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Halfon’s call to replace GCSEs and A-levels with ‘holistic baccalaureate’ denounced as ‘reckless’

Calls to replace GCSEs and A-levels with a “holistic baccalaureate” have been branded a “non-starter” by an advocate of a similar model. Tom Sherrington, a trustee of the National Baccalaureate Trust, warned that “headline-grabbing” comments made this week by parliamentary education committee chair Robert Halfon and a number of other high-profile leaders were “reckless”. He

Major training firm with contracts across government goes into administration

A major training provider with around 1,000 staff has called in the administrators, FE Week understands. Working Links (Employment) Limited, which holds contracts across numerous government departments including around £2 million for apprenticeships and adult education, told their workforce yesterday afternoon not to come into work today. It is understood that thousands of learners will

Third time lucky? European Social Fund tender contracting delayed again

The Education and Skills Funding Agency is delaying the issuing of European Social Fund contracts for a third time after it experienced “technical issues” with its latest award notices. FE Week can also reveal that one provider that is fuming with the way in which the recent controversial tender for these contracts was run has

Accounting irregularities investigated at Hadlow Group colleges

Hadlow Group is under intense scrutiny from the FE commissioner for accounting irregularities relating to land sales, FE Week can reveal. The deputy principal, Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, resigned from the group at the end of January, and this week it was announced that the group principal and chief executive, Paul Hannan, is on sick leave following