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September

FE white paper: What do sector leaders want it to say? Tes

August

Temporary schools to be built to meet surge in demand for A level places, The TelegraphSchools consider appeals against GCSE grades that are too high, The GuardianHeadmasters could appeal GCSE results for being too generous after pupils were upgraded beyond teacher estimates – setting them up to take courses that they will fail in future, Daily MailWe need more funds, say sixth-form heads, The TimesSubject-by-subject breakdown suggests private school children were biggest winners from GCSE grade inflation, The TelegraphGCSE grades surge after U-turn but now teachers fear backlash, Metro

Nick Gibb apologises for 'pain' caused by Government exams grades U-turn and says he gave 'a lot of thought' to resigning, Evening StandardDisadvantaged pupils will be biggest winners from GCSE results, The GuardianStudents receive GCSE results after major grading U-turn, ITVBTec results: 'More uncertainty for young people', BBCStudents to receive GCSE results after BTEC results are pulled in last minute U-turn, Evening StandardGCSE results 2020: Record numbers get top grades after algorithm U-turn, MetroThanks, Miss! Quarter of all GCSE pupils get A/A* equivalent grades that were recommended by their teachers after government U-turn ditched algorithm - an increase from a fifth last year, The Daily MailHeck of a Mark-Up:  GCSE results – A quarter of pupils get top grades sparking desperate scramble for college places, The SunGCSE results day 2020 Live: Record year with 40% rise in top exam grade after major Government U-turn, The Independent

My daughter lost her place at Oxford – what GCSE fate awaits my 'annoying' son?, The TelegraphUniversities demand government bailout following chaos of exam grading U-turn, The MirrorSixth forms may have to weed out weaker students, education chief warns, The TelegraphGCSE results: Students could face ‘scramble’ for places as better results expected than usual, The IndependentGCSE results date confirmed as Blunkett calls for 'Nightingale' drive to expand sixth form capacity, The TelegraphOfqual U-turn on A-level and GCSE results: FE reacts, TesFrustrations for pupils as some A-level results are dowgraded, Indy OnlineConfirmed: A-level and GCSE pupils to get teacher grades, FE WeekA-level and GCSE students to have downgraded results restored, Financial TimesAnalysis confirms 2020 A-Level grades lower than previous three years, downgrading one in five students at sixth forms, i NewsTest Failed: Major announcement on exams expected at 4pm as No10 hints results algorithm will be ditched, The SunA Levels and GCSEs Live: Gavin Williamson resists calls to resign over grades U-turn as Labour demands 'clarity', Evening Standard‘Bloodbath’ in A Level exam grades blamed on faulty algorithm, Evening StandardA-level and GCSE results 2020: An exams U-turn in England has become a question of when, not if, i NewsMinisters and Tory MPs join calls for A-level results rethink in England, Financial TimesGCSE results in Northern Ireland to be based on predicted grades, City AMGCSE grades in Northern Ireland to be based on teacher predictions, Evening StandardTory MP Stephen Hammond brands A Level grading system 'a shambles' as Ofqual urged to publish appeals guidance by end of day, Evening StandardA-level grades fall 'below three year average', new data indicates, Huffington PostBoris Johnson warned Tory MPs will go on the ‘warpath’ if A-levels row not resolved, Politics HomeBoris Johnson faces calls to intervene to end A Level crisis as grades 'drop below three-year average', The IndependentAnger grows as study shows English A-levels missed regulator's target, Financial TimesA levels: 20% of SFC grades lower than in other years, TesA-level grades 'drop below three-year average', new analyis suggests, BBCUK government faces elitism row after algorithm downgrades pupils, PoliticoPoorer pupils are worst hit by A-level downgrades with 10% seeing marks lowered - but record numbers of students are STILL heading to university as percentage receiving A*s or As rises to all-time high, The Daily MailExam watchdog accused of creating A-level grading system that punishes poorer students, The TelegraphA-level algorithm chaos is another bizarre twist in Covid history, The TelegraphA level results: UCAS ‘late clearing process’ for A-level students who didn’t get grades as appeals system ‘not ready’, The SunA level results 2020: Top grades up by 2.4 percentage points, FE WeekA level results: Colleges report more than half of grades being marked down, The TelegraphTop universities accused of inflexibility over A level downgrades, The GuardianA-level results 2020: Private schools see biggest boost in top grades, Schools WeekTop A-level grades soar at private schools as sixth form colleges lose out, New StatesmanA levels: heads warn of 'unfair' grades for students, BBCA-level results: almost 40% of teacher assessments in England downgraded, The GuardianSixth form colleges cry foul over standardisation as principals report problems with A-level results, FE WeekA level results arrive after year with no exams, BBCA level results: Grades lower in 9 out of 10 SFCs, TesThe government must address ‘inexplicable variations’ in sixth form colleges’ A-level results, Schools Week Rule change restricting use of 16-19 tuition fund branded 'bureaucratic madness', FE WeekCould you be a supervisor in charge of Covid-19 rules? Tes 

