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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


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


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 


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


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


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


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


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 2019

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

FE 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, TES

Colleges 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 News

MPs call for 16-19 funding to be 'urgently' increased, TES

Unions demand increase in special education funding, The Guardian

Wyke Principal Paul Britton on A Level Results Day sharing why it's so important to Raise the Rate, Sky News

BTECs: Entries rise despite doubts over future, TES

A-level results 2019 | Live blog, FE Week

Education Secretary wishes pupils and teachers good luck for #ALevelResults2019, FENews

A-level results day: FE sector pleas for more funding, TES

Young people more sceptical of need to go to university, poll finds, The Guardian

Labour 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 Week

Raise the rate for 16-19 funding, say MPs, TES

DfE officially reopens academisation option for sixth-form colleges , FE Week

May urges Johnson to make FE funding increase happen, TES

Theresa May uses last PMQs to plead with Boris Johnson to invest more in FE, FE Week

Sector pays tribute as Minister resigns, TES

Funding axed for more than 160 level 3 qualifications, TES

Raise the 16-18 funding rate urges Education Select Committee, TES

MPs urge DfE to ‘urgently’ raise the 16-18 rate by £760, FE Week

Academisation for sixth form colleges – is it worth it? , FE Week

Haringey Sixth Form College Celebrates Stunning Success at Their Vocational Graduation 2019 , FE News

Haringey Sixth Form College Celebrates a Wonderfully Planned and Executed National Art Show, FE News

June 2019

Together for Education, Morning Star

17 colleges awarded £2.5M from final round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF), FE News

PM frontrunner pledges greater investment in ‘our amazing FE colleges’, FE Week

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Win National Award for Independent Learning, FE News

Revealed: The 17 colleges to share £2.5m in final strategic improvement funding round , FE Week

Why 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 Independent

Schools failing to promote vocational qualifications face government crackdown, Independent

Ofsted’s New Education Inspection Framework 2019 - Sector Response, FE News

Academy option reopened for sixth-form colleges, Schools Week

DfE set to reopen academisation option for sixth-form colleges, FE Week

EPI: Proportion of sixth form colleges with in-year deficits rockets fivefold in six-year period, FE Week

EPI: Colleges stung by 'sharp, real-terms decline in funding,' TES

April 2019

Thelma Walker: Take action now over the funding crisis , Yorkshire Post

Increase 16-19 funding by ‘significant amount’, Social Mobility Commission urges, FE Week

Why we should look beyond schools for arts education, TES

Government to fully-fund college pension cost increase, FE Week

Select committee chair and skills minister clash over Spending Review strategy, FE Week

What happens when A-level funding for languages fall?, Study International

March 2019

Scrapping popular qualifications would be ‘reckless’, EdExec

Scrapping BTECs 'rash and reckless' warn principals, TES

Tes FE Awards 2019 winners crowned, TES

Revealed: The 13 colleges to share £1.8m strategic improvement funding, FE Week

13 colleges to share £1.8m in improvement funds, TES

Colleges to receive £1.8 million funding boost to help raise standards, FE News

A-level courses 'cut in sixth-form funding squeeze', BBC News

French rocks — this is no time for schools to drop your ouis and nons, Evening Standard

Government creates new student mental health taskforce, Gov.uk

Sixth forms drop languages A-levels due to inadequate funding, The Guardian

Learning languages is about more than vocabulary tests – it gives you insight into a culture beyond your own, i News

LBC Interview with SFCA CEO Bill Watkin on the Funding Impact Survey

New survey highlights damaging impact of funding cuts on sixth form students, FE News

Gateway radio interview with SFCA's Deputy Chief Executive, James Kewin on the Funding Impact Survey

Half of sixth forms forced to drop modern languages, Edexec

Government consults on plans to withdraw funding for applied generals including BTECs, FE Week

Government consults on plans to withdraw funding for BTECs, Schools Week

DfE launches crackdown on post-16 courses, TES

Gibb hints at 16-18 funding boost in spending review, TES

Cash-strapped sixth forms dropping language A-levels, The Week

Half of sixth forms cut language courses, TES

Funding impact survey exposes cuts to mental health and careers support, Fe Week

Catholic sixth forms suffer 'double discrimination', TES

Minister says write to me about shortage of money, Henley Standard

New mental health taskforce created to support students, The Mancunion

February 2019

164 MPs lobbying Chancellor for more FE funding, FE Week

The future of applied generals hangs in the balance, TES FE

January 2019

Ofsted plans overhaul of inspections to look beyond exam results

New Ofsted framework to be less reliant on achievement rate data, FE Week

New Ofsted Inspection Framework, what's changing? Schools Week

Ofsted to launch consultation on new inspection framework at SFCA Winter Conference, FE Week

College brings in four-day timetable for students to reduce 'trapped time', TES

FE'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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