• Sixth-form colleges given access to government bailout fund

    Sixth form colleges can now apply for government bailout cash, according to updated guidance published by the Department for Education this morning. The college financial intervention and exceptional financial support guidance, first published in 2015, has today been updated to “include sixth-form colleges, which are now eligible for exceptional financial support”. James Kewin, deputy chief

    12.17 Apr. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Exclusive: Sixth form college performance fell 8% points, Ofsted expected to say

    Sixth-form colleges have been driven to “tipping point” through repeated funding cuts, the body that represents them has said, after FE Week exposed a sharp drop in top Ofsted grades. Our exclusive analysis, using the same methodology as Ofsted’s own annual report, has shown an eight-point fall in those with a grade one or two

    18.33 Nov. 8th, 2017 | News

  • Small sixth forms are no longer viable

    The highest standards can be found at large, specialist sixth-form centres, claims Bill Watkin This year has been an important one for specialist sixth form colleges: the first new A-levels and BTECs are in place, area reviews are at an end, the first academy conversions, and a growing sector as new sixth form specialists have

    5.00 Jun. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Don't prioritise vocational over academic routes

    Conservative manifesto pledge: To replace vocational qualifications with T-levels that have 50% more teaching time James Kewin argues AGAINST The Conservative party’s plans to introduce T-levels could eventually amount to an annual increase in funding of £500 million per year. While there is unquestionably a need to strengthen technical education in England, this should not

    16.15 May. 30th, 2017 | Opinion

  • First sixth form college converts to academy status today

    Hereford Sixth Form College has won the race to become the first to convert to academy status. The provider, which was rated outstanding by Ofsted when it was last inspected in 2008, completed the process to become a standalone academy today (March 1). It comes almost 16 months after former chancellor George Osborne first announced

    0.01 Mar. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Bill Watkin, CEO, Sixth Form Colleges' Association

    Sitting before me in smart suit and tie, Bill Watkin, the chief executive of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association chief executive looks the epitome of respectability. But that wasn’t always the case for this self-confessed former troublemaker, who rebelled at school during a largely unhappy stint as a boarder. Watkin recalls one incident when, egged

    10.00 Oct. 31st, 2016 | Profiles

  • Insolvency regime plans in new Technical and Further Education Bill

    A new Technical and Further Education Bill published today has set out proposals for a new insolvency regime for FE colleges. The legislation also includes a proposal to extend the role of new vocational training policing body, the Institute for Apprenticeships, to cover technical education. The plan, it confirmed, is now is to call it the Institute

    14.51 Oct. 27th, 2016 | News