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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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July 21, 2017  

Join the Tes team as we discuss the week’s biggest talking points in the world of education. We talk about a new PGCE course being offered by a for-profit university, which claims to be the first in the UK to focus on ‘knowledge based’ secondary and primary school teaching. And as we come to the end of 2016-17, we look back at a year dominated by funding issues, and that raised, and then dashed, the hopes of grammar school advocates. Tune in and enjoy. 

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July 14, 2017  

Sarah Simons and Stephen Exley discuss all this week's FE news. This includes a predicted increase of tens of thousands of GCSE English and maths resits; why functional skills should be made available as an alternative to GCSEs; how colleges can save the pennies to make sure staff get a pay rise; and why being "stressed" can sometimes mask more serious problems.

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July 14, 2017  

Join the Tes team as we discuss the week’s biggest talking points in the world of education. We talk about our Tes analysis which has uncovered the extent of the secrecy surrounding decisions about academies. We explore the top priorities of new Lib Dem education spokesperson Layla Moran - which include improving teachers' pay and morale. And we also discuss how teachers should embrace emojis as they are not going away anytime soon. Tune in and enjoy. 

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July 7, 2017  

Sarah Simons and Tes FE editor Stephen Exley discuss how a former FE minister could be set to make a nuisance of himself, why the controverisal University Technical Colleges have been handed an extra £31 million - and what on earth IS an Institute of Technology?

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July 7, 2017  

Join the Tes team as we discuss the week’s biggest talking points in the world of education. We talk about the latest research from a leading educational psychologist suggesting that Ofsted inspections should have a checklist. We discuss how teachers' pay has declined over the past seven years - and how austerity has forced some school staff to turn to food banks to get by. We also explore how schools can best deal with the latest fads - such as fidget spinners and JoJo bows. Tune in and enjoy. 

 

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June 16, 2017  

Join the Tes team as we discuss the week’s biggest talking points in the world of education. We talk about the spike in sexual offences in schools and the impact that online pornography can have on pupils' behaviour. We also discuss what schools can do combat fake expectations that have emerged from porn. And we look at the general election fallout and what it could mean for funding and social mobility. We also give a preview to our feature on Harry Potter in next week's magazine. Tune in and enjoy. 

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June 9, 2017  

Join the Tes team as we discuss the outcome of the general election. We talk about last night's event as they unfolded and we explore what it could all mean for funding and grammar schools. Tune in and enjoy. 

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May 26, 2017  

Join the Tes team as we discuss the week’s biggest talking points in the world of education. We talk about the looming crisis with maths as students up and down the country sit the tougher GCSEs. We discuss whether wellbeing programmes in schools can actually cause more damage than good. And we speak about how schools can make their work spaces more appealing to staff. Slides could be the answer. Tune in and enjoy. 

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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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