Nick Linford

  • Colleges hit with Skills Funding Agency warnings

    Two of England’s biggest colleges have been slapped with notices of concern by the Skills Funding Agency following inadequate gradings from Ofsted. City of Liverpool College got grade fours in every one of the education watchdog’s headline fields last month, just four years after it was praised as outstanding. And, more recently, City of Bristol

    20.44 Apr. 11th, 2013 | News

  • National Careers Service boosts provision

    The National Careers Service (NCS) is to launch a range of services in 12 regions and is searching for contractors to take on the work. Tenders have been invited for an “enhanced” provision of the current service from April 1, 2014. The announcement comes as the service, launched by former Skills Minister John Hayes, celebrates

    20.38 Apr. 11th, 2013 | News

  • FE loans create shortfalls

    Some providers are facing funding shortfalls of up to £750,000 for adults with extra needs, claims the National Association for Managers of Student Services (NAMSS). As part of the new 24+ advanced learner loans regime for those wanting to take up an FE course, providers were distributed  £50m over two years to cover extra needs

    20.22 Apr. 11th, 2013 | News

  • Learners must have place at the top table

    The proposed guild cannot claim to speak for the sector unless its board represents everyone in FE — and that includes learners, says Jayne Stigger Learners put up with a lot from us; the chocolate bar and packet of crisps they signed up for is now a tuna wrap with avocado salsa on the side. FE

    20.27 Apr. 11th, 2013 | Opinion

  • Hear our voice, the NUS tells FE Guild

    The National Union of Students will continue to push for a learner presence on the board of the FE Guild, describing the lack of representation as “wrong”. President-elect Toni Pearce, who takes up the post in July, expressed anger after the revelation two weeks ago that the guild’s draft implementation plans did not include a

    19.55 Apr. 11th, 2013 | News

  • Joe Vinson to become the NUS vice president for FE

    Joe Vinson has been elected as vice president for Further Education of the National Union of Students at their annual conference today. Mr Vinson has been president of Cornwall College student’s union since 2011, and a member of the NUS LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) committee since 2013. In his election speech at the

    19.10 Apr. 9th, 2013 | News

  • Celebrating 20 years of college independence

    Download your free copy of the FE Week 16 page special anniversary supplement celebrating 20 years of college independence, sponsored by NOCN. Click here to download (10mb) Introduction Twenty years ago radical change took place as colleges were freed from local authority control. The revolution had started five years earlier when the 1988 Education Reform

    16.22 Apr. 9th, 2013 | News, Supplements

  • Pearce takes the top job at the NUS

    The first president of the National Union of Students from an FE background said her election was an “exciting” development that showed the union had “come a long way”. Toni Pearce (pictured), who remains in her current post of NUS vice president for FE until the new academic year, was elected with 62 per cent

    12.27 Apr. 9th, 2013 | News

  • College leaders refuse to 'shy away' from Ofsted inspection blow

    England’s sixth biggest college has fallen from good to inadequate in Ofsted ratings. City of Bristol College was visited mid-February and has emerged with a grade four result. College leaders have told of their disappointment with the result, but said they were not “shying away” from the challenges it posed. The Ofsted report gave the

    15.27 Apr. 5th, 2013 | News

  • No student voice in guild proposals branded a 'bad April fool'

    Proposals for the FE Guild have been criticised as a “bad April fool” by the NUS after it emerged there could be no student representation on the board. A draft guild implementation plan, seen by FE WEEK, suggests seats on the board for the Association of Colleges (AoC), the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

    18.54 Apr. 4th, 2013 | News

  • Sixth biggest college falls from good to inadequate

    The latest inadequate grading from Ofsted has emerged less than 24 hours after the government announced plans for a new FE Commissioner to challenge failing colleges. The 30,000-learner City of Bristol College has fallen from a 2010 good grading following inspection last month. The college, which was the sixth biggest in England, with a turnover

    17.45 Apr. 4th, 2013 | News