Strikes

UCU staff strike throws congress into chaos

UCU could cancel FE sector conference in anticipation of staff walking out

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
Training Providers

Court date set for Learning Curve vs DfE procurement trial

The four day trial will determine if DfE broke procurement rules by refusing Learning Curve Group an adult education…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
AEB, Devolution

London’s mayor pairs skills with business in new appointment

Howard Dawber will take over from Jules Pipe, who has overseen skills for eight years

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
News

Poor mental health becomes top cause for college student absence

Stress is particularly acute for English and maths resitters

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
Colleges, Skills reform

MPs: DfE should include FE in teacher recruitment forecasts

FE is the ‘worst impacted’ sector yet often ignored by DfE plans

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
Qualifications

Revealed: 74 qualifications survive 2025 level 3 course cull

Approved ‘alternative’ qualifications can be funded alongside A-levels and T Levels

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen


Apprenticeships

New off-the-job apprenticeship flexibility set for 2024/25

Active learning can take place every 3 months from August for front-loaded or block release apprenticeships

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Colleges

Large south west college group announces new principal

Rob Bosworth will leave Exeter College after 24 years to lead Cornwall College Group

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
skills

Lack of skilled workers risks major infrastructure projects going over budget, PAC warns

Major projects in FE include the T Level roll out, Skills Bootcamps and the capital transformation programme

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
Ofsted

Essex sixth form college celebrates Ofsted upgrade to ‘outstanding’

Principal describes the feat as a ‘ringing endorsement’ of ‘high quality work’

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Industrial action

UCU’s own staff vote to strike

The dispute centres around allegations of racism and pay priorities

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
Employment, Training Providers

DWP’s own research casts doubt on revived training scheme’s success

‘There was less evidence that SWAPs moved claimants into employment, despite this being a key intended outcome’

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor

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