Fraser Whieldon

  • College delivers TV Christmas to local pensioner

    Oldham College learners have teamed up with BBC Breakfast to deliver a Christmas tree and a carol concert to a lonely local pensioner. After Terrance went on the show to talk about how he had spent every Christmas alone since his mother died 20 years ago, college leaders put their heads together and agreed they

    16.19 Dec. 12th, 2019 | News

  • The 8 concerns researchers found at approved T-level providers

    The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has today published its second research report into T-levels. It follows a roundtable event in October which included six providers due to deliver the new qualifications from September 2020, as well as government and sector body representatives. The first report, published in June, was based on interviews with half

    0.01 Dec. 10th, 2019 | News

  • SFC delays Diamond payout report till January

    A report into an influential college commission chair’s controversial payout from an ex-employer will be released in the New Year. The Scottish Funding Council, which oversees further and higher education funding north of the border, has been investigating £282,000 paid by the University of Aberdeen to its ex-principal Sir Ian Diamond during his notice period.

    6.00 Dec. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Marsden in a fight to survive as an MP

    One of the most prominent and long-standing further education representatives in the House of Commons is battling to save his seat in next week’s general election. YouGov has predicted shadow further and higher education minister Gordon Marsden will be unseated in Blackpool South, a constituency he has represented for Labour since 1997. The pollster’s Multi-level

    12.00 Dec. 6th, 2019 | News

  • ETF wants to tell the stories of disabled learners ‘living their best lives’

    The Education and Training Foundation is on the lookout for stories of learners with learning difficulties or disabilities (LLDD) who are “doing something wonderful”. The foundation, which leads on professional development for the sector, wants to feature about 50 learners “living their best lives” by being politically active or doing something with work, in their

    7.00 Dec. 6th, 2019 | News

  • Lecturers strike at London college despite agreeing pay deal last year

    Strikes started today at a large London college just a year and a half after staff agreed a pay deal. University College Union members at the Tower Hamlets branch of New City College (NCC) have been on a picket line since 8am and will be out for 48 hours. It comes in spite of NCC

    17.08 Dec. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Hadlow College sells Betteshanger Park for undisclosed sum

    The first college to enter education administration has taken an “important step forward” after it sold its country and business park properties for an undisclosed sum. Kent developers Quinn Estates have bought the 299-acre Betteshanger Park from Hadlow College and announced a planned mining museum and visitor centre at the site will go ahead. A

    16.26 Dec. 2nd, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted finds ‘many’ employers did not know staff were apprentices

    “Many” employers working with a new independent provider for the care sector did not know their staff were on apprenticeships, Ofsted has found. Care Assessment Training Services was deemed to have a made ‘insufficient progress’ in two areas of an early monitoring visit for a host of issues with its provision to 102 apprentices. The

    14.01 Dec. 2nd, 2019 | News

  • UTCs back in the market - but there's a catch

    The first applications in five years have been lodged for new university technical colleges, FE Week can reveal – but there is a catch. Three new UTCs are in the pipeline but, like a traditional school, students will join aged 11, rather than at 14. The Baker Dearing Trust, which owns the licence to the

    5.00 Nov. 30th, 2019 | News

  • National Apprenticeship Award winners of 2019

    The “outstanding” work of apprentices, government officials and employers was recognised at the National Apprenticeship Awards for 2019 on Wednesday. The great and the good of the FE sector turned out for the glittering awards ceremony in London, which was hosted by TV presenter and actor Reggie Yates. These awards followed on from this year’s

    12.00 Nov. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Full list of WorldSkills UK National medal winners revealed

    The nation’s top skilled young people were recognised at an awards ceremony at WorldSkills UK LIVE tonight. They were the winners from over 70 skill competitions, known as National Finals, that pitted more than 500 competitors against one another at the LIVE venue Birmingham’s NEC from Thursday to Saturday. WorldSkills UK deputy chief executive Ben

    22.02 Nov. 23rd, 2019 | News