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Government tight-lipped on long-delayed adult education budget results
The government still won’t say when the results of the first ever procurement process for the adult education budget will be published – after previously claiming it would...
Apprenticeship vacancy adverts in May lower than last year
Update 1 : At 17:45 the DfE responded by saying the data they published for May is not full the full month. A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The...
Eight-month Ofsted turnaround from inadequate to good for UTC
A previously struggling university technical college has performed a remarkable turnaround to be rated ‘good’ by Ofsted just eight months after receiving the lowest possible rating. The education...
College defiant despite damning Ofsted meaning apprentice register removal
A Merseyside college hit with an Ofsted grade four in apprenticeships is claiming it will not cut down on staff, despite government rules removing it from the new...
Who got what in Queen’s birthday honours for FE
The principal of Weston College Group has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Dr Paul Phillips (pictured left), who joined Weston College in 2001,...
Ofsted watch: Two providers rated outstanding and a UTC bounces back
Two providers have been awarded the highest possible grade from Ofsted – and a university technical college has bounced back from inadequate to good in just eight months....
Judge and principal blast college nepotism scandal
A senior manager at the country’s biggest college group was somehow permitted to interview and appoint her own husband to another top post, in a situation that a...
Investigation into DfE handling of apprenticeship figures demanded by expert
An independent expert in government statistics has called for an investigation after the Department for Education encouraged the use of “misleading” provider apprenticeship achievement rate data, rather than...
Cash-strapped Harlow UTC looks to join academy trust
Another university technical college in dire financial straits is planning to pause recruitment at 14 as it looks to join a multi-academy trust to survive. Sir Charles Kao...
City & Guilds Lion Awards winners announced
Exceptional FE learners and tutors have been honoured for their “outstanding achievements” in professional and technical education at this year’s City & Guilds Lion Awards. London’s iconic Kensington...
BREAKING: Delayed 2015/16 provider achievement rate tables published
This morning the Education and Skills Funding Agency published the delayed National Achievement Rate Tables (NARTs). Click here for all the tables. The apprenticeship achievement rates are particularly...