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Providers hit by SFA funding software crash with data deadline looming
Long-running problems with new Skills Funding Agency (SFA) payment software appeared to hit providers again when the Hub data collection system crashed. It went down as providers were trying to submit data for the...
Sector leaders set out priorities for new Skills Minister Nick Boles
The appointment of Nick Boles (pictured) as Skills Minister following the promotion of his predecessor, Matthew Hancock, has led to questions about whether he will have enough time...
Free school meals policy to blame for 16 to 19 funding cuts, claims former Gove aide
Funding for FE was cut last year to pay for the government’s universal free school meals policy, a former aide to ex-Education Secretary Michael Gove has told FE...
Two general FE colleges among backers in new round of UTCs announced by Chancellor George Osborne
A new round of University Technical Colleges (UTCs), involving two general FE colleges, has been announced by Chancellor George Osborne (pictured). Bromley College and Sheffield College were among...
Pressure mounts for answers over Warwickshire College principal Mariane Cavalli's departure
A Midland college is under growing pressure to go public over the departure of its former principal after she unexpectedly stepped down temporarily before it was announced this week...
BAE given £35m SFA contract despite not tendering
A £35m IT contract with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has been awarded to BAE Systems — despite the fact the multinational firm didn’t even bid for the...
Warning against 'one size fits all' inspections as Ofsted considers FE and skills merger with schools and early years
Ofsted proposals to merge the FE and skills inspection regime with schools and early years have drawn warnings from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Association...
Government Q&A on apprenticeship funding reform fails to ease concerns
Concerns about proposed new apprenticeship funding models remain despite an update on reform plans from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The interim statement from BIS...
EXCLUSIVE: Ofsted FE and skills inspections face merger with schools and early years
Ofsted’s FE and skills inspection regime could be scrapped as the watchdog looks at a huge merger shake-up including schools and early years. It is understood that, just...