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FE Week to cycle with Birmingham principal and 'Blind Dave'
FE Week will be cycling hard next Tuesday in order to welcome back South Birmingham College Principal Mike Hopkins and local blind man Dave Heeley as they complete...
HE consultation welcomed cautiously by Association of Colleges
A technical consultation paper from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is proposing that FE colleges have more opportunities to provide degree qualifications. The paper published...
New report calls on the government to make maths mandatory
A review comissioned by the Conservative Party proposes that young people should be forced to study mathematics up to the age of 18. The report, titled ‘A world-class...
Foundation Degree awarding powers granted to FE colleges for the first time
Newcastle College Group and New College Durham are the first FE colleges to be granted Foundation Degree awarding powers in England. The announcement last week follows an intensive...
College principal to ride 1000 miles in 10 days with 'Blind Dave'
The principal of South Birmingham College is helping a local blind man ride a tandem bicycle the length of the UK for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. The...
Skills Funding Agency announce late and unexpected changes to learner fees
The Skills Funding Agency has announced for the first time that non-tuition fee income (such as for registrations and exams) will not be permitted for fully-funded learners starting...
EMA replacement decisions slammed by the Education Select Committee
The government’s new student support funding for 16-18 year olds has come far too late to allow 2011/12 students to make informed decisions, says Education Select Committee. The...
ESOL impact assessment fails to impress
The government has today agreed a partial u-turn on ESOL cuts after an impact assessment ordered by FE and Skills Minister John Hayes revealed that at least 58,000 women...
MP calls for bankers' bonuses to provide Apprenticeships for jobless youngsters
A Labour MP is urging the government to provide apprenticeships for jobless youngsters with small businesses – by using bankers’ bonuses. Introducing a bill under the ten minute...
Cuts in FE to ‘hit women and black and ethnic minorities hardest’
Current and planned cuts in further education will hit women and  black and ethnic minorities harder than most according to the Woman’s Leadership Network (WLN) and the Network of Black Professionals...
Funding agency fears over fraud
The Skills Funding Agency has promised a crackdown on fraud and misuse of public money in the FE and skills sector, which it admits is likely to get...