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Ofsted dismisses Learner View website abuse fears
Ofsted has hit back at fears that its new Trip Adviser-style website for rating colleges could be open to abuse. “There are always going to be concerns that...
Apprenticeship minimum wage up 5p an hour
The apprentice minimum wage remains “shockingly low” despite an increase that kicks in on Monday, the National Union of Students said. The figure is going up 5p to...
Inspectors publish report on how colleges improve
Unrealistic self-assessments with little or no critical insight, plus unexpected job cuts, show up time and again among poorly performing colleges, according to a new Ofsted report. How...
College and training provider step in to save 500 jobs at First4Skills
More than 500 jobs have been saved by a college and a training provider after another training provider behind around 10,000 apprenticeships across the country went into administration. Liverpool...
Dozens of shared service projects mark their anniversaries
Caption: Sunderland College students are getting the benefits of joined up administration among members of the North East Shared Services Project. Organisations coming together to develop services that...
Is the De Vere case a one-off, asks Marsden
The Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service have no idea how many providers are running introductory apprenticeships for groups of students who are all out of...
New minister says he’s ‘learning and listening’
New further education minister Matthew Hancock has told for the first time of his “exciting agenda” for change when he spoke exclusively to FE Week. The joint Parliamentary...
Ofqual consults on ESOL
Regulations that govern foreign learners of English could be scrapped. Ofqual is considering three options for the future of ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), including the...
New apprenticeship system to get ‘substantial upgrade’
An online system for rubber-stamping apprenticeships is in line for a “substantial upgrade” after less than a year. Students, providers and employers have been using the Apprenticeship Certificates...
Cautious welcome for GCSE change
Education Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to cull coursework by axing GCSEs for a new English baccalaureate have been welcomed cautiously by FE leaders. The Tory minister revealed his...
Ofsted plans complaint change
Ofsted is looking at slashing 25 days off its time limit for accepting complaints about inspections and publishing reports even if a complaint has been lodged. A complaint...