Nick Linford

  • 200,000 FE staff are now trained in Prevent

    Over 200,000 people working in FE have completed training to help them understand their duty to prevent the radicalisation of learners, FE Week can reveal. The Education and Training Foundation launched the online support programme in September 2015, when the government first applied the Prevent duty to the sector. FE teachers, trainers, leaders, support staff

    14.13 Feb. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Let's maintain the upward Ofsted trend for colleges!

    Our analysis of colleges’ Ofsted grades suggests a significant improvement in the past five months. By the end of August last year, the sector’s grades had declined for three years in a row, with only 69 per cent of colleges at ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. But with a flood of college inspections improving from a grade

    10.40 Feb. 9th, 2018 | Opinion

  • College sector performance continues rapid improvement

    Just under three quarters of colleges are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, as the sector’s rapid improvement continues into 2018. Two reports published this morning – for Chelmsford College and Craven College – record a crucial step up from grade three to grade two. And Leicester College and Lakes College both achieved the

    11.10 Feb. 7th, 2018 | News

  • National College for Nuclear launched

    A national college planning to train the bulk of the country’s workforce for Britain’s nuclear industry opens today. The National College for Nuclear is based across two hubs, in Cumbria at Lakes College and Somerset at Bridgwater and Taunton College. It is the fourth national college to open, following colleges for high-speed rail, based in

    0.01 Feb. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted announces tougher approach to monitoring subcontracting

    Ofsted will increase its focus on management and quality in subcontracting, according to its most senior director for FE and skills. The letter is being sent out today by Paul Joyce, with new “sample based” monitoring visits on the horizon. “This letter is to inform you that Ofsted will be increasing its focus on the

    15.08 Feb. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Invest in Ofsted to guarantee apprenticeship quality

    This week the number of providers and employers able to directly tap into an annual £2.5 billion apprenticeship pot exceeded 2,000. Everyone and anyone is being given a piece of the funding action, from Cambridge University, to Greggs, to one-man-band sole traders. Regulating the quality of training in this proliferation of actors will be mission

    9.10 Feb. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Cambridge University and Greggs among 354 organisations added to register of apprenticeship training providers

    The government increased the size of the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) by 354 today, pushing the total to 2,187 organisations with direct access to funding and in scope for Ofsted inspection. The number of apprenticeship providers now in scope for Ofsted inspection, assuming the vast majority recruit level two and three apprentices, has now

    22.45 Jan. 31st, 2018 | News

  • What now for the levy reforms?

    Apprenticeship take-up since the introduction of the levy last May continues to slide, but whether this represents a longer-term problem is debatable. The CBI calls it “alarming”, which, given it represents employers, will be uncomfortable for the government. But if big employers are simply in the planning phase, as the skills minister suggests, the CBI

    21.26 Jan. 25th, 2018 | Opinion

  • BREAKING: Apprenticeship starts continue to fall sharply six months after introduction of the levy

    Total apprenticeship starts fell 41 percent for the six months since May when the levy was introduced, compared to the same period the previous year (see below). Provisional figures published by the DfE this morning report provisional starts for the first quarter of 2017, covering the months of August, September and October. This shows a

    9.35 Jan. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Carillion and the employer-provider problem

    The collapse of Carillion is a sombre reminder that apprentices must, by law, be employees. The government expects that when an apprentice loses their job, their college or training provider will support them to find work elsewhere to finish the course. In fact, the funding rules permit a “break in learning” for a limited period

    10.30 Jan. 19th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Chartered status: when will the government subsidies end?

    The Chartered Institution for Further Education, the brainchild of the former skills minister John Hayes, was first conceived back in 2012, to get high-achieving FE providers the royal seal of approval. But almost six years later – and more than two years after it first started accepting paying members – just eight providers have been

    11.00 Jan. 14th, 2018 | News