FE Week Reporter

  • Life’s a beach at Bournemouth and Poole College

    Forty  enthusiastic Italian students say they will be taking home fantastic memories of Bournemouth after a year experiencing A-Levels at Bournemouth and Poole College. The students say they were mightly impressed by the quality of the teaching at the college as they experienced a year of life at a typical English college. They studied a

    20.17 Jun. 9th, 2011 | Bulletin

  • College finances redder than they might seem

    The Times Education Supplement on Friday published an “exclusive” on the state of the college finances. The headline was somewhat eye-catching: “FE colleges in the black”. The researchers used the college accounts for 2009/10 published by the Skills Funding Agency this spring. The numbers showed that colleges reported an average operating surplus of about £300,000

    15.57 Jun. 9th, 2011 | Opinion

  • Shane Chowen, vice president, NUS

    He has been pelted with eggs at a rally, escorted away from violent crowds by the police, but as he comes to the end of his stint as vice president (FE) of the NUS, the incident Shane Chowen seems most indignant about involves Vanessa Feltz. In a live radio interview on the education maintenance allowance,

    15.30 Jun. 9th, 2011 | Profiles

  • Ofqual disappointed

    The head of qualifications regulator, Ofqual, has written to all awarding organisations following a series of errors in AS-level exam papers. A maths question from OCR, biology question from Edexcel and a business studies question from AQA all contained mistakes worth up to 11% of the marks. Ofqual has discribed this as “disappointing and unacceptable”

    15.18 Jun. 9th, 2011 | News in Brief

  • RIBA Award for Westminster College

    City of Westminster College Paddington Green Campus has won a prestigious 2011 RIBA Award. One of the most rigorously judged architectural awards schemes in the world, RIBA Awards are presented to buildings that display architectural excellence. Winners of Regional Awards are considered for entry to the RIBA Stirling Prize – the most prestigious architectural prize

    15.36 Jun. 9th, 2011 | Bulletin

  • WorkdSkills needs help

    The ‘greatest skills competition in the world’ is coming to London this October. The competitions in 45 skills areas over four days will host hopeful medallists from over 50 countries/regions and attract 150,000 visitors. The organisers are looking for 2,500 volunteers, to take on roles from Tour Guide to Press Office. For more details on

    15.16 Jun. 9th, 2011 | News in Brief

  • 16-18 funding continues

    The Young People’s Learning Agency has confirmed they will, in exceptional circumstances, continue to fund non-accredited provision for 16-18 year-olds. Their e-bulletin states: “In light of the publication of the Government’s response to the Wolf Review of Vocational Education the DfE has agreed that the YPLA should continue to fund – for a further year

    15.18 Jun. 9th, 2011 | News in Brief

  • Subcontracting: Incorporating the Guidance

    You know your responsibilities to your funding body. But do your subcontractors know their responsibilities to you? FE institutions are funded by the Young Persons’ Learning Agency and the Skills Funding Agency (together “the Agencies”). The Agencies distribute their funds in accordance with the Funding Memorandum and/or the Conditions of Funding which are signed by

    15.08 Jun. 9th, 2011 | Opinion

  • What has DWP done for the college sector?

    Skills conditionality is, if anything, a greater threat to classroom-based adult learning than the removal of fee remission for those poor benighted souls on “inactive” benefits. As the outline of the programme stands at the moment, Department for Work and Pension (DWP) staff appear to be able to tell us what classes to run and

    14.50 Jun. 9th, 2011 | Uncategorized

  • Construction funding rates take a hammering

    The Young People’s Learning Agency  (YPLA) has recently released a document called ‘ Changes to SLN values for specific ain in 2011/12 funding’. What does this mean you ask? Every year both the YPLA (for 16-18 year-olds) and the Skills Funding Agency (for adults) review the funding rates for all the qualifications that they fund.

    15.05 Jun. 9th, 2011 | Opinion

  • Lauener to stay on

    The Education Secratary, Michael Gove, has announced that Peter Lauener will become the first Chief Executive of the Education Funding Agency (EFA), from April 2012. Peter Lauener is the current Chief Executive of the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA), which was establish in April 2010 and is to be replaced by the EFA. The announcement

    15.15 Jun. 9th, 2011 | News in Brief