Catherine Murray

  • The principal who took over two failed colleges and came out smiling

    Mike Hopkins has more experience than most principals of overseeing college mergers. In January of this year South and City College Birmingham, which he heads, received its second successive grade 2 Ofsted, despite having absorbed two failing colleges in the past seven years. FE Week asked how they managed it In 2012, before area reviews

    5.00 Apr. 9th, 2019 | Feature, News

  • How to move more school-leavers towards degree apprenticeships

    Key stakeholders must understand that apprenticeships are as valuable as any other degree, says Jassiem Moore The Department for Education is making worrying noises about having to make “hard choices” to avoid an overspend of the apprenticeship levy. Jonathan Slater, the department’s permanent secretary, told the Public Accounts Committee this week that if funding were

    10.00 Apr. 3rd, 2019 | Opinion

  • Education that gets out of classrooms and into the community

    Six per cent of adults with learning disabilities are in paid employment – something that specialist colleges are working hard to redress through their own enterprises, supported work experience or supported internship programmes. FE Week visits two Leicestershire colleges to see how they’re going about it I meet Tracey Forman at the Barrow of Treats

    5.00 Mar. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Judith Doyle, Principal and CEO, Gateshead College

    FE Week travelled to Newcastle to meet the college principal who was recognised in the New Year’s honours for her services to skills education in the north-east, and who’s spent her entire career in the same institution Two images of Judith Doyle stick with me – long after I’ve walked the Tyne Bridge back north

    5.00 Nov. 20th, 2018 | Profiles

  • College teacher pay decision is clumsy and divisive

    Having identified some new funding for teacher pay, it could have been spent fairly across the system – instead it has caused division, laments Eddie Playfair The government’s latest decision on the teacher pay grant is clumsy and divisive and creates a new level of unfairness in their treatment of colleges. To give credit where

    15.55 Sep. 21st, 2018 | Opinion

  • Tom Bewick, chief executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies

    Tom Bewick recently took over the top job at the membership organisation Federation of Awarding Bodies. FE Week caught up with him just a couple of months into the job, to find out what led him to where he is today “You’re not going to write one of those profiles where you dissect my food

    5.00 Sep. 17th, 2018 | Profiles

  • GCSE English resits: 2018 results

    Here are the 2018 GCSE English results for all students in the UK, aged 17 and over, and the trends in grades and number of entries since 2014.  GCSE grades, English language, age 17+ (2014-2018)   GCSE entries, English language, age 17+ (2014-2018)   GCSE grades, English literature, age 17+ (2014-2018)   GCSE entries, English

    10.04 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | Bulletin

  • GCSE maths resits: 2018 results

    Here are the 2018 GCSE maths results for all students in the UK, aged 17 and over, and the trends in grades and number of entries since 2014.  GCSE grades, maths, age 17+ (2014-2018)   GCSE entries, maths, age 17+ (2014-2018)     Here are the GCSE English resit results for 2018. Thanks to Education

    10.04 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | Bulletin

  • Is degree apprenticeship a viable alternative to university?

    There’s been a lot of talk of degree apprenticeships as a great alternative to university. Just this morning, education secretary Damian Hinds tweeted that there is a “huge range of opportunity” for students collecting results today, “whether it’s university, college, starting an apprenticeship or entering the world of work”. With degree apprenticeships typically paying salaries

    12.30 Aug. 16th, 2018 | Feature

  • Jon Yates, special adviser to the Education Secretary

    As the recently appointed policy adviser to the Secretary of State for Education, Jon Yates is now one of the most powerful figures in education. What makes him unique to the role is that he used to run an apprenticeship training provider. So what will he be whispering to Damian Hinds? FE Week spoke to

    5.00 Jul. 16th, 2018 | Profiles

  • Steve Frampton, President-elect, Association of Colleges

    Steve Frampton will be the next president of the Association of Colleges, taking on the reigns from Dr Alison Birkinshaw in August. We chatted to him about his career to date, and how he came to be so committed to including the student voice in decision-making. As chair of his school’s student council in the

    5.00 Jul. 9th, 2018 | Profiles