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Ofsted Watch: Three councils told adult learning requires improvement
Three local authorities have been told by Ofsted that their provision of adult and community learning ‘requires improvement’. Birmingham City Council and Swindon Unitary Authority both slipped from...
Greening 'all talk' on BAME apprenticeships
The education secretary has been accused of putting more talk than action into growing apprenticeships amongst ethnic minorities. Justine Greening repeatedly told the education select committee that the...
Halfon: ‘Ofsted must start inspecting subcontractors’
The head of the Commons education select committee wants a “wholesale review” into why Ofsted is yet to inspect a single subcontractor more than a year after the...
WEA Awards recognise achievement against the odds
Eight people who overcame all sorts of barriers to take their first steps towards teaching other adult learners have been crowned ‘the best student group’ at this year’s...
'Don’t forget FE in the budget' demand sector leaders in open letter
Leading voices in FE have joined forces to demand more funding for the sector ahead of the autumn budget. An open letter to the chancellor and signed by...
Huge spike in higher level apprenticeship commitments
Levy-funded apprenticeships at higher and degree-level jumped by a whopping 424 per cent in September, according to the latest experimental Department for Education statistics. The figures, based on...
Major home health care employer provider branded 'inadequate'
Ofsted has rated a major home healthcare employer-provider ‘inadequate’ across the board, in a report that condemns its “woefully low expectations”. Nestor Primecare Services, which was previously rated...
ESFA plans new 'trusted provider status' for employer levy account management
The government revealed today that they are working on a plan to allow employers to hand over much of the apprenticeship account administration to their providers, something they insist...
London’s biggest college group just got bigger
London’s biggest college group has spread itself even further across the capital with another merger, and it is looking at yet more growth with an institute of technology....
Off-the-job training rule hangs over AELP autumn conference
The government must urgently address employer resistance to the minimum off-the-job training apprenticeship rule, the AELP has said ahead of its autumn conference. This is one of many...
Ofsted boss worried about lack of subcontracting inspections
The head of Ofsted has acknowledged MPs’ concerns about how few subcontractors used by FE providers are inspected. Speaking at a meeting of the education select committee today,...