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Further education

Specific advice for members about pay and conditions in Further Education (FE) Colleges and information about our campaigns in the Post-16 sector.


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Lesson observation in FE Colleges

This guidance outlines NEU best practice models for both the conduct of lesson observations and the Teaching and Learning Observation System (TLOS) framework within which they are conducted.

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Redundancy in the FE sector (for reps)

Redundancy has unfortunately become a fact of life for education staff in recent years. This guidance is for workplace reps about redundancy and the consultation process that NEU’s FE members whose posts are at risk should expect.

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Restructuring in FE Colleges

When colleges are going through restructuring members understandably look to their union for support and advice. This guidance is intended to assist NEU college reps in dealing with the issue and ensuring that restructures are carried out fairly and transparently.

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Deregulation of FE teaching

NEU believes deregulation strikes at the heart of teaching professionalism in FE. It will do nothing to boost low morale and could herald further attacks on pay and conditions alongside further rises in duties and workload.

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Employment rights in the further education sector

Details of your statutory rights as an employee in the Further education sector. In some cases your contract will provide you with better terms and conditions and, if this is the case, those better terms and conditions will apply.

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Post-16 Sector

If the Government is to achieve its agenda of levelling up and the promise of better jobs, it must restore funding and pay in the sector.

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Joint unions express outrage at pay offer

Trade unions representing staff in English further education colleges have today (Thursday) slammed the decision by the Association of Colleges (AoC) to offer a 1% pay increase and demanded to know what additional Government funding had been spent on.

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Further Education funding

The system is broken. Colleges are financially struggling, with staff numbers decimated. We need money for staff: parity with schools would require a £7000 pay catch-up for FE college teachers. 

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Sixth form and college funding

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union has commented on 16-19 Education Funding: Trends and Implications, a report published today by the Education Policy Institute (EPI).

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