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Excitement builds ahead of AoC Sport National Championships 2017
Excitement is building for this year’s AoC Sport National Championships as around 1,650 student athletes make their final preparations for the major event that kicks off next weekend....
Government to 'formally intervene' at 35 providers with achievement rate failures
More than 30 private training providers, colleges and councils have been slapped with a notice of concern or serious breach, for falling below qualification achievement rate thresholds. The Education...
Confusion and anger as hundreds of apprenticeship providers left disappointed
Training providers without a current apprenticeship contract have hit back against the government’s surprise announcement this morning to deny them direct access to non-levy funding from May, saying their time tendering has...
BREAKING: Procurement paused for apprenticeships with smaller employers
The decision over funding allocations for apprenticeship provision for non-levy-paying employers has been be paused by the government, to allow time a careful review. The Education and Skills Funding...
New Ofsted chair unveiled
A former university vice-chancellor has been appointed as the new chair of education watchdog Ofsted. Professor Julius Weinberg will replace the current interim chair James Kempton, education secretary...
Outstanding Ofsted verdict for private apprenticeships provider
An outstanding across the board rating has been handed out by Ofsted to a West Midlands independent training provider that specialises in engineering apprenticeships. The glowing report on In-Comm...
AELP demands widespread changes to 20 per cent off-the-job apprenticeship training rule
Calls are being made for widespread changes to the minimum 20 per cent off-the-job training apprenticeship rule, in a new report expressing Association of Employment and Learning Providers...
Decision to retain forced maths and English GCSE resits ‘extremely’ disappointing
A government move to continue insisting on widespread GCSE maths and English resits – through the heavily criticised condition of funding rule – has left sector bosses “extremely...
Ofsted watch: College snubbed from register rated 'outstanding' for apprenticeships
A college that didn’t make it on to the government’s new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers has received an ‘outstanding’ grade for its apprenticeship provision – in what...
Breaking: Ofsted launches official ‘good’ logo in policy U-turn
A new logo is being launched by Ofsted for providers rated ‘good’ – seven months after FE Week exclusively reported how the inspectorate threatened legal action over “unauthorised”...
Skills Commission demands cross-departmental minister for lifelong learning
A group of key FE figures has called for a cross-departmental minister for a lifelong learning, through a new report by the Skills Commission. It’s one of a...