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Colleges will put learners on inappropriate courses without funding increase, warns Ofsted boss

Colleges are likely to increase the amount of courses that “attract the most learners” but which don’t offer “real...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
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Ofsted annual report 2017/18: Nine key findings for FE

Amanda Spielman presented her second annual report as Ofsted’s chief inspector this morning. She used it to highlight improvement...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
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Ofsted can’t keep up with the growth in apprentices, MPs hear

Fears that Ofsted can’t keep up with the UK’s massive apprenticeships expansion have been raised before MPs, a day...

Paul Offord
Paul Offord
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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...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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Lowest percentage of colleges rated ‘outstanding’

The number of colleges with top marks from Ofsted has fallen to its lowest ever level this week, after...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
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Editor Asks: Amanda Spielman, chief inspector, Ofsted

With ‘inadequate’ verdicts fatally undermining many FE providers, the stakes have never been higher on Ofsted inspections. The new...

Nick Linford
Nick Linford
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Exclusive: New Ofsted chief ‘worried’ about apprenticeship register

The new chief inspector at Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, has spoken to FE Week of her concern following publication of...

Nick Linford
Nick Linford
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Ofsted boss commits to more ‘positive and purposeful’ approach to FE

Ofsted’s new chief inspector was vowed to “reset” the relationship between the education watchdog and colleges, in her first...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
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Amanda Spielman, chair, Ofqual

Amanda Spielman does not consider herself a pedant, but is a self-confessed hater of unclear or “fuzzy” language. She...

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