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Professor Wolf tells of ‘unease’ at 16-19 GCSE exemption
Study programmes architect Professor Alison Wolf has warned that a Department for Education (DfE) English and maths qualification exemption could mean 16 to 19-year-olds miss out on “the...
Cable acts on apprentice rule after legal threat
A “five-year rule” forcing early years apprentices to re-sit for qualifications they already had could be scrapped after a provider threatened to take the government to court. Business...
Gazelle departures prompt membership review
Three colleges have revealed plans to leave the Gazelle College Group this month, taking the total number quitting before next year to four. The departures will reduce the...
Principal of cash-strapped college backs ‘look at finances’ plea for Ofsted
The principal of a college recovering from financial difficulties has backed FE Commissioner Dr David Collins in his view that Ofsted could “be more useful” in looking at...
Red tape reduction efforts need ‘democratic scrutiny’
The failure of a government plan to make any major dent in £300m of FE and skills sector red tape costs for providers has prompted a call for...
Morgan rejects AoC manifesto call on A-levels
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has rejected an Association of College (AoC) manifesto call to keep AS-levels linked to A-levels. Addressing MPs on the House of Commons Education Select...
Science museum hosts FE and skills technology talk
Google glasses, YouTube and digital reward badges were all hot topics at a learning technology discussion group for FE practitioners at London’s Science Museum on Monday (December 1)....
Apprentice training clash after NI break for bosses
Unions and business leaders have clashed over the issue of investment in training after Chancellor George Osborne announced the end of employers’ National Insurance Contributions (NIC) for apprentices...
Bank of BIS launches emergency college loans
General FE colleges turned away by the banks and facing financial meltdown have been thrown a possible lifeline with a new system of emergency loans from the Department...