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Decision to retain forced maths and English GCSE resits ‘extremely’ disappointing
A government move to continue insisting on widespread GCSE maths and English resits – through the heavily criticised condition of funding rule – has left sector bosses “extremely...
Ofsted watch: College snubbed from register rated 'outstanding' for apprenticeships
A college that didn’t make it on to the government’s new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers has received an ‘outstanding’ grade for its apprenticeship provision – in what...
Breaking: Ofsted launches official ‘good’ logo in policy U-turn
A new logo is being launched by Ofsted for providers rated ‘good’ – seven months after FE Week exclusively reported how the inspectorate threatened legal action over “unauthorised”...
Skills Commission demands cross-departmental minister for lifelong learning
A group of key FE figures has called for a cross-departmental minister for a lifelong learning, through a new report by the Skills Commission. It’s one of a...
Sixth UTC hit with Ofsted inadequate grade
Pupils were “sold a dream” and had their “confidence and aspirations knocked” by a university technical college that has been slammed by Ofsted. Bolton UTC received the lowest...
HEFCE to regulate degree apprenticeships
Degree apprenticeships will be regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and not by Ofsted. The news was revealed by the Department for Education this morning,...
Ofsted watch: 'Requires improvement' for K College successor
A provider that took on much of the former K College provision, following its demise, has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ – in a mixed week for the FE and...
Apprentices to receive welcome card to be used with an off-the-job training calculator
Did we catch you out? This year’s FE Week April Fool was just believable enough for some, especially as Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment...
Team UK selection for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi underway
Around 70 of the country’s top skilled young people are this week taking part in a five-day competition that will decide if they make it into the team...
Influential group of MPs demand action over lack of apprenticeship assessment organisations
Government apprenticeship policies have come in for stern criticism in a new report by MPs, that insisted standards should have at least one approved assessment organisation in place...
First inadequate Ofsted rating for loans-only provider
The first inadequate-overall Ofsted rating has been handed out to a loans-only provider, which complained it had been unaware it was subject to inspection, causing its Skills Funding...