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Troubled Easton and Otley College to be demerged and taken over

A troubled land-based college is to be broken up and merged with two other colleges, following two consecutive ‘inadequate’...

Jessica Fino
Jessica Fino
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Mystery surrounds second delay to Havering College merger plans

A cash-strapped college’s future has been thrown into doubt after a merger it was depending on to sort out...

Jessica Fino
Jessica Fino
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Failing colleges that merge ‘can expect’ Ofsted monitoring visit

Grade three or four colleges that merge can expect to receive a monitoring visit before their first full inspection,...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
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Ofsted criticised for allowing college mergers to be excuse for turning a blind eye to failure

The chair of the influential education select committee has called on Ofsted to “learn the lessons” from Learndirect, after...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
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August is key merger month amid 17 partnerships for 2018

A partnership that was bitterly opposed by a local council, and the first university-college link-up in six years, are...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
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Ofsted: Bigger colleges aren’t always better

“Big is not always beautiful,” Ofsted’s main man for FE has warned, admitting he is considering the effect of...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
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London mega-merger to create England’s third biggest college group

Moves are afoot to create one of the largest college groups in the country by joining four institutions from...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
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College that needed huge bailouts set to merge

A college that has received millions of pounds in government bailouts has announced plans to merge. Accrington and Rossendale...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
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Merger bulletin: the colleges in need of a partner

The area reviews of post-16 education and training ended last March. They were designed to establish “fewer, often larger,...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke