Jude Burke

  • Skills minister vows to 'dig deeper' into level 2 apprenticeships drop

    The skills minister has vowed to “dig deeper” into the drop in level two apprenticeships, and whether it might be linked to the rise in management courses. Anne Milton was speaking exclusively to FE Week following a parliamentary debate on apprenticeships and skills at which the issue was raised. “We need to understand exactly what’s

    12.00 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News

  • 2019: The year ahead in FE and skills

    2019 is set to be a big year for the FE and skills sector. While it’s still not clear what impact the biggest event of the year – Brexit – will have (on anything!), we’ve taken a look ahead at some of the other key developments expected over the coming 12 months – including the

    11.02 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News

  • London’s largest college group abandons an appeal against a £3 million HMRC bill

    A London college group has chosen to give up on a 17-year appeal against HM Revenue and Customs and will have to cough up more than £3 million. The payment, listed in Capital City College Group’s recently published 2017/18 accounts, relates to an appeal begun by one of its members, the College of Haringey, Enfield

    9.44 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted to launch new inspection framework consultation at SFCA conference next week

    Ofsted will launch its consultation on the new education inspection framework at the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association winter conference next week. Amanda Spielman, the education watchdog’s chief inspector, will use her speech at the event in London on Wednesday to open the consultation on the new framework, which will be introduced from September. She previously

    10.27 Jan. 10th, 2019 | News

  • ESFA seeking views on 'long-term operation' of apprenticeship levy

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency is seeking employers’ and providers’ views on the long-term operation of the apprenticeship levy, almost two years after it was introduced. Employers can now email their “thoughts and feedback” to the agency, and it will launch a short survey in the “coming weeks”, according to today’s business update. The

    11.36 Jan. 9th, 2019 | News

  • First ever loans-only provider to get Ofsted ‘outstanding’

    A loans-only provider has been rated ‘outstanding’ – the first such provider to receive the highest possible rating from Ofsted. Civil Ceremonies Limited, which offers level three courses in funeral, naming and couples’ celebrancy entirely funded by advanced learner loans, was rated grade one across the board in a report published this morning. It follows

    10.10 Jan. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Skills minister responds to concern apprenticeship budget will be overspent

    The apprenticeship budget will be “alright” for the rest of the year, the skills minister has said. Anne Milton (pictured above) was speaking exclusively to FE Week following a parliamentary debate on apprenticeships and skills this afternoon. She was asked if she had any concerns about the size of the apprenticeships budget, following reports late

    18.13 Jan. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Government 'pushed' to reveal more about national retraining scheme

    The government is being “pushed” by its partners on the national retraining scheme to share more information about the new programme – which could cost “billions” to run, the education select committee heard this morning. The scheme was first promised 18 months ago, but the government has yet to say how it will operate, who

    13.22 Jan. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: An 'outstanding' start to the new year

    An independent provider has been rated ‘outstanding’ in its first ever inspection report, while all the other full reports published over the festive period returned a ‘good’ rating. A bumper crop of early monitoring visit reports have also been published – one that resulted in a ‘significant progress’ verdict in all areas, while at the

    16.31 Jan. 4th, 2019 | News

  • Death announced of former principal Garry Phillips

    Former City College Plymouth principal Garry Phillips has passed away. His death over the Christmas period was confirmed by the college today. “It is with great sadness that we heard that Garry Phillips has tragically and unexpectedly passed away. Garry’s family have asked that their grief and privacy is respected at this time. “The funeral

    18.45 Jan. 4th, 2019 | News

  • DfE ends subsidies for Chartered Institution for FE

    The Department for Education will no longer financially support the Chartered Institution for FE – leaving its future in doubt. The institution, which was conceived in 2012 and has so far received £1.5 million in subsidies, will receive one final payment at the end of this month – after which it will be on its own.

    16.41 Jan. 2nd, 2019 | News