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More than 100 MPs and peers urge education secretary to rethink plans to scrap most BTECs, Independent

MPs and former education secretaries join campaign in bid to save BTecs, Personnel Today

BTECs: 118 MPs and Lords call on new education secretary to rethink cull​, FE WeekScrapping BTECs 'hammer blow for social mobility', BBC​Skills bill to ensure ‘equality’ for technical education in schools career advice, FE Week


​2022 exams: Adaptions and grading plan finally confirmed, FE WeekAugust

DfE refuses petition’s call to back down from defunding BTECs​, FE WeekSixth forms and colleges need more than £500m in extra funding to support rise in students, think-tank says, The IndependentExtra £570m needed as post-16 student numbers grow, TesColleges facing “immense” challenge from rising student numbers, warns IFS, FE WeekSFCA Deputy Chief Executive, James Kewin in conversation with Ayesha Hazarika discussing #ProtectStudentChoice, Times Radio (Interview starts at (36.51)Kenneth Baker: plan to scrap BTecs is an act of vandalism, The Guardian GCSE results 2021: Record grades sparks 6th form surge, TESCollege sector demands more funding to cope with demand amid high GCSE grades, Evening StandardLive: Coronavirus latest news, The Daily TelegraphGCSE grades at all time high as nearly a third get top marks, MetroGCSE top grades reach record high after exams cancelled for a second year, ITV NewsGCSE results day 2021 LIVE as teenagers across Greater Manchester receive their grades, Manchester Evening NewsResults day 2021: Students 'should be proud', TesLevel 3 Results 2021 - Live Blog, FE WeekProjeto desafia jovens a resumir em uma imagem o que as fake news significam para a geração, MediaTalks


Today Programme 29/07/2021, BBC Radio 4Nearly 75% of secondary schools in England will hold 'catch-up' classes for more than 500,000 pupils over the summer break - despite many teachers saying they needed a 'proper break', Daily MailGovernment told it would be ‘reckless’ to scrap BTECs, Independent

Lord Baker: Scrapping Btecs 'an act of vandalism', TesWilliamson slammed for ‘ignoring’ concerns about scrapping BTECs, Schools WeekReckless to scrap BTecs, educators warn, BBC NewsBtecs: 'Engines of social mobility' can't be scrapped, TesLevel 3 qualifications review: Reprieve for some BTECs, FE WeekSixth form students’ art exhibit tackles fake news, FE Week


Pandemic will force changes to next year’s GCSEs and A-levels, The TimesSixth-form colleges should join MATs, says government, TesBtecs could be scrapped as teachers and students ‘deeply concerned’ by Government ‘defunding’ plan, iDfE’s BTEC reforms will hit disadvantaged students hardest, sector warns, Schools WeekDfE reforms to BTECs and other level 3 quals will hit disadvantaged students hardest, sector warns, FE WeekBtecs: Leaders say DfE must rethink defunding plans, TesBtecs could be scrapped as teachers and students ‘deeply concerned’ by Government ‘defunding’ plan, MSNEleven education bodies urge government to rethink plans to remove funding for BTEC qualifications, FE NewsRevealed: Government plans to expand 16-19 Covid tuition fund‹, FE WeekCovid catch-up measures 'disappointing' say colleges, Tes


DfE launches £83m fund to ‘future proof’ places for 16-19s, FE WeekSkills bill: £83m to future-proof further education, TesEPI: Extend courses by a year to make up for lost time, TesAutumn exam series 2021: What does it mean for FE?, Tes


Ofsted: 22 colleges go over 10 years without inspection, TesSchools to fight Covid 'misery' with national arts fest, Tes


T levels: Gender imbalance on first courses revealed, TesCollege Covid tests: 246 positives in first week back, TesRevealed: Stark attainment gap in 16-19 education, TesA-levels: Poorer students 'three grades behind', BBCFebruary

