News

80 winners scoop silver at the 2022 Pearson National Teaching Awards

Silver winners will now be shortlisted for one of 16 gold awards

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid-19

Williamson provided wine and mince pies for DfE lockdown Xmas party

Sue Gray report finds 50 staff were invited to the ‘festive drinks’ – organised days in advance

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Higher education

Open University to partner with colleges to fill higher technical education cold spots

The government has backed the initiative with £10 million – cash which will be used to ‘increase the capability’…

Will Nott
Will Nott
News

Staff say overcrowding hampered bomb scare evacuation at DfE’s Sheffield office

Workers warn of ‘disaster waiting to happen’ after incident on day of top civil servant’s visit

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Principal chosen to captain new UK shipbuilding skills taskforce

Captain Dr Paul Little, who is chief executive of City of Glasgow College, will lead a team of 20…

Will Nott
Will Nott
Colleges

DfE reveals plan for three-way merger to secure survival of cash-strapped Southampton college

The proposal forms the outcome of the DfE’s long-awaited City-wide Solution project Southampton

Billy Camden
Billy Camden


Colleges

Colleges call for emergency government funding to boost staff pay

The DfE is also being asked to review FE policies to reduce financial risks

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Industrial action

Week of strikes at London college begin over ‘fire and rehire’ threat

‘The management team at Richmond upon Thames are effectively putting a gun to the head of its own staff….

Will Nott
Will Nott
Ofsted

SEND college jumps from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘outstanding’ in three years

‘From the moment learners enter the college premises, they encounter a very welcoming, caring and calm environment,’ inspectors said…

Will Nott
Will Nott
News

DfE and quangos shun NUS – but will FE notice?

The union’s engagement on FE issues is already minimal

Will Nott
Will Nott
Apprenticeships

Apprentice pay: ‘£4.81 an hour isn’t enough to live on. It’s crippling.’

Low-paid apprenticeships are becoming ‘unaffordable’ for learners and are contributing to low take-up, according to providers.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Colleges

Clawback disputes and ‘frustratingly slow’ ESFA reviews delay accounts for 4 colleges 

One college has now failed to publish financial statements for the previous three years

Billy Camden
Billy Camden

Must read

Apprenticeships

Apprentice pay: ‘£4.81 an hour isn’t enough to live on. It’s crippling.’

Low-paid apprenticeships are becoming ‘unaffordable’ for learners and are contributing to low take-up, according to providers.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Colleges

Principal under investigation given £75k for loss of office

He lost his job after an audit revealed £5m worth of overclaimed funding

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Covid-19

Stressed and nervous but determined to prove themselves: the students sitting exams for the first time 

John Dickens, editor of FE Week’s sister publication Schools Week, joined Ofqual chief regulator Dr Jo Saxton as her…

John Dickens
John Dickens
Qualifications, Skills reform, T Levels

Revealed: 38 BTECs facing the chop to clear way for first T Levels

They’re among 160 level 3 quals set to be defunded from 2024

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Industrial action

UCU threat: Raise pay or we’ll strike on exam day

Strikes are planned for the same day on which many GCSE students are due to take what UCU calls…

Will Nott
Will Nott
Inclusion

The college gender gap narrows, but slowly

While the gender pay gap has improved on average at most colleges, sector leaders have said the rate of…

Will Nott
Will Nott