• English and math GCSE resit policy is proving successful but remains misunderstood

    As we report this week, the latest DfE attainment figures reveal that since the introduction of the ‘condition of funding’ rule there has been a massive increase in those at first failing, but subsequently achieving English and maths GCSE by the time they are 19. In fact, calling it a massive increase is probably an

    10.35 May. 3rd, 2019 | Opinion

  • National Apprenticeship Awards 2019 open for applications

    Entries to this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards are now open, where employers and individuals who champion apprenticeships will be honoured for the 16th year running. Apprentices and businesses from all sectors and industries, from agriculture to arts and science and maths, are invited to enter the awards by the May 25 deadline. The awards will

    15.15 Apr. 30th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Four providers improve to ‘good’ in busy week for FE

    Four providers – including a major college – have boosted their grades from three to two this week, while seven others either maintained the ‘good’ rating or achieved it in either their first inspection. Elsewhere it’s been a busy week for monitoring visits, with 16 reports published – 14 for new apprenticeship visits which produced

    17.28 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • DfE department responsible for apprenticeship policy has hardly any apprentices

    The division responsible for running and promoting apprenticeships within the Department for Education employs the lowest proportion of apprentices across the whole department. Of the 519 people working within the DfE’s Higher and Further Education office, fewer than 10, which is less than 1 per cent, are apprentices. It is not clear the exact number

    18.00 Mar. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Complexity is a strength of FE, not a weakness

    We shouldn’t be ashamed of the complexity of FE – we must embrace it and start explaining it to people in power, says Ruth Silver Analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies demonstrates the extent of the cuts further education has had to endure over the past two decades. Its 2018 annual report on education

    5.00 Sep. 30th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Sixth-form colleges given access to government bailout fund

    Sixth form colleges can now apply for government bailout cash, according to updated guidance published by the Department for Education this morning. The college financial intervention and exceptional financial support guidance, first published in 2015, has today been updated to “include sixth-form colleges, which are now eligible for exceptional financial support”. James Kewin, deputy chief

    12.17 Apr. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Government unwilling to take action on qualifications fraud fears

    An awarding organisation that fell victim to a high-profile case of qualifications fraud has called on the government to set up an expert panel, amid fears that the problem has been swept under the carpet. Industry Qualifications wants the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to work with examinations

    1.00 Jan. 13th, 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

  • Carmichael backs more FE investment as he rejects new grammars

    New grammar schools have been rejected by influential education select committee chair Neil Carmichael, who called instead for more investment in the “much neglected” FE sector. The Tory MP (pictured) said in a new blog for conservativehome.com it would be wrong of the government to lift the ban on these selective secondary schools, with the intention

    13.30 Nov. 8th, 2016 | News