Fraser Whieldon

  • More UTCs to recruit from year 7 as trust softens stance on entry age

    Two more university technical colleges have ditched their 14 to 19-year-old intakes to recruit from 11, with predictions that many more will follow. UTCs in Plymouth and Wolverhampton have been granted permission to open to 11-year-olds from next September. They join The Leigh UTC in Dartford, Kent, which opened a feeder school on its site

    5.00 Oct. 20th, 2019 | News

  • Let’s work together to agree where the inappropriate spending line is drawn

    Since FE Week successfully fought to reveal the £150,000 expenses by the principal at Highbury College, the sector reaction has been split. One college principal told me: “The alcohol, lobster, executive transport, any form of first class travel. The list goes on. It’s inexcusable. It needed to be exposed. “Signed off or not, it’s an

    11.00 Oct. 18th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Providers risk handing back £38m in next 20 years if they quit T-levels

    Colleges will have to keep on running T-levels for at least 20 years if they want to avoid handing back millions in capital funding. A pot of £38 million has been made available to colleges and schools to help build new classrooms and refurbish buildings in readiness for the introduction of the new technical qualifications

    10.00 Oct. 18th, 2019 | News

  • Sixth form staff march across Westminster to protest for fairer college funding

    “We want the Department for Education to love our colleges” was the message from sixth form staff marching across Westminster to hand officials a £700 million invoice today. After 25 colleges voted to take strike action today, staff turned up in their hundreds in Westminster to sign the invoice they say represented the funding shortfall

    18.36 Oct. 17th, 2019 | News

  • Record number of apprenticeships to be probed in engineering route review

    Fifty nine apprenticeship standards in engineering and manufacturing will be reviewed by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in its largest ever route review. Recommendations from this, the fifth such review, will be published in the winter of 2020/21; and there will be a public consultation running for 12 weeks from today until 8

    16.51 Oct. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Union to present £700m sixth form college invoice to DfE

    Sixth form college staff will march on the Department for Education tomorrow and hand officials an invoice for £700 million – the amount they believe is still needed for the post-16 sector. Up to 200 National Education Union members from 25 sixth form colleges will head to the department’s London offices. The NEU says the

    16.38 Oct. 16th, 2019 | News

  • ‘Significant concerns’ over Hartlepool College’s financial sustainability

    There are “significant concerns” about Hartlepool College of Further Education’s financial sustainability, according to one of three FE Commissioner reports published today. Richard Atkins’ team’s intervention into the college reveals “financial uncertainties put the student experience and opportunities for learners at risk”. Hartlepool has generated an operating deficit for the past two financial years and

    12.39 Oct. 15th, 2019 | News

  • FAB award winners 2019 unveiled

    A provider of British Sign Language qualifications and an engineering awarding organisation are among the winners of this year’s Federation of Awarding Bodies’ awards. FAB’s fifth celebration of the awarding and assessment sector was a glitzy ceremony in Leicester, attended by over 230 experts in awarding and assessment. Chief executive of FAB Tom Bewick said

    22.30 Oct. 10th, 2019 | News

  • Ofqual chief has three questions for awarding organisations as part of crackdown

    Ofqual’s chief regulator has tasked awarding organisations with answering three questions as part of the watchdog’s work on ensuring “public confidence” in qualifications. Addressing the first day of the Federation of Awarding Bodies’ annual conference, Sally Collier said she wanted AOs to “be in the best shape you can be” and it was “the time

    18.33 Oct. 10th, 2019 | News

  • FAB chair to make 5 wishes to education secretary

    Federation of Awarding Bodies chair Paul Eeles will make five wishes to education secretary Gavin Williamson at the membership organisation’s annual conference today. His first request will be the return of a dedicated skills and apprenticeships minister. After Anne Milton quit the role ahead of Boris Johnson becoming prime minister, the FE and skills brief

    0.01 Oct. 10th, 2019 | News

  • Fourth content review of apprenticeship standards launched

    Apprenticeships covering agriculture, environment and animal care will be probed by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in its fourth route review. Eleven of the standards, including arborist, forest operative and golf greenkeeper, will be reviewed in total, and there will be a supporting eight-week consultation, running from today until 4 December. The institute’s

    14.38 Oct. 9th, 2019 | News