Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu

  • Sharp drop in adults studying English and maths, new data reveals

    The number of adults studying English and maths dropped sharply last year, with achievements in the core subjects also significantly decreasing, according to new government figures. Only 573,500 adult learners participated in government-funded English and maths courses in 2018/19, a 13.7 per cent fall from 664,200 in 2017/18. Last year, 360,300 of the students over

    10.51 Nov. 28th, 2019 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Jo Maher: Principal, Loughborough College Start date: Spring 2020 Previous job: Principal, Boston College Interesting fact: She had to go to ballet lessons as a child, until it was obvious that she couldn’t dance, and then she was allowed to do Taekwando instead. Paul Cox: Chief executive

    6.00 Nov. 25th, 2019 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • Ofsted attacked for ‘unfair’ inspections before mergers

    Ofsted was criticised by an experienced turnaround principal for inspecting colleges just before mergers, at the Association for Colleges’ annual conference this week. Andrew Cropley, who has been involved with three FE commissioner interventions, said he had an “unfair experience of being inspected” and the education watchdog must find a better way to work with

    9.45 Nov. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Family owned private provider slammed by Ofsted… again

    A family owned business in the construction industry was hit with a grade four by Ofsted, in a poor week for all types of FE providers. Independent learning provider Total Training Company (UK) Limited was declared ‘inadequate’ in its first full inspection, after being found making ‘insufficient progress’ in an early monitoring report published in

    14.45 Nov. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Sector unites to solve funding crisis for high-needs learners

    Leading bodies within the FE sector have teamed up with local government to launch research into a crisis in special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding for those aged over 16. In response to “massive pressure on stretched local authority high-needs budgets”, a tender to investigate existing arrangements for the over-16s with SEND, and what

    11.00 Nov. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted should explain in their reports why they come knocking just before a merger

    It is extremely rare to hear a college principal openly criticise Ofsted. So rare in fact, I felt it was only right to check with Andrew Cropley that it was ok to publish what he had said from a panel at the Association of College’s annual conference ‘hot topic’ session on “the balance between oversight,

    10.02 Nov. 22nd, 2019 | Opinion

  • Kendal College tops FE Week’s 2019 league table

    Kendal College has been announced as the top college in FE Week’s annual league table for 2019. This year’s NICDEX rated 172 FE colleges across England in four categories: employer satisfaction, learner satisfaction, 16 to 18 positive progression and adult progression into work. The criteria is based on performance measures published by the Department for

    19.00 Nov. 19th, 2019 | News

  • AoC Student of the Year Award winners announced

    A learner with hearing and speech difficulties who also works as a carer for his twin sister is among the winners of the Association of Colleges’ Student of the Year Awards 2019. The gongs, which include Young Student, Adult Student, Apprentice and Higher Education Student of the Year, were given out at the annual AoC

    21.00 Nov. 19th, 2019 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Hetan Shah: Chief executive, The British Academy Start date: February 2020 Previous job: Executive director, Royal Statistical Society Interesting fact: He sits on a charity board which meets on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Daniel Fenwick: Assistant principal, DN College Group Start date: September 2019 Previous job:

    6.00 Nov. 18th, 2019 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • Why colleges are choosing GCSE resits over alternatives

    Colleges across the country have been entering more students for GCSE maths and English re-sits than government policy requires. The Department for Education’s condition of funding rule means all students in England aged 16 to 19 who have achieved a grade 3 in English or maths are required to retake the subject while those with

    12.00 Nov. 15th, 2019 | News

  • College to spend £250k paying off learner loans after subcontracting scandal

    A college will pay off almost £250,000 in loans debt for 59 victims of a subcontracting scandal. FE Week revealed last week that the learners were being forced to repay thousands of pounds each for courses they did not complete. Hours after the publication of the investigation, which found that many workers did not know

    10.00 Nov. 15th, 2019 | News