FE sector told to reprogram itself for digital future
The FE sector needs a "culture change" if it is to fully embrace a digital future, according to a leading technologist. Bob Harrison, a key member of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group, told TES that FE needed "more vision, leadership and action". Last week, the House of Lords Digital Skills Committee warned that digital skills training in the sector was "patchy, unresponsive and not meeting employer needs". The committee said the FE sector had a "key role" to play in developing high-level skills, but that colleges needed to "move up a gear". In response, Mr Harrison said increasing numbers of teachers and learners were making the transition to digital, but added: "FE needs a culture change.fewer reports and more vision, leadership and action."
Sailors' college is all at sea, says commissioner
An FE college providing courses for sailors is not effectively tracking its learners' progress, according to the FE commissioner. The Marine Society College of the Sea, which offers a range of courses to members of the Royal and Merchant navies, was rated inadequate by Ofsted last November. In a new report (bit.lyMarineCollege), commissioner Dr David Collins says the college needs processes for managing the learner journey and lacks the means to effectively track student progress. The report adds that the college has relied too heavily on its subcontractor, the National Extension College, which has not met the standards required.
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