Apprenticeships

ESFA buckles to sector pressure on ‘unfair’ apprenticeship drop-out rule

A threshold for withdrawals that triggers ‘enhanced monitoring’ has been significantly increased

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
WorldSkills

REVEALED: UK elite skills team to go for gold at Worldskills

The country’s top technical students and apprentices have been chosen to represent the UK at the world’s elite skills…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Covid-19

Ofqual reveals how exams and assessments in 2023 will look

Covid-19 related adaptions for VTQs will be scrapped

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
News

Queen’s Speech 2022: Nothing new for FE as government focuses on schools and HE

The speech sets out the government’s legislative agenda for the next year

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
SEND

3-week SEND review extension after accessible versions finally published

Children’s minister said a ‘full, fair, open consultation is key to vision for more inclusivity’

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
News

A National Baccalaureate: How it would work

Trust proposes new qualification to give all students a record of accomplishments between 14 to 18

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth


Qualifications, Skills reform

Level 2 qualifications review ‘materially flawed’

Providers and awarding organisations have had their say on the government’s level 2 qualifications review. Here’s what the sector…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Assessment

Saxton: Adaptive testing could end exam tier ‘ceilings’

‘What I found very difficult with tiering was having to have conversations with students and parents about ‘we just…

Will Nott
Will Nott
SEND

Delay (again) in accessible versions of SEND review

The government has missed its own second deadline for publishing British Sign Language (BSL) and easy-read versions of the…

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Industrial action

UCU threat: Raise pay or we’ll strike on exam day

Strikes are planned for the same day on which many GCSE students are due to take what UCU calls…

Will Nott
Will Nott
Sponsored post

Mindful Education – helping colleges and training providers prepare for AAT Q2022

Delivering new or updated qualifications can be daunting, but working with Mindful Education makes the transition to AAT Q2022…

Mindful Education
Mindful Education
Teaching

College to trial four-day week

Move aims to tackle crisis in recruitment for English, maths and STEM teachers

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