2017/18 in review: FE Week's cartoons

As 2017/18 draws to a close, we take a look back at the year in FE through the medium of FE Week’s cartoons.

Drawn by the talented Bill Houston (otherwise known as ‘that caricature guy’ – pictured above in action) they’ve been giving readers a light-hearted take on the week’s news since the paper’s earliest days. One has even ended up on the wall of a certain former skills minister.

We’ve pulled together all of the year’s cartoons for you to enjoy. Which is your favourite?

Issue 252 – July 13 2018 – Huge concern over surge in higher level management apprenticeships


Issue 251 – July 6 2018 – Three ‘inadequate’ UTCs in a week as Lord Baker blames Ofsted


Issue 250 – June 29 2018 – Damian Hinds defends T-levels timetable to Education Committee


Issue 249 – June 22 2018 – Skills minister: IfA is better but still not fast enough


Issue 248 – June 15 2018 – Atkins: Struggling colleges will still need stopgap funds


Issue 247 – June 8 2018 – Big five awarding giants compete for T-levels


Issue 246 – May 25 2018 – Mayor of London blames DfE for having to top-slice AEB


Issue 245 – May 18 2018 – Minister admits to confusion over apprenticeship quality accountability


Issue 244 – May 11 2018 – College staff striking for up to seven days in exam season


Issue 243 – May 4 2018 – UTC architect George Osborne says 14 start age ‘hasn’t worked’


Issue 242 – April 27 2018 – Mucklow tackles AEB devolution as director roles change at ESFA


Issue 241 – April 20 2018 – Apprenticeship starts still in free-fall


Issue 240 – April 13 2018 – Learndirect did not get ‘anywhere near’ winning legal battle against Ofsted, judge says


Issue 239 – March 23 2018 – Ofsted appears to back colleges in Progress 8 battle


Issue 238 – March 16 2018 – AELP dramatically ditches ETF ownership, effective immediately


Issue 237 – March 9 2018 – Milton not budging on 20 per cent off the job training rule


Issue 236 – March 2 2018 – Strike action escalates on a second day of college walkouts


Issue 235 – February 23 2018 – Huge expansion of higher education in colleges expected to follow post-18 funding review


Issue 234 – February 9 2018 – Off-the-job qualifications can be included in apprenticeships, IfA confirms


Issue 233 – February 2 2018 – Cambridge and Greggs join 352 organisations on the register of apprenticeship training providers


Issue 232 – January 26 2018 – FE commissioner Richard Atkins: ‘Funding for FE is unfair’


Issue 231 – January 19 2018 – Learndirect boss reveals ‘surprise’ at £45 million AEB allocation following tender withdrawal


Issue 230 – January 12 2018 – Government search site is flooded with hundreds of ‘locations’ for the same providers


Issue 229 – December 15 2017 –  IfA: ‘Faster and better’ promise from new boss


Issue 228 – December 8 2017 – Non-levy tender results finally shared


Issue 227 – December 1 2017 – T-levels: DfE won’t consult on 3-month work placements


Issue 226 – November 24 2017 – Baker clause: Schools obliged to let FE providers talk to pupils from January


Issue 225 – November 17 2017 – Principal finds viral fame with Dolly Parton cover for Justine Greening


Issue 224 – November 10 2017 – AoC boss talks tough over management apprenticeships


Issue 223 – November 3 2017 – ESFA plans new ‘trusted provider’ status for employer levy account management


Issue 222 – October 20 2017 – WorldSkills 2017: Team UK strikes gold in Abu Dhabi


Issue 221 – October 13 2017 – Outgoing ESFA boss takes ‘personal responsibility’ for Learndirect decisions


Issue 220 – October 6 2017 – Struggling PM pledges to create best-ever technical education system


Issue 219 – September 29 2017 – The questions-without-answers pile up


Issue 218 – September 22 2017 – Ofqual considers special treatment for new AOs


Issue 217 – September 15 2017