Jude Burke

  • Fully fund level 3 to 5 training in ‘skills shortage areas’, AoC proposes

    The adult education budget should be used to fully fund training at levels three to five in skills shortage areas once the UK has left the EU, the Association of Colleges has urged. It’s one of a number of recommendations put forward in a new report, ‘Developing a Four Nations Colleges Blueprint for a post-Brexit

    0.01 Jan. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • £2m bank charge for college clearing debt with bailout

    A cash-strapped college has spent almost £2 million of the bailout cash it received from the government on bank charges – although it has actually saved money. Stoke on Trent College successfully bid for a reported £21.9 million from the Department for Education’s restructuring facility in September. According to its recently published 2017/18 accounts, £1.93

    6.00 Jan. 19th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Two NHS trusts hit with poor reports

    Two NHS trusts have been put in intensive care this week, following poor Ofsted reports – one a monitoring visit, the other a full inspection. Elsewhere, a trio of providers have maintained their grade three ratings for at least the second inspection in a row. Walsall NHS Trust was rated ‘inadequate’ across the board for

    17.37 Jan. 18th, 2019 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Lee Probert, principal and chief executive, York College Start date: June 2019 Previous job: Principal, City of Bristol College Interesting fact: Lee has been musical director for pantomime at the Swan Theatre in Worcester three times….oh yes he has! Julie Peaks, deputy principal, Wyke Sixth Form College

    6.00 Jan. 21st, 2019 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • Ofqual fine and legal costs land an awarding organisation with a six-figure bill

    An awarding organisation has been left with a bill of over £100,000 from Ofqual – which includes the exams regulator’s highest ever costs for an enforcement action – after dropping its lengthy appeal against a fine. But Industry Qualifications could have been forced to cough up even more, had Ofqual decided not to waive more

    12.00 Jan. 18th, 2019 | News

  • DfE launches new ‘Fire It Up’ apprenticeships campaign

    A new government campaign that aims to “shift deeply held views” on apprenticeships has been launched today. The ‘Fire It Up’ campaign will promote the benefits of apprenticeships to young people, parents and employers through a series of adverts on national TV and social media, featuring real-life apprentices. A new website will provide advice and

    0.01 Jan. 17th, 2019 | News

  • Top DfE civil servant claims T-levels timetable is ‘on track’ following ministerial direction

    The tight T-levels timetable is “on track” and is “going well”, the Department for Education’s permanent secretary has insisted. Jonathan Slater was being quizzed by MPs on the education select committee as part of an accountability hearing, alongside education secretary Damian Hinds, this morning. He was asked if he still had concerns over the timescales

    13.13 Jan. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Strike dates announced for 16 colleges locked in pay disputes

    Members of the University and College Union at 16 colleges will walk out for two days starting January 29, in an ongoing dispute over pay. The union has also written to the education secretary Damian Hinds urging the government to provide extra funding for staff who feel “undervalued and severely underpaid”. “UCU members are being

    11.28 Jan. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Controversial management degree apprenticeship celebrates third birthday

    One of the most popular – and controversial – apprenticeship standards is celebrating its third birthday today. The chartered manager degree apprenticeship’s anniversary is being marked with an event in parliament, hosted by the Chartered Management Institute – with speakers including the boss of the Institute for Apprenticeships. Starts on the standard have grown massively

    11.08 Jan. 15th, 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

  • 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