From adult to higher education: how should it work?
28 November 2023
Join us for a reminder of the multiple benefits of adult education, the importance of breaking down barriers to higher education, and how we can unite these sectors to create a powerful common purpose.Listen now
Adult education and funding – where are we going wrong?
14 November 2023
No money, no trust and the decimation of adult education. Speaking on this episode, Shane Chowen, Editor of FE Week, and Janet Smith, CEO and Principal of Nottingham College, call for a reversal of the current transactional, short-term, narrow approach to adult education.Listen now
Community learning: how adult education benefits people and places
31 October 2023
Adult education has been called “the jewel in the crown” of the education sector. In this episode, we discuss the huge range of benefits that adult education has, not just for individuals but places and communities too.Listen now
Mind the gap – rethinking skills in adult education
17 October 2023
The skills gap. It’s a phrase you’re likely to hear whenever adult education is discussed. But do we focus on gaps and deficiencies too much?Listen now
Learn, learn and learn again: why adult education matters
3 October 2023
Adult education has been described as a permanent national necessity that should be both universal and lifelong. So, why does it matter so much?Listen now
Let’s Go Further on Adult Education: Series 3 Trailer
13 September 2023
If you're a provider, an employer, a politician, policymaker, or someone who simply feels passionately about what adult education can do, please make sure you join us for another inspiring and insightful series of Let's Go Further coming on October 3.Listen now
Playing the long game: what the Church of England can bring to FE
25 July 2023
The Church of England is the largest provider of faith-based schools in the UK and has representation in around 80% of further education colleges. So, what is its current role in education and what is its long-term vision?
The Reverend Nigel Genders CBE is Chief Education Officer of the Church of England. In this conversation, he explains how the Church strives to work for the ‘common good’ in education; the link between Christian vocation and vocation in colleges; and the challenges the Church has faced in expanding its work in FE.
Reclaiming bossy: seeing girls and women differently in education and work
27 June 2023
"If you can't see it, you can't be it."
This episode touches on the importance of having more women around the table. Tune in to hear us discuss how having more female leaders in education and wider society will inspire young women and girls.
We also look at the unique perspectives and experiences women can bring into traditionally male-dominated fields.
Thinking differently about neurodiversity
13 June 2023
Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia – most of us have heard of these neurodiverse conditions. But even if you do not have a diagnosed condition, you are still neurodiverse in some way – no two human minds are the same.
In this episode, we hear from Dr Louise Karwowski, Director of Education at Cognassist, and Paul Eeles, Chief Executive at the Skills and Education Group.
Breaking the cycle of reoffending: why education is key
30 May 2023
In the UK, we imprison more people per head of population than any other country in Europe. The financial cost of this is huge and reoffending rates are high – so what needs to change?Listen now
Let’s talk about sex, relationships and education
2 May 2023
Sex education – some find it uncomfortable, others find it controversial. But Dougie Boyd is here to make the case that it’s essential.
In this episode, Dougie Boyd (Director of Education and Wellbeing at Brook) talks about the need to dial down the rhetoric and acknowledge how essential effective Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is in order for children and young people to make sense of their place in the world around them.
Black, gay and proud
18 April 2023
How do we stop talking about racism at school and work and do something about it? In the first episode of series 2, we welcome Will Njobvu, Will explains the importance of representation in education and talks us through his journey as a young black boy hiding his identity from society.
Driving the economy: why FE is key
7 December 2022
In this conversation, Alun explains the importance of creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds, and the benefits this will have for both local communities and the wider UK economy.
We look forward to your company as we conclude the first series of the Let’s Go Further podcast.
Let’s re-assess: work less and learn more
23 November 2022
What if there was a way to reduce staff workload whilst improving learner grades? Listen as Linzi Smithies, Advanced Practitioner in Land-based Animal Science and Equine, talks us through what the DIRT and TOES method is all about.Listen now
Football and life goals: great match!
9 November 2022
What role can sport and exercise play in helping learners to reach their potential? Damian Butters, Sports Course Coordinator at Shipley college joins us on 'Let's Go Further' to discuss the power of sport as an educational tool to help improve learner life prospects.Listen now
The power of education, where it all starts
28 September 2022
In the first episode of Let’s Go Further, we are joined by Jaz Ampaw-Farr, a teacher, keynote speaker, trainer and 'resilience ninja'. You may have seen her on The Apprentice, in a TEDx talk, or at the Skills and Education Group Annual Conference in 2019.Listen now