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Tuesday October 4, 2016
Did you know our CEO, Fiona Hudson-Kelly has written a book? Survival of the Smartest: Entrepreneurial strategies for today's college leaders is out now!
Monday October 3, 2016
Smart Assessor have made it onto the UK's Top 50 Growing Tech Companies
Thursday September 29, 2016

Our CEO ​has been busy keeping fit and raising money for charities, giving back to those who can help others.


Thursday April 14, 2016
Smart Assessor were one of the sponsors of FE Week's Spring Data Conference this April, as we want to understand more about the data challenges you face in your world, so that we can help design our technologies to make data capturing and analysis smoother.
Thursday December 10, 2015
​We are delighted to welcome Louise Wilcox to the Smart Assessor team as our new Training Manager.
Wednesday July 16, 2014
Find out here about the latest information about the new Skills Minister.
Tuesday July 2, 2013
Thought this supplement of the FE week was really interesting discussing effective Leadership & Governance. Click here to read the supplement.
Wednesday June 5, 2013

Following the groundbreaking success of last year’s study, LSIS and AELP have now completed the second WBL Workforce survey report for 2011/12, allowing them to map, compare and benchmark trends in workforce development year on year.

Click here to download the survey results from the AELP web site.

Tuesday February 26, 2013

Foreword by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills

Apprenticeships are at the heart of our drive to equip people with the skills that employers need. They are rightly popular both with businesses and with young people.

But when I speak to employers, they consistently tell me that they are concerned that young people often lack the right skills and attitudes when they apply for an Apprenticeship or other jobs.

This is perhaps not surprising – too many young people have little or no experience of seeking, or being in, work. At a time when young people are competing for jobs against adults with more skills and experience, we risk younger people being passed over for these opportunities. That is not right.

Click here to read the full discussion paper

Tuesday February 19, 2013

Thirty-one colleges from across the UK have come together with the aim of entering the vocational education marketplace in India over the coming years.

Nick Linford, Editor of FE Week, has prepared a special FE supplement from his visit to India with the AoC India delegation.

"On first hearing that 30 FE colleges were to have a permanent presence in India I was intrigued. I asked myself, is there not enough of a challenge educating learners and supporting employers during tough economic conditions in the UK? Why use precious resources chasing contracts in unfamiliar countries, where many have tried and failed before?" are his opening words.

This is an excellent supplement and makes for interesting reading. To download the free supplement visit the FE week web site

Monday January 7, 2013
More than 550 staff are facing an uncertain future after Pearson announced it was dropping its UK adult education business with a loss of £120m. The firm revealed the plans for Pearson in Practice, which has around 5,000 learners, this morning with news of a consultation, set to last 90 days, on the future of its workers. Pearson chief executive John Fallon said: “We very much regret the decision to plan for closure, but we believe we have explored and exhausted all alternatives. For the full article go to
Monday December 10, 2012
FE Week  reveal that the Minister for Skills has written to two members of the 14-16 College Implementation Group, confirming that “from next September we will now make full time 14-16 enrolment available as a new avenue” for FE and sixth form colleges.

Full news story on their web site
Tuesday November 13, 2012
I found this report from the Gazelle Group really interesting discussing entrepreneurial learning. The debate around post-compulsory education in the UK has been dominated by the relationships between education, employment and competitiveness in the global knowledge economy. The golden thread running through the debate is the importance attached to advancing vocational and technical skills as tangible outputs of the education system and the keys to industrial competitiveness. But what if we’ve got this wrong? What if the real drivers of our collective and individual success in work have moved beyond technical skills? And what if our further education system is failing to adapt to people’s experiences of work and needs for learning in the knowledge economy?
Tuesday October 30, 2012

This short paper describes a number of ways in which far‑sighted colleges
are drawing on those strengths to support young people in their communities.
It also illustrates another key characteristic of the FE sector: its flexibility,
responsiveness and willingness to engage in creative new partnerships for the
benefit of learners and employers.

Click here to read the full report

Thursday October 11, 2012

With skill shortages a major obstacle to business expansion, firms are being encouraged to find new ways of working with the education sector.

Lack of access to the right skills is becoming a problem for many organisations, but firms are now being encouraged to invest in one of their most valuable resources – their employees – through new part-time or workplace training schemes

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