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Apprenticeship funding bands set to change
Apprenticeship funding bands might be about to change – because employers “do not feel able” to negotiate with providers on price. The Department for Education has announced that...
Skills minister: Apprenticeship starts will surge by September
The skills minister identified September as the month by which she expects to see a surge in apprenticeship starts, in an exclusive webinar with FE Week. Anne Milton...
AEB underspent by £63 million, minister claims
FE providers failed to spend £63 million of the adult education budget during the last academic year alone, the skills minister has admitted. Not everyone agrees with Anne...
Embattled Kensington and Chelsea chair refuses to step down
The chair of a London college has vowed to stay on after the FE commissioner cancelled a merger she had tried to force through against huge local opposition....
Huge expansion of higher education in colleges expected to follow post-18 funding review
The Association of Colleges hopes a new review of post-18 education and funding announced by the prime minister will herald a massive expansion in higher education among its...
College principal named in HE funding review panel
The panel undertaking a year-long review into higher education and funding, announced today by the prime minister, will include one college principal. Blackpool and the Fylde College boss...
HE funding review launch: read the Prime Minister's speech in full
Delivered this afternoon from Derby College, here’s the PM speech in full and checked against delivery. I took my very first steps into elected politics as a local...
Council branded ‘inadequate’ after Ofsted warns of radicalisation risk
A local authority in the north-east has plummeted two grades to ‘inadequate’, in an Ofsted report which raised alarms about risks of radicalisation and severely poor subcontracted apprenticeship...
Ofsted watch: ITP goes straight in with a 'good'
An independent training provider scored a grade two on its first ever inspection, in a week otherwise characterised by a lack of change – as all other providers...
Strike dates announced for colleges locked in pay dispute
College staff will go on strike over pay and conditions on the last day of February, with some adding March 1.  Notices have been issued to colleges in...
Anger as apprenticeship providers asked to log off-the-job training
Providers will be asked to log apprentices’ off-the-job training hours to prove that the deeply unpopular minimum funding requirement is being met, the government has revealed. A new...