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Traineeships to be piloted
The deputy prime minister has revealed plans for a new pre-apprenticeship scheme that he called “traineeships”. Nick Clegg, speaking at an event held by the Confederation of British...
Exam reform would stop ‘race to the bottom’, say MPs
A radical shake-up of the qualifications system for 15 to 19-year-olds in England has been proposed by an influential cross-party committee of backbench MPs. The Education Select Committee...
Providers’ management fees to be audited
Lead providers who subcontract will need to provide a report next year that proves they are not taking too much in management fees, according to the Skills Funding...
Colleges break ranks and praise Ofsted
Inspectors this week received praise from two of England’s largest colleges, despite new data confirming a sharp rise in the number of institutions receiving poor grades. The principals...
SFA to have a rethink
A functional skills convention was held by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) last week. A representative for...
Department for Education shuns its own funding consultation
The government is ignoring concerns from colleges, parents and learners about plans to fund education providers on a “per student” basis. The reforms will affect all provision for...
EFA unveil funding per student system
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) is to replace the current funding formula with a payment per student system in 2013/14. The reforms, outlined in the ‘16-19 funding formula...
Sixth-form colleges fear for their future
A report by the Sixth Form Colleges Forum (SFCF) warns that many colleges “fear for their future” because of the government’s drive “to create a market” in 16...
Gateshead College appeal Ofsted
Gateshead College has appealed against a “satisfactory” inspection grade awarded by Ofsted after an inspection in May this year. Principal Richard Thorold told FE Week that its formal...
Funding rates for functional skills in 2013/14 announced
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has announced the rates for functional skills in the new streamlined funding system for adult learning. English and maths qualifications will be funded...
Lead contractors ‘top-slice’ more than £175 million
Lead providers charged more than £175 million in management fees to subcontractors in the 2011/12 academic year, an analysis by FE Week suggests. A Skills Funding Agency (SFA)...