PR & Events

09 January 2013

Research commissioned by the Further Education Strategy Group provides some interesting insight into what employers want from further education providers to develop their businesses.

What businesses really want draws on this research outlining some strategies to lift the FE profile and secure better long-term relationships with employers.


09 January 2013

A recent study by the Further Education Strategy Group uncovers what motivates staff to work in FE and how they perceive its reputation.

A great deal of attention is rightly spent on understanding students, parents, schools and communities. This ground-breaking study, however, looks at further education from a staff perspective.

One thousand four hundred participants took part in the research, which extended to all roles, types and sizes of organisation across the UK.  The results show that staff working in FE are dedicated and altruistic with a genuine commitment to their communities and to providing maximum possible opportunities for students.

21 February 2012

Ministers Vince Cable and John Hayes launched New Challenges, New Chances, the reform plan for skills, and an accompanying skills investment statement on 1 December 2011.

New Challenges, New Chances sets out the Government’s overall strategy plans from now to 2015 and builds on the strategy published in 2010. The Skills Investment Statement sets out the adult further education and skills budget for the 2012-13 financial year, confirming plans that were set out in autumn 2010. The principles of fairness and shared responsibility underpin our investment.


20 February 2012

A Hereward College student, Martin Berisford has spoken passionately about how a specialist college has changed his life. Martin admits that his school experience was poor, but Hereward College has had such a positive impact he wants to make a difference to others by teaching adult learners. 

Martin says that his school was unfortunately ill equipped to support his needs. He was not always able to communicate well and to understand instructions from his teachers and the tuition he needed could not always be given.  All in all, his educational experiences up until joining Hereward College had been very negative saying “I felt quite detached from everything”.   

Hereward College, located in Coventry, is very different from most secondary schools and other colleges. In addition to offering a range of academic and vocational courses it prioritises independence skills in its curriculum, so that students can become more active members of society and can manage future challenges.

Upon starting at the college, Martin immediately sensed that Hereward was very different from his school environment. His new class contained only six other pupils, compared with over 25 at school. This provided a much better place for him to learn because he received more support from teachers “The staff were friendly, approachable and quick to offer a hand” and a calmer environment allowed him to focus on his work.  

Like many students at other colleges across the country, Martin has also been given valuable work experience opportunities. Once a week he works in the technical resource department at Hereward College and has supported its Human Resources staff. 

These placements will help him in landing his dream job in education but in the meantime he has secured a place on the PTLLS course (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector). Reflecting on his achievements on training to teach adult learners, Martin says “In a few short weeks, I will be doing a micro-lesson to a class. I’m nervous, yes but excited. It is another achievement. I can’t believe I have come this far.”