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Warnings over finances for three colleges and council's adult education provision
Three more colleges have had concerns raised over their finances, alongside Wakefield council’s adult education provision, according to the latest reports from the FE Commissioner. The reports for...
Sacked by 2 colleges over child abuse images
A tutor has been sacked by a two Liverpool-based colleges after admitting to making and possessing hundreds of child abuse images. Barry Sanders, who taught science, was given...
Fears IfA won’t have the staff to police standards
Questions are being asked about the ability of the new Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to police new Trailblazer standards — after FE Week discovered it is only set...
ATL blasts six-month Birmingham area review
The Birmingham and Solihull area review was a waste of time and money, according to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), which claims the six-month process has...
Editor Asks: New CBI boss hits out at levy plans
The launch date for the apprenticeship levy, due in April next year, needs to be postponed unless the government backs down on its phased implementation plan, the director...
Boles warning over fresh college mergers
Three more college link-ups have been announced as the Skills Minister Nick Boles warned against colleges rushing into mergers ahead of their area reviews. The latest potential mergers,...
Ofsted results – The story so far for independent training providers
The Common Inspection Framework was revised by Ofsted in September 2015, which introduced short inspections for grade two providers. In a series of provider type reports, we take...
Michael Sheehan steps down at Wigan & Leigh
A college principal in the north-west has left his post unexpectedly, but his former colleagues remain tight-lipped as to why. Michael Sheehan (pictured) first took charge at Wigan...
Former apprentices to promote scheme in school?
Former apprentices will be obliged to go back into schools to promote apprenticeships, through a new “commitment” set to be imposed on them by the government. Skills Minister...
Schools could face financial penalties for A-level dropouts
Schools could soon be financially sanctioned if they sign students up to inappropriate A-level courses that they later abandon, Skills Minister Nick Boles has warned. He made the...
Ofsted drops probe into 'brave' inspector
Ofsted has called off its investigation into an inspector who demanded the immediate departure of his boss Sir Michael Wilshaw — after FE Week readers jumped to his...