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James Lane
James Lane
Sector Manager - Digital

National Coding Week

This week, NCFE is celebrating National Coding Week, which aims to help people better understand the world of computer coding.

Karen Ferguson
Karen Ferguson
Director of Linrow Education

Unstructured times are the worst!

Within a school environment, many strategies and techniques are in place to support and guide students on the Autistic Spectrum, and it’s important to focus upon the key areas of difficulty around social interaction, communication, thought, imagination and sensory.

Zac Aldridge
Zac Aldridge
Operations Director for Technical Education

Message from Zac Aldridge – Director of Qualifications and Assessment

As the end of the first year of T Level delivery has now closed, it’s time to take a breath and reflect on what has been a unique 12 months for our sector.

Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton
Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton
Head of Education & Youth at Stonewall (she / her)

Top tips for creating an inclusive FE environment

Further education is an important time for many lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) learners. A welcoming environment not only helps LGBTQ+ learners feel comfortable and supported; it also creates the kinds of conditions where they’re able to succeed and fulfil their potential.

Stephen Mordue
Stephen Mordue
Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sunderland

Five gears for wellbeing: Right gear at the right time

Just like in a car, first fear gets you going. In terms of self-care, first gear is our rest and recovery gear.

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Celebrating successful beginnings with Priestley College

Priestley College is one of 33 pioneering pilot providers involved in the roll out of T Levels in Education and Childcare to the first cohort of students. Colleagues at the college talked to NCFE about their T Level success, and how they maintained access to vital industry placements for their students.

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Celebrating successful beginnings: Lexie’s T Level story so far

As we come to the end of the first teaching year of the T Level in Education and Childcare, we’re reflecting on the past few months to find out how students have found the experience so far. We spoke to Lexie, who is studying a T Level in Education and Childcare at Exeter College, about her first year of study.

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Education and Childcare T Level student wins ‘Learner of the Year’ award

The ‘Learner of the Year’ category in our Aspiration Awards honours learners who are developing themselves through vocational qualifications from NCFE, making positive improvements to their lives. This year’s winner was Katie Albert, who is currently studying the T Level in Education and Childcare at Blackpool and the Fylde College.

Craig Wade
Craig Wade
Health, Science and Social Care Sector Manager at NCFE

An introduction to Craig Wade, Health, Science and Social Care Sector Manager at NCFE

An introduction to Craig Wade, Health, Science and Social Care Sector Manager at NCFE

Naomi Rainbow
Naomi Rainbow
Publisher / Product Owner at Extend Education

How digital learning can help build three key job skills post-Covid

Covid-19 has affected nearly every facet of how we engage with the world, changing how we approach leisure, work and education. Many education organisations have had to adapt quickly and embrace digital learning.

Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson
Curriculum Officer

Getting ready to teach: top tips for September

Kelly Johnson, Curriculum Officer at NCFE, has put together the following top tips to support you and your colleagues with getting ready to teach next session.

Jessica Blakey
Jessica Blakey
Assessment Design Manager

The 3 As of the future of assessment

How a focus on authenticity, accessibility and automation will help create truly transformational end-to-end learning experiences

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

The reality of levelling up: tackling barriers to lifelong learning

The role of lifelong learning in the evolving employment landscape is finally getting the recognition it deserves, but without the means and motivation, will individuals really be able to seize the opportunity?

Lauren Watson
Lauren Watson
Marketing Campaigns and Operations Officer

5 tips for traineeship triumphs

A traineeship’s power is its simple, sharp focus on employability and employment. Where other education and training programmes might build the technical skills, knowledge and behaviours a learner needs for a sustained career in a given sector, traineeships help young people smash through the more immediate barrier of finding, getting and keeping a job. Take a look at our five top tips for traineeship triumphs!

Janine Oliver
Janine Oliver
Head of Assessment Innovation

Looking to the future of assessment at NCFE

NCFE is an educational charity with the core purpose to ‘promote and advance learning, helping to create a fairer, more inclusive society’. Our primary concern is the opportunities and outcomes that learners achieve in their learning, career and in life.

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News Article

Highlighting charities that are driving equal education for all

In a time when the attainment gap is widening, exacerbated by the disruption to education during the pandemic, it’s particularly important to focus on the actions we can all take to make education inclusive for those from all backgrounds, situations, and underrepresented groups.

