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FE Week is the premier news source for the further education, apprenticeships and skills sector, with a reputation for breaking news, investigations and expert analysis that is second to none. Our weekly newspaper is read by over 10,000 education managers and sector stakeholders and over 75,000 people access our website on a monthly basis. Trust is essential, and our readers know that FE Week provides an unrivalled platform for sharing accurate, timely information.

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Baverstock Academy fraud inquiry closed

The police have ended their investigation into alleged fraud at Birmingham’s Baverstock Academy. West Midlands Police said today that a man arrested on suspicion of fraud and two other people questioned in relation will face no further action. The investigation was launched in April this year, just weeks after the government announced the school was to close. A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “Following an investigation, a 48-year-old man, a 71-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man, who were interviewed in regard to this, will face no further action.” The inquiry followed a separate investigation by the Education Funding Agency in 2015, which highlighted “financial irregularity” in payments to an unnamed recipient, and “significant weaknesses” in financial oversight.

Jamie Oliver: Delayed ‘healthy schools rating’ should be compulsory

A voluntary rating system for healthy schools which the government has committed to rolling out in primary schools should be made compulsory, according to the influential television chef Jamie Oliver. Last year, the Department for Health’s childhood obesity plan included a series of policies with implications for schools, including the a voluntary healthy rating system for primary schools to be taken into account by Ofsted. “The criteria for the rating scheme will be developed in consultation with schools and experts but will cover the school’s approach as a whole,” it wrote. Enquiries made by Schools Week last month revealed that work was still underway at the Department for Education, where officials were reviewing evidence and feedback from stakeholder groups. Oliver, however, has today published a review into food education in the UK, which criticised the delay and recommended the rating scheme be made mandatory. “A year on from the Child Obesity Plan’s publication, no real action in schools has taken place, with the only political discussion on school food being the proposed Conservative manifesto pledge to scrap universal infant free school meals and replace them with universal free breakfasts,” states the report, released by the Jamie Oliver Foundation. Cash should also be...

Emotions high as Team UK competitors complete their work

Emotions were high as the first round of Team UK competitors completed their work for WorldSkills UK today.  Jordan Charters, from Edinburgh College and employer George Charters, was captured by FE Week completing his work for what was the first competition to finish today. He spoke to FE Week afterwards, saying that to succeed at the highest level of international competition “perfection is really the only option”. “The relief is incomparable, “he added afterwards. “I’m feeling a bit emotional as well which is all good. It’s quite special. I’ll probably never feel like this again.”   Emotional scenes as Jordan Charters finished the painting and decorating competition. With experts and his dad/boss. #TeamUK WS_abudhabi — FE Week (@FEWeek) October 18, 2017 And Bridie Thorne had a huge crowd cheering her on as she came to the end of her hairdressing competition.   What a finish this was for #TeamUK hairdresser Bridie 👏👏 #WS_AbuDhabi — FE Week (@FEWeek) October 18, 2017 Angus Bruce-Gardner, from provider Waters & Acland and employer Silverlining, was also interviewed after his competition in cabinet making.   Angus Bruce-Gardner with his family @worldskillsuk after finishing a tough Cabinet Making competition. 💪#TeamUK #WS_AbuDhabi — FE...

WorldSkills 2017: Team UK’s gold standard show their support before the final hurdle

Anxious, tired and excited – that’s how 34 of the UK’s most talented young people in the skills industry will be feeling tonight after day three of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi, according to past champions. With just one day to go until competitions are over, the pressure is heating up at this year’s global skills event. FE Week caught up with two former gold medallists to get a sense of what Team UK will be feeling right now. “By day three competitors have had roughly 18 hours in action. A slight bit of tiredness will be setting in so they’ve got to keep the energy levels up by drinking lots of water and eat plenty of food,” said Ashley Terron (pictured above), who won gold for Team UK in bricklaying in Leipzig 2013. “Sometimes the mind can be wandering as they start to have a look at the other competitors’ work so they can be swayed by that but they’ve got to stay mentally strong, stick to their game plan, stay within their own team, and listen to their own training manager. “They’ve got to trust their plans so that they know at the last second they will be finished and...