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Call for education to ‘split’ at 14
Former education secretary and father of the national curriculum Lord Baker has called for a back-to-basics revamp of England’s education system. The Conservative peer outlined his view that...
Redefine apprenticeships, says thinktank
Apprenticeships should be redefined as “intensive three-year training programmes” to help curb the 31 per cent A-levels drop-out rate, new research revealed. The Policy Exchange thinktank released a...
Contract suspended after ‘missing data’
A troubled provider’s £4.5m contract with the Skills Funding Agency has been suspended after “errors and missing data” were uncovered in its learner paperwork. Mymar Training Limited, which...
Union blasts FE loans
The NUS has branded FE loans a “dangerous policy” and raised a number of questions over the new system ahead of its introduction in August. Its vice president...
Careers advice ‘getting worse,’ warns government education committee
The quality and quantity of young people’s career advice is not good enough and is getting worse, a government review has found. A “deterioration” in guidance since the...
Government plans new team to exploit international education opportunities
During a trip to India to promote vocational education the Skills Minister has announced that the government will establish a 10 person team in Westminster to ‘capatalise on...
FE colleges’ passage to India
A group of colleges is establishing a permanent team in New Delhi as part of an Association of Colleges (AoC) initiative to help the British FE Sector expand...
Inspection ‘delight’
The principal of an FE provider said she led her centre to an outstanding Ofsted inspection result by focusing on teaching and learning. Maria Gilling, 52, principal at...
Clawback ‘possible’ on £91m overpayment
Providers who shared in a £91m Skills Funding Agency overpayment could yet be asked to hand back some of the cash while current allocations could also be reduced,...
Providers ‘anxious’ over growth cash
Training providers said they could be left thousands of pounds “out-of-pocket” after the government unexpectedly doubled functional skills rates. The Association of Employment Learning and Providers (AELP) is...
Audit exposes ‘£40m’ ESF error
European funding could be at risk after a government audit uncovered “potentially” £40m-worth of errors over money dished out by the Skills Funding Agency, FE Week understands. The...