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New sector leadership thinktank appoints chief executive
A new sector leadership thinktank has appointed former National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (Niace) policy director Mark Ravenhall as its chief executive. The Further Education Trust for...
Vocational education inquiry aims to explain reduction in apprenticeship starts, committee chair announces
An education committee inquiry into vocational qualifications will look at the reduction of apprenticeships starts among 16 to 19-year-olds, its chair has announced. Conservative MP Graham Stuart (pictured)...
Ofqual looks at scrapping QCF rules and reviews qualification sizes
Ofqual has launched two 12-week consultations looking at the future of the qualifications and credit framework (QCF) rules and how awarding organisations (AOs) estimate and describe the size of...
College in outstanding 'no improvement needed' first from Ofsted
A residential college in the north of England has gone one step better than being simply an outstanding FE and skills provider. The Northern College, in Barnsley, got...
Barnfield Federation to end with separation of college and academies
Barnfield College is to split from its associated academies in a move that will spell the end of the Barnfield Federation. The split proposal, expected to take effect...
Grade three providers to get an extra six months on reinspection deadline
Providers given a grade three rating by Ofsted will get an extra six months to improve as the education watchdog brings in a two-year reinspection deadline. The timeframe for...
'Much-loved' MidKent College principal Sue McLeod dies, aged 53
MidKent College principal Sue McLeod has died, aged 53. The mum-of-one, who who had joined the college as a travel and tourism lecturer in 1993 before climbing the...
Merging Midland colleges' second naming attempt wins approval from Skills Minister Nick Boles
Two Midland colleges set to merge next month have won approval for their new name from Skills Minister Nick Boles after a local MP said their first suggestion...
BIS effort to boost FE Commissioner team with more advisers draws 'significant' response
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has received a “significant” response in its effort to boost the five-strong team of advisers to FE Commissioner Dr David Collins (pictured...