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Tendering launch time for Institutes of Technology revealed
Tenders for developing the government’s new Institutes of Technology have been put off until the autumn, skills and apprenticeships minister Anne Milton has revealed. She made the announcement...
Ofsted watch: Three providers branded 'inadequate'
Three providers have been branded ‘inadequate’ in a tough week for the FE and skills sector. Land-based provider Easton and Otley College, independent provider EQL Solutions Limited and...
Investigation update: Confusion as government refuses to say if all provider’s funding pulled
The future of a provider caught offering banned inducements to an employer remains in limbo, after the government refused to confirm whether all its last funding will be...
Minister announces T-levels delay
The first T-levels will be delayed until September 2020 – a year later than planned – the government has announced The first two pathfinder qualifications were supposed to be...
T-levels crisis: DfE report warns single awarding organisation ‘unviable’
The T-levels crisis has deepened after a new report claimed Lord Sainsbury’s recommendation to have one awarding organisation per qualification would not be viable. Research on the strengths...
Smith review calls for rethink on GCSE maths resit policy
The government’s controversial policy on post-16 GCSE resits should be rethought, according to the author of a new government-commissioned review out today. However, Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s plea...
Ten things we learned from the SFA and EFA annual reports
The Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency have both released their annual reports and accounts for 2016-17 today – their last before they merged to form...
Ofqual to investigate DCS qualifications fraud
The country’s exams regulator has begun an investigation into “direct claim status” in an attempt to tackle qualifications malpractice in FE. Last year, Ofqual launched an inquiry into...
Breaking: Apprenticeship pay survey exposes rise in proportion paid illegal wages
Nearly a fifth of apprentices at level two and level three are illegally paid less than the minimum wage, according to the government’s long-delayed apprenticeship pay survey. Eighteen...
Exclusive: T-Level crisis exposed as DfE fail to appoint any advisory panel members
More trouble has erupted in T-Level planning, after it emerged that no-one has yet been appointed to the advisory development panels that should have met for the first...
Mystery surrounds late Learndirect performance breach
The nation’s largest FE provider has finally been hit with a serious performance breach notice, a month after its apprenticeship achievement rates plummeted below minimum standards. But some...