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DfE publish long awaited off-the-job training guidance
This morning the Department for Education published additional guidance on the 20 percent off-the-job training rule for apprenticeships. Click here to download the guidance. The guidance says: “However...
Merger collapse makes it a dozen area review failures
Yet another merger recommended in the area reviews has collapsed, as a planned link-up between two colleges in the north-east became the twelfth to be called off. The...
Prison education reforms on hold for another year
Reforms to prison education seem to be back on hold, as existing offender learning contracts are being extended for another year, FE Week has learned. Currently, the offender...
Achievement rates at Learndirect fall under minimum standards
The nation’s largest FE provider has been badly shaken by the changes in the way achievement rates are calculated, recording a 7.3 per cent drop that puts it...
Ofsted watch: Local authority provider shakes off inadequate rating
A council-run adult and community learning provider has managed to shake off its previous inadequate rating this week, going up to a grade three. And a college boosted...
Ofsted chief stresses ‘real challenge’ with apprenticeships register
Ofsted’s chief inspector has reiterated the “real challenge” faced by the education watchdog following the influx of new training providers who deliver apprenticeships. Amanda Spielman described the issue...
NCG and others blame IT 'glitches' for achievement rates table absence
Providers have blamed “data glitches” for their absence from the latest national achievement rate tables. The five colleges and one provider that make up Newcastle College Group are...
Colleges in dark over data reporting rule
Many colleges aren’t managing to fulfil their legal duties to publish 16-to-18 performance data – apparently because they don’t know they’re required to. The Department for Education decreed...
Terminated: Government ban major levy provider after FE Week exposé
A major training provider claiming to have £130m of apprenticeship levy business has had its contract with the ESFA terminated, after an FE Week investigation found that one...
Gold standard for 14 colleges with HE teaching
Fourteen FE colleges have achieved gold status for higher education teaching in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework ratings. The feat was doubly impressive for the sector’s high...
Festival of Skills: Apprenticeship starts ‘a quarter’ of what they were before May
Members of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers have reported apprenticeship starts in May falling to around a quarter of what they were before the reforms kicked-in,...