Matt Bromley

Bridging the gap between school and college study

New FE learners need to be able to manage their time and work independently – and these skills don’t grow naturally in the summer holidays, says Matt Bromley

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Last year, I wrote a book on transition, and, like most literature on this subject, it focused on pupils’ transfer from primary to secondary school, as well as between the various years and key stages of compulsory schooling. But, in working with FE colleges across the country, it’s struck me just how important the transition from school to FE is and just how unprepared students are to make this change.

A common mistake that FE teachers make, particularly when planning assignments, is to assume that in the six weeks between leaving school and starting college, students have – somehow ...

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