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New education secretary chooses 'outstanding' Walsall College for first FE visit
An ‘outstanding’ college was chosen by Justine Greening MP as her first FE institution for a visit since she became education secretary. The new minister, who replaced Nicky...
Busted - Wilshaw caught making up evidence in effort to further criticise colleges
Ofsted’s chief inspector’s criticism about “uniformly weak” careers guidance in colleges has been exposed for lacking any identifiable external source or inspection based evidence. Sir Michael Wilshaw made...
Government plans £2m payoffs as FE quango scrapped
A government skills agency has set aside £2m to pay off its staff following confirmation of its closure. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) announced in...
Ofsted boss tells UTCs to 'radically improve to survive'
Ofsted’s chief inspector has slammed university technical colleges (UTC) and told them that they need to make “radical improvement” if the model is to survive. Sir Michael Wilshaw,...
Government silent on apprenticeship levy contingency plan
The government has refused to say if a contingency plan has been put in place in the event that the apprenticeship levy systems fail to work. FE Week...
Half of minimum two-year-old UTCs not yet graded by Ofsted
Half of University Technical Colleges (UTCs) that have been open for two or more years are yet to be graded by Ofsted, exclusive FE Week analysis has revealed....
'FE brain drain' averted as up to 80 Sheffield civil service jobs saved
The jobs of up to 80 FE-specialist civil servants based in Sheffield have been saved by the decision to move skills policy to the Department for Education, FE...
EXCLUSIVE: Delay apprenticeship levy demands CBI
The apprenticeship levy launch date should be delayed by the new skills minister, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has insisted. Harlow MP Robert Halfon was confirmed as...
Full steam ahead for apprenticeship levy launch
It’s full steam ahead for the levy launch — with the Department for Education (DfE) set to unveil a delayed document spelling out new apprenticeship funding arrangements in...
Warm welcome for new minister for apprenticeships and skills
FE sector leaders have welcomed Robert Halfon as the new minister for apprenticeships and skills, with the “right credentials” for the tough job ahead. Mr Halfon (pictured) succeeds Nick Boles, who...
It's official... Amanda Spielman confirmed as next Ofsted chief inspector
It’s now official – Amanda Spielman will be the next Ofsted chief inspector. Doubts had been raised over whether the new education secretary Justine Greening would continue with...