News

Missed opportunity: flagship edtech scheme ends after 2 years

The programme was a key plank of the government’s 2019 edtech strategy

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Ofsted

St John Ambulance faces apprentice recruitment suspension

Ofsted found ‘insufficient’ progress at the country’s best-known first aid training charity

Will Nott
Will Nott
T Levels

Employers losing interesting in T Levels, survey reveals

5,000 employers were quizzed about their interest in offering T Level placements, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Ofsted

Auditing apprentice pay will not be part of routine inspections, Ofsted promises

Compliance will only be looked at in ‘limited circumstances’

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
News

DfE begs Education and Training Foundation to return up to £7.5m

The charity earned a huge, unexpected surplus on a T Levels contract

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Skills reform

Delivery challenges ahead as skills bill finally gains royal assent

New laws will bring in an official list of post-16 skills providers and rules for increased apprenticeships guidance in…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen


Apprenticeships

Small employer apprenticeship starts rise for first time in 5 years

But the numbers are still way off pre-pandemic and levy reform levels

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
SEND

SEND review consultation may be extended as accessible versions delayed

BSL and easy-read versions of the green paper were promised almost a month ago

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Qualifications

Post-16 qualifications inquiry: 5 interesting things we learned from former education ministers

Witnesses were quizzed on degree apprenticeships, BTECs and getting the policy balance right between vocational and academic education

Will Nott
Will Nott
Higher education

IfS: 1 in 4 poorer pupils could lose out under proposed student loan grade thresholds

Around 1 in 10 recent education undergrads would also have been excluded, think tank warns

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Ofsted

Ofsted to review how it inspects FE and skills, new strategy states

In its new five-year strategy, Ofsted says it will inspect every college to check it’s meeting skills needs.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Apprenticeships

Help boost apprenticeship starts among young people and fix the drop-out rate, skills minister tells IfATE

Alex Burghart issues tasks to the institute in new ‘strategic guidance’

Billy Camden
Billy Camden

Must read

Colleges, Exams

Colleges fork out for taxis and b&bs to get students to exams during rail strikes

Students resorted to sleepovers and parents took days off work to get their children to college on time

Jason Noble
Jason Noble
News

How the cost of living crisis is taking its toll on FE students

Leaders reveal how families are now struggling to feed and clothe their children

Jason Noble
Jason Noble
Colleges

Union rejects AoC’s ‘totally unacceptable’ new pay offer for college staff

The pay offer has been upped to 2.5% from 2.25%

Jason Noble
Jason Noble
Funding

Soaring inflation wipes out skills budget boost

Ministers have been urged to immediately add an extra £350 million a year in skills funding on top of…

Will Nott
Will Nott
News

Times Education Commission adds voice to calls for new ‘baccalaureate’

It is estimated to cost the government an extra £1.2bn a year

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Colleges

Major review launched to bring colleges back into public sector

After ten years in the private sector, the ONS are now considering whether to reclassify colleges as public sector…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen