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‘Collusion’ banned in tough new EPA guidance
The government has fired a warning shot at organisations seeking to undermine the independence of final apprenticeship exams with the release of new guidance this month that specifically...
Sixth form colleges' cash crisis exposed
Two sixth-form colleges have such severe financial problems that their very futures are threatened, after shocking reports were published this month. Advisers for the sixth-form college commissioner Peter...
Is Gibb to blame for functional skills reform?
The government, apparently under the influence of the schools minster Nick Gibb, is ploughing ahead with reforms to functional skills in English that run contrary to the advice...
College caught on camera touting for rival’s learners
A college has been snapped touting for students right outside a rival’s campus – enflaming tensions sparked by a recent merger. Sunderland College’s advertising van, emblazoned with the...
ESFA row-back on plans to increase apprenticeship performance threshold
The government has today scrapped plans to increase by three percentage points the apprenticeship minimum standard achievement threshold. The minimum standard is an important performance measure as the...
DfE launches its FIFTH consultation on apprenticeship funding reform
The Department for Education has put out yet another survey on how reforms to apprenticeship funding are affecting employers and training providers today – the fifth such consultation...
IfA interviewing chief executive candidates
Interviews for a permanent chief executive at the Institute for Apprenticeships will at last begin later this month, finishing in October. The hunt for a full-time successor to...
Education select committee to investigate subcontracting
The Commons education select committee will investigate subcontracting, and Learndirect is expected to feature prominently. The committee, now chaired by former apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon, met...
DfE discussing ‘options’ to reverse provider’s £3m funding cut
A 10,000-learner provider on the brink of collapse after it lost 97 per cent of its funding has been “assured” the government is discussing “options” to reverse the...
Government funding 'high level' T-level training for college staff
The Department for Education is forking out £95,000 to run “high-level message” sessions to train FE staff about T-levels. It has put out a tender looking for an organisation...
Review prompted by autistic teen’s college enrolment heartbreak
A college is reviewing its enrolment procedures after an autistic boy was asked not to return just days after he was mistakenly allowed to start a course –...