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EXCLUSIVE: DfE's decision to defend small school sixth form cost £76,000 in fees
A legal challenge brought against the government by the Association of Colleges over the opening of a small-school sixth form last year has cost the tax payer over...
West Midlands college merger bites the dust for lack of government cash
Another major merger between two colleges in the west Midlands has been called off, amid accusations that the government was unwilling to provide the necessary funding. In a...
Learndirect special treatment update: Student protection plan demanded as no contracts are terminated
Even Learndirect’s own membership body, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, has demanded a full explanation of how the government will protect current and future students. The Department...
Ofsted watch: Two providers crash two grades to inadequate
Ofsted has hit the headlines over the publication of its damning grade four-overall verdict on FE giant Learndirect – during a week which also saw another provider slump...
Ex-Wales footballer among 6 facing trial next month on FE fraud charges
An ex-Wales international footballer and five others will stand trial next month following a serious fraud office investigation. The three-month trial starting on September 4 will relate to...
Ofsted inspection report for Learndirect finally published
Ofsted has this morning published their inspection report for Learndirect, the largest training provider in the UK. Download here. This follows a failed legal bid by Learndirect to...
A-Level results 2017 | Live blog
A-level results day is here!  Today’s the day when A-level learners up and down the country find out whether all their hard work has paid off, and what...
College clings on to RoATP despite ‘inadequate’ apprenticeships
The Department for Education has remained silent over why a college with a grade four for its apprenticeship provision has not been removed from the register of apprenticeship...
What do the people behind the privatisation of Learndirect think now?
Former publicly-owned FE giant Learndirect recently lost a High Court battle to quash an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted, which could prove devastating for its very existence. FE Week...
Adult education budget descends into chaos
Training providers are unhappy over the handling the adult education budget procurement process, with having their contracts rejected despite near-perfect scores in the bid evaluation. The Education and...
Exclusive: Grade four Ofsted-rated provider in administration
A Norfolk-based provider that was hit with a grade four Ofsted rating in May has entered into administration, FE Week understands. The news on Norfolk Training Services was...