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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

Louise Geddis-Regan
Louise Geddis-Regan
Innovation Marketing Officer

Innovative tutoring app, Peer Tutor offers parents and their children an education lifeline with affordable 121 tuition

Peer Tutor, an innovative peer-to-peer learning app, is providing crucial support and helping students to catch up on missed learning. We hear from Sacha who explains how Peer Tutor has helped her daughter Lucy rebuild her knowledge and confidence.

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

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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.

Wayne Harrison
Wayne Harrison
Managing Director & Founder of Peer Tutor

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]