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Parent anger over Daventry UTC closure
An angry parent of a student “devastated” by the news that her university technical college would close in the summer has demanded to know why the school took...
Institutes of technology £170m windfall going to existing providers
The extra £170 million the government has promised to set aside for a new wave of “prestigious” institutes of technology will go to existing providers, FE Week can...
'Inadequate' Gateway SFC pulls back from Leicestershire area review
A struggling sixth form college has pulled out of its ongoing area review, after a special intervention by sixth form commissioner Peter Mucklow. The Leicester-based Gateway SFC received...
Ofsted watch: West Cheshire College no longer 'inadequate'
A mostly encouraging week for FE, with regards to Ofsted reports, saw West Cheshire College shed its inadequate tag. It went up to grade three from its previous...
Halfon puts lifelong learning back in the spotlight
Lifelong learning is firmly back on the government’s agenda, according to the skills and apprenticeships minister Robert Halfon, who says the government’s new industrial strategy includes provisions for...
Report shows college struggle with ‘endemic’ sexualised behaviour
Ofsted has blasted a college for “endemic” sexualised behaviour and incidents of sexual assault in a damning new report. In November, the inspectorate awarded Hereward College the lowest...
SFA in dock after hundreds of learners struggle to recover loans cash when provider collapses
Another highly profitable training provider has suddenly gone bust in mysterious circumstances, leaving hundreds of learners on the hook for thousands of pounds of student debt. John Frank...
Large drop in number of standards lacking end-point assessors
The proportion of learners on apprenticeship standards without an approved assessment organisation is dropping rapidly, according to new figures. Statistics published in October showed 42 per cent of...
Introducing the Institute for Apprenticeships board members
The government has finally announced the eight Institute for Apprenticeships board members (listed below), with the chair to be confirmed at a later date. This will come as a...
Cable delighted with industrial strategy commitment to adult education
The former secretary of state for business, innovation and skills has told FE Week he is “delighted” that the government’s industrial strategy green paper places a serious focus...
EXCLUSIVE: Institute for Apprenticeships appoints first director
The first permanent employee of the Institute for Apprenticeships has finally been appointed, after ongoing delays and an absence of information about who would run the important new...