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Two principals on IfA’s board – but what happens to their £15k paycheques?
One of the two college principals who will sit on the board at the Institute for Apprenticeships has refused to say what will happen to the salary she...
Education leaders call for co-ordinated national ESOL strategy
Two of the country’s most senior educators have called on the government to produce a coherent national strategy for teaching English to immigrants, and put a stop to...
DfE silent on FE commissioner intervention reports
A stop appears to have been put on publication of FE commissioner intervention reports, despite growing numbers of failing colleges. What’s more, there is no sign of the...
Carlisle College becomes NCG fifth FE college member
NCG has confirmed it will absorb yet another provider in the north following months of talks. Further consolidation is also on the cards for London’s colleges, with two...
Epping Forest College hires finance director despite £338k IT scandal
The deputy chief executive of a major London college who abruptly left his post last summer over financial irregularities was recently appointed the finance director of another college...
AoC: Membership fees overhaul consultation to avoid £1 million overspend
A consultation on the future of the Association of Colleges has set out plans for an overhaul of membership fees, to help prevent a £1 million overspend on...
Government pushes for more over-60s apprentices
Over-60s are being encouraged to do more apprenticeships, in a new government report looking at how to boost employment prospects in later life. The report by the Department...
First ever procurement process for adult education budget contracts finally launched
The first ever procurement process for adult education budget contracts has finally been launched by the Skills Funding Agency. FE Week reported two weeks ago that the procurement...
Ofsted rates Birkenhead Sixth Form College as outstanding in all areas
A sixth form college in the north west has become only the second in the country to be rated outstanding by Ofsted under the common inspection framework. Birkenhead...
IFS calls for minimum public sector workforce apprenticeship target to be scrapped
The new minimum target for public sector bodies to employ at least 2.3 per cent of their workforce as apprentices should be scrapped, a new report for the...
Apprenticeship funding rule requiring 20 per cent off-the-job training ‘not going away’
Help is being offered to the government in an effort to define the minimum 20 per cent off-the-job training apprenticeship rule. Chief executive of the Association of Employment and...