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Delivering change in disadvantaged places must start with skills policy

Five things to watch in 2020 that could help break the low-skilled equilibrium in disadvantaged places We enter the 2020s as a country divided by geography and economics. The economic growth of the past decade has not been reflected in prosperity everywhere in the UK and too many places are currently trapped in a low-skilled equilibrium. Their residents are more likely to have low or no qualifications, and their businesses tend to offer ...
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Adult Learning Infrastructure is a Central Feature of a Healthy Democracy - Dr Jay Derrick UCL

FE News catch up with Dr Jay Derrick to chat about informal Lifelong learning. Jay is a Senior Lecturer at UCL, IOE - Education, Practice & Society and Institute of Education. Jay has a particular passion for lifelong learning and reflects on the many recent reports around the importance of Lifelong learning. Jay then goes onto discuss the importance of lifelong learning policy, particularly informal lifelong learning. Jay unpacks the recent UNESCO ...
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Are Expert Leaders Damaging FE?

We Need to Totally #RethinkFE Many outsiders believe FE's experts are too introspective ...... to secure the future of colleges, we must see the bigger picture.  In February 2019, days after the college insolvency regime came into being, a well-respected FE leader told me that the likelihood of any college entering into administration was close to zero. Not long afterwards the High Court placed Hadlow College into administration. And sadly they weren't the only ...
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Detailed Understanding of the End-point Assessment Process Delivered by Development, Deployment and Curriculum Experts

#EPA Live The new decade is upon the apprenticeships sector and with End Point Assessment becoming such an integral part of the process, NOCN is running a one-day professional development workshop to support both employers and providers. The need for information and knowledge within the End Point Assessment space is constant, the development of new apprenticeship standards in non-traditional industries has advanced a sector which is constantly evolving, requiring apprenticeship stakeholders to ...
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Young People Using Self-help Apps to Manage Their Urge to Self-harm See Difficulties as Restricted Access to Phones at School and Home Increases

To help combat this worrying trend, stem4 announces Calm Cards A physical version of its multi award-winning app Calm Harm, which has been downloaded over a million times in 171 countries, Calm Cards were developed to provide young people with a self-management tool. Using ideas from evidence-based, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), stem4, a charity promoting positive mental health in teenagers, today launches Calm Cards, a pack of self-regulation cards designed to help ...
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London South East Colleges' Principal shortlisted for national award

Dr @SamParrett1 OBE, Principal and CEO of @LSEColleges has been shortlisted for the prestigious #TesFEAwards – in the FE Leader of the Year category Dr Sam Parrett OBE is among eight College principals from around the country in the running for the title. The winners of each award category will be announced at a special ceremony in London on Friday 20 March. Tes FE editor, Stephen Exley, said: “Excellent practice exists right across the ...
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UPP Foundation receives £50,000 funding boost from Department for Education for Civic University Network

The Department for Education (DfE) has awarded £50,000 funding to the UPP Foundation to help establish the Civic University Network. The winning bid to host the network will now receive £125,000 – this includes the original £50,000 and £25,000 contributions from the UPP Foundation and Carnegie UK Trust respectively. The additional funding has been granted to the UPP Foundation, which will release it to the successful institution following the completion ...
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A passion for teaching leads London South East College tutor to first class honours degree

An inspirational tutor from London South East Colleges’ hospitality team has achieved a first class honours degree in teaching and professional training. Restaurant Manager Marcel Dueren also received top marks for his thesis, which has now been handed to the College’s senior leadership team for consideration to become part of its teaching and learning policy resources. Marcel joined the College five years ago and has had an influential effect on how students ...
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South Eastern Regional College Businesses Services Team Recognised with Beacon Standard

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) Businesses Services team has achieved the Beacon Standard and Commended Status for their engagement work with employers.  The award and commendation recognise the best and most innovative activities in colleges across the UK.   Emma Finney SERC’s Commercial Contracts Manager said, “We are delighted to have achieved the Beacon Standard and Commended Status for our work with employers.  This recognises best practice in engagement with employers and our commitment to supporting local industry as illustrated by the fact that 51% ...
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Wendy Lagden gains the first City & Guilds Level 3 Bookbinding qualification set up by Bound by Veterans and funded by The Printing Charity

Wendy Lagden, an ex-aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy who was discharged with MS in 2005, is the first person to gain a City & Guilds Level 3 Bookbinding qualification set up by Bound by Veterans and funded by The Printing Charity. She earned a distinction and was presented with her Diploma by Captain Alison Towler of the Royal Navy, President of the Association of Wrens, at a special event ...
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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE AT HARINGEY SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

