SFCA in the News: 2018

SFCA in the News: 2018

December 2018

Exams boards told to ‘strengthen controls’ after ‘unwarranted’ rise in BTEC grades

Sixth form funding rates to remain unchanged in 2019-20

 16-18 funding remains frozen for seventh year, TES FE

FE sector welcomes Ofsted's funding 'wake-up call', TES FE

November 2018

'Protests at the deadline for sixth form colleges’ conversion to academies' -

'We need to prepare for the surge of sixth formers' -

'DfE reopens £15m strategic college improvement fund before finalising first round' -

'May challenged on 16-18 funding' -

October 2018

'Cuts to funding affecting FE quality, says Ofsted' -

'Ofsted boss backs calls for more 16-to-18 cash to combat falling standards' -

'Time is running out for Hinds on college funding' -

'Budget 2018: What it means for further education' -

'Campaign launched to ‘Raise the Rate’ of sixth form funding' -

'We need more core funding not ‘initiative mania’, sector leaders tell MPs' -

'Sixth form college students 'getting short straw'' -

SFCA to launch campaign calling for huge 16 to 18 funding rate increase -

Pensions hike to cost colleges £140 per student -

September 2018

'Exclusive: No pay rise for teachers in sixth-form colleges' -

'College performance improving, Ofsted reveals' -

'College pension contributions set to rise and could cause ‘financial crisis’ in FE' -

'Wilshaw: FE sixth forms outperform schools' -

'Academy trust to pioneer paid work experience programme at struggling 16-19 free school' -

'College and Co-op lead way with paid day release on two year course – but it’s not an apprenticeship' -

'DfE in search of college insolvency consultants with plans to pay them up to £500,000 per month' -

August 2018

'DfE in search of college insolvency consultants with plans to pay them up to £500,000 per month' -

'Extra exam resits offered for BTEC students' -

'We must tell the chancellor FE needs more, not less funding' -

'A-Level results 2018 | Live blog' -

July 2018

'Headteachers warn universities about leap in unconditional offers' -

June 2018

'£150m post-16 maths plan 'is a sticking plaster'' -

‘No need to finish your A-levels,’ universities tell school pupils -

'Funding for 16-18 students to drop to 30-year low' -

May 2018

Long Read: Applied Generals in a battle to survive, TES

Why Applied Generals are worth fighting for, TES

Extra £500 per student offer in maths pilot, TES

Skills minister under pressure on 16-19 funding, FE Week

'Don't let applied generals fall by the wayside' urges Bill Watkin, TES

SFCA chief executive Bill Watkin and TES columnist Sarah Simons discuss latest FE news, TES FE Podcast

April 2018

Sector leaders welcome FE funding inquiry by education committee, TES

New education committee inquiry will see MPs look into long-term planning for FE, FE Week

Education Select Committee has announced an inquiry into school and sixth form funding, Schools Week

Exceptional financial support now available for sixth form colleges, TES

Catholic sixth form colleges are demanding religious protections before the academisation window closes, FE Week

March 2018

Interview with SFCA CEO, OCR Agenda magazine

'A truly informed choice has to consider all that is on offer' writes Bill Watkin, TES FE

College leaders call for change in exam arrangements as exam bureaucracy hits most vulnerable GCSE resit students, TES

Anne Milton announces FE funding review, FE Week

Review of FE funding announced by minister, TES FE

February 2018

Schools to get up to £2,400 for each extra A-level maths student, TES

DfE doubles advanced maths premium to £1,200, Schools Week

DfE announces details on advanced maths premium funding, FE Week

A tale of two sixth forms: inside the East End Eaton at the heart of Britain's education divide, New Statesman

Interview with SFCA on funding pressures on sixth forms, BBC Sunday Politics, West Mids

January 2018

Bill Watkin discusses Sixth Form Funding Gap Warning, BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester

Any review of tertiary funding should start at 16, not 18, says SFCA', TES

Minister Milton aware of 'widespread concern about the level of funding for 16-19', TES FE

Minster attempts to reassure sixth form sector cash concerns, FE Week

DfE rules out an a 16-18 funding rate rise, FE Week

Underinvestment in STEM subjects in sixth-form education, Lettter to The Times

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