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New apprenticeship system to get ‘substantial upgrade’
An online system for rubber-stamping apprenticeships is in line for a “substantial upgrade” after less than a year. Students, providers and employers have been using the Apprenticeship Certificates...
Cautious welcome for GCSE change
Education Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to cull coursework by axing GCSEs for a new English baccalaureate have been welcomed cautiously by FE leaders. The Tory minister revealed his...
Ofsted plans complaint change
Ofsted is looking at slashing 25 days off its time limit for accepting complaints about inspections and publishing reports even if a complaint has been lodged. A complaint...
Plans for audit of ‘rip-off’ provider fees shelved
Plans for a government clampdown on “rip-off” provider fees have been shelved as industry leaders look at self-regulation. The Skills Funding Agency had said providers who subcontracted would...
Focus on ‘Deptford not Delhi’ says Ofsted chief
Colleges  could be at risk of focusing on international opportunities to the detriment of home-grown learners, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned. The former head teacher...
Failed Skills Funding Agency research tender ‘ridiculous’
A 33-day timescale for research into a new payments regime for adult learning has been branded “ridiculous” by an FE consultant. Fourteen contractors were invited to bid for...
AoC ban delegates from tweeting
A Twitter ban at Sir Michael Wilshaw’s Ofsted conference was defended by organisers as a “courtesy to the press”. The clampdown on live information escaping Prospero House had...
Another student satisfaction website launches
A new Ofsted website measuring student satisfaction has entered the market, prompting concerns of a clash with the Skills Funding Agency’s £30m FE Choices site. Learner View, which...
Group Training Associations ‘the answer to skills gap’
A dying breed of business link-ups offering their own apprenticeships could hold the key to bridging the country’s skills gap, an inquiry has concluded. Group Training Associations (GTAs)...
SFA funding research fails to attract any bids
The Skills Funding Agency has failed to attract a single bid on its tender for research into a new payments regime for adult learning, FE Week can exclusively...
Jason Holt ‘disappointed’ by official snub
Entrepreneur Jason Holt has told of his disappointment that the government has not taken heed of his recommendations that schools promote apprenticeships. In a comment piece published today...