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DfE ditches Boles back-to-school plan for apprentices
A plan to force apprentices to go back into schools and promote apprenticeships has seemingly been dumped just a year after it was announced by the former skills...
Lowest percentage of colleges rated ‘outstanding’
The number of colleges with top marks from Ofsted has fallen to its lowest ever level this week, after Blackburn College slumped to a shock grade three. New...
Breaking: Landmark EU court ruling could see colleges repaid millions in VAT
A Hampshire college has won a long-running dispute with the taxman, in a landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice which could save the sector millions. The...
College crashes two grades from ‘outstanding’ after lengthy inspection wait
A college that went nearly 10 years without being inspected by Ofsted after being rated ‘outstanding’ has crashed two grades. Blackburn College was given a ‘requires improvement’ verdict...
Sixteenth studio school confirms it will close
An ‘inadequate’ studio school in Essex has announced it will close in August following dwindling student numbers, making it the 16th of its kind to shut its doors....
AELP demands 4 million apprenticeship starts commitment
A call on the next government to commit to 4 million quality apprenticeships over the life of the next parliament has been made by the Association of Employment...
Commissioner concerned over ‘strain’ on leaders running two colleges
Concerns about the “strain” on a leadership team running two colleges simultaneously – one of which is deeply troubled – have been raised by the FE Commissioner, in...
Large London college leaps two grades from inadequate
A large London College that was rated inadequate less than two years ago, has pulled back from the brink to register a ‘good’ overall Ofsted rating in a...
Ofsted accused of hiding huge gaps between inspections
Ofsted has been forced to deny that it removed inspection dates from its new promotional logos due to the length of gaps between inspections. The inspection watchdog recently...
National College for Onshore Oil and Gas opening delayed
Plans to launch a National College for Onshore Oil and Gas later this year have stalled while the industry “develops further”, FE Week can reveal. Last May, the...
‘Golden hello’ maths teacher recruitment drive flops
A major government scheme that aimed to recruit more than 500 specialist maths teachers at colleges has accepted just 13 participants in its first year, FE Week can...