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Math teacher training fund divides opinion after colleges with notice of financial concern are barred
A new maths teacher training fund which will exclude the most cash-strapped colleges doesn’t add up, according to the Association of Colleges (AoC). The £1.5m ‘funding in-service maths teacher...
Police investigate after college website hacked to promote Islamic militants
A college website inadvertently gave its support to the militant group Islamic State (ISIS) after it was hacked, prompting a police investigation. Carlisle College has disabled its website...
Teen apprenticeship numbers could be hit by making employers pay, National Audit Office warns
Government plans to make employers pay for up to a third of the training for 16 to 18 apprenticeships could hit the age group’s already-falling uptake, the National Audit Office...
The north continues to dominate as DfE release names of colleges that can recruit full-time 14 to 15-year-olds
A further nine colleges have been given permission to recruit full-time 14 to 15-year-olds this September, the second year in which this has been possible. The Department for...
Skills Minister speaks at ceremony launching first new FE college for over 20 years
Skills Minister Nick Boles visited Essex to mark the “milestone” transformation of Prospects Learning Foundation in to the first new FE college in more than 20 years. Former...
New awarding body steps in to certificate 500 of the more than 30,000 paying learners left stranded
A troubled provider which has been struggling to get courses certificated has been approved by a new awarding body to support 500 of the more than 30,000 paying...
Colleges to step in as school plans to scrap its sixth form provision
Local colleges are ready to take on A-level students from a school sixth form set to close because of plummeting learner numbers. The government’s schools adjudicator David Lennard...
FE loan applications show no sign of a late summer rush
Two FE bodies have warned that the low take-up of 24+ loans shows the scheme should not be extended until more is known about their impact. The Association of...
Sector concern after Skills Funding Agency list a further 174 qualifications facing the axe
The government has been warned by FE sector leaders against making “simplistic decisions” that could limit funding to qualifications for a specific occupation — after it identified 174 qualifications...