July

Covid catch-up funds won't reach all who need support, TesNey review on college financial oversight published, TesDfE to fund summer meals for vulnerable college students - but at a lower rate than schools, FE WeekFunding for college summer food support announced, Tes

June

APPG asks for catch-up funds to be extended to colleges, TesCross-party group of MPs urge education secretary to include 16-19s in £1bn Covid  catch-up plan, FE Week

Coronavirus: £1bn catch-up tutoring fund for England's pupils, BBC

FE snubbed in 'corrected' DfE £1bn catch-up plans, FE Week

Sixth-form students use art to express life in lockdown, BBC

College student exhibition documents lockdown life, Tes

National student photography exhibition captures life of sixth form college learners during lockdown, FE Week

May

Colleges should open 15 June to a quarter of 16-19s, Tes

Students could sit A-levels in October and GCSE's in November if they are unhappy with their summer results, exams regulator Ofqual says, Daily Mail

Students could sit A-level and GCSE exams as late as November if they are unhappy with summer results, Evening Standard

Ofqual: Exam boards should offer all subjects in the autumn, Tes

'Support for 16-18 is more important than FE reform', TesApril

Coronavirus: The questions colleges have for Ofqual, Tes

How Ofqual plans to calculate summer 2020 grades in lieu of exam results - Sector response, FE NewsMarch

Coronavirus: Exams are cancelled - so what next?, Tes

Principal's day of shock, some relief, and a poignant note to end on, FE Week

'Government, please don't overlook teachers', TesFebruary

SFC to be first to remove Catholic status, FE Week

Vita Skills set for shake-up in adult education funding, The Parliamentary ReviewMulti-million-pound fund to boost standards across the FE sector, Gov.uk

January

Halfon: FE must recognise ‘step forward’ in funding even if it’s not a ‘giant leap’ , FE Week

Sector leaders hit back at Ofsted for ‘encouraging government’ to restrict funding choices, FE Week

Williamson pledges to work ‘hand in glove’ with sector to argue for more funding, FE Week

December

Demographic change: We are facing monumental expansion, TesWhy arts are vital to closing the skills gap, Tes

What does FE really want from politicians? Certainty, Tes 

November

Liberal Democrats Manifesto: Stop Brexit and Build a Brighter Future - Sector Response, FE News 

Sector Response to Conservative Party Manifesto Right to Retrain and a £3 billion National Skills Fund‍ Pledge, FE News

The Labour Party's manifesto for 'real change' - Sector response, FE News

Conservatives announce manifesto pledge of £3bn over 5 years for a ‘new National Skills Fund', FE Week

£1bn funding and a wider levy: the Lib Dem manifesto, TES

Liberal Democrats pledge £1bn for colleges in their manifesto, FE Week

The future of colleges: Can edtech deliver its utopia?, FE Week

Colleges outstrip grammar schools on university offers, TESFirst college rated outstanding in new Ofsted framework, TES

First ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating for FE college under new framework, FE Week

£120 million to help deliver expensive but crucial subjects, FE News

College funding: Which subjects will get £120m boost?, TES

Revealed: The subjects that qualify for extra post-16 funding, Schools Week

ESFA announce 16-18 funding uplift for ‘crucial’ subjects, FE Week

Protect BTECs and boost sixth-form funding say colleges, TES

Funding ban for new level 3 and below qualifications, FE Week

October 

Providers risk handing back £38m in next 20 years if they quit T-levels, FE Week

Sixth form staff march across Westminster to protest for fairer college funding, FE Week

Union to present £700m sixth form college invoice to DfE, FE Week

Sixth-form college staff strike over pay and conditions, TES

September

Sector reacts to education secretary’s promise to ‘supercharge’ FE , FE Week

Funding pledge leaves schools where they were 13 years ago – report , itv news

Boris Johnson’s school funding pledge exposed as unprecedented ‘squeeze on schools’, The London Economic

Funding pledge leaves schools where they were 13 years ago – report, BT news

Colleges still £1.1bn short since 2010 despite chancellor’s boost, IFS finds, FE week

IFS: £1.1bn needed to reverse FE funding cuts, TES

Boris Johnson pledges spending boost for education, Financial Times

Williamson’s bold claims of putting FE centre stage will be held to account – and what about adult learning?, FE Week

New ESFA system to spot college financial crises sooner, TES

ESFA to simplify the way colleges submit their data, Gov.uk

‘Colleges still running out of money’, claims top ESFA official, FE Week

Colleges that refuse to become academies in England denied more than £100m a year, analysis finds, Independent

Chancellor announces £400 million investment for 16-19 year olds’ education - Sector Response, FE News

Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech detailing the #SpendingReview - Sector Response, FE News

Spending review: Extra £10m for ESOL courses, FE Week

£10m for Esol as Javid vows to 'start transforming' FE, TES

August 2019

College funding boost to be announced tomorrow, TES