Fraser Whieldon

  • Principal no-shows TUC fringe event panel but claims UCU pressure unconnected

    A college principal embroiled in a bitter dispute with unions has denied withdrawing from a Trades Union Congress event panel after University and College Union leaders spotted his name on the agenda this weekend. Paul Di Felice, whose college Ruskin College, claims to train up to 2,500 trade union officers each year, was due to

    11.34 Sep. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Adult education slumps to lowest since major survey began more than 20 years ago

    The government has been told to “wakeup” after research by the Learning and Work Institute found adult participation in education has fallen to a record low. The news comes after adult education was snubbed in the Chancellor’s Spending Review, which handed £400 million to students aged 16 to 19 – but nothing to older learners.

    0.01 Sep. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Early win for DfE’s £5m apprenticeship marketing campaign

    The government’s latest apprenticeship campaign appears to be bearing fruit after the Department for Education claimed the proportion of interested young people has nearly doubled. Last November, the DfE awarded a two-year £5 million contract to one of the world’s most renowned advertising companies – M&C Saatchi – to help boost apprenticeship numbers across the

    17.18 Sep. 6th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Ex-pro footballer’s provider scores highly in positive week for providers

    A provider co-founded by former Crystal Palace football striker Dougie Freedman has been rated ‘outstanding’ in some areas, in a week where nearly all providers scored well with Ofsted. Freedman’s Focus Fitness UK received a grade two overall in its first report from the watchdog, which rated the independent provider ‘outstanding’ for personal development and

    16.06 Sep. 6th, 2019 | News

  • College celebrity cookery school business calls in the administrators

    A cookery school run by the Hadlow Group and celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager has closed, after the group’s two colleges went into administration. A notice posted on the school’s website reveals it closed with effect from August. It reads: “We regret to advise that owing to external financial pressures related to the well-publicised wider external

    11.55 Sep. 5th, 2019 | News

  • FE base rate to increase from August 2020 for first time since 2013 to £4,188

    Colleges will see a 4.7 per cent increase in the unweighted base rate for full time students aged 16 and 17 as part of the chancellor’s £400 million boost to FE, it has been revealed. After having been introduced at £4,000 per year, per student since 2013, and £3,300 for 18-year-olds since 2014,, the Treasury has

    10.54 Aug. 31st, 2019 | News

  • Association of Colleges gives cautious welcome to chancellor's FE funding boost

    “Meaningful” but not enough to stabilise FE for the future: that is the Association of Colleges’ response to chancellor Sajid Javid’s announcement of £400 million extra investment for colleges this morning. The association’s chief executive David Hughes said he was “delighted” the government had started to listen to college leaders, MPs, businesses, students and stakeholders.

    9.37 Aug. 31st, 2019 | News

  • Colleges receive £400m boost from chancellor Sajid Javid

    Colleges are to receive a £400m boost from the chancellor, it has been announced. Sajid Javid today revealed the increase for 16-19-year-old students, which he calls “the biggest increase for a decade”. This includes £190 million to increase the base rate of funding for 16-19-year-olds; however the government has not revealed what the new base

    9.01 Aug. 31st, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: ‘Reasonable’ week for many new providers

    Ofsted has reported a number of new apprenticeship providers have made ‘reasonable progress’ in early monitoring visits, according to reports published this week. The one independent provider that stands out, though, is British Printing Industries Federation, which has climbed from a grade three to a grade two in its latest inspection. Inspectors found there that

    16.28 Aug. 29th, 2019 | News

  • WorldSkills 2019: Picture highlights from closing medal ceremony

    See the victories of Team UK’s medal winners in this series of spectacular photos from the WorldSkills 2019 medal ceremony. It was truly a night to remember for Team UK, which scored two gold medals, one silver and one bronze. The golds went to aircraft maintenance competitor Haydn Jakes and beauty therapy’s Rebecca West, while

    15.01 Aug. 29th, 2019 | News

  • WorldSkills 2019: UK wins 15 medallions of excellence

    Team UK has taken home 15 medallions of excellence from WorldSkills 2019. The medallions are earned by competitors who are judged to have reached the international standard in their skill. And here they are: #TeamUK!!!!! pic.twitter.com/g42M1DCAeP — FE Week (@FEWeek) August 27, 2019 Team UK’s medallions come after they won two gold, one silver and

    21.51 Aug. 27th, 2019 | News