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Success rates are ‘palpable nonsense’
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has launched a scathing attack on the FE and skills sector, branding success rates among colleges as “palpable nonsense”. Speaking at Westminster’s Church...
Agency losses top £6m mark
More than £6m of Skills Funding Agency cash was written off last year, an increase of nearly 50 per cent on the previous year. The agency’s annual report...
Clerks’ course safe with us, says ETF
Governors’ clerks have been assured that their training will continue after the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) closes at the end of next month. Sir Geoff Hall,...
Pember is back for AoC review
The former head of FE and skills investment at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to lead a review of college governance. Dr Susan Pember,...
Strikes loom as college job losses announced
The announcement of up to 700 job losses in eight colleges in England has prompted industrial unrest. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Chesterfield College...
College ‘suspends’ rape case student
A teenage student was suspended from a college in Yorkshire after claiming she was raped and sexually assaulted by fellow learners, jurors at Hull Crown Court have heard....
LSIS prepares to hand over the baton
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) has published a report exploring the legacy it will leave when it closes at the end of next month. The document,...
Report calls for female apprenticeship targets
The government has been urged to set private contractor targets to boost the number of female apprentices in sectors traditionally dominated by men. The Business, Innovation and Skills...
A battle against each other and the elements
Eight teams compete in the Lake District for top honours in a national contest for apprentices Scores of youngsters descended on the Lake District last week to take...
Arise Sir Charlie
                  The world of FE is to welcome a new knight of the realm in UK Commission for Employment and...
Physical and verbal abuse exposed
The Skills Funding Agency has demanded “immediate action to safeguard the welfare of all trainees” at a Midland-based provider after Ofsted reported physical and verbal bullying, harassment and...