Exams 2021: Ofqual reveals plan for Btec and other VTQs‹, TesSage member calls for children to get the coronavirus jab ‘as fast as we can’ to avoid ‘significant risk of a resurgence’ when country reopens, Daily MailSchools Pout: Union bosses issue Boris Johnson with seven-point list of demands to get schools open again on March 8, The SunLabour's Ashworth at war with Unions as party insists teachers 'must go back' on March 8, The ExpressKeir Starmer opposes strike action by teachers and says they may have to work during holidays​, The IndependentSchools reopening: School kids to wear masks in classrooms until end of term as ALL pupils in England return on March 8, The SunThe long and winding roadmap: PM to deliver Covid statement on unlocking, LabourListColleges and FE providers to reopen in full from March 8, PM announces​, FE WeekBack to college: All students to return from 8 March, TesHealth minister: ‘All schools’ to reopen on March 8, Schools WeekUnions ‘increasingly concerned’ government will order full school and college reopening on March 8, FE Week'Reckless' if all pupils back 8 March, say teachers' unions, BBCUnions think Boris Johnson will reopen all schools on March 8 – and fear it might cause another Covid spike, iNewsSkills for Jobs White Paper: The FE sector reacts, TesESFA college threshold for more in-year 16-18 cash drops to as low as an extra 35 students​, FE Week'Community of practice' to showcase FE research, TesJanuary 

PAC college financial sustainability report: The 7 recommendations, FE WeekBtecs: Why removing student options would be disastrous, TesBtecs: Ofqual asks DfE to delay qualifications reform, TesSector bodies unite to call for education staff to get Covid vaccinations priority, FE Week​Btecs: Williamson refuses to u-turn on January exams, Tes​College return: Leaders call for further delay ahead of prime minister’s address, FE Week


Education Secretary defends 'more generous' GCSE and A-levels​, LBCGCSE and A-levels to be marked more generously next year in light of Covid disruption, Independent​Covid: Delay in return to Ofsted inspections welcomed, Tes​Exams 2021: What you need to know on vocational exams, Tes​Revealed: The government’s plans for 2021 summer exams and assessments, FEWeekNovember

Yes, but… no, but… Stop dithering – we need detail on the summer assessments, FEWeek

Spending review: £291m to ‘maintain’ FE base rate and £83m for growing number of 16-19s, FEWeek

Why oversubscribed sixth forms need capital funding now, Tes

‘Frankly baffling’: Schools forced to pay for Covid-related costs themselves as government scheme not extended, Independent

College funding increases set to be 'eroded' by Covid, TES

Fears growing number of 16-19s will stretch budgets this year, FE Week

Universities and colleges face Covid funding shortfalls, BBC News


GCSEs 2021: Plea for new approach in lockdown areas​, TesMeet Bill Watkin: The sixth-form colleges' champion‹, TesQualifications reform: Government announces next steps, TesDfE consults on scrapping quals competing with T Levels by 2023, FE Week


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


Top universities accused of inflexibility over A level downgrades, The GuardianHarrogate MP's message over A level results as national controversy grows, Harrogate AdvertiserA-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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2019

Demographic change: We are facing monumental expansion, Tes

Why arts are vital to closing the skills gap, TesWhat does FE really want from politicians? Certainty, Tes 

November 2019

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 NewsThe Labour Party's manifesto for 'real change' - Sector response, FE NewsConservatives 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, TESLiberal Democrats pledge £1bn for colleges in their manifesto, FE WeekThe future of colleges: Can edtech deliver its utopia?, FE WeekColleges outstrip grammar schools on university offers, TESFirst college rated outstanding in new Ofsted framework, TESFirst ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating for FE college under new framework, FE Week£120 million to help deliver expensive but crucial subjects, FE NewsCollege funding: Which subjects will get £120m boost?, TESRevealed: The subjects that qualify for extra post-16 funding, Schools WeekESFA announce 16-18 funding uplift for ‘crucial’ subjects, FE WeekProtect BTECs and boost sixth-form funding say colleges, TESFunding ban for new level 3 and below qualifications, FE Week

October 2019

Providers risk handing back £38m in next 20 years if they quit T-levels, FE WeekSixth form staff march across Westminster to protest for fairer college funding, FE WeekUnion to present £700m sixth form college invoice to DfE, FE WeekSixth-form college staff strike over pay and conditions, TES

