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FE Week is the premier news source for the further education, apprenticeships and skills sector, with a reputation for breaking news, investigations and expert analysis that is second to none. Our weekly newspaper is read by over 10,000 education managers and sector stakeholders and over 75,000 people access our website on a monthly basis. Trust is essential, and our readers know that FE Week provides an unrivalled platform for sharing accurate, timely information.

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Flexible working pledges made by 67 business & education organisations

More than 60 businesses and education organisations have pledged to encourage more flexible working in schools, the Department for Education has announced today. Teacher recruitment and retention are pinch points for the government, after it failed to meet teacher training targets for five years in a row. A flexible working summit held in October asked organisations to pledge at least one action to improve part-time working in the profession. The summit was held shortly after a report from the National Foundation for Educational Research argued that better part-time working conditions were urgently needed to prevent the increasing number of older teachers leaving the sector. The pledges revealed by the Department for Education so far are: The Chartered College of Teaching will create a model for school leaders on of how to implement flexible working The National Education Union will promote the advantages of flexible working and encourage schools to extend its availability using social media The Teaching Schools Council will work with teaching networks to address barriers to flexible working The Association of School and College Leaders will endorse and encourage flexible working options to its members Barclays will showcase its Dynamic Working Campaign – which aids its staff with...
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Ofsted heaps praise on ‘much improved’ Diocese of Ely academy trust

A large academy trust has been praised by Ofsted for its “journey of systematic improvement” after a focused inspection at seven of its schools. The Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT), which has 27 primary schools across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk, was commended for its “wholehearted commitment to improving the life chances of pupils”. Of seven schools inspected in October, three were rated ‘good’, three ‘requires improvement’ and one ‘inadequate’. In five of the schools, leadership and management were ‘good’. The trust was established in 2013 and had grown from one school to 18 by the end of 2015, but according to Ofsted, “weaknesses in the diligence process” and a “lack of central capacity” meant that it struggled to meet the different needs of growing numbers of schools. In 2016, pupils’ attainment was below national figures at key stages 1 and 2, persistent absences were higher than average and disadvantaged students “did not perform well”. However, the focused inspection report, seen by Schools Week, says Ofsted’s recent inspections and provisional 2017 pupil achievement information shows “much needed improvements” across those areas, although the regulator warned that more could be done to address pupil absences. In 10 of the 13...
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Hart Learning Group chief executive steps down

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The chief executive of the Hart Learning Group has stepped down after three years in charge, it has been announced. Matt Hamnett was appointed head of Hart Learning, which describes itself as a “charitable organisation with a mission to create social and economic value through learning”, in March 2015. The group includes North Hertfordshire College and The Hart Schools Trust, which encompasses the Thomas Alleyne Academy secondary school in Stevenage, the Da Vinci School of Creative Enterprise in Letchworth Garden City and the Da Vinci School of Science and Engineering in Stevenage. Hart Learning paid tribute to Hamnett’s “three transformational years at the helm” when it announced he had stepped down today, including adopting an “ambitious five-year strategy” and creating the emerging talent business Hart Learning and Development, which has recently signed major apprenticeship deals with companies including Co-op, World Pay, Pay Point and Avnet. Hamnett described his time as chief executive as a “genuine privilege” and said he had “learnt a great deal from a wonderful set of colleagues and students”. He added: “I’d like to thank them for their hard work and good humour as I wish them well for a future which I know will be very...
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BREAKING: Non-levy £650m tender results finally shared

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The long-awaited non-levy tender results, for funding apprenticeships with small (non-levy) employers, have been revealed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency this evening. It follows a worrying few days for providers, after it was announced on the Bravo tendering site last Friday that after a temporary ‘postponement’ they would be out some time this week. The actual notices of decisions have not yet been made public, and it only emerged that the results had been shared with providers shortly after 10pm. FE Week has already launched a survey inviting providers to share their experiences, which can be reached here, and will be reporting further tomorrow. The survey asks ‘how much was your levy tender cap’ and ‘how much non-levy tendering (January 2018 to March 2019) did you actually bid for’, along with questions on how much they received and how providers feel about it? FE Week reported on November 17 that the second attempt at tendering for the £650m tender round had been postponed yet again. The ESFA said at the time this was due to it needing more time to evaluate the high volume of applications. The process had though been plagued with problems, with providers submitting nearly...
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