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Learndirect £45m additional funding deemed "unusual".

Learndirect £45m additional funding deemed "unusual".

National Audit Office report concludes the Department for Education's decision to continue funding Learndirect was unusual 

 

The Department for Education’s decision to award Learndirect £45 million after it had been graded "inadequate" by Ofsted has been branded “disgraceful” by an influential MP.

In response to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) into the monitoring, inspection and funding of the country’s largest training provider, chair of the Public Accounts Committee Meg Hillier has claimed that the government “backed itself into a corner by letting itself become dependent on Learndirect”.

On March, the former Skills Funding Agency issued Learndirect with a notice of serious breach in relation to the standard of its apprenticeships provision, after its achievement rates had dropped below the 62 per cent threshold.

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