The skills white paper: One year on

Skills reform

The skills bill is the blueprint for transforming the country

Apprenticeships are extraordinarily popular – and more progress is being made from the skills bill, writes Alex Burghart Skills…

Jess Staufenberg
Alex Burghart MP
Skills reform

The FE white paper has galvanised support for the sector

The government still needs a national strategy but there are positive signs, writes David Hughes A year on from…

Jess Staufenberg
David Hughes
Skills reform

The skills white paper: too much rhetoric, too little action

A lack of movement is causing planning blight and eroding the skills landscape, writes Sue Pember In January 2021,…

Jess Staufenberg
Sue Pember
Skills reform

The white paper was promising – but why are ITPs still fighting for recognition?

Research out next month will prove the value of independent training providers, writes Jane Hickie The past year saw…

Jess Staufenberg
Jane Hickie
Skills reform

Remove the universal credit rules blocking people from education

‘Conditionality’ rules are forcing people to give up their training courses, writes Peter Aldous Like all MPs, I am…

Jess Staufenberg
Peter Aldous MP
Skills reform

The new white paper is far too vague about prison education

The strategy is making the right noises, but key details – including any new funding for prison education –…

Jess Staufenberg
Jon Collins

Latest opinion

Levelling Up

Here are 5 targets for the levelling-up white paper

This next white paper is critically important. Ministers must focus on the right measures, writes Naomi Clayton The long-awaited…

Jess Staufenberg
Naomi Clayton
Skills reform

The white paper was promising – but why are ITPs still fighting for recognition?

Research out next month will prove the value of independent training providers, writes Jane Hickie The past year saw…

Jess Staufenberg
Jane Hickie

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T Levels Latest

T Levels

DfE keeps T Level placement capacity proof a secret to protect policy ‘safe space’

Officials say the evidence should be ‘sheltered from external distractions’

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Billy Camden
T Levels

Confused and frustrated: Most universities reject first cohort of T Level students

DfE urges transparency amid looming UCAS deadline

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
T Levels

‘Justice is served’: Final T Level awarding organisation revealed

The institute now has a full-house of awarding bodies to develop all 23 of the government’s flagship level 3…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen

COVID Latest

Covid-19

Some colleges to keep masks in class despite PM ending Plan B regulations

One said sudents without a mask will not be permitted to enter the college

Will Nott
Will Nott
Covid-19

Face masks in classrooms ditched from tomorrow

DfE to ‘shortly’ remove guidance on use in communal areas too, PM says

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid-19, Exams

Scheme extended to cover costs of extra invigilators for this term’s vocational exams

Exams invigilator costs can be claimed back by FE centres with high staff absences due to Covid.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen

Ofsted Latest

Ofsted

College loses grade 1 after Ofsted lifts exemption

‘Outstanding’ schools and colleges are being inspected for the first time since 2010

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Billy Camden
Ofsted

Ofsted finds degree courses rebadged as apprenticeships at university

Chief inspector Amanda Spielman has voiced concerns over this issue multiple times in recent years

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Ofsted

Shrewsbury College bounces back from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’

Principal praises ‘fantastic’ staff after rapid turnaround

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Billy Camden

Apprenticeships Latest

Apprenticeships

Finalists announced for the 2022 AAC Apprenticeship Awards

Finalists include training providers, colleges and employers and span 23 awards categories celebrating the very best of apprenticeship delivery.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Apprenticeships

Providers wanted for ‘portable’ apprenticeships pilot

Apprentices will have multiple employers under the new ‘flexi-jobs’ programme.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Apprenticeships

Winners of the 2021 National Apprenticeship Awards revealed

‘Dedicated’ apprentices and leading employers have been handed gongs

Fraser Whieldon
Fraser Whieldon

News Features

Long read

‘Sport is special – it’s in your face’: New College Pontefract

Sport is often forgotten in discussions of FE. But with Ofsted looking hard at ‘personal development’, the award-winning PE…

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
Colleges, Long read

Focus feature: College improvement

How do you improve a college with a demoralised staff, a financial notice, a bad Ofsted and a haemorrhaging…

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
Land-based, Long read

Land-based colleges lose millions in commercial income

From the drop in the price of cream to zero weddings, the land-based colleges sector has lost millions of…

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg

The latest sector transfers

Movers and Shakers

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: EDITION 374

Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving

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FE Week Reporter
Movers and shakers

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: EDITION 373

Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving

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Fraser Whieldon
Movers and shakers

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: EDITION 372

Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving

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Fraser Whieldon

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