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Adult education budget descends into chaos
Training providers are unhappy over the handling the adult education budget procurement process, with having their contracts rejected despite near-perfect scores in the bid evaluation. The Education and...
Exclusive: Grade four Ofsted-rated provider in administration
A Norfolk-based provider that was hit with a grade four Ofsted rating in May has entered into administration, FE Week understands. The news on Norfolk Training Services was...
DfE confirms special treatment will be given to Learndirect
This evening the Department for Education said that it will not, as would typically be the case, serve a three-month termination notice on Learndirect contracts when its Ofsted...
Government ‘making it up as they go along’ on non-levy tendering
The government has been accused of “making it up as they go along” on critical questions over non-levy tendering, especially concerning maximum bid sizes. The Education and Skills...
Rejected appeal application looks like the beginning of the end for Learndirect
The country’s biggest training provider has had its desperate attempt to appeal against a judicial review flatly rejected – in a move that will finally give Ofsted leave...
Exclusive: Over 1,600 jobs at risk after Learndirect fails bid to overturn Ofsted 'inadequate'
The country’s largest FE provider has lost a High Court bid to quash an as-yet unpublished ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating, FE Week can reveal, leaving more than 1,600 of...
Ofsted watch: South Essex College bumped up to 'good' after 90-day wait
A major college has been bumped up from a grade three to a two by Ofsted, in a report that was finally published after a 90-day delay, while...
Over £1m of public money paid in grants for failed mergers
More than a million pounds of public money has been spent on mergers that subsequently collapsed, FE Week analysis has revealed. Details of the area review transition grants...
Government sets December deadline in 16-to-18 data reporting crackdown
Colleges must publish vital 16-to-18 performance data by a strict December deadline, in a Department for Education crackdown apparently prompted by an FE Week investigation that uncovered widespread ignorance of...
BREAKING: Area review transition grant details published
Details of all the area review transition grants awarded to date have finally been published by the Department for Education – after repeated requests from FE Week for...
Area reviews in further education: a summary
Following publication of the final area review recommendations, Jude Burke recaps the two-year process  What were the area reviews? In essence, area reviews were a restructuring of the...