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FE cuts petition signed by 42,500 handed over to 10 Downing Street
Sector leaders have this morning handed in a petition to Number 10 Downing Street that was signed by more than 42,500 opposed to “unfair” and “harmful” FE cuts....
Former FE Funding Council boss lends weight to concerns for sector future
Former FE funding boss Sir David Melville (pictured above) has become the latest high-profile voice to express serious concerns about the government’s handling of the sector. The current chair...
Police shelve investigation into provider that owed £800k
Warwickshire Police have shelved their investigation into independent learning provider Bright International, which left learners, staff and other creditors £800k out of pocket when it was placed into...
Principal issues Ofsted complaint after two-grade fall from outstanding
A college that fell two Ofsted grades from outstanding has issued a formal complaint against Ofsted claiming it unfairly judged a drop in success rates because of new...
Trailblazer apprenticeship figures revealed for first time
Official figures for the government’s Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme have been published for the first time — and they show around 300 starts in the first nine months. And...
Government's 3m apprenticeships target 'largely unfunded' — and rest of FE will pay, warns post-16 policy adviser Wolf
Government plans to create 3m apprenticeship starts by 2020 are “largely unfunded,” post-16 policy adviser Professor Lady Alison Wolf claimed today in a hard-hitting report that warns FE...
Struggling Totton College opts to 'join with' national charity after Ofsted brands provision 'inadequate'
A struggling sixth form college in Hampshire has announced plans to become part of a national crime prevention charity after being branded as “inadequate” by Ofsted. The governing...
Boles justifies apprenticeships favour
Skills Minister Nick Boles has justified the government’s emphasis on apprenticeships at the cost of adult education by pointing to research showing the programme had a 43 per...
Spend apprenticeship funding 'more effectively' with training providers which identify demand, AELP urges government
Apprenticeship funding could be “more effectively spent” with independent learning providers which can provide evidence of additional demand from employers, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)...
Conservatives ‘U-turn’ over enforced apprenticeships
The Conservatives have been accused of making an “apparent U-turn” over enforced apprentice recruitment. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) plans to make public bodies such as...
Government making ‘dog’s breakfast’ of apprenticeships, says new Shadow Minister for Young People John Woodcock
The government is making a “dog’s breakfast” of apprenticeships by making providers wait until after next month’s Budget before learning if they’ll get paid for provision already carried...