Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • DfE launches consultation on fully-funded digital skills training

    The Department for Education has launched a consultation on the new national standards for digital skills, including plans for new qualifications at two levels. The consultation sets out the government’s plans to overhaul the current national standards, which set out core digital skills, as well as improving basic digital skills with qualifications at ‘beginner’ and

    15.55 Oct. 18th, 2018 | News

  • FE destinations and earnings data: The 5 key findings

    The government has today released figures for outcomes of FE learners, showing stark gender pay gaps, differences in earnings and future employment and learning across the sector. The data covers the destinations of 1.1 million learners who completed an FE course between 2013-14 and 2015-16, and the earnings of those who studied between 2010-11 and

    11.17 Oct. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Three schools removed from T-levels 2020 delivery but one college added

    Three schools will no longer deliver the first wave of T-levels after one received a low grade from Ofsted and two others “decided not to” take part. But Suffolk New College has been added to the list of those delivering the technical qualifications from 2020, after the government went back out to find providers when

    14.07 Oct. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Another boss of huge college group in financial trouble resigns with immediate effect

    The principal of one of the biggest college groups in the country has stepped down with immediate effect. John Connolly, who heads up the RNN Group, is leaving by “mutual agreement” with the group’s board, after year in which the group has faced criticisms over its leadership, the quality of apprenticeship provision and planned for

    11.57 Oct. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted on hunt for more apprenticeship inspectors

    Ofsted is on the look out to recruit 10 FE experts as inspectors while it ramps up its workforce to carry out early monitoring visits of every new apprenticeship provider. The inspectorate has been given £5.4 million in government funding to help with the mammoth task of carrying out visits at as many as 1,200

    16.50 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Concerns raised about the quality of maths centres for excellence

    The government has insisted “quality” was a factor in choosing 21 colleges to share £40 million funding as maths centres of excellence after concerns over their achievement rates. The centres for excellence will test and disseminate new ways to improve the teaching of maths to learners who are resitting maths GCSEs, and will share the

    10.30 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • DfE wastes £2.3m on UTCs and studio schools that never opened

    The Department for Education has wasted more than £2.3 million over the last five years on studio schools, UTCs and post-16 free schools that never even opened. Figures obtained by FE Week’s sister paper Schools Week reveal a staggering £2,331,888 has been written off for nine planned providers cancelled between May 2013 and January 2018.

    9.40 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: 37 colleges and providers chosen for first wave of Taking Teaching Further funding

    The first colleges to train 80 industry experts as teachers for part of the £5 million Taking Teaching Further scheme have been announced. The programme seeks to recruit industry specialists and retrain them to work in the post-16 and FE workforce, in an attempt to bring in more “diverse experiences and skills”. The scheme was

    0.01 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • FE Commissioner report reveals 'cash crisis' and falling achievement at Northumberland College

    Northumberland College has undergone a “cash flow crisis” and could see its finances plummet further, according to an intervention report from the FE Commissioner. The report, published today, also revealed declining learner recruitment, inadequate apprenticeship delivery, low achievement and “last minute negotiations” to defer loan repayments at the college, and warned that it may yet

    15.08 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Scrap UTC 14-19 model, says former schools minister in latest damning report

    A former schools minister has called for the admission age at university technical colleges to change to 16, after damning new research faulted their academic progress and ability to recruit and retain learners. The latest report from the Education Policy Institute has laid bare the major issues at the 14-19 providers, including high drop-out rates

    0.01 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • SFCA to launch campaign calling for huge 16 to 18 funding rate increase

    The Sixth Form Colleges Association is preparing to launch a campaign calling for a huge increase in the 16 to 18 base rate, just a week after the Association of Colleges will demand an initially smaller rise in their own campaign. The Raise the Rate campaign will call for the funding base rate for all

    18.22 Oct. 8th, 2018 | News