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Funding comparison software released by The Data Service
The Data Service, an arm of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), has today published ‘shadow funding calculations’ in the latest version of their funding software. Version 19.03 of the...
More than 2,000 secret changes to FE Choices
An investigation into changes on FE Choices has found more than 2,000 data records were adjusted without public knowledge. The Data Service, which is part of the Skills...
SFA auditors assigned to A4e
Auditors at the Skills Funding Agency have been assigned to help A4e carry out a review of some of its government contracts. The internal audit, led by law...
Principal supports no-notice inspections
The principal of a college which underwent the first no-notice inspection in FE has praised the piloted scheme. Richard Atkins, the principal at Exeter College, believes the proposed...
Unemployment not free for all
Confusion reigns over who should pay fees The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) say colleges are not allowed to fully-fund unemployed learners seeking work unless they are on state...
Lambeth College leaves 157 Group following inspection
A college will not renew membership to the 157 Group amid reports of an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted inspection. Lambeth College, in London, revealed on Wednesday that it will no...
FE loans equality impact assessment delayed
The final impact assessment and equality impact assessment for the proposed FE loans system has been delayed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The reports,...
Gazelle group report says colleges need a "complete transformation"
Gazelle group members with Richard Branson at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2012 Further education (FE) colleges needs a “complete transformation” if they are to prepare young people for...
College is ‘outstanding’ after no-notice inspection
The first further education college to be graded under a no-notice inspection has been graded ‘outstanding’. As revealed on Friday by Matthew Coffey, the national director of Learning and Skills...
A4e included in preferred prison education bidder list
The preferred bidders for prison education contracts have been revealed by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The list has been revealed but contracts have yet to be signed, according...
Sale of NSA due to be finalised
Conference and event organiser Neil Stewart Associates (NSA) has been sold within three days of going into administration. Andrew Stoneman and Matt Bond, from the financial advisory and...