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Ofsted slams FE for failing to address the unemployment problem
Matching students with a course that will lead to employment is “not a high enough priority” for FE providers, according to a report published by Ofsted today. Their...
Eastleigh College rated "outstanding" by Ofsted
Eastleigh College has been awarded the highest inspection grade possible by Ofsted. Inspectors said the college was “outstanding” in its quality of provision, outcomes for learners and ability...
FE Week celebrates its first birthday!
We asked a few FE heroes what they thought of our first year… The further education and skills sector has always needed a voice. Somewhere to analyse the...
Final interview with retiring SFA CEO
What has been your greatest achievement at the SFA? “The biggest thrill for me and the greatest intellectual high is to be able to see one of your...
Traineeships to be piloted
The deputy prime minister has revealed plans for a new pre-apprenticeship scheme that he called “traineeships”. Nick Clegg, speaking at an event held by the Confederation of British...
Exam reform would stop ‘race to the bottom’, say MPs
A radical shake-up of the qualifications system for 15 to 19-year-olds in England has been proposed by an influential cross-party committee of backbench MPs. The Education Select Committee...
Providers’ management fees to be audited
Lead providers who subcontract will need to provide a report next year that proves they are not taking too much in management fees, according to the Skills Funding...
Colleges break ranks and praise Ofsted
Inspectors this week received praise from two of England’s largest colleges, despite new data confirming a sharp rise in the number of institutions receiving poor grades. The principals...
SFA to have a rethink
A functional skills convention was held by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) last week. A representative for...
Department for Education shuns its own funding consultation
The government is ignoring concerns from colleges, parents and learners about plans to fund education providers on a “per student” basis. The reforms will affect all provision for...
EFA unveil funding per student system
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) is to replace the current funding formula with a payment per student system in 2013/14. The reforms, outlined in the ‘16-19 funding formula...