In this week’s TES Further Sam Parrett, principal of Bromley College, writes a diary of the first days after taking over neighbouring Greenwich Community college - just days before it was rated inadequate by Ofsted. She shares her experience (article free for subscribers) as she discovers the steps required in order to inspire lasting institutional change.
'Turbo charging FE'
Munira Mirza, London’s deputy mayor for education and culture, says that area reviews offer "an incredible opportunity to turbo-charge our much-neglected FE sector” (article free for subscribers). She says that too much emphasis is currently being placed on the intricacies of structural change, and a "radical rethink" is what is needed to revitalise the sector.
Also in the magazine: a devolution skills funding special investigation. Sector leaders warn that devolving skills provision and funding to the English regions risks creating additional costs and bureaucracy. The magazine also features an indispensible map, explaining which regions will be handed greater control of their own FE provision, and the timescale for this radical overhaul. Meanwhile, in her editorial, Julia Belgutay argues that English and Welsh colleges can take lessons from their Scottish counterparts, which created more regionalised colleges to serve the needs of their students.
In preparation for next Tuesday’s NUT strike, FErret has been working out how much teachers stand to lose by taking part. After leafing through the dusty pages of his copy of the Apportionment Act 1870, FErret can reveal that the answer is not as clear cut as you might think. It also transpires that the University and College Union's campaign of strike action over the Association of Colleges' failure to offer a pay rise for staff is set to fizzle out far earlier than many expected. Click here to read more.
A model college
This weekend, a sixth-form college in Birmingham is welcoming 400 students from across the UK for the annual Model United Nations conference. During the event students will play the parts of the UN’s 193 member states and attempt to solve the world’s problems by using teamwork, strategy and debates.
Take a chill pill
TES columnist Sarah Simons offers her valuable advice about pulling a sickie: don’t feel guilty about it. "We have to take responsibility for looking after our whole selves and shed the guilt surrounding it," she writes, while revealing that once, after negelecting her health, she had to take a month off to recuperate.
All this and much, much more in this week’s TES Further.
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