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FE College Finance – why a collaborative approach to performance benchmarking will set the new standard in FE…

Posted by Phil Moseley on May 3, 2019

Collaboration in FE is not a new concept, particularly when it comes to provision  (with an ITP or HEI) and/or shared services (such as HR and Payroll). Indeed, many colleges engage frequently with and benefit from collaborating with their AoC (or other) regional network. But what we are yet to see as a sector, is colleges regularly engaging in formal relationships with others around performance benchmarking… 

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Topics: Further Education, Blog

The Apprenticeship Levy: reflections on funding, two years on

Posted by Matt Butson on April 29, 2019

In May 2019, the apprenticeship reforms will be entering their third year. Long enough for the policy to have bedded in sufficiently to provide meaningful data on how providers and employers are using the levy. Now seems a good time to reflect on the reforms.  Before we do, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the breadth of these changes:

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability, Blog

The Strategic SENCo at the Heart of School Improvement

Posted by Bonnie Maslin on April 25, 2019

Weedon (2018) describes the SENCo as ‘being at the confluence of an ever-increasing barrage of expectations and demands’. Shrinking SEN budgets, increasingly complex pupil needs, and a profession at near crisis point in terms of recruitment and retention, sets a bleak scene in which to support some of our most vulnerable learners. As a busy SENCo (often juggling other roles in school too) it can feel impossible to be ‘something to everyone’. So what is it that makes highly effective leadership of provision for pupils with SEN? 

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Topics: Schools & Early Years, Blog

Overcoming the common reasons why IT change programmes fail

Posted by Prue Beams on April 25, 2019

Large-scale IT change programmes are notoriously complex to implement, and all too often fall short of project goals. To deliver the agreed scope on time and within budget takes experienced project management expertise, and ensuring the business is willing to change to reach the strategic outcomes of the project takes active project sponsorship. But these aren’t the only challenges. 

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog

What do we mean by 'value for money' in HE

Posted by Mat Kirby on April 23, 2019
The theme for the recent BUFDG Annual Conference (a conference held by the British Universities Finance Directors Group), was "Beyond Money". Going beyond the financial balancing act that comes with running a university, to focus more on the different aspects of 'value', albeit from the perspective of a Finance Director of a higher education institution.
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Topics: Higher Education, Blog

Strategic Drift: Why an optimisation review is inevitable

Posted by Prue Beams on April 17, 2019

Let’s be honest, few projects ever manage to deliver all the expected benefits or meet every stakeholders’ expectations. Implementing a new SMS is no small task, and inevitably scope changes, contingencies get spent, and there becomes a bucket of work that falls to the BAU team to be delivered under the ‘Continuous Improvement’ banner. And as time moves on there are new releases, new product modules, changing market drivers and expectations for student experience, new technology platforms and integrations that need to be kept on top of.

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog

Using Maslow to support a calmer classroom

Posted by Janev Mehmet on April 15, 2019

There is often the notion that challenging behaviour in class interferes with teaching and therefore it is the child or young person at fault. However in reality, the misbehaviour of some pupils is often a camouflage to hide a whole host of other challenges that the child or young person may be experiencing in class, like, for example speech and language difficulties that prevent communication or writing.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years, Blog

Gaining buy-in to develop an effective Operational Support Model

Posted by Prue Beams on April 8, 2019

In our last blog we discussed how validating Business and Release Readiness can make or break project success. Which is why the team here at Tribal has worked with customers to develop a best practice readiness validation tool. Used effectively, this tool is proven to:

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog

Five reasons you should be attending the Tribal Empower Conference 

Posted by Lauren Hancox on April 4, 2019

You're a long-standing Tribal customer and thinking about attending the Tribal Empower Conference. But you're busy. Budgets are tight. Your manager wants return on investment. Time away from the day job can be difficult to muster … but logic is in the logician.   

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Blog

Business and Release Readiness: when is the right time to start planning what needs to be assessed?

Posted by Prue Beams on April 1, 2019

The competing demands and stress leading up to go-live can leave any good project manager wondering ‘what have we forgotten?’  It is not unusual for a go-live decision to be based on compromises and an acceptance of a certain amount of risk.  But what can be done leading up to this point to assess how ready an organisation is for the change and to address any business or technical readiness gaps?

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog