Fraser Whieldon

  • Poor performing new provider hoping for apprenticeships lifeline

    A new apprenticeship provider blames the impact of Covid for a second poor Ofsted report and is hoping to be given a rare lifeline by the government. Doncaster Conferences, Catering and Events Limited (DCCE) could be kicked off the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) after the inspectorate found it had made ‘insufficient progress’ in

    6.00 Nov. 28th, 2020 | News

  • DfE offer further help to cash-strapped colleges this term

    New funding to help colleges with a poor cash position to cover the costs of staff absences incurred between November and the Christmas holidays has been announced. The Department for Education said the ‘Covid workforce fund’, announced this afternoon, will be backdated to 1 November, and colleges’ eligibility will be based on their cash position

    14.55 Nov. 27th, 2020 | News

  • ESFA director wants 'more power' as college ownership battle rages

    Top civil servants have inadvertently exposed a rift at the top of the Department for Education over the future of college independence, ahead of a delayed FE white paper. In a Public Accounts Committee meeting on Thursday the Education and Skills Funding Agency director, Matthew Atkinson, told MPs he would “definitely like more power” to

    9.30 Nov. 27th, 2020 | News

  • FE white paper pushed back to 2021, ESFA director suggests

    The much-anticipated FE white paper might not appear until next year, the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s chief executive has revealed.  Eileen Milner, taking questions from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee this morning, was quizzed by chair Meg Hillier on when the white paper would be published.  “You have talked about how important the FE

    15.06 Nov. 26th, 2020 | News

  • Top official reveals 'gut wrenching' £6m spent on accountancy fees to dissolve college

    The Department for Education has revealed £6 million was spent on administrators’ fees alone for the two college insolvencies, an amount its most senior civil servant has called “gut-wrenching”.  At a hearing of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee today, the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s director of provider market oversight Matthew Atkinson told

    13.20 Nov. 26th, 2020 | News

  • 64 colleges running out of cash which is 'more than we thought' admits official

    Sixty-four colleges are at risk of running out of cash, a top ESFA director has said, admitting the number of colleges needing emergency funding was “more than we thought”.  Speaking at a House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee hearing this morning, the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s director of provider market oversight Matthew Atkinson said they had

    11.39 Nov. 26th, 2020 | News

  • Apprentice minimum wage to rise again in April 2021

    The national minimum wage for apprentices will increase next April from £4.15 to £4.30 per hour, the Treasury has announced today.  The 15p increase equates to a 3.6 per cent rise, and is in line with a recommendation from the Low Pay Commission.  It comes shortly after prime minister Boris Johnson announced in January that the apprentice minimum wage

    14.02 Nov. 25th, 2020 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Alexandra Miles, Governor, Selby College Start date: September 2020 Concurrent job: Managing director, West Yorkshire Learning Providers Interesting fact: She reached the final stage of the England Squad Netball trials under-18 in 1993 Anne-Marie Francis, Vice principal of quality and curriculum, Loughborough College Start date: Early

    8.00 Nov. 23rd, 2020 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • WorldSkills: UK beats China in first virtual pressure test

    The UK’s elite squad of skilled young people in electronics has beaten their Chinese counterparts in this country’s first virtual pressure test – a new means of training for the international WorldSkills competitions during the pandemic. FE Week spoke to competitors, trainers and organisers to find out if the innovative model will become the new

    6.00 Nov. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • Let’s not kill off the small specialist, local provider in the pursuit of the Amazon model

    What’s really behind the Commission on the College of the Future’s recommendation that colleges should have a ‘legal duty’ to create networks, asks Luke Rake Like many, I have been waiting with interest for the outcome of the Independent Commission on The College of the Future. The sector has for years been lagging in funding,

    12.00 Nov. 20th, 2020 | Opinion

  • Why college networks might be a step in the right direction

    The future colleges report’s call for a network strategy is eminently sensible as a corrective to failing marketisation, writes Stuart Rimmer. This week the College of the Future report landed, with some thoughtful description of how our sector can drive place, productivity and people. There is much merit in the report, which captures discussions between

    12.00 Nov. 20th, 2020 | Opinion