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Early intervention strategy

Introduction The purpose of the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency’s (SFA) early intervention strategy is to engage with sixth-form colleges (SFC) and general further education colleges (GFEC) where their financial plans, ongoing indicators or other data sources suggests that there is a risk of failure. Unless specified we will use the term ‘college’ to denote both SFCs and GFECs.

ESFA Post-16: intervention and accountability

Information about the intervention framework for post-16 education and skills providers.


The 1st of August 2017 was a momentous day for the college sector due to the number of mergers that took place. As well as those mergers that have taken place over the past year there have been a number that never got off the starting blocks and in this article I reflect on some of the reasons why mergers may not occur.

Education Committee launches inquiry into value for money in higher education

The Committee has today launched an inquiry into value for money in higher education. The inquiry will examine the use of graduate outcomes data, social justice and progression of disadvantaged students in higher education, and the quality of teaching across institutions.

Flashback Friday! 15th September

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 15th September in the year:

Reforming functional skills qualifications in English and maths

Reforming functional skills qualifications in English and maths consultation. This consultation opens at 5pm on 27 September 2017 It closes at 5pm on 22 November 2017 This consultation is about DfE's approach to regulating reformed functional skills qualifications in English and maths. These new qualifications will be taught in schools in England from September 2019.

Retaining and developing the teaching workforce - Sector Response

Today, (12 Sept), the National Audit Office (NAO) has published their report, "Retaining and developing the teaching workforce" on teacher recruitment and retention.

How to register and use the apprenticeship service as a training provider

Set up your apprenticeship training provider account You need to have an account with the government’s Information Management Services system (IdAMS) to use this service.

National Apprenticeship Awards – regional finalists announced

It has been announced that 91 employers and 84 individuals are competing for awards in ten categories in the regional stage of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017, after beating off competition from almost 800 entries.

WorldSkills UK

Apprenticeship reforms have changed the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded in England. The funding rules make provision for competition activity to be a funded element of your apprenticeship programme, either as part of the on the job delivery or the off the job training element. There is also scope to develop competitions as part of the end-point assessment.

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