• Top mandarin admits to contingency concerns over T-levels

    The Department for Education should have left more time to make sure T-levels go to plan, according to its top civil servant. Jonathan Slater was questioned by the Public Accounts Committee today about his ministerial direction, published in May, in which he asked to defer the start date from 2020 to 2021. He was overruled

    18.40 Jun. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Public Accounts Committee wants more DfE action on bad apprenticeships

    The Department for Education must “weed out” poor apprenticeship provision, the Public Accounts Committee has said. A new report by the group of influential MPs also presses the department to look into whether financial incentives for teacher training deliver value for money, and to increase the number of women studying science, technology, engineering and maths

    0.01 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Outgoing ESFA chief takes "personal responsibility" for Learndirect decisions

    The outgoing head of the ESFA has claimed personal responsibility for the decision not to terminate Learndirect’s adult education budget contract after its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating. Although the DfE’s permanent secretary Jonathan Slater denied at the same meeting that the UK’s largest training provider had been given special treatment, Peter Lauener insisted it had been

    18.10 Oct. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Public Accounts Committee warning over 'high risk' devolution plans

    “High risk” devolution plans giving local enterprise partnerships widespread adult education budget spending powers must be subjected to far more stringent scrutiny, a new Public Accounts Committee report has warned. The document was unveiled this morning, with committee chair Meg Hillier (pictured) insisting “every pound of public money” spent by LEPs and other relevant local bodies

    0.01 Dec. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Public Accounts Committee wants broader success measures for apprenticeships

    A much broader range of success measures is needed for apprenticeships – accounting for progression to higher pay and qualifications, and how well emerging industries are being catered for – MPs have warned in a new report. The Public Accounts Committee published its findings this morning on issues with the reform programme, ahead of the

    0.01 Nov. 30th, 2016 | News

  • Still pushing for apprenticeship reforms clarity

    Karin Smyth MP reflects on key issues with apprenticeship reforms that the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee is pushing for more information on. Post 16 education is vitally important to the UK, and to my Bristol South constituency. It’s always one of the issues raised with me by parents, carers and grandparents, and that’s

    11.01 Oct. 26th, 2016 | Opinion