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Repayments deferred to next April for loans scandal victims
Debt repayments from hundreds of victims of an FE loans scandal have been deferred for another 12 months. FE Week has been coordinating a campaign to have the...
Carole Stott to step down as WorldSkills UK chair
Carole Stott will step down as chair of WorldSkills UK in the autumn, after more than five years in the role. The former teacher, who was awarded an...
Third early monitoring report a success – but provider targeted isn’t ‘new’ to apprenticeships
Ofsted’s third early monitoring visit to a new levy-funded apprenticeship provider has uncovered a “clear focus” on delivering high-quality training. However, it is the second of the three...
DfE launches consultation ahead of college campus performance reporting
The government has launched a consultation on proposals to “strengthen” public reporting on performance for colleges which are in groups and have multiple sites. Running for nine weeks,...
SPONSORED: How to deliver a successful apprenticeship
Rarely out of the education media, apprenticeships are a hot topic both politically and educationally speaking. Finding the right way to plan, prepare, deliver and assess these new standards in a...
College restructuring support update: £300m for 19 ‘significant’ applications approved
The government has approved more than £300 million to cover the cost of implementing post-area review changes, although the skills minister insisted this cash will not be “propping...
Army recruits: IfA boss appoints his second-in-command
The Institute for Apprenticeships has appointed another military man as its second-in-command, following a “fair and open competition”. Robert Nitsch CBE, the army’s director of personnel for the...
Institute for Apprenticeships boss blasts AELP for ‘inflammatory’ end point assessment concerns
The boss of the Institute for Apprenticeships has hit out at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers for being “inflammatory” for repeatedly raising concerns over apprenticeships without...
Learndirect did not get ‘anywhere near’ winning legal battle against Ofsted, judge says
The country’s largest FE provider didn’t get “anywhere near” quashing its now infamous ‘inadequate’ rating during its legal fight with Ofsted, the judge from the case has said....
Ofsted watch: Private providers shine while colleges falter
Private providers fared best out of the whole FE sector this week as three achieved ‘good’ ratings. There wasn’t any cause for celebration for colleges however, as two...
Revealed: Ofsted’s second report into ‘new’ apprenticeship providers
The second of a new wave of Ofsted early-monitoring visit reports keeping a close eye on newcomers to directly funded apprenticeship provision has returned with largely positive findings....