• Ofsted boss commits to more 'positive and purposeful' approach to FE

    Ofsted’s new chief inspector was vowed to “reset” the relationship between the education watchdog and colleges, in her first speech to the FE sector since taking over from Sir Michael Wilshaw in January. Amanda Spielman struck a more conciliatory tone than her controversial predecessor at the AoC Ofsted conference this morning in London. But while

    10.29 Mar. 17th, 2017 | News

  • College governors brand SFA's new apprenticeship contracts 'ludicrous'

    College governors have branded the SFA’s new apprenticeship contractual arrangements “ludicrous” during a heated discussion at the AoC’s Governance Summit. There is due to be a shift from contracts between the SFA and colleges to legal agreements between colleges and employers – which will amount to “a commercial relationship” with employers – according to Keith

    11.00 Mar. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • AoC: Membership fees overhaul consultation to avoid £1 million overspend

    A consultation on the future of the Association of Colleges has set out plans for an overhaul of membership fees, to help prevent a £1 million overspend on its 2017/18 budget. The document was unveiled this morning as AoC chief executive David Hughes admitted to FE Week that it needs to reform to balance the books –

    11.30 Feb. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Scammers target colleges during AoC conference

    FE colleges have been targeted by a spate of attempted frauds in the past few weeks – including several attempting to capitalise on the fact principals were attending the recent Association of Colleges’ annual conference. Finance officials at four FE colleges have all received emails purporting to be from their bosses, and asking for transfers

    16.00 Nov. 25th, 2016 | News

  • FE Week's annual charity auction raises a whopping £14,000

    A last-minute donation from the new FE commissioner pushed the total money raised at the FE Week 2016 annual charity auction past £14,000 – breaking the previous record.  Richard Atkins made the generous donation of £120 at the end of the event on the first evening (November 15) of the Association of Colleges conference in

    14.00 Nov. 19th, 2016 | News

  • Lord Sainsbury criticised over 'retail assistant' comments

    Lord Sainsbury has been branded an “elitist” after he claimed in a speech to the Association of Colleges’ annual conference that certain jobs, such as retail assistant, should not be counted as technical education. His comments prompted Mark Dawe (pictured), the boss of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, to hit out at him

    15.30 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Richard Atkins: The FE sector 'is doing pretty well'

    The FE sector is not doomed, the new commissioner has insisted during upbeat speech dismissing claims that it was “failing”. In his first major address to sector leaders since he took over from Sir David Collins in October, Richard Atkins told a packed reception for governors’ at the Association of Colleges annual conference that “the

    16.00 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Ministers need to fund technical education, says Lord Sainsbury

    Ministers need to take a more realistic view of the cost of high-quality technical education and increase funding to it accordingly, Lord Sainsbury has said, as the government begins to implement his recommendations for a slimmed down system. His influential report on technical education has heavily informed the government’s new skills plan, which will see

    15.00 Nov. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Small school scandal deepens as academy trust found running sixth form with fewer than 20 pupils

    A multi-academy trust might be running a new sixth form with fewer than 20 students, FE Week has learned, just days after the DfE reversed a decision to let it open another one over fears it wouldn’t be able to make up numbers. Loxford Trust has refused to reveal exactly how many students attend the

    0.10 Nov. 4th, 2016 | News

  • Court date set for AoC judicial review over new sixth form

    The court start date has been set for the Association of College’s first judicial review against the government in more than a decade. The AoC revealed a month ago that it was going to take legal action over the Department for Education’s controversial decision to fund a new sixth form at Abbs Cross Academy and

    11.29 Oct. 27th, 2016 | News

  • Exclusive: AoC India to close after 25 colleges quit

    A college partnership network set up by the Association of Colleges to provide UK vocational education and training programmes to India is to close after losing over three quarters of its members. AoC India was established in 2012 as a partnership of 33 FE colleges, but after being left with just eight members this year

    16.37 Oct. 20th, 2016 | News