• Halfon pleads for nursing apprenticeships to be 'special case' with levy spending

    The education select committee chair has pleaded for nursing apprenticeships to be made a “special case” with flexibility over levy spending. But skills minister Anne Milton told him in a special session this morning – dedicated to investigating what is holding up their roll-out – that this could not be done. It comes after FE Week reported

    14.44 Jul. 17th, 2018 | News

  • 'Preferred' Social Mobility Commission chair wants 'complete overhaul' of FE

    The government’s preferred candidate to chair the Social Mobility Commission has told MPs that the FE sector needs a “complete overhaul”, and reviewing vocational education would be one of her key priorities. Dame Martina Milburn appeared before the education select committee this morning. She made it clear that she is not impressed with the FE

    12.04 Jul. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Careers and Enterprise Company agrees to publish board minutes

    The Careers and Enterprise Company has responded to savage criticism from MPs over secrecy by finally agreeing to publish its board minutes. Its chair Christine Hodgson and chief executive Claudia Harris were grilled in May over the CEC’s lack of transparency, during a bruising appearance before the Commons education select committee, where CEC was called an “over-bloated quango”. The

    8.00 Jul. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Damian Hinds defends T-levels timetable to Education Committee

    The education secretary has defended his decision not to delay the first T-levels, insisting the new qualifications are being introduced at a “good pace”. Damian Hinds appeared before the education select committee just two days after his top civil servant told the Public Accounts Committee that he still has contingency planning concerns regarding the tight

    13.00 Jun. 27th, 2018 | News

  • Urgent levy reform demanded for nursing degree apprenticeships

    Nursing degree apprenticeship start targets will be missed without urgent reform to how the apprenticeship levy can be spent, MPs have been warned. There has been an extremely slow take-up so far, with only 30 starts up to the end of January this year, the Commons education committee was told in a specially convened hearing.

    14.14 Jun. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Careers and Enterprise Company slammed for multimillion-pound research spending

    The Careers and Enterprise Company has been heavily criticised for spending almost £1 million on research and not on frontline guidance for learners. During a bruising appearance before the Commons education select committee, where CEC was called an “overbloated quango”, its chair Christine Hodgson admitted that £900,000 had been spent on research since it was

    13.56 May. 16th, 2018 | News

  • MPs' inquiry will look into long-term planning for FE

    The Commons education committee will investigate long-term education investment – especially whether colleges and schools are getting the money they need. The influential group of MPs has launched an inquiry into whether a longer-term plan is needed for investment across education, including FE, and what resources are really needed. MPs will look ahead to the

    11.30 Apr. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Milton appears to back subcontractor inspections

    The skills minister has appeared to agree that Ofsted should inspect subcontractors during an exchange at education questions in the House of Commons today. Anne Milton seemed to echo the beliefs of her predecessor Robert Halfon when he asked her about subcontracting in Parliament. Mr Halfon, now the chair of the influential education select committee,

    16.05 Nov. 6th, 2017 | News

  • 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, Amanda Spielman accepted that she had a “number of concerns” about apprenticeship provision, and wanted to ensure that “cowboys”, “sharks” and “bottom feeders” do not take advantage

    13.08 Oct. 31st, 2017 | News

  • Education select committee to investigate subcontracting

    The Commons education select committee will investigate subcontracting, and Learndirect is expected to feature prominently. The committee, now chaired by former apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon, met for the first time since the recent general election on September 12. Mr Halfon confirmed that it will place heavy scrutiny on FE. “We have agreed to

    14.53 Sep. 13th, 2017 | News

  • FE champion Halfon elected chair of education select committee

    The former apprenticeships and skills minister and FE champion Robert Halfon has stepped back into the education limelight, by winning an election to become the new chair of the education select committee. He received the largest number of the votes in the final round of voting which took place tonight. Mr Halfon was sensationally sacked

    19.04 Jul. 12th, 2017 | News