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Wave three area review reports and recommendations published
This afternoon the Department for Education published most of the reports and recommendations for its area reviews in wave three. Download links below: Cumbria further education area review...
Investigation launched after former SFA senior manager embroiled in alleged Israeli plot
An investigation has been launched into whether the civil service code has been breached, after a former Skills Funding Agency senior manager was embroiled in an alleged Israeli...
Qualifications achievement rates dashboard still unavailable after days of problems
The promised new qualifications achievement rates dashboard for apprenticeships, education and training will still be unavailable until at least tomorrow, following almost a week of problems that provoked...
Skills Funding Agency to remain in charge of assessment organisation register
The Skills Funding Agency will stay in charge of the new register of apprentice assessment organisations, despite its slow start, and even though it is not related to...
DfE writes off another £3m from undersubscribed UTCs
Over £3 million of taxpayers’ money has been lost by the Department for Education, through unrecovered payments to failed university technical colleges for students who never enrolled. The...
'Large-scale incident’ exposes college safeguarding failures in inadequate Ofsted report
Epping Forest College has been rated ‘inadequate’ across-the-board, in an Ofsted report out today that warned of safeguarding failings that emerged through a “large-scale incident” during the inspection....
Gazelle Group on its last legs after its director and most members quit
The Gazelle Colleges Group is on life support following a precipitous drop in membership, months of inactivity and the departure of its executive director. At its peak, the...
Outstanding colleges might now expect a visit from Ofsted
Ofsted seems to be heading for a U-turn on a controversial policy that exempts providers rated ‘outstanding’ from routine inspection. FE Week revealed in November that two colleges...
Funding reform will see 16-18 apprenticeships 'drop by two thirds'
The government must make a “clear and unambiguous” commitment to 16-to-18 apprenticeships, after a major provider warned that funding changes will cause its starts for that age group...
Thousands competing in AoC Sport National Championships 2017
Up to 2,000 elite college sporting stars will travel to Nottingham in April to compete in the AoC Sport National Championships 2017. Throughout the autumn term students across...
Sign Language qualifications accepted as English functional skills alternative for apprenticeships
British Sign Language qualifications will be accepted instead of English functional skills for apprenticeships, in a move to encourage more starts among deaf people. The Department for Education...