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Revealed: the 12 colleges surviving on government bailouts
Twelve cash-strapped colleges received secret government bailouts totalling more than £11 million in December. It perhaps demonstrates a significant increase in the amount of money being dished out...
Sector welcomes U-turn on qualifications in apprenticeships
A major U-turn that should allow mandatory technical qualifications to be included in new apprenticeships had been widely welcomed by the sector. The change was announced at a...
Ofsted Watch: Delight for colleges but despair for community learning provider
Two colleges rejoiced this week as they stepped up to grade two, but there was no cause for celebration at an adult and community learning provider rated ‘inadequate’....
Pressure mounts on Student Loans Company over learner loan scandal
The Student Loans Company is feeling the strain of an FE loans scandal that has left hundreds of learners with huge debts and no qualifications, as their repayments...
Ofqual to audit awarding organisations amid concerns with provider relationships
Ofqual will begin auditing awarding organisations’ on the “control” they have over their individual providers, after finding evidence it has reduced in recent years. The exams watchdog wrote...
Finalists for 2018 AAC Apprenticeship Awards announced
After an overwhelming response to our call for nominations, the shortlist for the inaugural AAC Apprenticeship Awards has been announced. Earlier this month the judging panel (pictured above)...
Adult education budget climbdown cost £16m
The government has had to pump an extra £16 million into the adult education budget to appease a group of training providers who threatened legal action over last...
Stoke-on-Trent College received a half-million bailout
Stoke-on-Trent College is almost £16 million in the red and received more than £500,000 in exceptional financial support in December alone, while it awaits the outcome of a...
T-Levels consultation: Here’s what the sector really thinks
Tonight the T Level public consultation closes after running for 10 weeks and seeking answers to 45 questions. It sought opinions on the planned implementation of the new post-16...
200,000 FE staff are now trained in Prevent
Over 200,000 people working in FE have completed training to help them understand their duty to prevent the radicalisation of learners, FE Week can reveal. The Education and...
DfE's teaching and leadership in FE report: The five main findings
The Department for Education has today published a research report exploring quality of teaching and leadership in FE. ‘Teaching, leadership and governance in further education’ examines whether the...