Daniel Howard
Daniel Howard
Skills Forward Managing Director

Proud to be leading the diversity and inclusion drive at NCFE

In June each year, LGBTQ+ communities come together worldwide to honour the Stonewall uprising in 1969, and to promote equal justice and equal opportunity. Of course, simply changing a logo will not result in real change. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion – and driving access to and equality of education for all – goes far beyond this.

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Case Study: Equality and Diversity qualification helping pupils to challenge stereotypes

Samantha Dowling, Head of Life Skills at Y Pant Comprehensive School, shares insight into how NCFE’s Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity is helping pupils to challenge stereotypes.

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

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Daniel Howard
Daniel Howard
Skills Forward Managing Director

Making the UK employable: Plan for Jobs and Build Back Better

Unemployment is not a new issue, but it is very much at the forefront of both the public and government agenda as we emerge from lockdown measures and move towards more normality in our day to day lives.

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Turning learning loss into learning gains – adapting and evolving is key

‘Learning loss’ is a well-documented challenge faced by parents, learners and educators during the course of the pandemic. There’s no doubt that barriers to learning (including the recent extended lockdowns) have the potential to widen achievement gaps, affect short-term outcomes for learners as well as having longer term implications in terms of progression prospects and economic impacts.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Association of Colleges
Association of Colleges
Guest Blog

Extend pupil premium and offer full year of education recovery to support student catch-up

Association of Colleges has published results from a survey of colleges, revealing the extent of damage to students’ education during the pandemic.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

NCFE’s remote invigilation supporting NHS keyworker to success

Jake Reading is a Functional Skills learner and NHS healthcare assistant and is completing his assessment through remote invigilation so he can take the next step in his journey to becoming a mental health nurse.

Lucy Emmerson
Lucy Emmerson
Director, Sex Education Forum

Tricky RSHE topics – finding a developmental approach is key

Consent, LGBT+, pornography and FGM – these are aspects of Relationships and Sex Education that we are frequently asked about in Sex Education Forum (SEF) training sessions, and the question is generally the same. How can we teach it appropriately?

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

2021 Spring Budget – what does it mean for education and skills?

Realism was the leading theme ahead of yesterday’s budget announcement, paving the way for some unpopular decisions as we try to find a way through the financial impact of the pandemic.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Join us at the FED National Education Summit

NCFE is supporting the Foundation for Education Development (FED) to explore how a long-term plan for education is needed for our country at a virtual National Education Summit on 1 - 4 March.

Anna Morrison
Anna Morrison
Founder and Director, Amazing Apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Week Anna Morrison Amazing Apprenticeships

Anna Morrison, founder and director of Amazing Apprenticeships, looks at the ways in which employers can promote inclusivity and a diversity through their apprenticeship programmes with top tips for inclusive recruitment practices.

David Redden
David Redden
External Quality Assurance Officer

The importance of formative assessment

We now know that vocational exams that were due to take place in February and March will be cancelled for learners. With the current Ofqual consultation looking at alternative ways to assess and award grades this year.

Liz Williams MBE
Liz Williams MBE
Chief executive of FutureDotNow

Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
PR and Social Media Officer

Skills for Jobs White Paper - summary and media coverage

The government published the long-awaited Skills for Jobs White Paper. Described as FE’s ‘day in the sun’, the paper shines a light on the national training landscape and provides some much-needed reassurance amid the Covid-19 crisis.

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Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Keeping motivated during lockdown

Research from The Health Foundation in December 2020, showed that the most common issues affecting wellbeing during the pandemic were worry about the future (63%), feeling stressed or anxious (56%) and feeling bored (49%).

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Blue Monday: Practical mental health solutions

Practical support for educators to support students' mental health from CACHE including free guides, resources, supporting qualifications and more.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Jayne Graham
Jayne Graham
Executive Director, Society Matters cic

A ‘career’ in the Community and Voluntary Sector, really?

The Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS) is probably better known as a route for people to volunteer, perhaps as a way to ‘give back’ at the end of a career, than as a provider of formative or developmental career opportunities.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Supporting learners to succeed during the pandemic

With Further Education colleges closed during lockdown and intermittently afterwards due to coronavirus cases in some classrooms, educators have needed to manage these disruptions to ensure that their learners don’t miss out on vital learning.

