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ESFA switches from intervention to prevention
The Education and Skills Funding Agency is switching its strategy from intervention to prevention, ahead of the introduction of the FE insolvency regime later this year. The change...
Care leavers earn £1,000 apprenticeship bursary
Young care leavers starting an apprenticeship from August will receive a one-off bursary of £1,000. It’s one of a number of “minor adjustments” to guidance on apprenticeship funding...
20% funding uplift for 16-to-18 apprentices stays another year
Extra payments to providers training the youngest and most disadvantaged apprentices will remain in place from August, the Department for Education has confirmed. The 20-per-cent uplift for 16-...
'Sector-leading' 6% pay deal agreed at Sandwell College
A new “sector-leading”  pay agreement – amounting to more than six per cent over three years – has been reached between Sandwell College and its staff. Members of the...
Extra £500 per learner through maths teaching pilot
Providers in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country will be given an extra £500 per learner for post-16 maths teaching, in a pilot announced today...
Careers and Enterprise Company begs ‘friends’ for positive tweets following criticism from MPs
Supporters of the Careers and Enterprise Company have been urged to tweet their backing for the under-fire organisation after MPs questioned its impact and transparency. In an email...
Apprenticeship starts show biggest drop in six months
Apprenticeship starts were down a massive 40 per cent in February on the same period in 2017, the latest provisional government statistics have revealed. There were 21,800 starts...
Dismay after rail specialist chosen as quality-assurer for digital apprenticeships
A firm of rail specialists have been chosen to replace the Tech Partnership as the external quality-assurance provider for digital apprenticeships, in a move said to “defy all...
Careers and Enterprise Company slammed for multimillion-pound research spending
The Careers and Enterprise Company has been heavily criticised for spending almost £1 million on research and not on frontline guidance for learners. During a bruising appearance before...
MP joining 2 day Hull College strike starting tomorrow
Striking staff Hull College will be joined on the picket line by their local MP Emma Hardy tomorrow as they walk out for a second time in an...
College principals can't afford to be charismatic, claims deputy FE commissioner
The days of the charismatic principal are gone, according to a deputy FE commissioner. John Hogg (pictured above) told delegates at the Skills and Education Group’s annual conference...