Committee of Public Accounts
London: TSO, 2006 (House of Commons papers, session 2005/06; HC706)
The Department for Education and Skills established Ufi Ltd to develop people’s skills and work with employers to increase employees’ capabilities. Ufi operates under a company structure and provides e-learninig services under the brand ‘learndirect’. The services received a total of £930 million in further education funding. This report examines the work of the services and makes recommendation for the future. The Committee recommends among other things that Ufi should develop a strategy for substantially increasing its direct work with employers within the next two years and that it should compile and publish a detailed business plan.
Financial Times, March 27th 2006, p.4
A white paper on the reform of further education proposes that underperforming colleges could be taken over by private companies. With only 2% of colleges currently judged by Ofsted to be inadequate, the number of candidates for private sector take over is likely to be small.
Education Guardian, April 11th 2006, p.9
The further education white paper aims to raise the age limit for free tuition to 25. “What about the over 25s ?”, the predominant group of subscribers to access courses, asks Kingston. The article gives examples from Thameside college
Financial Times, March 28th 2006, p.2
The White paper on reform of further education proposes that:
Department for Education and Skills
London: TSO, 2006 (Cm 6768)
In this White Paper the Government sets out a programme of change in FE leading to a system in which all learners achieve, gaining new knowledge, understanding and skills through stimulating and expert subject teaching. There are six key areas for change: strengthening the focus of the system on a core economic mission, focussing on meeting the needs of learners and employers, improving the quality of teaching and learning, intervention and support to tackle poor quality, reconfiguration of the funding and organisation of the sector, and a new relationship with colleges and other providers, so that they are freed from unnecessary burdens and supported to deliver.