Highlights of the week ending 10 March
It's been a busy week with the long awaited publication of the government's response on its Lifelong Loan Entitlement and the announcement of delays to three new T Levels (see top stories).
This week also saw the Industry and Regulators Lords Committee held the first session of their inquiry into the work of the Office for Students (OfS). Peers heard from Dame Nicola Dandridge (former Chief Executive of the OfS), and Sir Michael Barber (its former Chair), about the establishment, role and remit of the OfS, and its relationships with government and HE institutions. Another further session is set for Tuesday 14 March, with ex-Ministers, Charles Clarke and Lord Johnson of Marylebone.
The Department for Education (DfE) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) published various guidance documents pertaining to 2023 -2024 funding this week. ESFA documents include: methodology for establishing maximum amounts for advanced learner loans designated qualifications; advanced learner loans funding and rules; the rules that apply to ESFA funded adult education budget (AEB) provision; and information about local authority education funding and expenditure plans.