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Rakem philosophy mirrors government apprenticeship sentiment

The Department for Education [DfE] has urged parents to look beyond misconceptions around apprenticeships, after new research shows that such views could be holding children back from pursuing lucrative careers.

Further Education funding must go further to help organisations like Ascentis

A great deal was made of Conservative pledges toward the education sector ahead of December’s general election, with the promises of additional funding that were made enough to help Boris Johnson to a comfortable victory. However, news from earlier this month will have come as a setback for hopefuls that funding will make a difference in the Further Education [FE] sector, after a minister revealed that the first FE funding increase falls below inflation.

Vita Skills set for shake-up in adult education funding

A consultation process on a “more transparent” system for setting funding rates for some apprenticeship standards has been launched as part of the government’s wider review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and under.

PISA results paint an incomplete picture, the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Ken Muir says

Although we have now begun the new year in earnest within our schools, colleges and other education establishments across Scotland, as well as looking forward to what lies ahead throughout the course of 2020, it is still worth reflecting on the year behind us.

Government to scrap 5,000 post-GCSE qualifications

The Department for Education has announced it will pull funding from 5,000 post-GCSE qualifications ahead of the introduction of T-levels in September.

Increase in university students gaining top degree grades halts

Official annual figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the increase in university students acquiring top degree grades has plateaued, following warnings from ministers about “grade inflation”.

Exemption from inspection removed for "outstanding" schools

In September 2019, education secretary Gavin Williamson announced that schools rated “outstanding” by Ofsted would lose their exemption from routine inspections.

Ofsted pursues new diagnostic approach for struggling schools

Schools inspectorate body Ofsted is pursuing a new approach to dealing with schools which have consistently achieved poor outcomes.

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