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Opportunity for All: Strong Schools with Great Teachers for Your Child

Department for Education Whitepaper sharing the latest advice on how schools can help children reach their best potential.

Cost-Effective Marketing Tips for Marketing Colleges on a Budget

The number of students participating in Further Education fell by 11.4% between 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Antoinette Beekye, Head of Marketing, Communications and Enrichment at Waltham Forest College, shares some cost-effective strategies to market colleges on a budget, promoting growth within the college.

Promoting Social Mobility through Apprenticeships

The number of apprenticeship starts from the most disadvantaged quintile fell by 30% between 2015/16 and 2018/19. In this video Edward Donkor from the Social Mobility Commission explores how apprenticeships can improve social mobility and provides a toolkit for employers, and other stakeholders, to increase the accessibility of their apprenticeship programmes.

Esther Kent, Academic Director, Employability & Placement Lead for Sport, Sheffield Hallam University

We’re delighted to welcome Esther Kent, Academic Director, Employability & Placement Lead for Sport, Sheffield Hallam University, as a new content contributor to MyGovCentral. Esther is responsible for providing strategic leadership to shape the design and delivery of an integrated range of services to achieve a transformative and exceptional experience for all students, graduates, academics, and industry partners (present and future) that maximises student employability.

In conversation: Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

In 2020 around 43% of those seeking asylum in the UK were women and children. Of these, 8% were children who arrived in the country without a parent or guardian. We spoke to Coventry City Council, about they are working with local partners to provide more holistic care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Introducing the Midwifery T-Level at La Retraite Sixth Form

T-levels are an alternative qualification students can study as an alternative to studying A levels. We heard from Ruth Coyle, Director of Learning at La Retraite Catholic Girls School about how the school is introducing a Midwifery T-Level to the curriculum.

Showcasing Local Employers to Improve Youth Employment Opportunities

The number of young people not in education, employment or training in January to March 2022 was estimated at 10.4%. We heard from Julie Young, Post-16 Advisor at Somerset County Council, about how the TalentEd Academy programmes has provided young people with opportunities to explore future careers following education.

Introducing the Construction T-Level at La Retraite Sixth Form

T Levels provide students with an alternative qualification to A Levels and can help students get into skilled employment and higher education. We heard from the Director of Learning at La Retraite Sixth form about how they are working to introduce a Construction T Level to the curriculum.

Improving Prospective Student Engagement in FE through Effective Marketing

There was a 15.6% decrease in the number of people enrolled in further education courses in 2019/20, compared with the previous year. We spoke to Antoinette Beekye, Head of Digital Marketing, Communications and Enrichment at Waltham Forest College about the current issues facing the FE sector and how they have developed marketing strategies to mitigate these.

Delivering Excellence in Teaching Arts: Becoming a Leader in Cultural Education

Curious Minds have made it their mission to train teachers . We heard from Derri Burdon, Chief Executive of Curious Minds who discussed the wealth of training programmes on offer for teachers wanting to become cultural education leaders.

The Current State of the Education Estate

£23 billion was provided by the DFE between 2016 and 2021 for schools to create new buildings, improve their spaces and rebuild buildings in the worst condition. This infographic gives an overview of the current issues facing the education estate as well as suggestions on how schools can increase their funds.

Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of the Education Workforce

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental wellbeing of the education workforce, with 72% of education staff reporting consistent stress at work. Sinéad McBrearty from Education Support offered their recommendations for government, policy makers and schools for supporting the mental health of the workforce.

Using Digital Technologies to Improve Staff and Student Wellbeing

Lockdowns negatively impacted the mental health of 42% 16-24 year-olds, with almost 1 in 5 adults suffering from depression in the pandemic. Weston College has put in place digital solutions to the mental health challenges faced by students and staff. This case study examines the importance of these digital tools on the wellbeing of students and staff.

Data Management for Schools: Using Destination Data to Inform Career Guidance

Destination data is used to track where students go on to after they leave school. It can be used to understand the trajectory future students will take, allowing schools to amend career guidance We heard from Neil Willis and Tom Gallon the North East Local Enterprise Partnership about how they use destinations data to better student prospects.

Embedding Cost-Effective Wellbeing Strategies in Schools

The Bishop Young Academy in Leeds has received national recognition for their work on championing staff wellbeing in their school community. This article outlines their key strategies for delivering cost-effective wellbeing services, as well as sharing the impact of their work on staff wellbeing.

Women in STEM: Supporting and Retaining Female STEM Students

Men are significantly overrepresented in subjects such as physics and maths. Dr Helen Coulshed is Chair of the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Equality and Diversity Committee at King’s College London. They share the efforts of their institution to recruit and retain women studying STEM.

Women in STEM: Intersectional Inclusion, the BAME Student in Engineering Network

According to the 2018 State of Engineering Report, only 15% of engineering employers make efforts to attract and retain women in engineering and technical roles. Charlotte Ajomale-Evans from Swansea University BAME Students in Engineering Network shares insights into the challenges BAME students face when studying STEM subjects in Higher Education.

Women in STEM: Increasing Female Students Uptake of STEM in Education

The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme aims to increase participation in advanced maths qualifications. Rachel Beddoes is Girls’ Participation Coordinator and Employer Liaison & Careers Lead on the Programme. They share strategies for encouraging girls to overcome challenges that are stopping them from studying STEM in Further and Higher Education.

Revising Drugs Support and Education for Children and Young People

The tragic death of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs highlighted the lack of awareness and understanding around drugs among both young adults and parents. His mother, Fiona, founder of the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, explains the importance of being realistic about drugs in order to save young lives.

HEFE Marketing: Implementing Successful Digital Communications Strategies

Weston College pride themselves in the use of digital platforms in their marketing strategy. David Crew, Head of Business Growth at the college shared how digital tools can accumulate more regional partnerships for FE institutions.