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Milton only appoints Conservative MPs as apprenticeships ambassadors
Three Conservative MPs have today been named as apprenticeship ambassadors by skills minister Anne Milton. Maria Caulfield, Stephen Metcalfe, Trudy Harrison are all tasked with championing the opportunities...
Ombudsman warns councils are failing special needs learners
Councils are not doing enough to ensure special needs learners get the help they need, a report from the local government ombudsman has found. The new Education Health...
Apprenticeship funding model report provokes dismay
A long-awaited report on whether the government’s forecasting tool to predict apprenticeship starts is working has caused dismay over “seriously flawed” assumptions. Cambridge Econometrics won a £15,000 contract...
Ascentis named as awarding organisation of the year
Ascentis has been crowned awarding organisation of the year on an exciting night for the sector. The Federation of Awarding Bodies held its annual awards presentation at a...
No news on permanent Institute for Apprenticeships boss
Attempts to recruit a permanent chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships are still ongoing, six months after the process was launched. FE Week learned at the start...
SPONSORED: Tech trailblazers - FE colleges leading the way
Using technology to assist the delivery of an engaging education experience is no longer a luxury — it’s a necessity. Tools like Canvas can help institutions change pedagogy...
WorldSkills 2017: Full medal tables published
Team UK’s position as one the best in the world at vocational skills has been reaffirmed following World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017. The 30-strong team’s haul of one...
Ofsted watch: Two colleges improve to 'good' rating
Two FE colleges are celebrating Ofsted success this week after climbing from a grade 3 to a grade 2. Burton and South Derbyshire College was ranked ‘good’ across...
End point assessment crisis - apprentices who can't complete
End-point assessment has hit crisis point – as FE leaders warn that the first wave of learners are reaching the end of their courses without a final test...
Colleges lose £1.2 million under controversial condition-of-funding rules
Four providers have been stripped of more than £100,000 due to the controversial English and maths condition-of-funding rule, although one is questioning the ruling. The ESFA deducts funding...
Cash-strapped college wastes £3m on development plans
A cash-strapped London college spent more than £3 million on plans to develop one of its sites that never came to fruition, FE Week has learned. Lambeth College,...