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Misleading marketing of 'industry-approved' provider schemes exposed
Providers are at risk of being duped into believing they need to pay thousands to become “industry-approved” before they can deliver new apprenticeships for the food and drink...
Adult Education budget procurement process set to launch
The first ever procurement process for adult education budget contracts has been given the ministerial green light and is expected to begin within days. FE Week understands the plan...
FE pays tribute to former SFA director Kim Thorneywork
The FE sector has paid tribute to Kim Thorneywork, the “distinguished” former chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency, who died this week. Ms Thorneywork joined the agency...
Bailouts for failing colleges reach £140 million says Halfon
College bailouts have cost the UK a whopping £140 million, the apprenticeships minister has admitted. Robert Halfon confessed to the House of Commons that by March the government...
Government unwilling to take action on qualifications fraud fears
An awarding organisation that fell victim to a high-profile case of qualifications fraud has called on the government to set up an expert panel, amid fears that the...
Ofsted makes multiple changes to report after complaints
A senior Ofsted inspector has apologised after the inspectorate accepted multiple challenges to the wording of a report on Yeovil College, which included factual inaccuracies and insulting comments....
Lammy: Bring back night schools to save adult education
A new parliamentary campaign has been launched by the MP David Lammy to try and counter the sweeping cuts the government is making to adult education, after learner...
College faces £10,000 replacement bus bill over train strikes
A college in Sussex is bearing the full brunt of staff strikes at Southern Rail, having to shell out up to £10,000 on replacement buses while the dispute...
Providers in limbo as ‘no date’ for adult education budget procurement launch
Providers have been left in the dark about when procurement for adult education budget contracts will be launched for the first time, after the government admitted it has...
Late publication of ‘customer service’ guide for area reviews described as ‘beyond parody’
The government’s decision to publish today a “customer service” guide explaining what colleges can expect from area reviews – despite more than half of them having already finished...
PM’s mental health first aid training pledge only for schools, not colleges
The Prime Minister’s pledge to roll out mental health first aid training to education staff working with young people will not cover the FE sector. Theresa May (pictured...