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Government Spending Review must be careful with the cuts

http://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/government-spending-review-must-be-careful-with-the-cuts Government Spending Review must be careful with the cuts Government departments are currently undertaking a Spending Review looking for savings and reshaping of services which would help the Treasury to save £20 billion. On 25 November, the Government will announce the results. There is a target to cut the post-16 education budget by between […]

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First step on a long journey

   https://www.aoc.co.uk/blog/first-step-long-journey?dm_i=26BG,3F8PE,FUYHE3,C8YQ7,1 The Queen’s Speech marks the official start of the new Parliamentary session. The Conservative Government has, as expected, outlined much of the legislation needed to bring in their manifesto promises.

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‘Ofsted should stop treating colleges like big schools with apprenticeships added on’

https://www.tes.co.uk/news/further-education/breaking-views/‘ofsted-should-stop-treating-colleges-big-schools ‘Ofsted should stop treating colleges like big schools with apprenticeships added on’ It will be extremely interesting to see how the forthcoming Ofsted Common Inspection Framework is received in both theory and practice. A framework that unifies how schools and colleges are judged sounds fair and equitable on the surface but, of course, the […]

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15 minutes notice of inspection! –

With all the media coverage of Birmingham schools and Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments reflected by announcements by Michael Gove, we can expect the possibility of unannounced inspections in colleges. Inspection can, in fact, already happen at any time and with less than two days’ notice if there is potential danger to vulnerable students. https://www.aoc.co.uk/publications

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Work experience in study programmes

Education Funding Agency have published the long awaited guidance. It is quite clear what constitutes external work experience, what is non qualification activity and programmes where there would be an expectation of external work experience. We think it is a missed opportunity to describe the factors that make work experience valid for future progression, some […]

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Update on English and maths and ‘Grade D’

Ministers are disappointed that only 35% of students with grade D at GCSE are on GCSE English and maths programmes. Watch out for an announcement on this by the Secretary of State for Education on 23 June which could have an impact on your placing of students and success rates. Both departments are looking at […]

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Strengthened FE Intervention Process –

The Department of Business Innovation and Skills have published their clarified intervention process when colleges are in difficulties. It sets out the role and purpose of the FE Commissioner and the FE Advisers, how the intervention process is operating in practice and how we will be communicating when and where the FE Commissioner will be […]

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