Jude Burke

  • Tough new strike laws will apply to FE

    FE colleges that recruit learners from the age of 14 will be covered by tough new strike rules, the government has finally confirmed. Its ballot threshold consultation response, published today, lists teaching and leadership of “pupils aged 5 to 16 in state-funded schools” as “important public services” which would be subject to the new 40

    11.29 Jan. 21st, 2016 | News

  • Fintan Donohue retires from Gazelle Colleges Group

    Fintan Donohue has retired from his role as chief executive of the Gazelle Colleges Group after more than four years at the helm. Mr Donohue said that Carolyn Chapman-Lees, Gazelle’s executive director, would be the troubled group’s “key contact going forward”, in an email to FE Week today. It is the first confirmation seen by

    11.53 Jan. 19th, 2016 | News

  • FE Commissioner ends involvement with seven providers

    Seven FE and skills providers have been told by Skills Minister Nick Boles that their FE Commissioner interventions have come to an end, FE Week can reveal. Letters confirming the conclusion of Dr David Collins’ involvement with the five colleges and two local authorities were published before Christmas and earlier this month, after being sent

    9.00 Jan. 19th, 2016 | News

  • Ofsted boss hits out at 'inadequate' FE sector

    The FE sector is “inadequate at best” according to Ofsted’s Sir Michael Wilshaw, who has also hit out at colleges’ “uniformly weak” careers advice on offer. He is due to make the comments in a speech later this afternoon, called ‘Ambitions for English Education’, for the thinktank CentreForum. “Educational provision, for the many children who

    13.50 Jan. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Government pledges action on ‘unacceptable’ transgender bullying

    The government has said that it will address recommendations made by a parliamentary committee that found evidence of “unacceptable” bullying of transgender adult learners. The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee’s Transgender Equality report, published on Thursday (January 14), called on the government to take action in a number of areas, including post-school education,

    9.00 Jan. 18th, 2016 | News

  • European court to resolve college VAT dispute

    An ongoing dispute over a Hampshire college’s VAT rebate that has “a potentially wide impact” has gone all the way to the European courts, after a third visit to the courtroom failed to resolve the college’s battle with the taxman. The European Court of Justice will now decide whether supplies for Brockenhurst College’s training restaurant,

    13.00 Jan. 15th, 2016 | News

  • Confusion over funding for levy-free small businesses

    The government was today still unable to say how small businesses who don’t pay into the apprenticeship levy would access funding for the programme — despite them delivering more than 90 per cent of all apprenticeships. From April 2017, employers will have to pay 0.5 of their pay roll costs to the apprenticeship levy, the

    13.00 Jan. 15th, 2016 | News

  • Exclusive: Area reviews already behind schedule

    The government’s area reviews of post-16 education and training are already running behind schedule, with the government accused of working to an “unrealistic” timetable. According to the government’s own published guidance, the first wave of reviews in Birmingham and Solihull, Greater Manchester, and Sheffield City region, which began in early September, ought to be wrapping

    10.29 Jan. 8th, 2016 | News

  • College resorts to £700k loan from local council

    A college has turned to its county council for a £700,000 loan to help address a “need for short-term cashflow support”. A Carlisle College spokesperson told FE Week on Tuesday (January 5) that the loan from Cumbria County Council would be repaid “in May 2016”. The announcement prompted general secretary of the Association of School

    16.00 Jan. 8th, 2016 | News

  • Ramadan set to affect exam dates

    Summer exams will be affected by the timing of Ramadan for the next four years, with GCSE re-sits compounding the issue for colleges, a senior exams officer has warned. Andrew Harland, chief executive of the Exam Officers’ Association (pictured above), said the summer exam period was expected to clash every year between now and 2019

    13.00 Jan. 8th, 2016 | News

  • Colleges in first two London area reviews revealed

    Seventeen general FE colleges and six sixth form colleges (SFCs) will be included in the first two “sub-regional” area reviews of post-16 education and training in London, it was announced today. The two reviews, in London (Central) and London (West), are the first of four London reviews to be announced and are expected to get

    13.24 Jan. 6th, 2016 | News