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Government plan to introduce a ‘Chartered Community College Status’
Colleges and other training providers could be given the chance to gain “chartered” status as a mark of quality, FE Week has learned. A new “chartered community college”...
Changes to college high grade tables a ‘mystery’
Unexplained changes to college data tables on what classifies as a ‘high grade’ have baffled colleges, who have seen their high grades drop “dramatically”. The Association of Colleges...
FE Guild could become a new body responsible for professional standards
The Government is poised to set up a new professional body for further education, a document leaked to FE Week reveals. The Further Education Guild would act as...
Further delays for college success rate data
Revised versions of the 2010/11 Education and Training National Success Rate Tables (NSRT) have been delayed until August, according to the Data Service. Widespread errors were found in...
School leavers choose college over staying on at sixth form
More 16 year-olds chose further education over staying on at a school sixth form in 2009/10, according to new data published by the Department for Education. The statistical...
Newcastle College cuts inspection short after ‘troubling incidents’
Inspectors were asked to leave Newcastle College after staff complained of “troubling incidents” during an inspection. Ofsted were assessing NCG (formerly Newcastle College Group) in May when the inspection was cut short....
Fifteen Community Learning Trusts approved for pilot scheme
Fifteen Community Learning Trusts have been chosen to take part in a pilot scheme launching in August. The successful trusts will involve FE colleges, adult education services, businesses and...
LSIS launches new support scheme for trainee teachers
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) has unveiled a new scheme to support people training to be a teacher in the FE sector. The Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Fee Awards...
Squad UK announced for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has today announced the young competitors that have won a place in Squad UK for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 – the skills Olympics. WorldSkills...
Recording students job outcomes should be “requirement” says Ofsted
The inadequate focus of FE providers on the job outcomes of students was a critical talking point at Ofsted’s annual learning and skills lecture today. Matthew Coffey, the...