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Ofsted watch: Local authority provider leaps two grades
A local authority provider has leapt two grades from inadequate to good and an independent training provider has received a grade two on its first inspection in this...
SFA and EFA merger will clear way for Lauener to retire
The Education and Skills Funding Agencies are preparing for an imminent merger that will clear the way for their boss Peter Lauener to retire, FE Week has learned....
Lord Baker: careers advice amendment originally just for UTCs and Studio Schools
Lord Baker hit the headlines last week after he won a major concession in the House of Lords, to force schools to give FE providers access to their...
FE Week asks: FE Commissioner on 'big success' area reviews
Richard Atkins has had a very busy four months since he was confirmed as the new FE Commissioner. FE Week’s Jude Burke caught up with him this week,...
Government silent on adult skills behavioural research centre funding
The government is refusing to say whether more funding will be given to two “pioneering” FE research centres after their start-up grants end shortly. The Behavioural Research Centre...
Banned subcontracting hidden through widespread ‘associate partnerships’
Colleges and training providers are hiding banned subcontracting through the use of so-called ‘associate partnerships’, FE Week can reveal – potentially allowing millions of pounds-worth of public funds...
Early years educator apprenticeship requirement u-turn confirmed
The government has finally confirmed that it is u-turning on the requirements for early years educator apprenticeships. Currently early years learners must achieve at least a grade C...
What's on during National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Climbing the ladder of opportunity
The tenth National Apprenticeship Week will be celebrated across the country this year with an adventurous round of activities. The celebration, of all the wonderful things that apprenticeships...
College governors brand SFA's new apprenticeship contracts 'ludicrous'
College governors have branded the SFA’s new apprenticeship contractual arrangements “ludicrous” during a heated discussion at the AoC’s Governance Summit. There is due to be a shift from...
Fifteenth studio school set to close out of 36 nationwide
Another studio school is reported to be shutting its doors, making it the 15th of its kind to close and leaving just 35 open. Future Tech Studio School...
Struggling college bailed out by SFA after bank refusal
A Warwickshire college in financial dire straits has been bailed out by the Skills Funding Agency, and is now seeking a merger partner following the departure of its...