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Beleaguered NCG faces another full Ofsted inspection
It is crunch time at the nation’s largest college group, which is cutting staff and faces the return of Ofsted for a full inspection over its achievement rates....
Bitter pay dispute between unions and AoC escalates
An argument over pay between unions and the Association of Colleges has worsened, after the latter refused to enter negotiations while industrial action is ongoing. The various FE...
Special Interview: Lord Baker defends UTCs as problems pile up
Lord Baker has mounted a robust defence of university technical colleges, despite the growing list of setbacks to befall the 14-to-19 programme he helped build. In an exclusive...
Apprenticeship provider's ban lifted after just two months
An apprenticeship provider whose training was branded “not fit for purpose” just two months ago has been allowed to continue recruiting apprentices. Key6 Group was the subject of...
Union fury as college boss gets 31% pay rise
The boss of a college that saw its turnover slashed last year was given a huge 31-per-cent salary increase in 2016/17 – taking his wage to £260,000. Garry...
Employers clash with Institute for Apprenticeships over FE teacher funding bands
The group developing three long-delayed FE teaching standards is in a bitter stand-off with the Institute for Apprenticeships, claiming the funding bands on offer represent just half what...
National Audit Office slams DfE oversight of Student Loans Company
The Department for Education has been heavily criticised for its oversight of the Student Loans Company during the tenure of its disgraced former chief executive, in a new...
Shock leadership change at London sixth form college
The principal of a London sixth-form college with a history of financial problems has been very suddenly replaced. It is understood that Ken Warman left BSix Brooke House...
Struggling UTC rebrands and joins academy trust
Another struggling university technical college has denied distancing itself from the UTC movement despite a rebrand now that it has joined a multi-academy trust. Once known as “Sir...
Staff at colleges striking for up to 7 days in exam season
Staff at a host of colleges across the country will walk out on strike for up to seven days over exam season, in the latest action in an...
Robert Halfon questions key principle behind new T-levels
The former skills minister has appeared to question the whole design principle behind the government’s plan for prestigious new T-levels. Speaking in Westminster Hall this afternoon, Robert Halfon...