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WorldSkills 2017: General Assembly hands 2021 competition to China
The WorldSkills General Assembly has today officially confirmed that Shanghai will host the 2021 competition. China was the only country in the running for the award, after Switzerland pulled...
MPs consider investigating the state of FE loans
The student loans system will come under parliamentary scrutiny – an investigation which may include FE. The Treasury select committee’s inquiry into student loans, launched today, will focus...
Ofsted watch: Sixth-form college lifts grade to 'good' in mixed week
A sixth-form college has improved its Ofsted rating by one grade to ‘good’, in a mixed week for FE and skills providers. “Leaders and staff” at King George...
SPONSORED: Colleges should embrace blended learning
To remain competitive in an ever-changing FE landscape, colleges must provide an exceptional learning experience – which means investing in learning technology.  We know there are huge differences...
DfE 'watching it closely' as management becomes England's second most popular apprenticeship subject
Management has soared in popularity to become the second most common apprenticeship framework, FE Week analysis can reveal. According to statistics released by the DfE, the management framework...
SPONSORED: What does the future hold for functional skills?
Functional Skills are changing, and NCFE is ahead of the game. NCFE Functional Skills come with a fantastic range of resources to support learner achievement rates. With free...
Ex-ITP boss on trial for alleged Sunderland College fraud
The ex-chief executive of a training provider and her former colleagues are on trial for allegedly defrauding a college and private provider out of almost £460,000. Joanne Mounter,...
FE Week asks: Neil Bentley on the vital role of WorldSkills
As Team UK packed their belongings and headed to the sandy deserts of Abu Dhabi for WorldSkills 2017, FE Week’s senior reporter Billy Camden caught up with WorldSkills UK’s...
Outgoing ESFA chief takes "personal responsibility" for Learndirect decisions
The outgoing head of the ESFA has claimed personal responsibility for the decision not to terminate Learndirect’s adult education budget contract after its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating. Although the...
BREAKING: First official apprenticeship levy figures show a 61% fall in starts
Total apprenticeship starts for May, June and July fell a staggering 61% compared to the same period last year. Provisional figures published by the DfE this morning, as...
WorldSkills 2017: A school visit to remember for Team UK
Singing, dancing, glow-in-the-dark shows and a bird of prey; Team UK’s first outing in Abu Dhabi certainly had it all as they visited a local school ahead of...