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Ofsted dismisses Learner View website abuse fears

Ofsted has hit back at fears that its new Trip Adviser-style website for rating colleges could be open to…

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Apprenticeship minimum wage up 5p an hour

The apprentice minimum wage remains “shockingly low” despite an increase that kicks in on Monday, the National Union of…

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Inspectors publish report on how colleges improve

Unrealistic self-assessments with little or no critical insight, plus unexpected job cuts, show up time and again among poorly…

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Dozens of shared service projects mark their anniversaries

Caption: Sunderland College students are getting the benefits of joined up administration among members of the North East Shared…

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College and training provider step in to save 500 jobs at First4Skills

More than 500 jobs have been saved by a college and a training provider after another training provider behind around…

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Is the De Vere case a one-off, asks Marsden

The Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service have no idea how many providers are running introductory apprenticeships…

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New minister says he’s ‘learning and listening’

New further education minister Matthew Hancock has told for the first time of his “exciting agenda” for change when…

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New apprenticeship system to get ‘substantial upgrade’

An online system for rubber-stamping apprenticeships is in line for a “substantial upgrade” after less than a year. Students,…

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Ofqual consults on ESOL

Regulations that govern foreign learners of English could be scrapped. Ofqual is considering three options for the future of…

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Ofsted plans complaint change

Ofsted is looking at slashing 25 days off its time limit for accepting complaints about inspections and publishing reports…

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Cautious welcome for GCSE change

Education Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to cull coursework by axing GCSEs for a new English baccalaureate have been welcomed…

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Focus on ‘Deptford not Delhi’ says Ofsted chief

Colleges  could be at risk of focusing on international opportunities to the detriment of home-grown learners, Ofsted chief inspector…

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