Jude Burke

  • Why the ESFA wants more apprenticeship providers - despite no starts at over 500 last year

    The government’s top apprenticeships civil servant has defended the decision to allow more providers on to the provider register – after FE Week analysis revealed a third already on there aren’t delivering. When asked by this newspaper why the Education and Skills Funding Agency didn’t focus on removing the inactive providers before making the register

    8.00 Dec. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted Watch: Three providers rated 'good' in first inspections

    It’s been a big week for new providers, with five first-time inspection reports published – three of which resulted in a ‘good’ rating. Elsewhere a college was downgraded from a grade two to three, while seven monitoring visit reports were published. The Results Consortium Limited, an independent learning provider, got a ‘good’ result this week

    13.43 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • AoC fears college apprenticeships market share will shrink further

    The Association of Colleges has warned that colleges’ share of the apprenticeship market will continue to shrink, after FE Week analysis revealed they have been hit hardest by the move to levy funding. New statistics from the Department for Education, which included the number of starts per provider for the first time, show that colleges’

    12.00 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Bailout cash will still be available under new insolvency regime

    Colleges will still be able to access some bailout funding once the insolvency regime comes into effect next year – even though the government has previously said the tap will be switched off. This was revealed in a letter from Peter Mucklow, FE director at the Education and Skills Funding Agency, published on Wednesday, which

    11.00 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • ESFA insists the apprenticeship budget is not under pressure

    The top apprenticeship civil servant has sought to reassure the sector after fears were raised of a budget overspend this year, as part of a wide-ranging interview with FE Week. Keith Smith, director of apprenticeships at the ESFA, said he was “not expecting any pressures” on the £2 billion budget this year, in response to

    10.00 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • ESFA finally launches 'tougher' apprenticeship provider register

    The “tougher” register of apprenticeship training providers has finally reopened, more than a year after the last window closed. It’s now open indefinitely – meaning that providers can apply on a rolling basis, rather than having to wait for an application window. It comes almost 15 months after the Education and Skills Funding Agency revealed

    16.01 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Second round of T-levels teacher programme opens

    Colleges and other post-16 providers are being urged to bid for cash to train industry experts as teachers, in the second round of the Taking Teaching Further scheme. The programme, worth £5 million, seeks to recruit industry specialists and retrain them to work in the post-16 and FE workforce with a particular focus on the

    16.27 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Sixth form funding rates to remain unchanged in 2019/20

    Funding rates for 16 to 19-year-olds will remain unchanged next year, the government has confirmed – prompting disappointment from the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association, which has been fighting for extra cash. A letter from Peter Mucklow, FE director at the Education and Skills Funding Agency, published today, said that “the national base rates of £4,000

    14.43 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Awarding bodies told to 'strengthen controls' on applied generals after 'unwarranted' rise in grades

    Ofqual is urging awarding organisations to “strengthen their controls” on certain types of applied general qualifications, after it uncovered evidence of grade inflation on old-style BTECs. Its research into the “legacy” level three BTECs, which don’t include any external assessment, found that the proportion of people gaining the highest grades on some of these courses

    13.59 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Redesigned RoATP to open tomorrow despite no delivery from 1 in 3 approved providers

    Almost a third of providers on the government’s register did not deliver any apprenticeships last year, FE Week analysis has revealed – the day before the redesigned register re-opens for applications. There were 1,787 providers on the register of apprenticeship training providers in 2017, of whom 580 – or 32 per cent – had no

    17.52 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News

  • DfE figures reveal colleges hit hardest by move to apprenticeship levy funding

    Colleges were hit hardest by the move to apprenticeship levy funding, FE Week analysis of new figures published by the Department for Education have revealed. The statistics, which included the number of starts per provider for the first time, showed that colleges’ share of the market dropped from 31  to 26 per cent from 2016/17 to

    16.21 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News