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The Impact of Snow Days on Student Learning and Provider Financial Viability

We Don't get Snow Days Where I Live! Snow Days Can Cost College and Training Providers Dear

The following video details the impact closure on snow days has, how to overcome closure due to snow days and some of the research carried out in the US into closure due to bad weather.

The findings might surprise you .. they did me. And America’s solution to snow days, Make Up Days! Extra Days when colleges and schools open to make up for lost time.

If you want to read about the topic in more depth you’ll find an article in my regular column on FE News

https://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/16330-the-impact-of-snow-days-on-learning-and-financial-viability

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Three Email Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

I first started using email in 1996, the year Hotmail was started. It was useless in terms of FE marketing for one simple reason. There were very few people with Hotmail or any other sort of email accounts. None of my friends had one and none of my college’s target audience understood what email was.

It was several years before colleges started using email to communicate with prospects and even longer before we all had websites.

Fax still ruled and mobile phones were so big and heavy that “mobile” seemed to be a misleading description.

So I’ve been using email for FE marketing so long that I suppose that makes me a bit of an expert.

Expert or not, there are lots of words of wisdom written about email marketing, I have to think twice about.  So much accepted wisdom is just plain mad. Continue reading

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FE Faces Extinction

FE is Facing ExtinctionCould Area Reviews, poor financial track records and being digitally challenged spell the extinction of the FE college?

That is the argument of some private providers I had lunch with recently.  They thought FE colleges had real problems with the calibre of governors, a marked lack of understanding and reluctance to use digital and much more.

Have they got is right or totally wrong?  Most FE staff have strong feelings over this but tend not to voice their views too loudly. What is your view?

The full article can be found in my regular column on FE News.

 

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Generating Income, FE Space Utilisation & Pop Up Restaurants

Pop Up Restaurants Make MoneyGenerating More Income in FE isn’t Always Easy

…. but that is usually due to our mindset.

One major asset we have is space .. and it is worth money but not if we think about it in the wrong way.

You see we think about space in terms of how we would normally use it and can’t see beyond this.

But turn your thoughts upside down and look at the space in a different way.

The space doesn’t need using for its original purpose.  It’s just space and can be used for a myriad of purposes.

Link your space to a local or national event and marvelous things happen.

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Localism and FE Funding

John Widdowson at the AOC conference John Widdowson discussed Localism and FE funding for FE News at the AOC conference.  Watch the video to hear John’s views.

 

 

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Martin Doel on Area Reviews and the Future of FE

Martin Doel on FEs Future Has FE a future?  Will Area Reviews ring the death knell or a new future?

Hear what Martin Doel told us at the AOC conference

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Terry Jones: The Transition from RAF Officer to College Principal

AOC conference attendees. This is where I met Terry Jones. Today I spoke to Terry Jones. I’ve been at the AOC conference for the last few days, working with FE News on the Future of FE.

FE is full of interesting characters and one of the most interesting recent appointments as a college principal is Terry Jones.  Terry has come hot foot from the RAF where he has had a career full of appointments that have prepared him for his new career as an FE principal.

I’ve been fortunate to meet Terry several times recently and could write pages on the my perception of his approach to FE.  For now though, lets let Terry speak for himself via the video on FE News

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The “Meet Richard Branson” Principle

If you were offered the chance to meet Richard Branson or an insurance salesman, to discuss whatever was on your mind, which would you choose?

My guess is you would say Richard Branson simply because he would probably say something that really resonated with your working life in some way or other.

Of course, like me, you might think insurance is a necessary evil but it doesn’t grab your attention so easily.

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Putting it simply! Basics that go wrong – all the time!

MVJ logoPutting it simply!

Basics that go wrong – all the time!

Morgan Vincent Jones (MVJ) Associates

Sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau

Sharing information on getting the basics right and lessons learned from experts in the field.

Inputs from:

Stefan Drew – Further education marketing specialist and best-selling author

Colin Evans – Former inspector and highly experienced sector guru

Mel Hollands – Apprenticeships and work based learning consultant

Rachel Jones – Funding and data specialist and former Vice Principal

Ioan Morgan – Leadership and management, values, behaviour and recovery expert and former college Principal.

Allan Shaw – Maths and English Consultant, experienced inspector and former acting Principal.

Lawrence Vincent – International student, governance specialist and former Principal.

MVJ is a partnership between:

Ioan Morgan CBE, a Principal with 30 years’ experience of leading outstanding colleges and former Chair of the 157 Group;

Dr Lawrence Vincent, the recently retired Principal of Bournemouth and Poole College with a wealth of experience with growing international work and is the Author of “10 Difficult Questions No Principal Wants To Be Asked”; and

Rachel Jones, a data and funding expert and is the turn to consultant for colleges refining their data, and a former Vice Principal.

Date: Friday October 23rd 2015 – 10 am- 2pm

At: Shakespeare Martineau:No 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham, B4 6AA

Cost: £25.00 per person RSVP:

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Don’t be Ashamed of Selling to Employers

Make sales, don't push impossible ideas up hill On July 1st I chaired the Apprenticeships for England Employer Engagement Event in Peterborough. It was a day of 10 minute presentations followed by debate, comment and discussion from the audience.

 

One idea put forward is that employers live in a world where sales is not a dirty word. It is what many of them do for a living. So we shouldn’t be ashamed of “selling” apprenticeships and we should stop trying to dress it up as something else.

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FE Quality Issues: Could FE Emulate Medicine?

Can Medicine Heal Further Education?Let me tell you a story about a drowning girl and how her story improved world medicine …….

AND could improve FE

 

See my article How Medicine Can Heal FEs Quality & Income Issues in FE News

 

 

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