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Sixth form colleges record growing numbers
Sixth form colleges have shared their enrolment figures for 2014 after taking part in a joint Association of Colleges (AoC), Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA) and FE Week...
Liberal Democrat party conference : Apprentice minimum wage pledge from Business Secretary
Plans to boost apprentices’ pay by more than £1 an-hour have been cautiously welcomed amid concerns the rise could dissuade employers from offering apprenticeships. Business Secretary Vince Cable...
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...
Cable’s ‘FE saviour’ claim backed by ex-SFA boss
Claims by Business Secretary Vince Cable that he stopped government officials from “killing off” FE have been backed by former Skills Funding Agency (SFA) director of provider services...
Clegg repeats 'cradle to college' pledge but questions remain unanswered
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has repeated his pledge to protect education funding “from cradle to college” in his last party conference speech before the election. Mr Clegg...
Ofsted looking at 'frequent but shorter' inspections for good providers
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has laid out plans for “frequent but shorter” inspections for good FE and skills providers from September next year. Sir Michael this morning...
BREAKING: SFA to allow funding ‘top-up’ for new Esol quals
Concerns about delivery costs for new English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) qualifications have been addressed by a Skills Funding Agency move to allow “top-up” funding. Single...
Cable in ‘kill off FE’ claim at Lib Dem conference
Business Secretary Vince Cable has claimed that government officials suggested “killing off FE” by cutting sector funding, it has been reported. Dr Cable told a fringe event at...
Team UK triumph at EuroSkills 2014