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  • Why colleges are choosing GCSE resits over alternatives

    Colleges across the country have been entering more students for GCSE maths and English re-sits than government policy requires. The Department for Education’s condition of funding rule means all students in England aged 16 to 19 who have achieved a grade 3 in English or maths are required to retake the subject while those with

    12.00 Nov. 15th, 2019 | News

  • College to spend £250k paying off learner loans after subcontracting scandal

    A college will pay off almost £250,000 in loans debt for 59 victims of a subcontracting scandal. FE Week revealed last week that the learners were being forced to repay thousands of pounds each for courses they did not complete. Hours after the publication of the investigation, which found that many workers did not know

    10.00 Nov. 15th, 2019 | News

  • City & Guilds buys another training provider

    Education giant City & Guilds announced today it has acquired its second training provider in two years. Intertrain, a large provider for the railway industry, is the latest acquisition after Gen2, which claims to be the largest training provider to the UK civil nuclear industry, joined in May 2017. City & Guilds Group declined to

    17.10 Nov. 11th, 2019 | News

  • College WILL pay the cost of FE loans for victims of a subcontracting scandal

    The college involved in a FE loan scandal has agreed to pay the cost of the debt in full, hours after it was exposed by FE Week. The investigation found 13 alleged victims of an advanced learner loans scandal were still being told that they must repay thousands, despite some claiming they did not know

    16.25 Nov. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Workers told to repay thousands for construction course they ‘did not take’

    Grzegorz Bogdanski is being forced by the government to repay a £5,421 loan for an FE course he claimed he never started, or even realised that he had signed up for. The 34-year-old construction worker said that all those involved have “washed their hands” of his case and described the Department for Education (DfE) as

    9.32 Nov. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Inspectors find learners unaware they are on an apprenticeship

    A new provider that has learners on its programme who did not even know they were apprentices overshadowed a ‘good’ week for FE, especially colleges. Welcome Skills Limited received three ‘insufficient progress’ grades in an early monitoring report, with inspectors finding leaders do not “design or plan” programmes that enable its 329 apprentices to make

    14.38 Nov. 8th, 2019 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Andy Forbes: Principal, City of Bristol College Start date: November 2019 Previous job: Principal, City & Islington College Interesting fact: He worked for two years as a psychiatric nursing assistant before deciding to go into teaching. Barbara Van der Eecken: Vice chair of the Society for Education

    6.00 Nov. 11th, 2019 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Becky Francis, Chief executive, Education Endowment Foundation Start date: January 2020 Previous job: Director, UCL Institute of Education Interesting fact: She attended Bath Technical College and returned to give an alumni speech at a recent degree ceremony. John Cope, Deputy director for education, Public First Start date:

    6.00 Nov. 4th, 2019 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • Festival of Learning 2020 award nominations launched

    The 2020 Festival of Learning awards are open for nominations from today for colleges and training providers. There are four award categories to recognise the achievements of adult learners, tutors, employers and learning projects. The annual awards, which began in 1992 and are run by the Learning and Work Institute, received more than 250 nominations

    12.00 Nov. 7th, 2019 | News

  • UCU agrees deal to end long-running dispute at cash-strapped college

    A deal to end a long-running dispute at Bradford College has been reached after it agreed to a series of measures to improve staff security and pay – including an extra five days’ annual leave. Members of the University and College Union had taken 10 days of strike action between November 2018 and July 2019

    13.59 Nov. 4th, 2019 | News

  • ‘Unfair’ funding rule costs colleges £1.5m

    Colleges have hit back at the “unfair” English and maths condition of funding rule after FE Week found more than one in 10 had funding recouped for failing to meet its requirements. This newspaper’s analysis of the latest allocation data for 16 to 19 providers, released last week, revealed that 23 of the 171 (13

    6.00 Nov. 2nd, 2019 | News