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Ofsted accused of moving goalposts
Ofsted has been accused of “moving the goalposts” for colleges following a damning annual report that pointed to a threefold increase in the number of colleges judged inadequate....
Work Programme needs to focus on the right skills
A leading adult learning charity has said a £435 million government programme introduced 18 months ago to get the long-term unemployed back into work has failed to train...
Government urged to ‘shine spotlight’ on further education, says Ofsted annual report
The government has been urged to “shine a spotlight” on the further education sector following a damning Ofsted annual report that has pointed to a threefold increase in...
Richard puts tax credits at heart of apprenticeship review
An “all-or-nothing” review of apprenticeships has called for employer tax breaks in a bid to make them more attractive to businesses. Click here to download the review. Former...
Looking forward to the Richard Review
David Way is interviewed by Chris Henwood in the mobile newsroom on the top floor of the Hyatt Birmingham Employers should be given greater ownership of the apprenticeship...
Panel sets out to define FE Guild
From left: Martin Doel, Peter Davies, David Hughes and Graham Hoyle on the panel at the Association of Colleges annual conference and exhibition 2012 Leaders of the new...
Employer ownership criticised as ‘top-slicing’
An FE leader blasted new training incentives for businesses worth £150m as “top slicing” funds from the adult skills budget. Maggie Galliers, president of the Association of Colleges...
Functional skills funding to double
The FE Minister has pledged to double the amount of money available for adult English and maths skills branding it a “scandal”many Britons “couldn’t read or add up...
Shadow minister’s care blow for FE leaders
The Shadow minister for Education has “disappointed” FE leaders after casting doubt on colleges’ ability to “care and support” 14-year-olds recruited full-time from schools. Labour MP Karen Buck’s...
Bosses get place at heart of Richard Review
Employers are set to figure at the heart of a much-awaited review of apprenticeships, FE Week can exclusively reveal. Former Dragons’ Den star Doug Richard, whose independent review...
Report warned of merger costs
A cash-strapped college that recently got a government warning about its finances went ahead with a “costly” merger despite a report critical of the move, it has emerged....