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Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

Spending Review – what does this mean for education?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the Spending Review on 25 November 2020. A one year settlement was provided, a change from the original plan to set budgets for the next three years, in light of the uncertainty to public finances caused by Covid-19. Below is a breakdown of key announcements and what we know so far.

Brenda McLeish
Brenda McLeish
CEO, Learning Curve Group

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

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David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

Matt Hamnett
Matt Hamnett
Strategic Advisor to the Board - NCFE

Paul Turner
Paul Turner
Futures Leader

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Inspirational college learner uses our qualification to progress on to university

17-year-old Emma Noble, a student from Ullswater Community College, was nominated in our 2020 Aspiration Awards for her motivation and effort during her studies and has since progressed to Higher Education.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Inspirational teacher receives record breaking number of nominations in prestigious awards

Julia Chaplin, a tutor at Brooklands College, received an impressive number of nominations in our 2020 Aspiration Awards in the Tutor of the Year category. The award recognises educators who have gone over and above to support their learners and receiving such a high number of nominations shows Julia has certainly left her mark on those she teaches.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Dedicated college student progresses through further education with the help of our qualification

Originally enrolled onto his Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner qualification as a late starter, Raja wasn’t going to let that stop him from achieving his goals. He was soon known by all learners and tutors within the college because of his friendly and considerate personality.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Newly qualified tutor supports learners to achieve 100% attendance during lockdown

Sharon Chatyoka, a Health and Social Care lecturer at Berkshire College of Agriculture, was nominated in our 2020 Aspiration Awards for the dedication and impact she demonstrates through her teaching.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

NCFE joins forces with Northumbria Police to tackle hate crime in the North East

NCFE has joined forces with Northumbria Police to put a stop to hate crime in the North East by launching internal Hate Crime Champions.

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Richard Eyre
Richard Eyre
Guest blogger

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Blended learning to achieve success

Although blended learning isn't a new term, it's certainly more prevalent now, as the sector’s response to Covid-19 forced education to swiftly adjust to using technology to support learning from home, in a way that was never envisaged before.

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Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

Highlighting the importance of lifelong learning at work

Following Boris Johnson’s pledge to support further education, businesses gear up to celebrate Learning at Work Week 2020. Employers and individuals across the country are gearing up to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning as ‘Learning at Work Week’ returns!

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Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

A way to wellness with NCFE health and fitness qualifications

Amy achieved her dream of becoming a PT by studying NCFE qualifications in health and fitness. Amy now helps women achieve their own individual fitness goals through one to one training sessions at her North East home.

Paul Turner
Paul Turner
Futures Leader

No support for FE and training in Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan

Yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined his “Winter Economic Plan” for supporting the business community through the second wave of Coronavirus.

Gillian Keegan
Gillian Keegan
Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

Message from Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

I’m delighted to share the news that the first T Level students are starting their courses this month.

Kristina Gray
Kristina Gray
Marketing Officer

Speed read: Top 5 takeaways from “Taking decisive action on youth employment”

Here are the top 5 takeaways to help you quickly understand why we are launching our ‘go the distance’ initiative, what impact it will have, and how you can get involved.

Zac Aldridge
Zac Aldridge
Operations Director for Technical Education

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Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Why choose NCFE for your school?

We will support you to develop an enhanced curriculum, so every one of your learners can reach their full potential, whatever that looks like to them.

David Gallagher
David Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer

The long road ahead


Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

Elliott Cook
Elliott Cook
Bid Executive

Steve O’Hare
Steve O’Hare
Director at SCLO Consulting

Steve O’Hare
Steve O’Hare
Director at SCLO Consulting

Steve O’Hare
Steve O’Hare
Director at SCLO Consulting

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

Leanne Poole
Leanne Poole
Senior Relationship Manager

Adapting to the new normal - supporting apprentices through COVID-19

EPA Plus has been responding quickly to the changing situation presented by COVID-19 to meet the needs of providers, employers and apprentices, and we’d like to share the results of this.

Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Marketing Executive

Team Leader apprentice successfully completes end-point assessment with EPA Plus

Tony Rossiter has successfully completed end-point assessment for the Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship standard. Tony works as a Senior Engineering Change Coordinator and decided to do the Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship at a later stage in his career because he wanted to test and demonstrate his skills in effective leadership and management.

