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Apprenticeship starts fall by more than 60,000, according to government figures
All-age apprenticeships starts fell by 13 per cent last year according to provisional government data released this morning. The figures, published in the Statistical First Release (SFR), suggest...
AELP to demand continued investment in skills at autumn conference
The government will face calls for continued investment in FE and skills when sector leaders meet in Birmingham today. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) will...
Up front accreditation of quals to end next month, Ofqual boss reveals
The requirement for qualifications to be accredited by Ofqual before they are regulated will be lifted from next month, the qualifications watchdog chief has announced. Glenys Stacey, Ofqual...
College strike off after High Court rules in AoC’s favour
A planned strike by staff at colleges in England has been called off after the High Court handed down an injunction against industrial action. The injunction, supported by...
‘Unsustained’ initiatives and ‘inability to learn lessons’ affecting skills system, report warns
Further education and skills has been marred by frequent change and “unsustained” initiatives, and a “lack of organisational memory” regarding past policies has resulted in an “inability to...
Functional Skills here to stay, says Boles
Functional Skills “will continue to be one of the types of qualification that learners have available,” according to a newly-published letter from Skills Minister Nick Boles. The letter, from...
New policy behind rise in gcse resitters at college
Learners are turning to FE after being refused entry to school sixth forms following a change in government policy, sector leaders have suggested. Under the government’s new study...
Ofsted reinspection timeframe halved
Ofsted proposals to halve the time between inspections of good FE and skills providers have been questioned by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Ofsted chief...
SFA ‘top-up’ on Esol welcomed — but concern for 2015/16
A Skills Funding Agency (SFA) move to allow “topping-up” on funding for new English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) qualifications has been welcomed — but concerns remain...