September 2019

Sector reacts to education secretary’s promise to ‘supercharge’ FE , FE WeekFunding pledge leaves schools where they were 13 years ago – report , itv newsBoris Johnson’s school funding pledge exposed as unprecedented ‘squeeze on schools’, The London EconomicFunding pledge leaves schools where they were 13 years ago – report, BT newsColleges still £1.1bn short since 2010 despite chancellor’s boost, IFS finds, FE weekIFS: £1.1bn needed to reverse FE funding cuts, TESBoris Johnson pledges spending boost for education, Financial TimesWilliamson’s bold claims of putting FE centre stage will be held to account – and what about adult learning?, FE WeekNew ESFA system to spot college financial crises sooner, TESESFA to simplify the way colleges submit their data, Gov.uk‘Colleges still running out of money’, claims top ESFA official, FE WeekColleges that refuse to become academies in England denied more than £100m a year, analysis finds, IndependentChancellor announces £400 million investment for 16-19 year olds’ education - Sector Response, FE NewsChancellor of the Exchequer’s speech detailing the #SpendingReview - Sector Response, FE NewsSpending 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, TESFE base rate to increase from August 2020 for first time since 2013 to £4,188, FE Week£400m boost for colleges: 16-18 funding finally raised, TESColleges receive £400m boost from chancellor Sajid Javid, FE Week#SpendingReview - 93 MPs sign letter urging Chancellor to #RaisetheRate and prioritise investment in 16 to 18 education , FE NewsMPs call for 16-19 funding to be 'urgently' increased, TESUnions demand increase in special education funding, The GuardianWyke Principal Paul Britton on A Level Results Day sharing why it's so important to Raise the Rate, Sky NewsBTECs: Entries rise despite doubts over future, TESA-level results 2019 | Live blog, FE WeekEducation Secretary wishes pupils and teachers good luck for #ALevelResults2019, FENewsA-level results day: FE sector pleas for more funding, TESYoung people more sceptical of need to go to university, poll finds, The GuardianLabour pledges to ditch predicted grades from university admissions, FE Week

July 2019

MPs urge DfE to ‘urgently’ raise the 16-18 rate and develop a 10-year funding plan, FE WeekRaise the rate for 16-19 funding, say MPs, TESDfE officially reopens academisation option for sixth-form colleges , FE WeekMay urges Johnson to make FE funding increase happen, TESTheresa May uses last PMQs to plead with Boris Johnson to invest more in FE, FE WeekSector pays tribute as Minister resigns, TESFunding axed for more than 160 level 3 qualifications, TESRaise the 16-18 funding rate urges Education Select Committee, TESMPs urge DfE to ‘urgently’ raise the 16-18 rate by £760, FE WeekAcademisation for sixth form colleges – is it worth it? , FE WeekHaringey Sixth Form College Celebrates Stunning Success at Their Vocational Graduation 2019 , FE NewsHaringey Sixth Form College Celebrates a Wonderfully Planned and Executed National Art Show, FE News

June 2019

Together for Education, Morning Star17 colleges awarded £2.5M from final round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF), FE NewsPM frontrunner pledges greater investment in ‘our amazing FE colleges’, FE WeekBarton Peveril Sixth Form College Win National Award for Independent Learning, FE NewsRevealed: The 17 colleges to share £2.5m in final strategic improvement funding round , FE WeekWhy the battle to save BTECs must be won, TES

May 2019

School sixth forms forced to close across country amid funding cuts, figures reveal , The IndependentSchools failing to promote vocational qualifications face government crackdown, IndependentOfsted’s New Education Inspection Framework 2019 - Sector Response, FE NewsAcademy option reopened for sixth-form colleges, Schools WeekDfE set to reopen academisation option for sixth-form colleges, FE WeekEPI: Proportion of sixth form colleges with in-year deficits rockets fivefold in six-year period, FE WeekEPI: Colleges stung by 'sharp, real-terms decline in funding,' TES

April 2019

Thelma Walker: Take action now over the funding crisis , Yorkshire PostIncrease 16-19 funding by ‘significant amount’, Social Mobility Commission urges, FE WeekWhy we should look beyond schools for arts education, TESGovernment to fully-fund college pension cost increase, FE WeekSelect committee chair and skills minister clash over Spending Review strategy, FE WeekWhat happens when A-level funding for languages fall?, Study International

