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October 17, 2017  

This week, Sarah Simons talks to Tony Payne, head of student experience at Canterbury College (soon to be part of the East Kent College Group), about the NEU superunion's focus on FE, and whether a ‘one union’ approach is in the best interests of the sector. They also discuss the ongoing WorldSkills 2017 competition in Abu Dhabi – and the "massive sacrifice" Team UK competitors must make in order to hone their craft to a world standard – as well as how disruptive romantic relationships between students can be to the learning process.

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Professors Robert and Elizabeth Bjork are among the world's leading researchers into memory and learning. For this podcast, they discuss what teachers need to know about memory and explain how group work, tailoring content to student interests and testing are key to helping students retain knowledge. 

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September 29, 2017  

In this week’s podcast, FE editor Stephen Exley and Tes columnist Sarah Simons talk about how general FE colleges are "owed millions" in funding for high-needs students following changes to legislation. They also look at the reaction from across the FE sector to the content of the reformed functional skills in English and maths; discuss the importance of investing in staff digital literacy and warn of the perils of sending emails to unfamiliar recipients…

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In the second episode of Tes Podagogy - the Tes podcast all about teaching and learning – Dylan Wiliam, emeritus professor of assessment at UCL Institute of Education author of books including Inside the Black Box, talks about the complex relationship between education research and classroom practice and ruminats upon everything from Dweck's Mindset theory to John Sweller's Cogntiive Load Theory. 

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In the first episode of Tes Podagogy - the Tes podcast all about teaching and learning – Daisy Christodoulou, author of Seven Myths About Education and Making Good Progress – explains why assessment is important, how teachers can do it better and why it's much more interesting than some would have you believe. 

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August 14, 2017  

Join Sarah Simons and Stephen Exley for a discussion about the week's big issues in FE. Including: why hundreds of SEND students are in limbo over whether they will start college next month; the private equity firm stumping up £135k to support disadvantaged college students; and the college which has put WorldSkills at the heart of its curriculum.

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August 4, 2017  

In this week's podcast Stephen Exley talks to Sarah Simons about how colleges are being forced to ditch A levels due to funding pressures. An exclusive survey, carried out by the Association of Colleges in partnership with Tes, reveals that 60 per cent of colleges offering A levels have had to cut back on the number of subjects available to their students. Stephen and Sarah also chat about one of the great characteristics of FE – its diversity – and how it needs to be maintained in a post-Brexit world, as well as how UTCs are a great idea (in theory) but, all too often, struggle in practice, and the importance of CPD in the FE sector.

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April 28, 2017  

This week the Tes FE News team discuss the thorny issue of principals' salaries. Government figures reveal that in 2015-16 almost 60 per cent of colleges increased spending on principals' and CEOs' salaries, while their staff experienced a national pay freeze. The team also talk about the bromance between apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon and his opposite number, Gordon Marsden, and explain to listeners what an apprenticeship really is.

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March 24, 2015  

Stonewall is a charity which works to achieve equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. In this episode of the TES FE Podcast, Sarah Simons talks to Hannah Kibridge of Stonewall about how to combat homophobic language and celebrate diversity in colleges.

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March 24, 2015  

In this Christmas episode of the TES FE Podcast Sarah Simons chats with Reverend Kate Bottley. As well as being an Anglican priest, mum, wife and star of Channel 4’s Gogglebox, Reverend Kate is the chaplain of an FE college. Here she discusses support for students, vulnerability & giving out gorillas.

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