Fraser Whieldon

  • Apprenticeship provider register closure ‘stalling’ training industry, says former SFA manager

    A former Skills Funding Agency manager has accused the government of “stalling” the training industry at a time of national crisis. Martin Taft, who is now the managing director of Midlands-based Springboard Training, said the suspension of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) in April has prevented new providers from offering support during the

    10.55 Sep. 21st, 2020 | News

  • Membership of AoC’s new steering group to increase the diversity of leadership and governance revealed

    The members of the Association of Colleges’ new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) steering group have today been revealed. The group (full list below) will be chaired by NCG group deputy principal Palvinder Singh and is currently developing an “action plan” to tackle discrimination across the further education sector. FE Week revealed the association had

    16.11 Sep. 18th, 2020 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Joel Charles, Director of policy, communications and public affairs, Seetec Start date: August 2020 Previous job: Director of government relations and impact, Future Care Capital Interesting fact: He is a trustee of a foundation that supports underprivileged children to pursue their educational ambitions Laura Leong, High-performance

    7.00 Sep. 21st, 2020 | Movers and Shakers

  • Apprentice quality assurance charges to end from October

    Controversial £40 charges for the external quality assurance of apprenticeship endpoint-assessment will start being phased out as soon as October, it has been confirmed. The fees will end as the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education hands over EQA responsibility for over 300 apprenticeship standards to Ofqual. Federation of Awarding Bodies chief executive Tom Bewick

    10.00 Sep. 18th, 2020 | News

  • Strip colleges of autonomy to choose course offer, says report

    Colleges should be forced to surrender their powers to decide what courses they run to new, local FE directors, a report published today from a former adviser to education ministers has said. Think tank EDSK’s director Tom Richmond has today launched ‘Further consideration: Creating a new role, purpose and direction for the FE sector’, which

    0.01 Sep. 18th, 2020 | News

  • Loss of some autonomy for colleges is a step in the right direction

    Appointing regional FE directors would enable colleges to stop competing and work together for the best learning provision, writes Tom Richmond. When education secretary Gavin Williamson recently described colleges as “the beating hearts of so many of our towns”, I’m sure many people in the FE sector were smiling and nodding their heads. The money

    0.01 Sep. 18th, 2020 | Opinion

  • REVEALED: £26.6m cost of Hadlow Group transfer and how five colleges were bailed out to avoid insolvency

    The eye-watering £26.6 million cost of the first two education insolvencies, and how five colleges were bailed out by the government to avoid the same fate, has been revealed by a new report.  The National Audit Office today published a report into ‘Financial sustainability of colleges in England’, which revealed colleges in or close to

    0.01 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • NAO reveal £726m in college bailouts and loans with 'nearly half' in intervention

    Nearly three-quarters of a billion pounds in public funds has been spent on bailing out and restructuring colleges, while the government is intervening in nearly half of them, a new report has revealed.  The National Audit Office has today released its ‘Financial sustainability of colleges in England’ report, which details how the Department for Education

    0.01 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted chief now ‘open to exploring’ direct inspection of all FE subcontractors

    For the first time Ofsted is exploring a move to directly inspect all FE subcontractors, something until now it has ruled out. Subcontracting in FE is big business, with 2,221 subcontracting arrangements at 856 subcontractors accounting for “around 14 per cent of the spending on apprenticeships and adult education” in 2018/19, according to Ofsted. The

    9.30 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • College drops plans for ‘alternate week’ rota after parent complaints

    A college has dropped plans to alternate students between on-site provision and studying from home after an outcry from parents.  After local media outlet The News reported, followed up by FE Week, parents’ anger over plans for students to partially study from home, with a review planned for the end of this month, Havant and South Downs

    17.54 Sep. 14th, 2020 | News

  • UCU boss pockets £400k payoff a year after lambasting college principals as 'greedy and hopelessly out of touch'

    The general secretary of a leading college union who lambasted colleges for how much their principals earn was handed a £400,000 pay-off according to published accounts.  The “post employment” payment to University and College Union boss Sally Hunt, as referred to in the UCU’s accounts, was in addition to salary, pension contributions and a car benefit.

    15.31 Sep. 14th, 2020 | News