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

Bold action from the Chancellor – but more is needed

Michael Lemin, Senior Policy Specialist at NCFE, unpacks the detail of the Chancellor’s economic statement, including the positive commitments made to youth employability

Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Policy and Research Manager

Revolutionary Forces discussion paper – top takeaways

In our recent discussion paper published in partnership with Campaign for Learning, a host of experts from across the FE, labour market economics, employment and mental health sectors explored the revolutionary forces facing the UK economy.

Rachel Cornforth
Rachel Cornforth
Learning Curve Group

Adapting delivery methods following COVID-19 – what does the future hold?

Learning Curve Group takes a look at the impact that COVID-19 has had on education and what this means for the future of the sector.

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

The FE sector needs the revolutionary post-16 white paper that has been promised now more than ever

A paper published today by NCFE and our friends at Campaign for Learning is urging the Government to ensure that the plans outlined in the forthcoming post-16 white paper are sufficiently flexible to meet the immense changes facing the UK economy.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Adapting to the new normal - supporting staff

COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on education in recent months. While we may not understand the true extent of these changes on the future of the sector, it’s critical we start forward planning, so you and your colleagues feel prepared and supported for what’s to come.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Adapting to the new normal - supporting learners

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a great deal of disruption to learning, the impact of which will be felt long into the next academic year and possibly beyond.

Rachel Hodgson
Rachel Hodgson
Marketing Officer

Vocational qualifications improve your learners’ employability skills

Ensuring young people leave their formal education ready for the workplace is a difficult task but one which providers have been challenged to deliver on as part of their careers education and commitment to employability skills.

Rachel Hodgson
Rachel Hodgson
Marketing Officer

The charities working hard to make education equal for all

This pride season, we wanted to highlight the work of fellow charities who are doing amazing things in the sector to make education inclusive for students, teachers, tutors, parents and carers. We believe that education is for everyone and the more diverse we can make this space, the more we can learn and the richer our experiences will be for it.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Lucy Emmerson
Lucy Emmerson
Director, Sex Education Forum

RSHE: What is the priority?


Rachel Hodgson
Rachel Hodgson
Marketing Officer

David Jones
David Jones
NCFE Product Manager

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

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Learning at Work Week takes to the air for 2020

Employers across the UK are being invited to take part in a first-of-its-kind virtual learning event this week as Learning at Work Week returns, but with a few twists!

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Leanne Tonks
Leanne Tonks
PR & Social Media Officer

How to engage learners while working remotely

Keeping learners engaged while working remotely has been a key challenge for the education sector during this enforced period of lockdown.

Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Marketing Officer

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week – raising awareness, encouraging conversations and showing a little kindness

Once again, CACHE is getting involved in this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual campaign hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

Press releases, editorials and blogs

Have we got news for you! You can access our full bank of recent press releases, comment pieces and editorials all in one place. From partnerships and launches, to thought pieces on hot topics in the sector - the rise of digital, the role we play in social mobility, the changing labour market, a post Covid-19 education landscape and much more. 

We also publish weekly blogs, keeping you up to date on the latest news within the education sector and beyond. Hear from a range of experts within the organisation, from our Senior Policy Specialists and Sector Specialists to our Chief Executive, as we unpick the issues that you care about the most. We also feature a range of guest bloggers from schools, colleges, training providers, the world of policy, and from industry.

Our brand

How we connect with people through our brand is essential to who we are and what we do. With this in mind, it’s important that our brand is applied correctly and consistently for the clarity of the organisations that we work with, as well as the learners completing our qualifications.

How to use our logosthis document was put together for our customers to give clear guidance on how to use our logos on both your printed and online materials.

Logos – If you’re an approved centre or partner of ours, we would be delighted if you would like to use our logo to showcase the fact that we are working together! To access our logos, simply email [email protected], stating your centre name and number as well as the logo that you require in line with what your centre is delivering (NCFE, CACHE, Accreditation & Employer Services, EPA Plus, Skills Forward). Please note, that if you stop working with us, we ask that you remove any logos or references to NCFE and its business units from your website and all collateral. This is to avoid confusion for learners about the qualifications and services that you are delivering. 

Media contacts and information

  • For more information about NCFE, our core purpose, our history and our future, please visit https://www.ncfe.org.uk/about-ncfe
  • For all media enquiries, please contact Lindsay Plumpton, Marketing Operations Manager, with your request and she’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You can reach Lindsay at [email protected]