Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • The ESFA may regret rejecting the IfA’s levy budget concerns

    As revealed by FE Week, the IfA has warned that there could be a £500m overspend on the £2bn apprenticeship budget this year.  This, their analysis shows, rises to a £1.5 billion overspend for 2020/21 when the entire £2bn budget would be used paying for apprentices that started in previous years, leaving nothing for new

    11.00 Dec. 14th, 2018 | Opinion

  • MBA apprenticeships defended by their biggest provider

    As management degree apprenticeships continue to hit the headlines, with sector leaders voicing growing concern about their rising costs, FE Week spoke to the biggest apprenticeship MBA provider to hear the other side of the story.  Last year 550 people started an apprenticeship MBA, according to official statistics, and the Cranfield University School of Management

    10.30 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Provider to challenge ‘inadequate’ grade after Ofsted found copy and paste assignments

    A private provider rated ‘inadequate’ across the board by Ofsted has launched an appeal against the grade and accused inspectors of “failing to understand” their provision. Beyond 2030, a talent development training firm, received the worst possible grade from Ofsted in its first inspection, with inspectors warning that learners “often copy information from the internet

    18.15 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • IfA appoints Dame Asha replacement as chair of subcommittee

    The Institute for Apprenticeships has replaced Dame Asha Khemka as chair of the quality assurance committee, almost two months after she resigned from its board. However, the IfA has still not replaced her vacant position on the board.  Dame Asha stepped down on October 19, three weeks after she resigned from West Nottinghamshire College amid

    15.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Rachel Nicholls, acting principal, Peterborough Regional College Start date: December 5, 2018 Previous job: Deputy principal, New College Stamford (she is on secondment from this role) Interesting fact: Rachel used to be captain of Halifax Ladies rugby team and in a previous life played rugby for Yorkshire

    6.00 Dec. 10th, 2018 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • The apprenticeship levy is public money that needs priorities - before it runs out

    The Institute for Apprenticeships is forecasting a £500 million overspend on the levy budget by July 2019, rising to £1.5 billion for the year ending July 2021. It is clear that forecasting models for expenditure, before the Levy’s introduction in May 2017, significantly underestimated the reality, in terms of starts on high value apprenticeships with

    10.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Asian Apprenticeship Awards: the winners

    A project management apprentice and student mentor who defied his family’s wish for him to go to university has been crowned apprentice of the year at the Asian Apprenticeship Awards. Ahmed Munshi of BAE Systems, who has mentored nine school and college students alongside his work and studies, took home the top accolade at the

    10.30 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • IfA confirms funding cut of £5k to chartered manager degree apprenticeship standard

    The popular chartered manager degree apprenticeship standard will have its funding slashed by £5,000, the Institute for Apprenticeships has confirmed. The results of the IfA’s controversial review of another 17 standards (see table below) have been released, and it spells bad news for the popular management apprenticeships and the employer groups who had joined forces

    13.00 Dec. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Over ‘optimistic’ leaders drag council down to ‘inadequate’

    A council has received the lowest possible rating for its adult and community learning provision after leadership and management was found to be ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted. Despite being rated as ‘requires improvement’ in every other area, North East Lincolnshire Council has been left with an overall ‘inadequate’ grade after inspectors warned leaders had been “too

    18.15 Dec. 5th, 2018 | News

  • DfE wants Ofsted to inspect more 'outstanding' colleges – but won’t drop exemption

    The Department for Education has told Ofsted to reinspect more ‘outstanding’ colleges and schools, but stopped short of dropping the controversial exemption. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has asked the watchdog to review its risk assessment arrangements and ensure it inspects 10 per cent of grade one schools and colleges over the coming year. However, he

    17.24 Dec. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted Watch: Week of winners and losers in FE

    It has been a mixed week for FE as two colleges succeeded in climbing higher in the ranks, while two new providers received the lowest possible Ofsted grade. The greatest accolades were handed to Preston College and St John’s School and College, both of which managed to climb from a ‘requires improvement’ rating up to

    17.23 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News