TES site to promote debate online
News that breaks after press deadlines will be published on the Net between regular Friday editions of The TES.
A directory of FE "Connections" - a list of vital resources and contacts for FE sector colleges and the training and enterprise councils (LECs in Scotland) - is being compiled.
But it is not just a one-way information service. Our aim is to create more room for key debates than is available on the editorial pages of newspapers.
Colleges that are online now have access to those debates.
This has already begun. In the first week of the service going live, individuals have opened a new debate on the future of early retirement and pensions through the "Staffroom" service available on site.
The Millennium Fund proposals by David Blunkett, Labour's education and employment spokesman, to give all teachers updated training in information technology broke after The TES went to press. But the news was available on screen, through the Net, to coincide with publication last Friday.
Through Connections, we will provide a more comprehensive service, giving access to such services as the National Council for Educational Technology FE pages, developments in FE in Scotland, union news (the Association of Teachers and Lecturers is linked to the site) and a complete summary of all Further Education Funding Council inspection reports for the past year.
In the run-up to the general election, the site will provide a valuable forum for debating the priorities that FE support staff, lecturers and managers expect from the main political parties. This will be backed by a comprehensive survey by TES FE Focus.
Major FE developments will be given comprehensive back-up beyond the news. Current debates already on site include the Beaumont report on national vocational qualifications, the Higginson report on Learning Technology and the Tomlinson report on Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.
As well as reproducing news, analysis and opinion on these debates, the service will also provide a full transcript of the reports. This will be developed as a rapid service whenever major government, college management, union and other reports are released.
We want to encourage regular correspondence from FE staff at all levels.
Please contact Ian Nash, the FE editor, either in writing or through The TES Internet Site. More than 100 colleges already have pages with comprehensive information available through the site. If you are not on our list please contact FE Focus at https:www.tes.co.uk