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Ofsted watch: Two providers rated outstanding and a UTC bounces back
Two providers have been awarded the highest possible grade from Ofsted – and a university technical college has bounced back from inadequate to good in just eight months....
Judge and principal blast college nepotism scandal
A senior manager at the country’s biggest college group was somehow permitted to interview and appoint her own husband to another top post, in a situation that a...
Investigation into DfE handling of apprenticeship figures demanded by expert
An independent expert in government statistics has called for an investigation after the Department for Education encouraged the use of “misleading” provider apprenticeship achievement rate data, rather than...
Cash-strapped Harlow UTC looks to join academy trust
Another university technical college in dire financial straits is planning to pause recruitment at 14 as it looks to join a multi-academy trust to survive. Sir Charles Kao...
City & Guilds Lion Awards winners announced
Exceptional FE learners and tutors have been honoured for their “outstanding achievements” in professional and technical education at this year’s City & Guilds Lion Awards. London’s iconic Kensington...
BREAKING: Delayed 2015/16 provider achievement rate tables published
This morning the Education and Skills Funding Agency published the delayed National Achievement Rate Tables (NARTs). Click here for all the tables. The apprenticeship achievement rates are particularly...
Sixth Form Colleges Association award winners unveiled
Seven outstanding teams from sixth form colleges across the country have been honoured at an inaugural awards ceremony for the sector tonight. The De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre,...
Merger partner announced for cash-strapped college
A cash-strapped college that was recently told by the FE Commissioner that it urgently needed to merge in order to survive has finally found a partner. Stratford-upon-Avon College,...
Association of Colleges appoints new deputy chief executive
Kirsti Lord, acting principal at City College Coventry, has been appointed as the new deputy chief executive of the Association of Colleges. She will take up the role...
Brathay Challenge: National apprentice team of the year revealed
A team of nine apprentices from GlaxoSmithKline Ulverston have been named the apprentice team of the year, through the prestigious Brathay Challenge. Eight teams from across England went...
Editor Asks: Robert Halfon reflects on time as minister
Most, if not all of the FE sector was left in shock this week after we exclusively revealed that Robert Halfon had been sacked from his job as...