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Smith review calls for rethink on GCSE maths resit policy
The government’s controversial policy on post-16 GCSE resits should be rethought, according to the author of a new government-commissioned review out today. However, Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s plea...
Ten things we learned from the SFA and EFA annual reports
The Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency have both released their annual reports and accounts for 2016-17 today – their last before they merged to form...
Ofqual to investigate DCS qualifications fraud
The country’s exams regulator has begun an investigation into “direct claim status” in an attempt to tackle qualifications malpractice in FE. Last year, Ofqual launched an inquiry into...
Breaking: Apprenticeship pay survey exposes rise in proportion paid illegal wages
Nearly a fifth of apprentices at level two and level three are illegally paid less than the minimum wage, according to the government’s long-delayed apprenticeship pay survey. Eighteen...
Exclusive: T-Level crisis exposed as DfE fail to appoint any advisory panel members
More trouble has erupted in T-Level planning, after it emerged that no-one has yet been appointed to the advisory development panels that should have met for the first...
Mystery surrounds late Learndirect performance breach
The nation’s largest FE provider has finally been hit with a serious performance breach notice, a month after its apprenticeship achievement rates plummeted below minimum standards. But some...
Almost 400 staff face uncertain summer through post-merger job cuts plan
Nearly 400 staff at one of the largest colleges in the country face an uncertain future while post-merger restructuring gets underway, a union has claimed. Nottingham College, a...
First degree apprentices in UK graduate
The first group of degree apprentices in the UK have graduated today, with seven out of the 11 gaining first class honours. The Aston University learners were awarded...
Statistics regulator pressured DfE into achievement rate U-turn
The government was pressured into its major U-turn on the publication of hidden achievement rate data in the wake of FE Week reporting, the national statistics regulation boss...
DfE confirms £267m underspend of 16-19 budget in last two years
A whopping £130 million per year has gone unspent in 16 to 19 funding for each of the past two years. The budgetary underspend – attributed to low...
Government breaks deferred loan repayments promise
Learners stuck with heavy loans debt but no qualifications, after a training provider went bust, are still being forced to make repayments, even though the government promised these...