Jude Burke

  • IfA and ESFA in listening mode about apprenticeship concerns at FAB conference

    The bosses of the Institute for Apprenticeships and the Education and Skills Funding Agency were in listening mode today, as they acknowledged there were points they needed to “learn from” about apprenticeship assessment. Sir Gerry Berragan and Eileen Milner’s speeches on the second day of the Federation of Awarding Bodies conference followed a panel discussion

    13.28 Oct. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Thousands march on parliament to protest for fair college funding

    Thousands of learners, staff and leaders marched on parliament today in “the most amazing show by colleges ever” to demand fairer funding, as the centrepiece of Colleges Week. The march for FE, organised by the University and College Union in partnership with the Association of Colleges, was followed by a packed rally in Parliament Square

    18.07 Oct. 17th, 2018 | News

  • DfE figures shoot down UTCs’ ‘incredible’ destinations claims

    New government data has undermined boasts about University Technical Colleges’ “excellent destinations”, and shows the level of NEET leavers to be eight times higher than is claimed. The Baker Dearing Trust, which backs UTCs, has repeatedly asserted that just one per cent of 18-year-olds leaving the 14 to 19 technical institutions were not in employment,

    13.08 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: Six more apprenticeship providers banned from taking new recruits

    Six more poor-performing apprenticeship providers have been barred from taking on new starts – bringing the total up to 12. The penalties were revealed in the latest update to the register of apprenticeship training providers, dated October 11. It means that the Education and Skills Funding Agency has wielded its powers against all new apprenticeship

    15.14 Oct. 15th, 2018 | News

  • IfA consulting on content for three new T-level pathways

    The Institute for Apprenticeships is seeking input from providers, awarding organisations and employers on the draft content for three more T-level pathways. Its consultation on the three new courses – two in construction and one in digital – was launched today and runs until November 12. The new pathways, in onsite construction, building services engineering

    12.26 Oct. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Movers and shakers: Edition 257

    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Paul Wakeling, interim principal, Havering College Start date: October 1 2018 Previous job: Principal and chief executive, Havering Sixth Form College (he remains in post) Interesting fact: Paul’s hobby is long distance walking: when he was 14, he convinced his parents to let him disappear for days, then weeks

    6.00 Oct. 13th, 2018 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • Ofsted watch: A mostly positive week for FE and skills

    It’s been a mostly positive week for FE and skills, with one provider receiving a grade two on its first ever full inspection and five early monitoring visit reports returning ‘reasonable’ grades. The only blemishes on this otherwise glowing picture are two apprenticeship providers found to be making ‘insufficient’ progress. Leaders at independent learning provider

    16.40 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Have hopes for the new national colleges been derailed?

    Nearly three years ago the government pledged to create five national colleges that would train more than 20,000 students between them by 2020. Over the weekend one of these, the National College for High Speed Rail, hit the headlines after it emerged it had just 93 learners last year. That prompted FE Week to take

    10.00 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Colleges to march on parliament in funding protest

    Up to 3,000 people are expected to march on parliament on Wednesday to demand more funding for colleges. The march for FE, organised by the University and College Union in partnership with the National Union of Students and the Association of Colleges, is the main event taking place during Colleges Week, from October 15 to

    11.00 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Major subcontractor heavily criticised in 'insufficient' Ofsted monitoring visit report

    A major subcontractor has been heavily criticised in a new apprenticeship provider Ofsted monitoring visit report that found it to be making ‘insufficient progress’ in all areas under review. Cumbria-based NC Training started delivering levy-funded apprenticeships in July 2017, but also held eight subcontracts worth £1.6 million last year. The verdict means it can expect

    18.56 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • UCU follows Scottish government in paying for sanitary products for learners

    A local University and College Union branch has become the first in the country to offer college learners free sanitary products, as union leaders call on the government to do more to tackle period poverty. The campaign at Newcastle College is the first at an English college, and follows a successful fight in Scotland –

    0.01 Oct. 10th, 2018 | News