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Ofsted watch: No overall-improvement recognised in tough week for FE
A major adult and community learning provider has fallen to ‘inadequate’, in a week of reports on FE and skills providers that either returned the same or a lesser...
Gove admits the UTCs experiment has failed
The key ministerial architect of the government’s fast-unravelling policy on university technical colleges has admitted the experiment has failed. Michael Gove, who launched UTCs in his former role...
Digital Apprenticeship Service to be renamed prior to launch
The Digital Apprenticeship Service (or DAS) is due for launch later this month, but will be renamed the ‘apprenticeship service’, FE Week can reveal. In an email to...
Grimsby Institute wins top AoC Beacon award
The overall Leading Light winner from the prestigious national Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards has gone to the Grimsby Institute. It was chosen by Baroness Sharp of Guildford,...
IfA to charge assessment organisations for quality assurance
The Institute for Apprenticeships will charge apprenticeship assessment organisations for external quality assurance of new standards – despite Ofqual keeping the service free. Speaking during a webinar on...
Greater Manchester UTC is seventh to announce closure
The Greater Manchester University Technical College (UTC) will close at the end of this academic year, becoming the seventh of the institutions to shut its doors as a...
Essex County Council learning branded ‘inadequate’
A major local authority which delivers adult education to more than 12,000 learners has been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted. Essex County Council, which was inspected by the education...
Colleges rely on A&E to help students with serious mental health issues
Colleges are increasingly sending students who reach “crisis point” to accident and emergency, an FE Week investigation has heard. Nikki Lane, head of student wellbeing and progression at...
Ofsted watch: Outstanding rating highlight of positive week for FE
The new year’s first outstanding Ofsted verdict for an FE provider was handed out this week, with two independent learning providers also retaining their ‘good’ grades. Birkenhead Sixth...
FE Week victory: apprenticeship rules ban brokerage
Public funds cannot be used to pay brokers’ fees, the Skills Funding Agency has officially ruled. In its final rules for apprenticeship funding published this week, the SFA...
Ofsted denies going soft on employers despite IfA notes
Ofsted has been forced to deny it would reduce its inspections of apprenticeships employer-providers to “samples”, despite the secret release of new guidance suggesting otherwise. According to briefing...