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NUS calls for ‘new and better’ EMA as report shows drop in sixth form teens after it was abolished
The National Union of Students (NUS) has called for a “new and better” Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) after a “conservative” report showed the number of teenagers in sixth form...
London college's plan for 11 to 16 free school for business and sport wins DfE approval
An FE college in London figured among 38 bids to have won government approval to open a free school. Richmond upon Thames College, the only general FE college applicant,...
IfL hits back at 'lack of rank-and-file consultation' claim on ETF transfer vote
The Institute for Learning (IfL) has hit back at criticisms it failed to consult rank-and-file members over the decision to close and transfer assets to the Education and...
Sixth form colleges facing closer financial scrutiny during 'challenging' year
Sixth form college finances will come under a closer watch from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) as “the financial climate gets tougher,” the Sixth Form College Commissioner Peter Mucklow (pictured) has...
Lowestoft College's 'on leave' principal to step down after critical report
Lowestoft College principal Simon Summers (pictured) is to step down — just a fortnight after it was revealed he took a leave of absence with a report having said his...
College’s pre-summer break job cuts announcement branded ‘cynical’ by UCU
Bosses at a college in the North East have come under fire from the University and College Union (UCU) for the “cynical” timing — just before the summer holidays — of...
High-achieving Midland apprentices honoured with House of Lords celebration
Dozens of high-achieving apprentices from West Nottinghamshire College Group were handed awards at a House of Lords ceremony to celebrate their efforts. Principal Dame Asha Khemka OBE hosted the...
Bosses at merging colleges hope second naming attempt wins ‘heart’ of new Skills Minister Nick Boles
Two Worcestershire colleges merging next month are hoping their second attempt at a new name will win the heart of recently-appointed Skills Minister Nick Boles after their first...
DfE publishes list of mandatory qualifications for learners without grade C or above in GCSE English and maths
The Department for Education (DfE) has published a list of English and maths qualifications that providers must choose from as a “condition of funding” for 16 to 18-year-old learners that...