• AoC Sport National Championships: The south-east triumphs again

    The south-east took the glory for the second year running at last weekend’s AoC Sport National Championships, retaining the coveted Wilkinson Sword Trophy. It was a close-fought battle with their local rivals the south-west, but in the end, the winners finished nine points clear of the 40th annual championships after three days of fierce competition

    13.00 Apr. 27th, 2018 | News

  • Colleges, training providers, adult education services - we need a diverse provider market

    It’s always nice to be at a big conference with people passionate about learning, skills, training and apprenticeships. The FE Week Apprenticeship Conference at the ICC brings together a vital part of the education system: independent training providers, colleges, universities, awarding organisations, students and employers. The diversity of the audience is part of its strength

    10.28 Mar. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Strike action escalates on a second day of college walkouts

    More than 1,500 staff from colleges are expected to take part in a second day of strike action, and more walkouts are planned up to the end of April. The dispute is over what a spokesperson for the University and Colleges Union described as “a disappointing” pay offer of one per cent, made last September

    9.47 Mar. 1st, 2018 | News

  • High transport costs are letting SEND learners down

    It has become all too clear this term that learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who want to study further education are being badly let down. The local government ombudsman warned in October that growing numbers are missing out on places at colleges, because of delays with local councils producing their education and

    10.00 Dec. 8th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Weston College takes two gongs at the AoC Beacon Awards

    The AoC Beacon Award winners, which recognise innovative and outstanding activities in colleges across the UK, have been announced. The ceremony took place this evening on the opening day of the AoC annual conference at the ICC in Birmingham. Among the winners was Weston College, which achieved a double success, winning awards for improving functional,

    23.13 Nov. 14th, 2017 | News

  • David Hughes and the AoC are wrong about degree apprenticeships

    David Hughes is wrong to criticise the rise in management apprenticeships – they are opening opportunities to people who’ve never had them, argues Mandy Crawford-Lee The University Vocational Awards Council believes in the vital role of colleges in delivering college and work-based training programmes for young people and adults. We also want to champion HE

    18.40 Nov. 13th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Martin Doel, FETL Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills, Institute of Education, UCL

    After eight years at the helm of the Association of Colleges, Martin Doel left in 2016 to take up the world’s first university chair in FE leadership. FE Week paid him a visit in his new post at UCL to find out how his life as an academic is shaping up. Since leaving the Association

    5.00 Oct. 16th, 2017 | Profiles

  • T-levels funded work placement plans criticised

    New guidance on T-level work placements has been criticised by the Association of Colleges, which fears providers will struggle to fit in the minimum 45 days per learner. The Education and Skills Funding Agency’s guidance has fleshed out Justine Greening’s announcement in July, which said £50 million would be available from April 2018 for “high-quality”

    10.00 Oct. 7th, 2017 | News

  • AoC boss expresses regret over 1 per cent pay offer

    The Association of Colleges has expressed regret for offering staff a one-per-cent payrise – and has come in for heavy criticism from the unions for its trouble. “We wish we were in a position to make a better recommendation today, but current funding levels for colleges do not allow us to do so,” claimed AoC

    13.11 Sep. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Colleges 'deeply concerned' about £650m non-levy tender

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency was accused of plunging the relaunched non-levy apprenticeship funding tender process into chaos last night, as new “clarifications” and document updates were sent out. David Hughes reflects on college concerns below. Colleges are very frustrated and deeply concerned about the timing and the details of this procurement. Concerned because

    11.12 Sep. 1st, 2017 | Opinion

  • EXCLUSIVE: DfE's decision to defend small school sixth form cost £76,000 in fees

    A legal challenge brought against the government by the Association of Colleges over the opening of a small-school sixth form last year has cost the tax payer over £75,000, FE Week can reveal.  According to a Freedom of Information we submitted to the Department for Education in July, it paid out a huge £60,000 for

    17.10 Aug. 21st, 2017 | News