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Ofsted

Land-based college retains ‘outstanding’ Ofsted grade

Hartpury College celebrates another grade 1, six years after it last achieved the feat

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
WorldSkills

Team UK for WorldSkills Lyon 2024 revealed

Over 30 young skills champions will head to France to represent the UK this September

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
NUS, Politics

NUS reaches settlement with sacked president

Terms of the deal with Shaima Dallali will however be kept confidential

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Apprenticeships

Shared apprenticeship scheme barely meets half its recruitment target

Flexible construction apprenticeship starts tumble amid sector-wide recruitment issues

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
Colleges, Ofsted

Waltham Forest named London’s only ‘outstanding’ general FE college

Inspectors heaped praise on the college for helping students to “flourish”

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor


Colleges, FE Commissioner

Wolverhampton college freed from intervention after 12 years

The college’s financial health improved to ‘good’ after DfE agreed to take on part of a £10m debt

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
Skills bootcamps

Provider sues DfE after skills bootcamp contract termination

The DfE accuses the provider of changing awarding body without prior agreement

Josh Mellor
Josh Mellor
AEB, Politics, Skills reform

DfE scales back ‘free courses for jobs’ offer 

Access will be restricted to adults earning below £25k in 2024/25

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Colleges

AoC hikes large college member fees to £57.7k

Most affected colleges supportive of 20% increase as some mull over value for money

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Colleges

UCU: Most FE staff back alternative to ‘traumatic’ Ofsted inspections

Lecturers call for ‘peer-led’ model, as new chief inspector also floats the idea

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel
Colleges, Employment

Lecturer wins payout over ‘distressing’ remarks after husband’s death

City College Plymouth appealing judgement over absent legal representative

Anviksha Patel
Anviksha Patel

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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