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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

March 24, 2015  

In this Ofsted special of the TES FE Podcast, our very own Sarah Simons is in conversation with Lorna Fitzjohn, Ofsted’s Director of FE & Skills, asking questions sent in by education professionals from all around the UK.

March 24, 2015  

In this episode, Sarah Simons learns about the FE and skills system in Brazil from the Association of Colleges' International Manager, Ayesha Williams. Sarah also talks to two FE leaders who have embarked on an international shadowing project, Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal of Kingston and Carshalton College and his counterpart, Patterson Patricio de Souza, a Professor and Director from a large college in the state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil.

March 24, 2015  

In this episode of The TES FE Podcast our very own Sarah Simons is joined by Tony Payne of Canterbury College, just as he came off stage at the AoC Conference after collecting the College’s Beacon Award. Sarah’s second guest is President of the National Union of Students, Toni Pearce who discusses the value of learner voice in helping colleges become relevant and responsive to local communities.

March 24, 2015  

This episode of the TES FE Podcast was recorded at the Association of Colleges’ Conference, where Sarah Simons spoke to Richard Atkins, President of the AoC and Principal of Exeter College about the organisation’s manifesto, plus new ideas for careers hubs and transport.

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