Jessica Fino

  • Introducing... Julie Mills

    From school drop-out to college chief executive, Julie Mills has not done things in a conventional way When Julie Mills was a 16-year-old in the early 1980s, she quit her sixth-form college and started working in a job centre where she dished out unemployment benefits. Now principal and chief executive of Milton Keynes College and

    6.00 Jul. 1st, 2019 | Profiles

  • Ofsted’s new framework is not a good fit with FE providers

    With just over two months to go until the new education inspection framework comes into action, Ofsted has found its model for assessing the quality of lessons “does not fit” FE providers. In what one adviser to a former skills minister called an “extremely worrying” admission, the education watchdog said it needs to come up

    10.30 Jun. 28th, 2019 | News

  • There is no point ignoring the looming overspend - employer apprenticeship levy usage needs to be restricted

    At the AELP annual conference this week the skills minister, Anne Milton, outlined options being considered to restrict employer usage of their apprenticeship levy. Given the fall in starts since the apprenticeship reforms began in May 2017, you would be forgiven for wondering why the government would be looking at restricting employer demand. Any new

    9.30 Jun. 28th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Could private training provider cash-in after college sell-off?

    A national training provider could step-in to become the only education provider in Stourbridge, after the area’s FE college is sold-off. Skills Training UK, which currently trains more than 2,000 learners across London, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Brighton, said it would launch the new the centre for 16-18-year-olds “subject to demand”. Cash-strapped Birmingham Metropolitan College

    16.25 Jun. 27th, 2019 | News

  • Government warns colleges as email ‘phishing’ scams inflict financial losses

    FE colleges and other “educational institutions” are being warned about new cyber-attacks which have already claimed some victims and resulted in financial losses. The latest Education and Skills Funding Agency update, published today, contains information about a “phishing” scam – where a fraudster disguises as a trustworthy source in an electronic communication to trick people

    13.25 Jun. 26th, 2019 | News

  • What makes a UTC ‘outstanding’?

    Why is UTC Reading successful while other colleges are shutting or struggling? It has a grade one Ofsted rating, but that’s only one secret to its success If Lord Kenneth Baker could take a blueprint for the beleaguered university technical college (UTC) and multiply it across the country, it’s likely that he would choose UTC

    5.00 Jun. 22nd, 2019 | Feature


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Amy Ammar, Regional manager for South West England and South Wales, Association of Accounting Technicians Start date: June 2019 Previous job: National account manager, Pearson PLC Interesting fact: She once did a tandem skydive from 13,000 feet Richard Harris, Acting Principal and Chief Executive, City of

    6.00 Jun. 24th, 2019 | Movers and Shakers

  • The move towards professionalising governance

    More and more colleges are appointing directors of governance and are even paying their governors, as they look to professionalise these roles in the shadow of mergers and the insolvency regime. FE Week has taken closer look at how and why this practice has come about. The importance of governors has never been higher, with

    11.00 Jun. 21st, 2019 | Feature, News

  • Apprenticeship register reapplication process branded a ‘farce’ by provider

    An Ofsted grade two provider has hit out at the government’s “farcical” process for reapplying to the register of apprenticeship training providers, after its bid was rejected on a technicality. According to the guidelines, providers can be exempt from filling out some parts of the application if they have received a short Ofsted inspection confirming

    12.00 Jun. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: UTC impresses while colleges flounder

    A university technical college stood out this week for the right reasons – it was rated ‘good’ in its first ever inspection. General FE colleges didn’t reach the same heights, with two large college groups dropping to ‘requires improvement’ while another received a second consecutive ‘inadequate’ report. UTC Warrington was given a grade two after

    16.49 Jun. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Layoffs loom at RNN Group as DfE cuts off bailouts

    One of the biggest college groups in the country has said it has “no alternative” than to cut staff numbers as it battles to cut its deficit, knowing it will “no longer be ‘bailed out’ by the government”. The RNN Group, which has around 1,200 staff and nearly 15,000 students, has put 130 jobs at

    10.00 Jun. 21st, 2019 | News