• 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

  • Consultation sparks hope for early years educator apprenticeships u-turn

    Campaigners hope overwhelming pressure has forced the government to clear the way for a u-turn over GCSE requirements for early years educator (EYE) apprenticeships, following the launch of a new consultation. It follows outrage when it was announced in September 2014 that EYE applicants would have to gain at least a C in maths and English

    0.01 Nov. 5th, 2016 | News

  • Kensington and Chelsea College principal resigns with immediate effect

    The principal of Kensington and Chelsea College has resigned with immediate effect, FE Week can reveal. Staff at the college were informed of Mark Brickley’s departure on Monday (October 31), after his resignation was accepted by the corporation the previous Friday (October 28). A spokesperson for the college would only say that Mr Brickley had

    15.08 Nov. 4th, 2016 | News

  • Race on to approve assessors in time for apprentices finishing in March

    Fresh concerns have been raised about endpoint tests on apprenticeships, after an FE Week investigation found learners who will finish in March on a new standard without any officially approved awarding organisation. Global insurance company Aon has confirmed this to be the case for the first wave of students taking its level three insurance practitioner

    10.06 Nov. 4th, 2016 | News

  • Student focus for Sir Vince Cable's FE comeback

    An FE comeback for Sir Vince Cable will see him lead a new research project for the National Union of Students into how major reforms coming for the sector should be tailored for learners. The former business secretary, who told Liberal Democrats’ conference delegates two years ago that he was responsible for blocking moves in

    15.00 Nov. 2nd, 2016 | News