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Administrators, what can you do with a minute?

Posted by Lauren Hancox on May 22, 2017

Managing time (or simply the notion of not having enough of it), seems to be a daily challenge for all learning providers. We asked providers from the further and higher education space as well as the work-based learning sector; to tell us their common day to day headaches; and we weren’t surprised to read that 25% of the post 16 sector find ‘lack of time’; the squeeze on people and the need to do more with less, a constant pressure.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Schools & Early Years

Taking Support to the Next Level – Great Yarmouth College

Posted by Richard Sharp on May 16, 2017

Working with the ebs support team every day, I get to see first-hand how committed they are to delivering an excellent customer experience. Their enthusiasm and passion, in which they champion the customer and try to resolve issues as quickly as possible, means that they are always aiming to exceed expectations and ensure that our customers are happy with their outcomes.

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Topics: Further Education

How can your FE college avoid weak financial management?

Posted by Nick Pidgeon on May 10, 2017

With calls from Further Education (FE) leaders for more transparency in the recently reported Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) grading of financial and overall health, and strong sentiments from Peter Lauener’s call for colleges to engage in more effective self-assessment, the need for colleges to incorporate self-assessment into their organisational DNA now seems key to their financial resilience.

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Topics: Further Education

Apprenticeship quality – a race to the bottom or an opportunity to stand tall?

Posted by Mat Kirby on March 28, 2017

The recent FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Conference brought together leaders from government, sector associations, colleges, training providers and employers, all hoping to shed more light on the changing landscape and establish how apprenticeship delivery will continue to change people's lives.

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Topics: Further Education

Transforming lives in Adult and Community Learning

Posted by Tribal Group on March 21, 2017

Many of those working in Adult and Community Skills delivery unsurprisingly are committed to transforming lives through education. Often those that engage with the services of adult education have previously fallen through the educational net, so access to, and good experience of education is a key challenge in the sector, and one that is being increasingly met through the use of data.

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Topics: Further Education

Top ten tips for self-assessment

Posted by Tribal Group on March 17, 2017

Self-assessment is widely-regarded as an essential element of the improvement cycle, but it is all too often misunderstood and maligned. Learning to self-assess effectively as an organisation is not easy and the skills to do so have to be developed. 

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Topics: Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability

Is your college admissions process counter-productive?

Posted by Tribal Group on March 13, 2017

For many further education providers online admissions might consist of an online prospectus and a form page for enquiries and applications. Behind the scenes college admissions staff can often be found printing out the completed forms, thereby turning the digital experience into a slow paper-based one, guilty of eating up excessive resource, delaying responses to applicants and running the risk of increasing drop-off rates as engagement reduces.

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Topics: Further Education

Can Further Education colleges follow Government's 'Digital by Default' strategy?

Posted by Tribal Group on March 2, 2017

Last week the government announced its delayed digital transformation strategy, setting out plans to deliver ‘digital by default’ services more efficiently across the public sector by 2020. By its own admission, “Government has been slow to use the transformative potential of digital technology to change the way it does business. It is at a double disadvantage, therefore: big and slow.”

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Topics: Further Education

Taking Support to the Next Level - Cardiff and Vale College

Posted by Richard Sharp on February 20, 2017

As the UK support lead at Tribal Group, delivering ever increasing standards of support to our customers is my passion. I am always seeking new and better ways to make sure that we provide Tribal customers with an experience that gives them confidence, and enables them to extract as much value as possible from Tribal's student management information system, ebs.

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Topics: Further Education

Can we blame the college bailouts on a lack of financial expertise?

Posted by Nick Pidgeon on January 20, 2017

The Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills recently confessed to the House of Commons that exceptional financial support to colleges has cost the UK £140m. (Source: FE Week 13/1/17)

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Topics: Further Education