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Plea for Ofsted to inspect school advice
The government has been urged to “bite the bullet” and call Ofsted in to inspect careers guidance services after concerns over the quality and objectivity of advice given...
AoC in India supplement preview: Colleges make New Delhi move
A host of UK colleges are hoping a new initiative in India will allow them to capitalise on their FE expertise. A number of senior management members made...
All new twitter guide - in partnership with NCFE
Click here to download the Twitter guide pdf (11mb) Intro to the guide: Love it or loathe it, Twitter is seemingly everywhere. Across the globe last year, there...
Government acts on ‘conflict of interest’
The government has set up a Skills Funding Agency-led review to look into the issue of potential conflicts of interest where awarding organisations also deliver education, FE Week...
Critics hit out at A-level reform plans
FE groups across the sector have condemned education secretary Michael Gove’s proposal to overhaul A-levels. Mr Gove said from 2015 pupils will take exams at the end of...
Call for education to ‘split’ at 14
Former education secretary and father of the national curriculum Lord Baker has called for a back-to-basics revamp of England’s education system. The Conservative peer outlined his view that...
Redefine apprenticeships, says thinktank
Apprenticeships should be redefined as “intensive three-year training programmes” to help curb the 31 per cent A-levels drop-out rate, new research revealed. The Policy Exchange thinktank released a...
Contract suspended after ‘missing data’
A troubled provider’s £4.5m contract with the Skills Funding Agency has been suspended after “errors and missing data” were uncovered in its learner paperwork. Mymar Training Limited, which...
Union blasts FE loans
The NUS has branded FE loans a “dangerous policy” and raised a number of questions over the new system ahead of its introduction in August. Its vice president...
Careers advice ‘getting worse,’ warns government education committee
The quality and quantity of young people’s career advice is not good enough and is getting worse, a government review has found. A “deterioration” in guidance since the...
Government plans new team to exploit international education opportunities
During a trip to India to promote vocational education the Skills Minister has announced that the government will establish a 10 person team in Westminster to ‘capatalise on...