• Funding clawback for college at risk of cash crisis

    A college already in financial difficulty is being forced to pay back nearly £1 million to the government as a result of working with a subcontractor investigated for falsifying learner records. In a report published last Friday by the FE commissioner, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College was warned that it needed to take “urgent

    11.05 Mar. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Can national colleges overcome their recruitment and funding challenges?

    Clair Mowbray explains how the first incorporated college to open in 30 years is responding to its funding and recruitment challenges In last week’s edition of FE Week, national colleges were placed under the spotlight with regard to the challenges they have faced recently around their funding and learner recruitment. It has been just over

    5.00 Oct. 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

  • College sector performance continues rapid improvement

    Just under three quarters of colleges are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, as the sector’s rapid improvement continues into 2018. Two reports published this morning – for Chelmsford College and Craven College – record a crucial step up from grade three to grade two. And Leicester College and Lakes College both achieved the

    11.10 Feb. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Grenfell community rage over college sell-off

    Leaders of a college that sold its main campus to make way for housing ahead of a planned merger have been shouted down and slow-clapped at a heated public meeting. The site on Wornington Road, one of Kensington and Chelsea College’s two main campuses, was sold for £25.3 million to the Royal Borough of Kensington

    23.56 Sep. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Insufficient progress for inadequate college

    A college that nose-dived from ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’ in March has been slammed by Ofsted again for making insufficient progress. Following its second monitoring visit since the education watchdog’s damning report, Mid-Cheshire College was deemed to have made ‘insufficient progress’ in improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and with ensuring learners make good progress and

    16.33 Oct. 28th, 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

  • City of Liverpool College placed in administered status by 'extremely concerned' minister

    Administered status has been imposed on City of Liverpool College by apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon, who is “extremely concerned” about its decision to dispute being referred to the FE Commissioner for a second round of intervention. Mr Halfon wrote to chair of the board of City of Liverpool College Peter Grieve on October

    12.26 Oct. 21st, 2016 | News