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New FE commissioner could shut failing colleges
A powerful commissioner who can call for a college to be shut down will be introduced under tough new further education rules due to be announced today. The...
Schools advice plea as 16 to 18 apprenticeships keep falling
A continued drop in 16 to 18 apprenticeship starts has prompted a call for the government to clampdown on schools that are failing to promote vocational options. The...
Report calls for National VET Centre
The creation of a national centre for vocational training has been recommended in a report by the Commission on Adult Vocational  Teaching and Learning (CAVTL), published today. The...
Funding rate for 16 to 19-year-olds announced
Providers delivering education to 16 to 19 year olds will receive a national basic rate of £4,000 per full time student the Education Funding Agency has announced. The...
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The first general FE college to achieve an outstanding grade under Ofsted’s tough new inspection regime has been announced. Walsall College, in the West Midlands, won glowing praise...
Colleges keep sign–off on 16 to 18 provision
The government has clarified its position on local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) after FE leaders were left scratching their heads after what one sector leader called “bizarre” official advice....
Halesowen staff escalate action
Halesowen College staff have pledged to boycott lesson observations as four sacked staff announced they were taking the college to an employment tribunal. The University and College Union...
Scrabble to rename the FE Guild
The proposed FE Guild could have a different name by the time it is launched in August. Peter Davies, who heads a project helping to shape the guild,...
Funding protection outlined by Skills Funding Agency
The Skills Funding Agency has announced more detail on a measure to protect providers from potentially huge drops in funding under a new payments regime. The agency revealed...
‘Inadequate’ grading triggers government funding threat
City of Liverpool College could have its funding withdrawn after falling from outstanding to the lowest Ofsted grade of inadequate. The Skills Funding Agency and the Department for...
Effective Leadership and Governance supplement
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