'Mission Impossible @H6' - Haringey Sixth Form College’s New VIP Applicant Day took place this week. Another innovative and engaging experience for the college’s potential new applicants. Russ Lawrance, Principal & CEO of Haringey Sixth Form College challenged the New VIP Applicants to take on a mission to tackle ‘The Greatest Threat’, with a mantra that '@H6 - the impossible is possible!' They all had to identify and find a solution to ‘The Greatest Threat’ aligned ...
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Prime Minister must now keep his promise to protect Erasmus

@BorisJohnson must now keep his promise to protect #Erasmus In response to a question from Douglas Chapman MP during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday (15 Jan), the Prime Minister replied: “Mr Speaker, I’m afraid the Hon. Gentleman is talking through the back of his neck. There is no threat to the Erasmus scheme. We will continue to participate. "UK students will continue to be able to enjoy the benefits of exchanges with our European ...
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Further Expansion for CNet Training HQ in 2020

@CNettraining is continuing to expand its team with the appointment of two new team members at CNet's HQ in Suffolk, UK.  New Instructor Andrew Reeves will join the strong team of highly experienced CNet Instructors who deliver data centre and network infrastructure programs across the globe. Andrew will work as part of the technical team to deliver high-quality network infrastructure education programs from The Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework. His role will ...
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QUBE LEARNING LAUNCHES QUBE VISION

Affordable and accessible on-the-go training platform introduced by leading training provider @QubeLearning Qube Learning has launched a new 'learning on-the-go' online training platform, Qube Vision, offering a catalogue of training courses spanning Leadership & Management, Health & Social Care and Transport & Logistics.Training is provided through virtual lectures, videos, podcasts and discussion forums, with content packaged into bite-sized modules for easy, on the move access via smartphones, tablets or laptops.Having specialised in ...
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Progress on improving access to university for the poorest is woefully inadequate

HESA of Higher Education Student Statistics for 2018-19 where published today (16 Jan) – which show a halt in the increasing proportion of students being awarded first class degrees following significant year-on-year increases since 2011. The new figures also show that no progress has been made in improving access to universities for students from low participation neighbourhoods since 2014/15. NUS Scotland has welcomed figures showing record numbers of students from Scotland’s most ...
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National Award Nomination for Exeter College Director

@ExeterCollege Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement Mike Blakeley has been shortlisted for a national award in the prestigious #TesFEAwards 2020.   The awards ceremony is a landmark event in the further education sector as exceptional teachers, learners and providers join together to celebrate innovation and excellence in the industry.   Exeter College’s Mike Blakeley, who has been with the college since 2014, is shortlisted in the coveted FE Leader of the Year category following an incredible year of achievements for ...
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Maths that feels good - Creating learning resources for blind students

An international team of researchers has developed a method for easily creating textbooks in Braille, with an initial focus on maths textbooks. Mathematics and science Braille textbooks are expensive and time-consuming to produce, but thanks to innovations developed at the University of Birmingham and institutions in the US, this could soon change. A team that includes experts from Towson University, in Maryland, the University of Puget Sound, in Washington, and the National ...
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Students take the opportunity to question the Police and Crime Commissioner

Foundation Degree students at City College Plymouth take the opportunity to question the Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez Foundation Degree students at City College Plymouth were given the chance to quiz the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Alison Hernandez was invited to give a lecture to students studying public services and health and social care as part of a series of lectures organised by the two departments. The students ...
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PHX Training help Shireen overcome language barrier to secure work

A teenager who moved to Cumbria from war-torn Syria has secured herself permanent work, with support from a regional training provider. Shireen Hama, 19, who moved to Carlisle in 2018, spoke limited English when she arrived in the country and as a result was unable to find work in the area. Her previous work skills in her home country weren’t transferable to England, while she held no UK qualifications. As a ...
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New skills centres launched by WCG

A leading college group is helping businesses to future-proof their workforces and bridge the skills gap by launching two skills centres in the region. WCG (formerly Warwickshire College Group) is offering free training for employees through its new Centre for Culture & Tourism Skills and Centre for Digital & Cyber Skills. The centres, which are part funded by the European Social Fund, will provide the service for employers of any size in ...
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The national poetry competition aims to shine a spotlight on the voices of young people and encourage them to explore the meaning of ‘unity’

Students asked to create poetry in new Words of Unity competition  Chance for young people to win £100 of vouchers and £500 of supplies for their school! Words of Unity has been launched by Global Acts of Unity founder Mike Haines OBE whose brother David Haines was murdered by Daesh in 2014 – since then Mike has dedicated his life to promoting unity, tolerance, and understanding Global Acts of Unity has launched an ...
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