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January exams at centre of row with watchdog
Plans to scrap staggered A-level exams and limit resit opportunities have been branded “overzealous changes” that could “thwart” learning. The Institute for Learning (IfL) hit out after exam...
New ofsted regime returns good news
The first general FE college inspection carried out under a new common inspection framework (CIF) has returned a good grading, while positives also emerged from the first re-inspection....
Future of LSIS in doubt as FE Guild role emerges
The future of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is in doubt with plans for its role to be taken up by the FE Guild, FE Week...
Supporting Improvement
Download your copy of this free 16 page special supplement, produced in partnership with LSIS, via the link below: Supporting Improvement supplement Introduction to supplement A host of knowledgeable contributors...
Fears over conflict of interest
The qualifications watchdog is “developing its thinking” on whether providers of apprenticeships should also be awarding bodies after a government report criticised the practice. An Ofqual spokesperson said...
Exclusive interview with BIS committee’s chair
With the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report highlighting a number of apprenticeship issues, FE Week deputy editor Chris Henwood met chairman Adrian Bailey MP to discuss...
Group chair appointed to steer FE Guild
An independent chair has been appointed as proposals to create an FE Guild take shape. David Hughes, chief executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE),...
Teachers unskilled to provide careers advice
The fifth annual Colleges Week has kicked off with the publication of a report that shows schoolteachers and parents are struggling to give youngsters the right advice to...
Where have all the students gone?
More than a million students could not be traced by researchers wanting to find out what happened to them when their courses finished. Just 12.9 per cent of...
Strength at the top is key to improvement concludes Ofsted
Strong, effective leadership is one of the key features of success, suggests Ofsted’s How Colleges Improve report. Winning colleges were seen to share characteristics of strong governance and...
Short shrift for new-look Ofsted reports
Joy Mercer, AoC                    Jan Webber, ASCL Reports of inspections under the new common inspection framework (CIF) are to become...