Further education funding to be linked with performance

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Funding for further education courses is to be linked with high performance under a new funding model to be rolled out shortly. More than 200,000 people participate in further education courses each year, including school-leavers and adults seeking ‘second chance’ education. However, in a report over the summer the Department of Public Expenditure found there was a ‘fragmented’ and “disjointed” approach to the way more than €800 million was being spent in the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Further education spending is ‘disjointed’, claims review

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is a ‘fragmented’ and ‘disjointed’ approach to the way more than €800 million is being spent on further education courses, a Government review has found. More than 200,000 people participate in further education courses each year, including school-leavers and adults seeking ‘second chance’ education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Study finds few students in further education go on to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students in further education and training courses face significant barriers progressing on to third level, new research shows. This is despite a Government policy of increasing the number of students who have completed training or post-Leaving Cert courses in colleges and universities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Further education has been reorganised, but on the ground little seems to have changed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s further education and training strategy was devised at the height of the economic crisis in 2012, to upskill the labour force and so drive economic and employment growth. This was designed to increase productivity, leading to more secure employment and reduce unemployment …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Further education funding to be linked with ‘performance’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Courses in the further education and training (FET) sector are to be measured against ‘performance-based outcomes’ under a new funding model to be piloted later this year. Solas, the State agency regulating FET, plans to direct funding ‘where it’s going to be most effective’…” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Fears cuts to further education will result in dumbed-down courses

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A teachers’ leader has warned that courses taken by about 50,000 post-Leaving certificate students and the unemployed every year run the risk of being dumbed down because of rationalisation in the further education and training sector …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 April]

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Underperforming courses to lose funds in further education shake-up

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2014 by steve

“Further education courses which are underperforming, by failing to attract students or match them with job opportunities, will have their funding cut under an eagerly awaited five-year strategy for the sector …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Ministers Quinn and Cannon launch the first ever five year strategy for Further Education and Training

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2014 by steve

“Further Education and Training needs to be seen as a strong and valid alternative to Higher Education. The first ever strategy for the Further Education and Training FET sector is being launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, and Minister of State for Training and Skills Ciarán Cannon TD …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 May]

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Ruairi Quinn under fire AGAIN … over college opening times

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Ruairi Quinn enraged teachers again by announcing plans to keep some colleges open all year round. The Education Minister revealed he wants certain courses to run on a 12-month cycle but he never consulted unions before detailing the radical proposals …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Mirror, 23 April]

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Teachers ‘horrified’ at Quinn’s lack of consultation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn opened up a fresh conflict with teachers yesterday by telling those in further education they will have to work during the summer under a major reform of the sector …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 April]

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FÁS is no more … say hello to SOLAS

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2013 by steve

“The new Further Education and Training Authority Solas is replacing An Foras Áiseanna Saothair, now that the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has signed the order for its establishment …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 October]

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Education congress to discuss profound change in further education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2013 by steve

“Fears over education budget cuts will occupy delegates today at the first congress of the newly formed Education and Training Boards Ireland …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Spotlight on further education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“The €370m further education and training sector could face a major change in focus as a review examines how well it is addressing the needs of the unemployed. The training requirements of those who have been unemployed long-term are coming in for particular scrutiny …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 August]

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Protest calls for reversal of student-teacher ratio increase

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2013 by steve

“Government plans to increase the student to teacher ratio in the further education sector will result in the loss of up to 100 teachers in Dublin and 400 teachers nationally, a protest in Dublin heard today …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 April]

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Future of ‘School of Rock’ threatened by cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2013 by steve

“They are courses that helped put Irish graduates on the world stage, literally, and now they are under threat …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 April]

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Further Education and Training Programmes Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has quantified the likely number of teaching jobs, course offerings and student places that may be lost as a result of his plans to increase the student teacher ratio in the further education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 March]

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‘Armageddon’ in further education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – I was pleased to read Fintan O’Toole’s comment (Opinion, February 19th) that one of the requirements of a good educational service is security for teachers …” (more)

[Marie Humphries, Irish Times, 23 February]

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Future of Further Education and Training: Statements

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

Acting Chairman (Senator Diarmuid Wilson): It is my great pleasure to welcome a former Member of the House and now Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Deputy Ciarán Cannon …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 20 February]

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500% increase in higher education courses offered to those with FETAC qualifications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien, TD, has said the thousands of adult learners who benefit from PLC courses highlights the short-sightedness of the government’s decision to increase the pupil teacher ratio from 17:1 – 19:1 in the further education sector …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 January]

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Teaching and Learning in Further Education

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2013 by steve

“Today I attended a short Conference at NCI on teaching and learning in the FE sector in Ireland. It is not a sector that I am very familiar with, so I was keen to learn more about the sector and meet some of the teachers and practitioners that are the educators in this space …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 25 January]

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