• Ofsted watch: 8 out of 10 providers celebrate positive reports

    It has been a very successful week for FE providers, with eight out of the 10 reports published by Ofsted showcasing great strides in their provision. The most glowing report came in for First Intuition Cambridge Limited, a private provider which was found making ‘significant progress’ in all themes judged during an early monitoring visit

    15.49 Apr. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Chartered Institute of FE admits to having no employees

    The Chartered Institution for Further Education has been left with no employees after its CEO quietly stood down in December. FE Week had been attempting without success to contact the CIFE for several weeks concerning their 2017-18 annual report and accounts, which remain unpublished. Speaking to FE Week this morning, Dan Wright said there are

    13.28 Apr. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: The 16 members of the 'College of the Future' commission

    The 16 people that will form an independent commission to set out a “new vision” for colleges in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been revealed. The commission on the “College of the Future” will be chaired by Sir Ian Diamond, chair of Edinburgh College’s management board, and also features BBC broadcaster Steph McGovern,

    0.01 Mar. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Massive subcontracting top-slices finally revealed

    Subcontracting top-slices exceeded £100 million last year, and 28 per cent of prime providers were charging more than 20 percent, FE Week can reveal. The long-overdue subcontracting figures for 2016/17 have finally been published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. FE Week’s analysis of the data has shown that just under a third of

    10.08 Jul. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Queen's birthday honours 2018: Who got what in FE and skills?

    The FE and skills sector is well represented in the Queen’s birthday honours list this year, in which Ofsted’s chief operating officer has been made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. Matthew Coffey, who joined Ofsted in 2007 and was appointed COO in 2014, has made a “huge contribution” to the education watchdog,

    22.30 Jun. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Government ignoring apprentices in mental health plans

    Apprentices have been ignored in the government’s plans to improve support for learners with mental ill-health, according to a critical report from two influential committees of MPs. The education and social care select committees were full of criticism for proposals laid out in December in a green paper on beefing up mental health provision for

    0.01 May. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Labour conference: Corbyn to tackle automation jobs threat with free FE

    Jeremy Corbyn will pledge to tackle the threat to jobs from automation by offering free tuition for all FE courses, in his closing speech to the party conference. The Labour leader will tell delegates that the country needs to harness lifelong education in order to face down the challenge of robotics that may well make

    12.08 Sep. 27th, 2017 | News

  • Exclusive: Call for long-term AEB procurement pause after election delay

    A long-term pause on the first ever procurement process for adult education budget contracts has been called for – after FE Week learned it’s now unlikely any tendering results will be published before the general election. The former Skills Funding Agency first wrote to independent training providers last autumn and told them that their current AEB contracts

    12.06 Apr. 25th, 2017 | News

  • Lord Sainsbury demands more cash for technical education

    Key government skills advisor Lord Sainsbury has urged ministers to take a more realistic view of the cost of high quality technical education and increase funding, as it implements recommendations on a slimmed down system. His ‘Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education’ was a key influence on the government’s subsequent skills plan, which

    17.27 Nov. 15th, 2016 | News

  • Government meddling blamed for 2 year apprenticeship delays

    Government meddling has meant that students didn’t start on some apprenticeship standards for two years after they were launched. Using the latest Skills Funding Agency data FE Week examined the first standards given government sign-off in 2014. We found two had no starts at all in that academic year or in 2015/16, while low numbers

    2.00 Nov. 11th, 2016 | News

  • Education secretary commits to focusing 'much more' on FE

    A firm commitment has been made by education secretary Justine Greening to “focus much more” on FE. She made the encouraging comments during a speech at an event in London today to celebrate the Education Endowment Foundation’s fifth anniversary. Ms Greening admitted that the government had “for a long time” focused mainly on improving academic

    17.09 Nov. 8th, 2016 | News