Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: Fe News

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FE teaching gets its own research centre

The Institute for Learning (IfL) and the University of Wolverhampton have announced the creation of a centre dedicated to research on FE teaching, the Centre for Research and Development in Lifelong Education (Cradle). Led by Denis Gleeson, emeritus professor of education at the University of Warwick, it is expected to have a particular focus on research into teachers' first years in the classroom. "The time is right for new action and a greater national commitment to research in further education," said IfL chief executive Toni Fazaeli. "For too long, despite some outstanding contributions, we have lamented the relative paucity of university-led research focusing on FE, compared with schools and higher education."

Monitoring employer contributions 'too bureaucratic'

Ministers have rejected calls to force businesses to account for the investment they make in apprenticeships, after concerns that they are failing to make the required contributions. MPs on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee last year recommended that companies should be required to submit a record of their cash and in-kind contributions, which would be passed on to the Skills Funding Agency. But in the government's response this week, it claimed that such a move would be too bureaucratic. "In support of policies to cut bureaucracy we do not agree with requiring employers to publish their contribution, and would be concerned that this requirement could put employers off engaging with the programme," the response said. Adrian Bailey, the committee chairman, said that the refusal was disappointing. "During our inquiry, we were shocked to hear evidence of the government wasting money on training schemes that it could not ensure provided value for money," he said.

Concern over vocational take-up in schools

Colleges have warned that the drop in pupils taking vocational courses in schools could have a knock-on effect in FE and apprenticeships. …

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