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Audit office examines agency’s performance
Officials from the National Audit Office are investigating the Education Funding Agency to “consider whether it is prepared to meet future challenges”. The investigation into the Department for...
Careers report ‘ducks’ funding issues
A report that called for a “culture change” on careers guidance has been criticised for shying away from “difficult underlying issues”. The National Careers Council’s first report, An...
Funding rates still a sector concern
Concerns remain about a Skills Funding Agency policy aimed at “smoothing” the impact of its new payment regime, despite it ditching plans to cut provider earnings rates by...
Colleges miss out on traineeship cash
Colleges look set to miss out on £12m handed over to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) for traineeships, FE Week can reveal. The Department for Education (DfE) has...
Research to look at dip in part-time HE in FE
The Association of Colleges and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) are backing research into the delivery of part-time higher education courses in FE colleges. The...
Think-tank calls for the return of polytechnics
The Association of Colleges has questioned the conclusions of a report calling on the government to bring back polytechnics, abolished by the Conservatives in 1992. The final report...
AELP now and in the future
Traineeships were firmly among the top agenda issues for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers during opening speeches at its packed national conference in London. Day one...
AELP launches manifesto
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has produced a ten-point action plan aimed at “driving an economic recovery based on skills acquisition and jobs”. The association...
Housing deputy to take NCG reins
The deputy chief executive of a housing charity is getting the top job at NCG (formerly Newcastle College Group). Joe Docherty (pictured) is to succeed Dame Jackie Fisher...
Ofsted critical of foundation learning
An Ofsted investigation into foundation learning has pointed towards a host of problems with the scheme just weeks before the replacement 16 to 19 study programmes are introduced....
Exams watchdog launches fee probe
Ofqual is investigating exam spending by colleges after its annual report found payments by schools had more than doubled in ten years, from £154m in 2002/3 to £328m...