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The SFA survey says…

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have published the results from their first College and Training Organisation Survey. Responses were…

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FE colleges could be “left to stand on their own two feet”

Government reforms could see colleges given greater freedoms under plans to deregulate further education (FE). The Education Bill, which…

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Lifelong Learning Accounts launched without a launch

  Lifelong Learning Accounts were made available last week despite no formal announcement and minimal publicity from the Department…

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Unemployment ‘free-for-all’

Leaked Skills Funding Agency email reveals more late policy changes, but will colleges refund the fees? Colleges will for…

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Nine projects secure £4.6m Collaboration and Shared Services Grant

The 157 Group and Association of Colleges (AoC) have announced nine projects which will benefit from the Collaboration and…

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157 Group publish apprenticeship policy paper

Apprenticeships are most effectively delivered by colleges working in partnership with employers, according to a new policy paper. The…

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AoC research finds half let down by careers advice

Calls are being made for guaranteed face-to-face careers guidance in the wake of a startling report. Research released today…

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Vandals confuse new college for mosque

Bournville College was vandalised several times last week after youths mistook one of the buildings for a mosque (as…

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DfE denies FoI from AoC

The Department for Education (DfE) has declined a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Association of Colleges (AoC)….

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Not a happy holiday

Employees at Darlington College are being asked to take eight days of unpaid leave in a bid to save…

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BBC Radio 4 Apprentice programme sparks debate

A BBC Radio 4 programme has sparked concerns about the delivery of retail apprenticeships for learners already employed. The…

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Forecasts suggest there are simply fewer 16-18 year-olds

Declining teenage population numbers could be playing a significant role in student shortfalls. Figures compiled by the Office for…

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

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Jason Noble
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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

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

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

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Jason Noble
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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…

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

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

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Billy Camden
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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…

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Shane Chowen