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Student’s prize-winning Chartered Status logo dropped
A student’s competition-winning logo intended to be the sign of Chartered Status for FE providers has been dumped by the sector body. Lisa Cassidy (pictured above and below),...
Pearson contract doubts after Inadequate Ofsted
Pearson is in danger of having its contract with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) terminated after Ofsted slammed its apprenticeship provision. The global education business, which provides apprenticeships...
UCL launches education centre
More than 120 people attended the official launch of a new Centre for Post-14 Education and Work by the UCL Institute of Education. The event at the Institute...
NUS launches campaign to hear FE students’ views
The National Union of Students has launched a campaign to force the government to recognise the impact that post-16 area reviews are having on learners. The launch of...
Government urged to act over SEND travel cuts
The government has been urged to review transport arrangements for post-16 special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) students, after it emerged that councils in the north east want...
First EFA subcontracting data published
The Department for Education (DfE) has unveiled a detailed report spelling out Education Funding Agency (EFA) 16 to 19 subcontracting arrangements for the first time. The Skills Funding...
Chaos as DfE bungles 16-18 apprenticeship growth funding requests
Over-allocated ‘discretionary funding’ now stalling apprenticeship decisions as college describes ‘negative impact’ and FE leader calls lack of info ‘crazy’ The delay in confirming growth requests for 16 to...
Skills Funding Agency publishes funding guidance for 2016/17
The Skills Funding Agency has today published the funding guidance, rates and formula for 2016/17 across 10 individual documents (see below). It explained that the plans for skills...
Association of School and College Leaders general secretary Brian Lightman stands down
General secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Brian Lightman has stepped down with “immediate effect”. He will be replaced by Malcolm Trobe, the current...
Survey of over 91,000 employers reveals 'growing challenge' of skills shortages
Vacancies that go unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the right skills are a “growing challenge”, a survey of more than 91,000 employers has revealed. The Employer...
Functional Skills survey with employers launched
A new survey has been launched to gather views from employers and technical experts on how maths and English Functional Skills qualifications should be reformed. It  is part...