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Did the government advise Learndirect to withdraw their AEB tender?
The Learndirect saga has taken a fresh twist today, after a government spokesperson admitted that the nation’s largest FE provider submitted and then withdrew a bid to the...
Good-rated Somerset provider loses 97% of its adult education budget
A large adult community learning provider in Somerset has found itself at the sharp end of the adult education budget chaos, after its funding was slashed to just...
Two men plead guilty following Serious Fraud Office investigation into Luis Michael Training
Two men have pleaded guilty following a Serious Fraud Office investigation into now-defunct provider Luis Michael Training. Christopher Martin, aged 53, from Newbury, admitted to two counts of...
Learndirect special treatment: ESFA changes policy and awards £45m tender
The nation’s largest FE provider has been handed around £45 million from next years’ adult education budget even though it didn’t participate in the tender process and despite...
Cable speaks on new post-16 skills review after ‘dual mandate’ dumped
Vince Cable has accused the Conservatives of sweeping his “dual mandate” consultation for the FE sector under the carpet after he left government – so he sees a...
DfE keeps apprenticeship funding model report secret
The government is refusing to release a crucial report that would show whether or not the forecasting tool it has developed to predict apprenticeship starts is actually working....
Learndirect: Parliamentary questions pile pressure on ministers for answers
Labour’s shadow skills minister has demanded official answers on whether Learndirect is getting special treatment from the government after Ofsted hit it with its worst possible rating. Gordon...
Consultation launched on mega-London college merger amid Grenfell opposition
A public consultation has been launched on merger plans between two London Colleges, amid mounting opposition from Grenfell Tower fire campaigners who fear it will end adult education...
ESFA £650m non-levy tender has 'descended into farce'
The troubled second attempt at an ESFA non-levy apprenticeship funding tender descended into chaos last night as a series of  new “clarifications” and document updates were sent out....
Serious adult education budget procurement fears for third sector
Many charities will lose their direct contracts as a result of the controversial adult education budget procurement process, according to a major sector figure. Even though the Education...
Ofsted to ask FE learners if they feel safe in residential provision
Ofsted is asking young people in residential provision at FE colleges if they feel safe and able to raise concerns. The inspectorate is kicking off its annual drive...