Category Archives: FE Policy

Day 3 lessons from the Basque Country: collaboration, innovation, shared goals and a strong sense of place

This week (06-10 June), a delegation from Wales’ further education sector is visiting the Basque Country in order to explore innovation in post-16 education and training and links with SMEs. The delegation, led by ColegauCymru and funded by Erasmus+, are … Continue reading

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Day 2: learning from specialist vocational centres in the Basque Country

This week (06-10 June), a delegation from Wales’ further education sector is visiting the Basque Country in order to explore innovation in post-16 education and training and links with SMEs. The delegation, led by ColegauCymru and funded by Erasmus+, are blogging … Continue reading

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Innovation in FE: an exploration of the Basque Country

This week (06-10 June), a delegation from Wales’ further education sector is visiting the Basque Country in order to explore innovation in post-16 education and training and links with SMEs. The delegation, led by ColegauCymru and funded by Erasmus+, are blogging … Continue reading

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Funding challenges require a rethink

Colleges in Wales have a long track record of delivering for Wales.  In many respects colleges in Wales lead the UK in the consistency of their inspection ratings on quality and in success rates for learners in their qualifications. Government … Continue reading

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10 Top Tips for Success: promoting a successful college sector

Much of the discussion these days around education in Wales seems to be negative. The recent OECD report on ‘Schools in Wales’ by Andreas Schleicher pointed out that the “the disappointing Pisa 2009 results sparked a national debate on the … Continue reading

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Six predictions for further education in Wales

After 13 enjoyable and stimulating years at ColegauCymru and many more working in education, I am standing down – not retiring! – in July; a useful excuse to speculate on what the future might hold for further education in Wales. … Continue reading

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The proposed Education Workforce Council: matters needing resolution

The Education (Wales) Bill has navigated three of its four stages in the Assembly and should become law around Easter 2014.  But a couple of matters need to be resolved. ColegauCymru broadly welcomed the proposal to establish a registration body … Continue reading

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Wales: a vocational economy

Developing Wales as a vocational economy A young person I know has just started a course at a college in Wales. His work was judged so good by a visiting employer that he was offered an apprenticeship in brick laying. After … Continue reading

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A question of balance: the FHE Bill

There’s an important Bill under scrutiny in the Assembly which rests on the question of balance. Here are its whys and wherefores. The FHE Bill’s Purpose The Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (FHE) Bill, gives additional freedoms to further … Continue reading

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The Further and Higher Education Bill

Author: Dr John Graystone, CEO of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales.  John Graystone has a regular column in the Western Mail, in which a version of this article first appeared on 25 April 2013. A Landmark Year for FE A number of dates … Continue reading

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