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Lammy: Bring back night schools to save adult education
A new parliamentary campaign has been launched by the MP David Lammy to try and counter the sweeping cuts the government is making to adult education, after learner...
College faces £10,000 replacement bus bill over train strikes
A college in Sussex is bearing the full brunt of staff strikes at Southern Rail, having to shell out up to £10,000 on replacement buses while the dispute...
Providers in limbo as ‘no date’ for adult education budget procurement launch
Providers have been left in the dark about when procurement for adult education budget contracts will be launched for the first time, after the government admitted it has...
Late publication of ‘customer service’ guide for area reviews described as ‘beyond parody’
The government’s decision to publish today a “customer service” guide explaining what colleges can expect from area reviews – despite more than half of them having already finished...
PM’s mental health first aid training pledge only for schools, not colleges
The Prime Minister’s pledge to roll out mental health first aid training to education staff working with young people will not cover the FE sector. Theresa May (pictured...
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....