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New teachers' gender pay gap revealed by ETF research
Female teachers joining the sector are likely to get paid significantly less than their male counterparts, a study by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has found. The...
Government responds to Lords' digital report
The government has committed to report back on its progress in improving digital skills next year in its response to a critical House of Lords select committee report....
Study of colleges shows 'encouraging' texts dramatically cut dropout rates
A study of three colleges has shown that sending regular encouraging text messages to learners can dramatically cut dropout rates. The experiment was carried out by the Behavioural...
26 new Trailblazer groups announced
Film and TV, ceramics, veterinary nursing, and motorcycle manufacturing are among the industries that will be covered by 26 new Trailblazer apprenticeship groups launched today. The new groups,...
New Apprenticeship Delivery Board announced
A new Apprenticeship Delivery Board (ADB) is set to advise the government on how to reach its target of 3m apprenticeship starts in this parliament. The board, announced...
Eight things we learned from the Skills Funding Agency's annual accounts
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has released its annual accounts and report for 2014/15, so we had a comb through and discovered the following…   1. Staff sickness...
Dates announced for next year's National Apprenticeship Week
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will run next year from March 14 to 18. The dates for the ninth annual NAW, which celebrates the positive impact that apprenticeships and...
Five colleges announce 'collaboration' plans after pioneering area review
Five FE and sixth form colleges facing “significant financial challenges” are “actively considering” collaboration plans, following a pioneering review of post-16 provision in North East Norfolk and North...
Boles tasks Education and Training Foundation with functional skills 'reform programme'
The Education and Training Foundation has been asked to draw up a “programme of reform” for functional skills qualifications, Skills Minister Nick Boles has announced. In a letter...
Additional adult skills cuts account for just 13 per cent of required BIS savings
Further cuts to college budgets will account for just 13 per cent of extra savings needed at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Nick Boles has...
BIS committee announces inquiry into government's productivity plan
The government’s productivity plan will be the first focus of the new business, innovation and skills (BIS) select committee, its chair Iain Wright has confirmed. The newly-elected committee...