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Audit office investigates BIS efforts to simplify FE and skills
Efforts to simplify FE funding and bureaucracy by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) are under the National Audit Office (NAO) microscope. The NAO has launched a probe, called...
Neet numbers at near-decade low as funding worries prompt RPA warning
The number of young people not in education, employment or training (Neet) in England is at its lowest quarterly level for nearly a decade, according to government figures...
Concerns emerge providers are claiming 24+ funding they’re not entitled to
Concerns have emerged at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) that FE and skills providers may have been claiming funding they weren’t entitled to. Una Bennett, SFA deputy director...
Government U-turn over GCSE entry requirement for early years educator apprenticeship
The government has backed down on its GCSE entry requirement plans for early years educator apprenticeships. It had been planning to make grade C or above English and...
Details of long-awaited new Esol quals finalised
Details of long-awaited new English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) qualifications due to run from next month have been finalised, FE Week can exclusively reveal. Awarding organisations...
Selective free school head comes under fire from college principal for ‘complete untruth’ over A-level claims
The principal of a London sixth form college has hit back at a nearby head teacher’s claim in the national media that his highly selective free school was...
FE Commissioner questions future of cash-strapped college that saw governor resignations over principal's appointment
The FE Commissioner has questioned the future of a cash-strapped Midland college that saw governors resign after a new principal was appointed without a competitive application process. Dr David...
A-level results day 2014
Students across the country were this morning finding out how they performed in their A-levels and deciding their next steps — and pictured above are Derby College’s Daniel Buckley,...
Apprenticeship starters should be no older than 23, says new IPPR report
Apprentices should be no older than 23 at the time of starting their course, a new report from the left-of-centre Institute for Public Policy Research thinktank has recommended. The...