Billy Camden

  • Coronavirus: Oldham sixth form college gets impending Ofsted deferred

    Oldham Sixth Form College has become the first education provider to successfully defer an Ofsted inspection due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Inspectors were due into the 16 to 19 academy this week but the visit has now been postponed to an unknown date, the watchdog has confirmed. On Friday, Ofsted released new guidance stating that

    12.36 Mar. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Sixth form funding hike still leaves schools with less than they had in 2013, minister admits

    Plans to raise the school funding rate for 16 to 19-year-olds will still leave schools with less than they had seven years ago, a minister has admitted. Chancellor Sajid Javid announced last year that school sixth forms would receive £4,188 per pupil from August 2020, a 4.7 per cent cash-terms increase on the current rate of

    17.32 Feb. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Rebooted Troops to Teachers fails to take off

    Gavin Williamson’s rebooted attempts to train more armed forces veterans as teachers has been labelled “pointless” after take-up tanked. New £40,000 Troops to Teachers bursaries were introduced last September to encourage ex-service personnel into the classroom. Announcing the move in March last year, former defence secretary Gavin Williamson (pictured), who has since become education secretary,

    5.00 Oct. 18th, 2019 | News

  • Profile: Simon Connell

    Simon Connell, the new chief executive of the Baker Dearing Trust, is on a mission to change perceptions of university technical colleges, he tells Billy Camden Things are changing at the organisation that runs university technical colleges. The Baker Dearing Trust’s new chief executive, Simon Connell is determined that it will move from “quantity to

    5.00 Sep. 14th, 2019 | Features

  • Revealed: 76 BTECs facing the axe in post-16 qualifications review

    The Department for Education has confirmed plans to withdraw funding for 163 qualifications that “overlap” with A-levels – including 76 BTECs. Ministers announced in March that they were considering withdrawing funding for “duplicate” qualifications, amid concerns some do not provide the same high-quality education as A-levels and other equivalents. Now the list of qualifications facing

    10.48 Jul. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Academy option reopened for sixth-form colleges

    The government is to reopen the option for sixth-form colleges to academise – widening its pool of potential sponsors. Nearly all sixth-form colleges have been able to convert to academy status since George Osborne, then chancellor, changed the rules in November 2015. Many took up the opportunity as it freed them from VAT bills. However,

    10.15 May. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Academy trust stands by chair embroiled in police probe

    An expanding academy trust is backing its chair despite the government referring his giant private training provider to the police following a second investigation. Peter Marples, a multi-millionaire businessman who co-founded training provider 3aaa in 2008, joined the Spencer Academies Trust in December 2015 as a trustee and became its chair in the 2016-17 academic

    20.48 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Sector leaders unite against T-level plans that would force pupils to wait a year for a retake

    Sector leaders have urged Ofqual to reconsider its proposal to only allow T-level exams in the summer, as it means pupils would have to wait a whole year for retakes. One representative body warned the plan represents a “significant capacity risk for the whole exam system” while also being “overly burdensome” on pupils. Ofqual received

    16.55 Aug. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Damian Hinds to crack down on related-party transactions and academy CEO pay

    The education secretary has promised to clamp down on academy trusts which hand out lucrative contracts to family and friends, as well as excessive chief executive pay. From April 2019, all related-party transactions worth more than £20,000 will need to be declared to the Education and Skills Funding Agency for approval, Damian Hinds announced. Academy

    11.54 Jun. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Ethnic minorities and young people urged to volunteer as school governors

    A new campaign to tackle the “historic underrepresentation” as governors of ethnic minorities and younger people has been launched. ‘Everyone on Board’ has been created by the National Governance Association (NGA) and Inspiring Governance. It centres on a film which features six governors who explain how having volunteers from “different places who think different things”

    10.00 Jun. 9th, 2018 | News

  • DfE takes action to force schools to follow the ‘Baker Clause’

    The Department for Education has begun to intervene in schools which fail in their legal duty to allow training organisations the chance to speak to pupils about technical qualifications and apprenticeships. Lord Kenneth Baker (pictured), the former education secretary behind the so-called “Baker Clause” obliging schools to introduce pupils to technical education, told Schools Week

    12.00 May. 11th, 2018 | News