Apprenticeships

‘Stronger’ apprenticeship accountability measures revealed

Thresholds on apprentice withdrawals and breaks in learning have been reduced

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Awarding

New FAB boss suddenly resigns

Kion Ahadi was Federation of Awarding Bodies’ chief executive for just two months

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
Colleges

AoC calls for new skills body and awarding powers for colleges

The AoC’s proposal appears to echo Labour’s pledge to set up Skills England, a “taskforce” which would ensure accountability…

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
Ofsted

‘Inadequate’ provider slammed for ‘poorly planned’ training

Inspectors said most apprentices had one hour of online learning ‘once or twice a month’

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
Colleges

Lecturer wins £44k payout after five-year safety row with college group

Employment tribunal orders Capital City College Group to pay former lecturer who complained about workshop flooding

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
Ofsted

Former Ofsted chief to lead watchdog’s independent review

Inquiry will look at whether watchdog’s policies for responding to tragic incidents need to be revised after Ruth Perry…

Lucas Cumiskey
Lucas Cumiskey


News

Ofsted rolls out key complaints process changes

Watchdog also beefs up its policy on pausing inspections

Lucas Cumiskey
Lucas Cumiskey
Ofsted

Keegan refuses to retract remarks about punching Ofsted inspectors

Education secretary says comment was ‘light-hearted’ and she ‘clearly would not be punching anyone, or advocating anyone else do…

Lucas Cumiskey
Lucas Cumiskey
News

Who is Luke Hall? 11 facts about the new skills, apprenticeships and HE minister

He replaces Robert Halfon who suddenly resigned last week

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
Apprenticeships, Ofsted

Ofsted upgrades ‘resilient’ emergency care provider from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’

Medipro staff were thanked for their ‘fortitude’ after sudden and complex influx of apprentices

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
Colleges, Long read

Resilient Ricketts: How Brooklands was saved from going broke

The story of a college’s fight for survival after a subcontracting scandal left it on the brink of insolvency

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Exams

Special exam requests soar in colleges

Staff are being stretched and campuses closed in some cases

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel

Must read

Colleges, Long read

Resilient Ricketts: How Brooklands was saved from going broke

The story of a college’s fight for survival after a subcontracting scandal left it on the brink of insolvency

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Politics

Exit interview: Why Robert Halfon quit ‘the best job in government’

Halfon tells FE Week he ‘did all he could’ after leaving skills minister role

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Apprenticeships

National apprenticeship achievement rate rises to 54%

Slight increase leaves sector way off government target

Billy Camden
Billy Camden and Shane Chowen
Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship growth pilot cash would reach just 15 ITPs

Providers need to start at least 15 apprentices on the chosen standards to be eligible for extra funding

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Apprenticeships

Treasury announces £3k top-up for 13 ‘growth sector’ apprenticeships

Training providers will have to deliver a minimum number of starts to access the cash

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Apprenticeships, Politics

DfE set to surrender £60m apprenticeship cash in 2023-24

Just 2% of total ring-fenced budget expected to be handed back to Treasury

Billy Camden
Billy Camden