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Bristol students forced to retake coursework lost five years ago
Students who started courses at City of Bristol College as long as five years ago have still not been awarded their qualifications due to “misplaced” work. Two former...
College Christian union supposedly banned by Prevent
A decision to ban a Christian union from holding prayer and Bible study meetings at an unnamed FE college is “clearly ludicrous” – according to the prime minister...
Chair and former principal come to blows over who knew what
A row has broken out between the chair of the North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot) FE Corporation and Sunaina Mann, who last week stood down as...
Marked change of direction at AELP as new chief criticises growth of subcontracting
Mark Dawe (pictured) may only be weeks into his new job, but he is already breaking the mould. The former college principal and awarding organisation chief has become the...
Shadow chair and operating officer finally installed at the Institute for Apprenticeships
Two senior appointments have been announced for the Institute for Apprenticeships — a day after Association of Employment and Learning Providers boss Mark Dawe complained to MPs about...
SFA guidance published on legacy maths and English GCSE funding next academic year
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published guidance on how it will fund legacy GCSEs in English, English language and maths in 2016/17. Existing GCSEs are now referred...
No technical and professional education pilot until 2019/20
The reforms suggested by Lord Sainsbury’s influential review into technical and professional education (TPE) will not be piloted by the government until 2019/20, FE Week can reveal. It...
Colleges challenge fewer exam grades than schools – with less success
Colleges are significantly less likely to challenge GCSE and A-level exam grades than schools – and they are more likely to be rejected when they do. The exams...
Colleges warned as scams on the rise again
Colleges have been warned to be on their guard against “sophisticated” fraudsters, after a scam involving fake faxes was detected by staff at one provider in London. The...
Employers told to stick to ‘core business’ after Citroën blow
Firms taking on apprentices have been advised to stick “to their core business” — after Citroën UK became the second employer branded inadequate by Ofsted under the common...
Concern for FE in Cheshire after principals leave
Mid Cheshire College’s principal Richard Hollywood (pictured) is standing down – after its Ofsted rating tumbled from outstanding to inadequate. The announcement was made just a few days...