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FE Week follows Top2Toe charity challenge through Birmingham
Over the last couple of days FE Week has been following the Top2Toe charity fundraiser lead by Dave ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley and South Birmingham College Principal Mike Hopkins....
Youth unemployment shows no improvement in latest quarter
The latest government statistics show that youth unemployment has changed very little in the last three months. The Labour market statistics, released today, announced that the unemployment rate...
The Guardian reports on 'striking rise' of adult apprenticeships
The dramatic increase in apprentices aged above 25, reported by FE Week back in June, has been picked up by The Guardian newspaper today. Page 10 (also online) of the national...
FE Week to cycle with Birmingham principal and 'Blind Dave'
FE Week will be cycling hard next Tuesday in order to welcome back South Birmingham College Principal Mike Hopkins and local blind man Dave Heeley as they complete...
HE consultation welcomed cautiously by Association of Colleges
A technical consultation paper from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is proposing that FE colleges have more opportunities to provide degree qualifications. The paper published...
Foundation Degree awarding powers granted to FE colleges for the first time
Newcastle College Group and New College Durham are the first FE colleges to be granted Foundation Degree awarding powers in England. The announcement last week follows an intensive...
New report calls on the government to make maths mandatory
A review comissioned by the Conservative Party proposes that young people should be forced to study mathematics up to the age of 18. The report, titled ‘A world-class...
College principal to ride 1000 miles in 10 days with 'Blind Dave'
The principal of South Birmingham College is helping a local blind man ride a tandem bicycle the length of the UK for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. The...
Skills Funding Agency announce late and unexpected changes to learner fees
The Skills Funding Agency has announced for the first time that non-tuition fee income (such as for registrations and exams) will not be permitted for fully-funded learners starting...
EMA replacement decisions slammed by the Education Select Committee
The government’s new student support funding for 16-18 year olds has come far too late to allow 2011/12 students to make informed decisions, says Education Select Committee. The...
ESOL impact assessment fails to impress
The government has today agreed a partial u-turn on ESOL cuts after an impact assessment ordered by FE and Skills Minister John Hayes revealed that at least 58,000 women...