March 2019

Scrapping popular qualifications would be ‘reckless’, EdExecScrapping BTECs 'rash and reckless' warn principals, TESTes FE Awards 2019 winners crowned, TESRevealed: The 13 colleges to share £1.8m strategic improvement funding, FE Week13 colleges to share £1.8m in improvement funds, TESColleges to receive £1.8 million funding boost to help raise standards, FE NewsA-level courses 'cut in sixth-form funding squeeze', BBC NewsFrench rocks — this is no time for schools to drop your ouis and nons, Evening StandardGovernment creates new student mental health taskforce, Gov.ukSixth forms drop languages A-levels due to inadequate funding, The GuardianLearning languages is about more than vocabulary tests – it gives you insight into a culture beyond your own, i NewsLBC Interview with SFCA CEO Bill Watkin on the Funding Impact SurveyNew survey highlights damaging impact of funding cuts on sixth form students, FE NewsGateway radio interview with SFCA's Deputy Chief Executive, James Kewin on the Funding Impact SurveyHalf of sixth forms forced to drop modern languages, EdexecGovernment consults on plans to withdraw funding for applied generals including BTECs, FE WeekGovernment consults on plans to withdraw funding for BTECs, Schools WeekDfE launches crackdown on post-16 courses, TESGibb hints at 16-18 funding boost in spending review, TESCash-strapped sixth forms dropping language A-levels, The WeekHalf of sixth forms cut language courses, TES Funding impact survey exposes cuts to mental health and careers support, Fe WeekCatholic sixth forms suffer 'double discrimination', TESMinister says write to me about shortage of money, Henley StandardNew mental health taskforce created to support students, The Mancunion

February 2019

164 MPs lobbying Chancellor for more FE funding, FE WeekThe future of applied generals hangs in the balance, TES FE

January 2019

Ofsted plans overhaul of inspections to look beyond exam resultsNew Ofsted framework to be less reliant on achievement rate data, FE WeekNew Ofsted Inspection Framework, what's changing? Schools WeekOfsted to launch consultation on new inspection framework at SFCA Winter Conference, FE WeekCollege brings in four-day timetable for students to reduce 'trapped time', TESFE's battle for fair funding is only half won, TES


December 2018

Exams boards told to ‘strengthen controls’ after ‘unwarranted’ rise in BTEC grades, Schools Week

Sixth form funding rates to remain unchanged in 2019-20, Schools Week

16-18 funding remains frozen for seventh year, TES FE

FE sector welcomes Ofsted's funding 'wake-up call', TES FE

November 2018

'Protests at the deadline for sixth form colleges’ conversion to academies' - feweek.co.uk

'We need to prepare for the surge of sixth formers' - tes.com

'DfE reopens £15m strategic college improvement fund before finalising first round' - feweek.co.uk

'May challenged on 16-18 funding' - tes.com

October 2018

'Cuts to funding affecting FE quality, says Ofsted' - tes.com

'Ofsted boss backs calls for more 16-to-18 cash to combat falling standards' - feweek.co.uk

'Time is running out for Hinds on college funding' - tes.com

'Budget 2018: What it means for further education' - tes.com

'Campaign launched to ‘Raise the Rate’ of sixth form funding' - feweek.co.uk

'We need more core funding not ‘initiative mania’, sector leaders tell MPs' - feweek.co.uk

'Sixth form college students 'getting short straw'' - The Guardian

SFCA to launch campaign calling for huge 16 to 18 funding rate increase - feweek.co.uk

Pensions hike to cost colleges £140 per student - tes.com

September 2018

'Exclusive: No pay rise for teachers in sixth-form colleges' - tes.com

'College performance improving, Ofsted reveals' - tes.com

'College pension contributions set to rise and could cause ‘financial crisis’ in FE' - feweek.co.uk

'Wilshaw: FE sixth forms outperform schools' - tes.com

'Academy trust to pioneer paid work experience programme at struggling 16-19 free school' - schoolsweek.co.uk

'College and Co-op lead way with paid day release on two year course – but it’s not an apprenticeship' - feweek.co.uk

'DfE in search of college insolvency consultants with plans to pay them up to £500,000 per month' - feweek.co.uk

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