Billy Camden

  • 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

  • School ditches UTC name as it joins multi-academy trust

    Another struggling university technical college has denied distancing itself from the UTC brand, despite ditching its name and joining a multi-academy trust. The Harlow-based Sir Charles Kao UTC, a 14 to 19 vocational school, has changed its name to the BMAT STEM Academy after joining the Burnt Mill Academy Trust. The trust’s chief executive insisted

    15.18 May. 10th, 2018 | News

  • UTC architect George Osborne says 14 start age ‘hasn’t worked’

    George Osborne, one of the driving forces behind university technical colleges, would consider scrapping the starting age of 14 if he were still in charge at the Treasury. The former chancellor told the parliamentary education committee that he had been examining early issues with the 14 to 19 vocational schools just before he left office

    13.59 May. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Isle of Wight Studio School to close in 2019

    A studio school on the Isle of Wight is set to close next August after struggling to recruit enough pupils. Inspire Academy Trust announced today that ministers have approved their plans to close the Isle of Wight Studio School from 2019 “in principle”. The final decision will be subject to a four-week consultation, and if

    18.03 Apr. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Teacher apprenticeship providers get fast-track treatment

    Thirty-six teacher-training organisations have been approved to deliver apprenticeships after the Department for Education opened a secret application window just for them. Seventeen academy trusts, 11 schools, three universities, three councils and two other organisations were given special treatment after a “disastrous” first attempt by the government to get teacher training providers registered, which saw

    10.30 Apr. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Exam malpractice allegations sealed fate of doomed studio school

    Accusations of exam malpractice sealed the fate of a doomed studio school, according to “shocking” minutes from its board meetings. The documents also show that former trustees at Manchester Creative Studio School had maintained their access to the school’s bank account four months after they left, staff were not even given contracts until this academic

    12.30 Mar. 15th, 2018 | News

  • 71% of UTCs rated less than Ofsted 'good' in the last year

    More than two thirds of the university technical colleges visited by Ofsted in the last year are ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’, according to Schools Week analysis. But the organisation that oversees UTCs claims the watchdog’s inspection regime is not designed to measure their performance in the most accurate way possible. Of the 14 UTCs inspected

    13.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | News