Tail Wags Dog?

Having been away from ‘the front line’ of the sector until recently, I was pleased to attend an event put on by a learning provider to share with other providers, their experience in developing a range of dynamic learning materials in a major project. During the course of the day the guest providers were also invited to share their own progress for introducing technology into the mainstream of teaching and learning. I was a little surprised with the answers.

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What about the Adult Learner?

Government funding cuts in Adult and Community Education and the relationship with Ofsted’s ‘Inadequate’ Training Providers.

All adult learners have some level of understanding in relation to Government Funding in relation to Adult Skills. This would seem to be the case whether they are looking for a basic course to improve their skills in order to be more competitive in the workplace when seeking to secure employment or when attempting to better their skills with a higher level FE course and are met with high fees and grants on a par with a University Learning Programme. [Read more…]

Learning Lessons from Inspections

Exploring the CIF: The importance of Data Analytics

Guest writer: Judy Bloxham

Recent headline cases of poor and inadequate Ofsted inspection results should act as an alert to all, of the change of focus in the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) introduced last year. The results of the first five colleges inspected under the new CIF saw three of them fall a grade, and in the last two months, two independent providers have seen their grades fall from Good to Inadequate, one of which had its SFA funding withdrawn leaving 1000’s of learners stranded. [Read more…]

Subcontractors – so costly to manage?

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The subject of subcontracting and the management fees charged by lead providers made the news again this week which was bound to catch my attention especially with the headline of: ‘National Audit Office to examine provider topslicing scandal’.

And as usual there are the claims to justify administration fees of up to 35% as in one example the college is reported to have said “The weighting we give to management fees reflects the increasing costs of administration associated with sub-contracting – the closer involvement and the increased demand on resources – required by all colleges with sub-contracted provision”. [Read more…]