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Three month inspection report delay nearly over, Ofsted claims
An Ofsted report on a major college in Essex is still nowhere to be seen – despite the provider being inspected nearly 90 days ago. South Essex College,...
Area review waves four and five recommendations published
Reports into the final two waves of the area reviews of post-16 education and training have finally been published – bringing the process to a close almost two...
DfE call for £600-a-day assessment consultants branded 'recipe for failure'
The Department for Education is on the hunt for £600-a-day consultants to advise on the “suitability of proposed assessment plans” – despite that being the Institute for Apprenticeships’...
DfE refuses to reveal April apprenticeship starts
The Department for Education has refused to tell FE Week how many apprenticeship starts there were in April – even though the data is part of its official...
Government listen to concerns and pause all apprenticeship framework removals
The government’s decision on the phasing out of the next wave of apprenticeship frameworks has again be postponed, this time until the autumn. An update on the removal...
Government revises 29 apprenticeship framework funding rates
The potential funding rates for health and social care apprenticeship frameworks, among many others, have been increased by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The agency announced today...
Scrap the new and ‘controversial’ £200,000 non-levy tender minimum, says AELP
A request to scrap the “controversial” £200,000 threshold in the new non-levy procurement process is going to be put forward by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers....
IfA appoints small exam board as apprenticeship ‘External Quality Assurance’ delivery partner
A small awarding organisation that appears to have little experience in the apprenticeships market will deliver external quality assurance of end-point-assessment on behalf of the Institute for Apprenticeships...
SFCA welcome significant funding win for two year courses
Funding for students that drop-out in the second year of their two year course will be doubled, under a temporary change the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association is claiming...
Providers to be blocked by DfE from speaking directly to the media – it’s ‘nonsensical’ says AELP boss
The government has told providers who deliver apprenticeship provision for non-levy-paying employers that they must not speak directly with the media about their delivery until officials approve the...
Apprenticeship reforms and social mobility under the spotlight in new inquiry
Social mobility and the government’s apprenticeship reforms are set to come under the spotlight of a major new inquiry, led by education leaders, business and MPs, launched today....