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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City of Liverpool College could have its funding withdrawn after falling from outstanding to the lowest Ofsted grade of inadequate.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
Download your free copy of the FE Week 16 page special supplement on effective leadership and governance, sponsored by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). Click here...
Value of new FE quality kitemark questioned
Sector bosses have called into question the “worth” of a new quality marker launched by FE Minister Matthew Hancock. Sir Geoff Hall, chair of the Information Authority, asked...
EXCLUSIVE: Leading college falls from outstanding to inadequate
One of England’s biggest colleges has fallen from outstanding to the lowest Ofsted grade of inadequate. City of Liverpool College, which achieved the highest grade almost across the...
AELP fears for skills funding
UPDATE: The government today left the door open for the introduction of a single funding pot, containing the adult skills budget, for local enterprise partnerships. Its response to...
Richard’s tax proposals ‘fudged’
The government’s response to the Richard Review has been branded a “fudge” that fails to address the need for “reform of funding incentives”. Shadow FE Minister Gordon Marsden...
Top college grade expected
The first college to get a top grade from Ofsted under its new common inspection framework is expected to be revealed soon. The news came out in the...
Ofsted report criticises colleges for jobs ‘failure’
Ofsted has criticised colleges for missing skills targets and failing to prepare learners for local job opportunities. The education watchdog found that of the 17 colleges it visited...
Cash-strapped college faces being split up
The new principal of a debt-ridden college has admitted that a merger three years ago has failed — and that FE minister Matthew Hancock has approved plans for...