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Attempt to ‘simplify’ funding may prove barrier to FE loans
A consultation on proposals for a further education loans system is set to close today (October 21). The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said the...
Number of adult apprenticeships expected to more than triple
The number of apprenticephip starts aged 25 and above is expected to soar in the latest Statistical First Release (SFR) due next Thursday. Based on the June 2011 SFR,...
FE Week hosts House of Commons debate on FE Loans
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) are planning to replace funding with loans, for classroom and workplace adults (24+) learners studying Level 3 and above. Their consultation (click here...
Labour leadership wowed by pioneering Southend college
Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls jumped on a train to Southend to see an innovative example of traditional boundaries in education being broken down...
Colleges fear more data demands
The government is failing to cut the burden of data collection and bureaucracy, a study has suggested. Nearly 80 per cent of delegates surveyed at the Autumn College...
AoC 16-18 recruitment survey 'reveals major concerns among college leaders'
Half of colleges have seen a drop in enrolment figures, with the blame partly placed on the loss of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). A survey by the...
Apprenticeship providers continue to ignore Functional Skills
Nine out of ten apprenticeship providers are still delivering Key Skills, rather than Functional Skills, according to a recent survey by the Association of Learning Providers (AELP). The...
WorldSkills leaves lasting legacy
Organisers plan to set up annual UK skills competiton after success at London competition With the success of staging the biggest international skills competition still fresh in their...
SFA delays full implementation of simplified funding system
Skills Funding Agency listen to feedback from FE providers and delay roll-out until 2013/14 The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has delayed full implemenation of its ‘simplified’ adult skills...
University Technical Colleges unveiled but unions issue warning
Thousands of students can now study at specialist technical colleges, but critics are warning of a two-tier education system. The government has announced 13 new University Technical Colleges...
College principal wants talks over first sixth form free school
  A college principal is seeking talks with leaders of a new sixth form free school which is due to open in east London. Education minister Michael Gove...