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Sixth-form colleges fear for their future
A report by the Sixth Form Colleges Forum (SFCF) warns that many colleges “fear for their future” because of the government’s drive “to create a market” in 16...
Gateshead College appeal Ofsted
Gateshead College has appealed against a “satisfactory” inspection grade awarded by Ofsted after an inspection in May this year. Principal Richard Thorold told FE Week that its formal...
Funding rates for functional skills in 2013/14 announced
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has announced the rates for functional skills in the new streamlined funding system for adult learning. English and maths qualifications will be funded...
Lead contractors ‘top-slice’ more than £175 million
Lead providers charged more than £175 million in management fees to subcontractors in the 2011/12 academic year, an analysis by FE Week suggests. A Skills Funding Agency (SFA)...
Education Funding Agency to delete ‘erroneous reports’
Errors have been  found in data and management information reports published by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The reports, which give local authorities an overview of the 16...
Local Government Association critical of skills mismatches
England is failing young people by training them for jobs that don’t exist, while not providing them with the skills for areas where there is work, according to...
More than £20 million spent on Framework for Excellence
The government has spent more than £22 million producing the Framework for Excellence and  FE Choices websites. A letter sent by skills minister John Hayes to Lynne Featherstone...
Staff and students lobby MPs over FE loans scheme
Staff and students are campaigning against the introduction of FE loans today. Protestors have written to the skills minister John Hayes asking for “urgent clarification” on whether the scheme...
HMRC confirm VAT on FE loans with independent training providers
Adult learners may have to pay VAT if they study with an independent training provider next year. The 20 per cent charge, which will be applied as part...
New round of higher apprenticeship funding allocated
Business secretary Vince Cable has announced 4,239 new higher apprenticeships in sectors such as aviation, low carbon engineering, legal services and space engineering. Providers have been allocated almost...
Ofsted publishes new inspection framework
Ofsted is to reduce inspection notice periods from three weeks to two days. The change, which will be implemented from September, is set down in an amended Common...