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SFCA in the News: 2019

May

School sixth forms forced to close across country amid funding cuts, figures reveal​, The Independent

Schools failing to promote vocational qualifications face government crackdown, Independent

Ofsted’s New Education Inspection Framework 2019 - Sector Response, FE News

Academy option reopened for sixth-form colleges, Schools Week

DfE set to reopen academisation option for sixth-form colleges, FE Week​EPI: Proportion of sixth form colleges with in-year deficits rockets fivefold in six-year period, FE Week

EPI: Colleges stung by 'sharp, real-terms decline in funding,' TES

April

Thelma Walker: Take action now over the funding crisis​, Yorkshire Post

Increase 16-19 funding by ‘significant amount’, Social Mobility Commission urges, FE Week

Why we should look beyond schools for arts education, TES

Government to fully-fund college pension cost increase, FE Week

Select committee chair and skills minister clash over Spending Review strategy, FE Week

What happens when A-level funding for languages fall?, Study International

March

Scrapping popular qualifications would be ‘reckless’, EdExec

Scrapping BTECs 'rash and reckless' warn principals, TESTes FE Awards 2019 winners crowned, TES

Revealed: The 13 colleges to share £1.8m strategic improvement funding, FE Week

​13 colleges to share £1.8m in improvement funds, TESColleges to receive £1.8 million funding boost to help raise standards, FE NewsA-level courses 'cut in sixth-form funding squeeze', BBC NewsFrench rocks — this is no time for schools to drop your ouis and nons, Evening StandardGovernment creates new student mental health taskforce, Gov.ukSixth forms drop languages A-levels due to inadequate funding, The GuardianLearning languages is about more than vocabulary tests – it gives you insight into a culture beyond your own, i NewsLBC Interview with SFCA CEO Bill Watkin on the Funding Impact SurveyNew survey highlights damaging impact of funding cuts on sixth form students, FE NewsGateway radio interview with SFCA's Deputy Chief Executive, James Kewin on the Funding Impact SurveyHalf of sixth forms forced to drop modern languages, EdexecGovernment consults on plans to withdraw funding for applied generals including BTECs, FE Week

Government consults on plans to withdraw funding for BTECs, Schools Week

DfE launches crackdown on post-16 courses, TESGibb hints at 16-18 funding boost in spending review, TES

AoC increases funding rate demands after crunching the T-level numbers, FE Week

Cash-strapped sixth forms dropping language A-levels, The WeekHalf of sixth forms cut language courses, TES Funding impact survey exposes cuts to mental health and careers support, Fe WeekCatholic sixth forms suffer 'double discrimination', TESMinister says write to me about shortage of money, Henley StandardNew mental health taskforce created to support students, The Mancunion

 


February

164 MPs lobbying Chancellor for more FE funding, FE Week

The future of applied generals hangs in the balance, TES FE


January 2019Ofsted plans overhaul of inspections to look beyond exam results New Ofsted framework to be less reliant on achievement rate data, FE Week New Ofsted Inspection Framework, what's changing? Schools Week

Ofsted to launch consultation on new inspection framework at SFCA Winter Conference, FE Week

College brings in four-day timetable for students to reduce 'trapped time', TES FEFE's battle for fair funding is only half won, TES


December 2018

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

Sixth form funding rates to remain unchanged in 2019-20, Schools Week

 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' - feweek.co.uk

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

'DfE reopens £15m strategic college improvement fund before finalising first round' - feweek.co.uk

'May challenged on 16-18 funding' - tes.com


October 2018

'Cuts to funding affecting FE quality, says Ofsted' - tes.com

'Ofsted boss backs calls for more 16-to-18 cash to combat falling standards' - feweek.co.uk

'Time is running out for Hinds on college funding' - tes.com

'Budget 2018: What it means for further education' - tes.com

'Campaign launched to ‘Raise the Rate’ of sixth form funding' - feweek.co.uk

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

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

SFCA to launch campaign calling for huge 16 to 18 funding rate increase - feweek.co.uk

Pensions hike to cost colleges £140 per student - tes.com


September 2018

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

'College performance improving, Ofsted reveals' - tes.com

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

'Wilshaw: FE sixth forms outperform schools' - tes.com

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

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

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

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