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College merger tweet shock
Bosses at a college in the Midlands claim they found out about two competitors’ multi-million pound merger plan — which is being investigated over procedural concerns — thanks...
Guide to FE Learning tech
Nothing moves faster than technology. No other sector has seen as much rapid change and development in such a short space of time, and education technology is no...
Colleges join Cameron on largest delegation to India
College principals were among a ground-breaking UK trade delegation to India, led by Prime Minister David Cameron. West Nottinghamshire College’s Asha Khemka OBE, New College Nottingham’s Amarjit Basi...
New regional roles at Ofsted
The identities of six new Ofsted regional directors have been announced following a shake-up aimed at driving up provider standards. Each regional director will report directly to Ofsted...
Provider shift ‘unjust’ says creditor
The boss of a firm set to lose thousands of pounds after a provider went into administration branded it “unjust” that another company could operate with the same...
Providers to get transitional funding protection from new system
Providers are to be protected from potentially huge drops in funding when a new payments regime is introduced from August. The Skills Funding Agency exclusively told FE Week...
FE Minister in college merger warning
Further education Minister Matthew Hancock has written to all governors and principals with a warning on mergers just weeks after his staff launched a probe into the plans...
SFA warned over plans to stop qualifications funding
The Skills Funding Agency “risks destabilising the system” with plans to stop paying out for more than 1,000 qualifications, it has been claimed. The Federation of Awarding Bodies...
Data for course directory to be rated
Providers will be scored on information they submit to the National Careers Service (NCS) online course provider directory in a bid to combat problems with missing and incomplete data....
Ofsted clashes with AoC over ‘consequence of failure’
Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw has clashed with the Association of Colleges (AoC) over the issue of failing colleges after claiming there was no “consequence for failure in...
Government 'accepts principle' of Lord Heseltine's single funding pot
The government has already “accepted the principle” of Lord Heseltine’s single funding pot idea for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), the Tory grandee told MPs today (Tuesday, February 12)....