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Grade three providers to get an extra six months on reinspection deadline
Providers given a grade three rating by Ofsted will get an extra six months to improve as the education watchdog brings in a two-year reinpection deadline. The timeframe for...
'Much-loved' MidKent College principal Sue McLeod dies, aged 53
MidKent College principal Sue McLeod has died, aged 53. The mum-of-one, who who had joined the college as a travel and tourism lecturer in 1993 before climbing the...
Merging Midland colleges' second naming attempt wins approval from Skills Minister Nick Boles
Two Midland colleges set to merge next month have won approval for their new name from Skills Minister Nick Boles after a local MP said their first suggestion...
BIS effort to boost FE Commissioner team with more advisers draws 'significant' response
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has received a “significant” response in its effort to boost the five-strong team of advisers to FE Commissioner Dr David Collins (pictured...
Barbara Spicer to leave the Skills Funding Agency as hunt for permanent chief goes on
Skills Funding Agency interim boss Barbara Spicer has announced she is to step down in September as officials at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) continue...
Extra A-level funding 'misleading' and 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' says Sixth Form Colleges' Association
A funding “pledge” from new Skills Minister Nick Boles (pictured) for learners taking on a fourth A-level, or baccalaureate programme, has been described as “misleading” and “robbing Peter...
MPs to look into 16 to 19 apprenticeships and traineeships
Apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 to 19-year-olds are set to come under the spotlight of MPs, it has been announced. The House of Commons Education Select Committee (pictured)...
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,...