News

Pat Glass appointed shadow education secretary in Corbyn team shake-up
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed former shadow education minister Pat Glass as shadow education secretary following the resignation of Lucy Powell. Ms Glass, MP for North West...
Burton & South Derbyshire College joins AELP after quitting AoC
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has picked up a new member that quit rival organisation the Association of Colleges (AoC). FE Week revealed last September...
AELP boss accuses government of distorting market against ITPs
The government has been accused of “distorting the market” against independent training providers with its post-area review support package for colleges by a sector leader. Mark Dawe, the...
English and maths are not the only inspection consideration, Ofsted insists
English and maths judgements do not exert an “overriding influence” on Ofsted’s college inspections, despite a recent spate of ‘inadequate’ ratings, according to its deputy director for FE...
Sheffield area review recommends two new mergers
The Sheffield City area review has completed proposing just two mergers, almost nine months after it started. Dearne Valley College will join forces with the RNN Group –...
Boles pleads for Manchester colleges to be more ‘ambitious’
The skills minister Nick Boles wants the colleges involved in the Greater Manchester area review to try and be more cooperative — amidst complaints that they are clinging...
Darlington College goes from inadequate to good Ofsted rating
Darlington College has recovered to an Ofsted ‘good’ rating a little over a year after it was branded ‘inadequate’. The education watchdog deemed the provider to be ‘good’...
Union calls for casual staff to be made permanent after two years
Casual staff who have been working at an FE provider for at least two years should be made permanent, the University and College Union is demanding. This was...
Colleges’ failure to deliver with traineeships exposed
AoC blames programme design after analysis shows they’re responsible for barely a quarter of starts AELP claims independent training providers best placed to make a success of under-fire...
SFA could shoulder up to 90% of training costs for non-levy employers
The government plans to slash the amount smaller firms will have to pay towards the cost of apprenticeships training after the levy launch. Employers of all sizes currently...
Sector needs clarity on levy prospects and wider apprenticeship reforms after Brexit vote
Sector leaders have called for clarity on whether the government will still press ahead with apprenticeship levy plans following the British public’s decision to leave the European Union....