Fraser Whieldon

  • Coronavirus: Some mayoral combined authorities guarantee AEB payments to ALL provider types

    Multiple mayoral combined authorities (MCAs) have promised to honour adult education budget payments to all types of providers during the coronavirus pandemic, including those with procured contracts. It comes after the Department for Education announced yesterday it would only continue to pay grant-funded colleges during the crisis. MCAs had millions in adult education budget funding

    14.29 Mar. 24th, 2020 | Auction, News

  • Coronavirus: Ofsted pauses publication of inspection reports

    Ofsted has paused the publication of inspection reports during the coronavirus crisis and promised that it will have “do the right thing” as its mantra going forward. Deputy director for FE and skills Paul Joyce (pictured) told an FE Week webinar on Saturday they had taken the decision because they are “well aware providers have

    15.23 Mar. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • UTC turns the tables and comes to the aid of a MAT

    A north-west England university technical college has become the latest of its type to move towards joining a multi-academy trust – but this time the tables have turned. The leader of UTC Warrington, Lee Barber, has been appointed by the North West Academies Trust (NWAT) to be the interim headteacher of Rudheath Senior Academy, following

    11.05 Mar. 21st, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted watch: UTC climbs out of ‘inadequate’

    A university technical college has pulled itself out of ‘inadequate’, while two other FE providers, including an accountancy giant, slumped to the lowest rating this week. Health Futures UTC has been given a grade three, nearly two years after the 14 to 19 provider was hit with a grade four. Inspectors said it was previously

    8.04 Mar. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • As Covid-19 lock-down looms, we must be there for one another

    In the face of the global pandemic, there is a great deal for the UK’s awarding industry to be proud of, writes Tom Bewick Awarding organisations and endpoint assessment organisations have been hit badly by coronavirus. Our bread and butter, as thriving knowledge-based organisations, are about serving the qualifications and assessment needs of thousands of

    10.12 Mar. 21st, 2020 | Opinion

  • Be clear, be informative, be approachable

    We owe our staff, students and other stakeholders good leadership – but remember to show a human face as well If there’s one word that sums up the challenge facing educational institutions in the current environment it’s uncertainty. There’s a lot of it around and a lack of clarity makes it hard to know what

    12.00 Mar. 21st, 2020 | Opinion

  • Gowland comes out of retirement to be temp boss at London college

    The principal of a London college has been replaced by a retired further education leader ahead of an FE Commissioner visit. Waltham Forest College has told FE Week Joy Kettyle stepped down with immediate effect in February after two years at the helm “due to personal circumstances”, and former Newham College principal Di Gowland (pictured)

    10.39 Mar. 21st, 2020 | News

  • Apprenticeship providers desperate for government support as starts plummet

    England’s largest apprenticeship providers have told FE Week that starts are “falling off a cliff” and redundancies are likely to follow. According to many of the providers we spoke to, they are becoming increasingly desperate for the government to provide information on what, if any, financial support they will receive in response to the coronavirus

    23.43 Mar. 19th, 2020 | News

  • Top civil servant challenged on £50k building cost for every UTC pupil

    The Department for Education’s top civil servant has been quizzed before an influential Commons committee on £680 million university technical college building costs, equivalent to £50,000 per pupil. Jonathan Slater, the department’s permanent secretary, was taken to task at a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee held after the National Audit Office released a report

    19.10 Mar. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Another UTC to lower 14-19 age range from September

    Another university technical college is scrapping its 14 to 19 age criteria and will start recruiting 13-year-olds from this September. Greater Peterborough UTC (GPUTC) announced the change following “positive” feedback in a consultation. It opened in 2016. Principal David Bisley explained it is “essential local young people passionate about science, technology, engineering, and maths are

    6.00 Mar. 14th, 2020 | News

  • Profile: Simon Cook

    FE Week meets the college principal who is determined to revitalize the fortunes of a neglected corner of England If anywhere feels like a left-behind coastal region, Medway is it. Yet, after decades of moving around Europe, England and South Africa, this is where Ipswich-born Simon Cook, principal of MidKent College, has decided to drop

    6.00 Mar. 16th, 2020 | Profiles