the national […]
  • 28% of AXA UK apprenticeships are held by senior members of staff February 3, 2020
    To mark the start of #NationalApprenticeshipWeek, @AXAInsurance is publishing its 2019 apprenticeship figures showing that the company has invested around £2.3million on 226 apprenticeships over the past two years. A third of these are new hires, while two thirds are existing AXA employees, classed as ‘Business Learners’. AXA apprenticeships in numbers: Focus on increasing enrolment for existing […]
  • The Making of An Education: The importance of embracing the unconventional February 3, 2020
    ‘I bet your parents weren’t very pleased!’ ‘What did your mum say when you told her?’ ‘Did they really just… let you leave?’ I get these kind of comments all the time. You see, I dropped out in November 2018 after only half a term at Exeter University, abandoning any sense of the traditional and […]
  • DfE launch @KingPMoney Grime single: P Money raps about the importance of embracing a career path and skills January 27, 2020
    Fire It Up Last Friday (24 Jan) marks the launch of the department’s very own grime single. The song entitled ‘The Calling’ sees the veteran grime star P Money teaming up with producer Silencer as he raps about the importance of embracing a career path and skills. The single was set up in coordination with […]
  • Kirklees College building brought to life in Minecraft January 23, 2020
    Kirklees College student Charlie Hinchliffe who is studying towards his Entry 2 Life Skills course at the college has shown off his extraordinary Minecraft skills by building a replica of the college’s Waterfront Centre in Huddersfield. Charlie, who completed this project in three months, has previously designed other notable buildings around the local area using […]
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